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The Truth in My Lies by Ivy Smoak

I didn't want the first book I tried to read of Smoak's to put me off any further reads and I am glad I followed my gut and tried another one.

I'm not supposed to leave the house. But what my husband doesn't know won't kill him. I break his rules every morning on my runs. It's always been best when I have a routine. So every day I wake up, run, clean the house, wish for a better life, repeat. And every day is exactly the same.

Except for Thursdays. I live and breathe for Thursdays. It's when he comes. I watch him from a distance. I can't help myself. But I was never supposed to talk to him.

I know what you're thinking. But you don't know my story. You don't know the kind of monster my husband is. And trust me, you have no idea who I am.

My Review

3 / 5

I liked the synopsis and a loved the front cover so I put aside the reservations I had from trying to read the light to my darkness. This is the first book in a two part series. I am reviewing the first book only as I have not read the second yet.

Adeline Bell's life is mapped out and everything she does follows a tight schedule. She comes across as obsessive and compulsive but we as the reader do not know why. Her life is monotonous but she's lives for a Thursday because that's when she sees him. Ben has been this ideal in her head for so long and when they strike up a conversation one day, then Adeline knows her life will forever be changed. For years, Adeline has lived in fear from the hand of abuse. She's convinced her husband is drugging her into insanity. Her psychologist sees only the man who worries and cares for her. Dr. Nash insists that she take the prescription meds to focus and forget.

I can't say a lot more without giving away the plot line but I can tell you that this book is well worth the read. Smoak has produced something entirely different to her previous books and for that I highly commend her. As a fellow writer, I also like to produce diverse work. It keeps it interesting for both the reader and the writer. This was a very pleasant surprise and I am eager to see where the second book is going to go.

I didn't love this book but it surprised me in a very good way. I do like a writer that doesn't try to pigeon-hole themselves in one genre. I am certainly going to look out for more books by Smoak.

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