It’s the third Wednesday of the month, and today’s spotlight is on Featured Author Jamie Mason’s Monday’s Lie. Have you entered the giveaway to win a copy of your own?Monday's Lie by Jamie Mason
Published by Gallery Books on February 3rd 2015
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Dee Aldrich rebelled against her off-center upbringing when she married the most conventional man she could imagine: Patrick, her college sweetheart. But now, years later, her marriage is falling apart and she’s starting to believe that her husband has his eye on a new life...a life without her, one way or another.
Haunted by memories of her late mother Annette, a former covert operations asset, Dee reaches back into her childhood to resurrect her mother’s lessons and the “spy games” they played together, in which Dee learned memory tricks and, most importantly, how and when to lie. But just as she begins determining the course of the future, she makes a discovery that will change her life: her mother left her a lot of money and her own husband seems to know more about it than Dee does. Now, before it’s too late, she must investigate her suspicions and untangle conspiracy from coincidence, using her mother’s advice to steer her through the blind spots. The trick, in the end, will be in deciding if a “normal life” is really what she wants at all.
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Jamie Mason’s Monday’s Lie tells the story of a woman who only wants a quiet, normal life. Dee Vess’ mother Annette was larger than life, and is such a fabulous character that I wish I knew her. Annette’s unconventional child-rearing teach Dee and her brother Simon a few “skills”, so when Dee’s spider-senses start tingling, she has to figure out if her marital troubles are making her just a bit paranoid, or if her husband’s really up to something. And if so, what?
Trying to figure it out (and even deciding whether there’s something to figure out) turns Dee all sorts of convoluted, pretzel-y ways, especially when she hasn’t been on the up-and-up with Patrick either. So, with everything they’ve been through, should she just chalk up the creepy-crawly tingles to lingering or unresolved resentment? This part of the story – the misgivings and uncertainty, the reluctance to face the reality because it’s not what you want it to be – is what kept me turning the pages, though in my non-scientific opinion it’s not the majority of the book (I didn’t actually count the pages).
The story is told in current vs. past timelines, and sometimes keeping track of which was which got a bit confusing (until I realized which was the actual “current”). From the past, we get Dee’s recollections of her mother’s sayings and advice, and stories, along with remembered conversations, which I loved. And from the current, we get Dee’s predicament and situation, which to be honest, sometimes made me want to smack her upside the head and demand she face reality as it is, without any wishy-washy waffling. In the end though, letting everything play out as Mason intended gave me satisfaction in a well-told story with an engrossing plot and likable characters (though I still think Annette steals this show).
drey’s rating: Excellent!
Have you read Monday’s Lie? What did you think?