Welcome back for another blog tour, this time of A.J. Park’s novel The First Lie. Thank you to the author and to Orion Books for this advanced copy, and for scheduling me in the day before publishing – always feels like a good omen! Here’s the synopsis:
When Paul Reeve comes home to find his wife Alice in the bathroom, bloodied and shaking, his survival instinct kicks in.
And Alice never meant to kill the intruder – she was at home, alone, and terrified. She doesn’t deserve to be blamed for it. Covering up the murder as a couple is their only option.
But as the crime eats away at them, they soon realise that they can’t trust anyone, even one another…
The First Lie is a fast paced thriller that will keep you turning page after page. From the very first words, the book draws you in with an almost magnetic energy. Told from multiple perspectives and points in time, we jump between Alice, Paul, and the police officers trying to solve cases that appear to be related. All the while, Alice and Paul are spinning around in circles, trying to keep themselves working normally when their lives have changed – forever.
Now, speaking as an expert on forensics (i.e., I’ve watched every episode of Bones a million times, and Silent Witness is my favourite thing to watch on repeat), I was interested how Paul’s career in law was used to their advantage when clearing up the body, but also had its own incriminating downsides further down the line. No spoilers – you’ll just have to read it!
It was also really interesting to have perpetrators and criminal investigators as perspectives with alternating chapters, as this gave another level to the story, giving it a really unique twist. What also had the same impact was the fact we know who committed the murder right from the first chapter, and waiting for the stories to collide was brilliantly full of anticipation.
The way the relationship between Alice and Paul changes due to what they go through was refreshing to see, as some books imagine that such dramatic events wouldn’t have an impact on people, fictional or non. It’s brilliant to see realistic character development, and shows a real skill that is even more needed in crime fiction and mystery.
If you are looking for something to keep your pulse speeding, the pages turning, and your brain ticking, A.J. Park has written this something especially for you.
Thanks again to Orion and the author for bringing this book in to light up my June.