A Marriage of Lies

Amanda McKinney


Beneath the surface of every marriage there are secrets. This one is deadly.

My husband is lying. The minute he came home with alcohol on his breath and unable to look me in the eyes I knew it.

We used to be in love – the intense ‘I can’t be without you for a second’ kind. Where it hurts deep to be apart.

But now, we’re the couple that keep secrets from each other.

We hide the truth.

He thought I wouldn’t find out. I’m a detective – it’s literally my job to uncover clues and solve mysteries. I know what he did.

And now I’m sitting here, in a police interview, being asked the question ‘did you kill her?’ to which I utter one life-shattering ‘yes.’

A jaw-dropping, twist-filled emotional rollercoaster of a read for fans of Gone Girl, The Perfect Marriage, and The Girl on the Train.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) “A Marriage of Lies” delves into the complexities of marriage, trust, and the consequences of keeping secrets. Rowan, a detective, finds herself in a web of deception when her own husband begins to hide things from her, just as she is hiding secrets from him.

Secrets and mystery are exactly what makes a great thriller. This book did a great job at grabbing my interest and holding it until the end. The multiple relationships added to the intrigue and kept me guessing.

I did find the shifting perspectives confusing, particularly when it came to differentiating between the female characters. Clarifying these perspectives would enhance the clarity and flow of the story.

I also would have preferred more development of Kellan, Rowan’s police partner. While Kellan plays a significant role in the story, I craved more backstory and depth to fully understand his character and his relationship with Rowan.

Overall, it is a suspenseful read that will keep readers engaged from beginning to end.

General content summary: F words= 14


Corpse (some details of injuries and blood, multiple)

Alcohol (multiple, drunk)

Drugs (marijuana briefly seen, previous meth addiction)

Emotional relationship with a person other than their spouse

Family death (alcohol, few details)

Childhood foster care (brief mentions of abuse and challenging childhood)

Testing a child for autism 

Infertility and miscarriages 

Suicide attempt (previous, internal struggle, injury)

Child physical abuse (previous, few details)

Child sexual abuse (previous, no details)

Child suspicious death (previous, no details)

Mental health disorder 

Self harm (previous, few details)

Intimacy (details)

Infidelity (no details)

Thank you to Thriller Book Lovers Promotions for the copy!

The book releases March 29, 2024.

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