Sarah’s Snippets Book Review: The Truth And Other Lies by Sascha Arango

The Truth and Other Lies, Sascha ArangoFiction
Released June 23, 2015
256 Pages
Bottom Line: Read it.
Affiliate Link: Buy from Amazon
Source: eGalley provided by the publisher via NetGalley

Headline

The Truth And Other Lies is the first summer book to blow my mind (and, it’s a translated debut)! It’s a tightly packed, demented thriller that kept me guessing from page one through the end and is going on my 2015 Summer Reading, Book Club Recommendations, Page Turners, Books for Guys, and Great Books Under 300 Pages lists (yep, that’s a lot of lists!).

Plot Summary

“Dark, witty, and suspenseful, this literary crime thriller reminiscent of The Dinner and The Silent Wife follows a famous author whose wife—the brains behind his success—meets an untimely death, leaving him to deal with the consequences.” – Amazon

Why I Read It

I requested this book solely based on reading the overview above on Netgalley. Dark, witty, literary crime thriller, and The Dinner?! Yes, please!

What I Liked Loved

  • I’ve been disappointed by a lot of book comparisons lately, but likening this book to The Dinner actually made sense to me. It has the same ominous feel and straight forward, but nonchalantly evil tone. The plots, however, are very different.
  • The first chapter sets the tone perfectly…I was never sure if Henry was unhinged, pure evil, or just using gallows humor.
  • I had so many questions in my head the entire time I was reading. Who is Henry? Is he a psychopath, a victim, or caught up in something that has mushroomed far bigger than he ever imagined? It was tantalizing to really have no idea what was driving him.
  • Martha, Henry’s wife, is a fascinating character even though she’s not really present for most of the story. Is she a lamb or a wolf? Was Henry taking advantage of her or she of him? This unknown might be my favorite thing about the book.

What I Didn’t Like

  • If you think you want to read this one, I recommend avoiding the full marketing blurb. This is a book best enjoyed blind and, as I recently discussed in my Blabbing in the Blurbs post, there are too many revealing details in the synopsis! Hence, why this review is short on plot details…

A Defining Quote

The liars among us will know that every lie must contain a certain amount of truth if it’s to be convincing. A dash of truth is often enough, but it’s indispensable, like the olive in the martini.

Good for People Who Like…

Dark topics, books that make you think, dislikable characters, psychological mind games, page turners

Other Books You May Like

The Accident by Chris Pavone
The Dinner by Herman Koch

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18 Comments

  1. Brandie wrote:

    I’m really excited that I received this one in the mail yesterday from Atria Books. I love a good thriller!

    Posted 6.23.15 Reply
  2. I don’t read many thrillers, but this one sounds great! I’m going on vacation to a lake next month (I know it’s still far away, but I’m getting sooo excited!) and I’ll keep this in mind for beach reading!

    Posted 6.23.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      This one reads a bit differently than your run of the mill thriller. There’s a lot of time devoted to being inside Henry’s head, which is fun. But, I think it would be a great pick for the lake!

      Posted 6.23.15 Reply
  3. Kay wrote:

    You had me at your phrase ‘nonchalantly evil’. I’ve been watching this book and haven’t seen many reviews as yet. Nice to know it worked for you. And I’m planning on reading The Dinner soon, so this might be a good pairing of books.

    Posted 6.23.15 Reply
  4. Okay, so I tried to skim but I’m definitely DYING to read this book; it may be up next for me, if for no other reason than I can’t wait any longer – ha! The quote you included in fantastic plus, if this is one of your faves I know it’s good!

    Posted 6.23.15 Reply
  5. Carmen wrote:

    Sounds like a must read. I may give it a try later in the year.

    Posted 6.23.15 Reply
  6. Glad to hear this was such a great read for you. I think my expectations were a little off. I just found it to be too far fetched with the coincidences, but if I had gone in expecting it to be a little more of a romp, I think it would have been more enjoyable.

    Posted 6.23.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      You know, I just blew right by the coincidences as I was reading, but I do see that looking back on it now. However, I was enjoying so many other things about it that they didn’t bother me that much.

      And…romp..that is a great word to describe it!

      Posted 6.23.15 Reply
  7. Oooh I like your observations about Martha & Henry’s relationship…. they both were a bit of a mystery, Martha more so. We never really get those questions answered… like did she KNOW Henry was the way he is, or did he do a good job of hiding himself from her? Food for thought, so thanks for that!

    Posted 6.23.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Yep – I felt like there were a ton of questions left open. Re Martha and Henry…I was more speculating that the puppeteer of everything may not have been who we thought (I’m being vague b/c of spoilers). I’m actually going to DM you on Twitter…

      Posted 6.23.15 Reply
  8. It was the comparisons to The Dinner that made me pick it up as well, even though we both know that books so rarely live up to these comparison. But I loved T&OL almost as much as The Dinner. And you hit the nail on the head with Henry. Is a psychopath? Do we like him? Or feel sorry for him? That’s what makes the book so great. I was never exactly sure what to think of him.

    Posted 6.24.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I did too – and I think the comparison worked for me because it was a feel/tone comparison rather than a plot comparison, which get spoiler-y if they’re actually correct, which they’re often not! I mean, comparing categorizing The Dinner as “a European Gone Girl” (which is on Amazon’s blurb) is a joke!!

      I’m STILL not sure what I think of Henry…although there’s definitely some evil in him. But, Martha really got my wheels turning. What in the world is she?! These questions are why I think this would make a great book club choice!

      Posted 6.24.15 Reply
  9. I’m thinking that a bump up in my TBR list is in order, now. I have The Dinner on my TBR as well, so should I read them back to back, maybe?

    Posted 6.24.15 Reply
  10. Catherine wrote:

    I haven’t read any marketing blurb but you’re the second blogger I trust who has loved this book so I need to read it!

    Posted 7.2.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I’d love to discuss if you do end up reading it! This one had my head going in a bunch of crazy directions!

      Posted 7.4.15 Reply

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