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Summary

The latest psychological thriller from the international best-selling author of The Confession

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 the perfect lie.

Discover DI Tom Reynolds in the first instalment of Jo Spain's acclaimed detective series, With Our Blessing.

For even more Jo Spain, check out her most exciting and gripping thriller yet, Six Wicked Reasons. 

©2021 Joanne Spain (P)2021 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic reviews

"A fabulous page-turner that will keep you guessing and guessing." (Cara Hunter)

"Intense, clever writing and packed with twists and turns." (Dervla McTiernan) 

"Another twisty and intense thriller from the great Jo Spain." (Adrian McKinty)  

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Another fantastically twisty novel is best so far

Having read most of Jo Spain's books now, I have come to eagerly await her next novel. I downloaded this straight away and listened to it over two days and,was captivated from the first chapter. And what a shocking opening it is, starting with a knock on the door and the policeman husband of Erin Kennedy throwing himself from the balcony of their apartment to his death. Not since last year's After the Fire, have I been so gripped from the onset of a book like this.
It is narrated by Sophie Jo Wasson rather than Michele Moran who did Dirty Little Secrets or my favourite, Aoife McMahon who has done most of Jo Spain's other books and this takes a little getting used to at first. However, there are plenty of twists and turns throughout that will keep you guessing until the end which manages to tread the fine line of being both unexpected and plausible.
Jo Spain is an author who,in my opinion, gets better with every book and I can't wait for the next one.

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Misleading

I had to double check but the byline on my version says ‘Now his wife is charged with HIS murder’ which is what drew me to the book and had me confused throughout. Now on the Audible store it has changed and the HIS has been removed. Very annoying as the story goes between Now and Then being ambiguous and due to the original byline you assume the wrong thing right to near the end. Not even that it makes a good plot twist it just falls flat. Glad it’s been changed but ruined it for me and I love Jo Spain usually

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Absolutely hated this book

Could not get into this book, replayed a couple of chapters twice but definitely not my cup of tea.

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Deceptive front cover

There were some twists, it did make me want to keep listening, however, the byline is very misleading.
The narrator was perfect, her voice and accent fitted the role well

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Absolutely brilliant

I’m a new fan of Jo Spain, yet again a book that captured me from start to finish

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Disappointing

Confusing story involving lots of detail about side stories but along with going back & forth in time only ended up with me not being sure what was happening. The ending was rushed & outcome contrived.
I’d enjoyed several of Jo Spain’s other books but definitely not this one.

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6* listen

Fantastic! I love Jo Spain and the narrator (new to me) was excellent.
A marriage made in audiobook heaven! After a thousand plus audiobooks, this is probably in my top 20!

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Fantastic book again from Jo Spain!

Great book as always from Jo Spain! Fantastic narration too! Would highly recommend this or any other book writing her!

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The Perfect Lie

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Brilliant audiobook . Loved the narration by Sophie Jo Wasson. Jo Spain congratulations 👍🏻

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Fantastic

Wow! I really enjoyed this from start to finish. Everything was just perfect. The story, the narrator, the pace, the twist. Highly recommended 👍

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  • 14-05-21

Mixed Bag at the end of the 🌈

Joe Spain deserves a 🏆 for somehow managing to include EVERY SINGLE front page political and social cliche imaginable. Bravo; that couldn’t have been easy.
*No Spoilers*
Truly, this is a pretty anti-🇺🇸 book. Like Erin’s sister, I kinda just wanted her to go bank to Ireland. I’m pretty secure in my nationality, otherwise I would’ve just given up a few hours in. However, by then, I was into the plot and my craving for a decent story kept me listening.

All that said, I enjoyed the character development, narrator (although Ireland snuck into American character voices occasionally), and overall premise. I’m just over the “cops are bad, people with money are bad, entitlement and privilege” low hanging fruit that every new release is not just peppered with, but splattered with 🍅🍎🫐🤮

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  • Jennifer
  • 07-07-21

A real page turner!

This is the first time I’ve listened to anything by this author and I’m going to go back and listen to all of the previous novels. This novel, in particular, should be made into a movie. It has a Hitchcockian quality, leaving the reader never quite sure of who is who and what really happened until the end.

My only feedback is as follows:

(1) The tagline on the front cover of the book is truly misleading.

(2) I’ve gotten pretty frustrated lately with authors writing stories that take place in America and not having Americans review it for the nuances of American English prior to publication.

Here are some American nuances.

We don’t say “in hand”. We say on hand. For example, Gloria says “ he probably used whatever wrapping paper he had in hand”.

We don’t say “compensation prize“. We say “consolation prize“.

Last but not least, Americans don’t say “he should have done”. This is definitely British English. Americans would just say “he should have”.

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  • Hera
  • 28-06-21

We Can always use more of Jo Spain!

I usually don't write reviews but was so incensed by the 'idiot' review written before mine (Tawny) that I would just like to say that I love my Country and to call this book anti-American is about as intelligent as the person who wrote it and then decorated it w/American flags and vomiting emoji's. Also, there have always been books that criticize the entitled and the wealthy. I could name them for you but I am certain it would be pointless but read The Great Gatsby for a start. It's not much longer than a People magazine. I am not entitled but I have enough to buy anything I need. Jo Spain doesn't deserve her excellent writing criticized by the obviously entitled, who can't take criticism themselves and need to use vomiting characters to make their point. Her writing is always worth reading.

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  • TGardner11
  • 19-05-21

Fabulous!!!

This book is sooo good . I’ve been recommending it to everyone ! I never figured it out until almost the very end.

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  • Alembick
  • 28-05-21

great, riveting writing, one flaw

I found the trial dialogue unbelievable. They would use names. I know it's to keep the reader guessing, but I found it distracting and annoying.

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  • Jill Scott
  • 06-10-21

just too long!

the book well written with an original plot,. It was very enjoyable but could be considerably shorter.

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  • Leesha
  • 19-09-21

Boring and Annoying

This story opens with an exciting scene but quickly falls flat on its face. The pacing is too slow and plodding.  The main character is so unbelievably foolish and naive, it's infuriating. The secondary characters are flat, cardboard cutouts. I had to force myself to finish this and the end is not satisfying at all.

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  • James E. Claunch
  • 04-09-21

Wow just wow!

This author really impressed me. I almost want to read it again to see if I missed any clues! It had a believable story line. Surprise ending and great ending! Definitely recommend this book!

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  • ASCH16
  • 21-08-21

Great Mystery

Interesting characters and story line. Great narration, although as others have mentioned the Irish accent slips into the American characters but I liked it. Finally a story where the women are just real people instead of simpering idiots. Kept me entertained.