Thank you to NetGalley, Black Dot Publishing and Rachel Abbott for this ARC of The Shape of Lies in return for my honest review.
This is the eighth novel I have read by this author. It is part of the DCI Tom Douglas and wonderful DI Becky Robinson series, but can be read as a stand-alone. When I have read so many novels by the same author I am always wondering if the bubble will burst but it certainly hasn’t yet. An exceptionally enjoyable read, if a little different in that I really didn’t like the main character at all.
Anna and Dominic appear to be a happily married couple with two children. Dominic has suffered an injury so is the one in the relationship who stays at home, looks after the children and keeps the house functioning. Anna is a head teacher and appears to have a brilliant career. This is all on the surface.
One morning Anna, on her way to work listening to her usual radio station, hears a message from Scott, who she believed to be dead stating he will reveal all about his relationship with Spike (Anna’s nickname when she was with him) as, ‘the one that got away’. Not only that strange things begin to happen which makes Anna believe Scott is alive even though she left him for dead in Nebraska many years ago.
This is a secret she does not want revealing, certainly not to her new family. However, Anna has more than that to hide. She is hiding much more form Dominic. As usual with Rachel Abbot the plot is clever and intricate.
I love her unexpected endings and this delivered, yet again. Highly recommended.