The Perfect Lie – Jo Spain


About the author

Jo Spain is a full-time writer and screenwriter. Her first novel, With Our Blessing, was one of seven books shortlisted in the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition and her first psychological thriller, The Confession, was a number one bestseller in Ireland. Jo co-wrote the ground-breaking television series Taken Down, which first broadcast in Ireland in 2018. She’s now working on multiple European television projects. Jo loves in Dublin with her husband and four young children.


He jumped to his death in front of witnesses. Now his wife is charged with murder.

Five years ago, Erin Kennedy moved to New York following a family tragedy. She now lives happily with her detective husband in the scenic seaside town of Newport, Long Island. When Erin answers the door to Danny’s police colleagues one morning, it’s the start of an ordinary day. But behind her, Danny walks to the window of their fourth-floor apartment and jumps to his death.

Eighteen months later, Erin is in court, charged with her husband’s murder. Over that year and a half, Erin has learned things about Danny she could never have imagined. She thought he was perfect. She thought their life was perfect. But it was all built on a perfect lie.

My Review

I have read most of Jo Spain’s novels and they are always compelling. This one was no exception and I was riveted from the start. What an opening chapter. This made it one of those novels not to be put down.

This is the story of Erin, married to Danny, a homicide detective. Erin originates from Ireland but has been in the United States for four years and married Danny after a short, whirlwind romance. Erin believed everything was perfect and she was happy, thinking Danny was as well.

The story alternates between the present, where Erin is accused of murdering her husband, and the past where we hear of their relationship and how it developed and the trauma, they have both faced. Amongst this is a narrative of a situation which happened at the prestigious Harvard, to a couple of students which slotted into place as the story developed.

Cleverly plotted allowing the reader to make assumptions, go down blind alleys, follow the twists and turns, finally ending up smiling at the fact that there were no perfect characters in this one. In fact there was a real shocker with one of them.

Many thanks to NetGalley, Quercus Books and Jo Spain for my ARC of The Perfect Lie in return for my honest review.

Utterly brilliant, Highly recommended

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