Welcome to the February’s Book Club discussion everyone! This month’s book, The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle was such a suspenseful page turner. Thanks to Emma and Caitlin from Southern Curls & Pearls for the book recommendation.
If this is the first time you’re reading one of our book discussions, we want to make sure that everyone understands the process. To learn more about January’s book click here. In this post, we will be writing our thoughts & opinions on February’s book, The Marriage Lie, then we would love for all of you to let us know what you think about the book in the comment section below!
The great part about book discussions is that everyone can comment on one another’s comments to invoke deeper discussions. We will be checking in on this post and responding periodically throughout the month, so feel free to comment at any time – even if you decide to read this book after February. We will always try to read people’s comments and answer back ASAP. Last month we received so many amazing and great comments.. we loved hearing all of your opinions. Sometimes it may take us a little time to respond but it’s always our goal to stay as interactive as possible and to try and answer everyone as soon as possible
From the minute I read the description on the back of The Marriage Lie, I knew I needed to read it! Not only does my husband travel for business a lot, but having been a flight attendant for many years.. I’m more than aware of the risks of flying. The opening pages of this book turns everyone’s fears to reality.
As to the book… I was hooked from page one. Like Iris, I too love my husband dearly and hate whenever he has to leave or go out of town. The title gives quite a bit away but I was still intrigued.
The most ironic thing is that I began reading this book on the day that my husband, Jeff left on a business trip. It matched up so perfectly with the beginning of the book that I could not put it down! Believe me when I say I made sure to call him once he landed..
I found this book through Caitlin from Southern Curls & Pearls – she read this book recently as well and reviewed it on her blog. I trust her opinion because I’ve agreed with her on so many other different book endings. My thoughts are usually the same as hers. When I saw the description of this book I knew it would be perfect for the book club – and I think I read the novel in about a day. It was a fast read and a perfect book to pick for all of you. I enjoyed it, some parts were a bit predictable but overall it was a page-turner that I enjoyed.
Like Emma, I loved the fast-paced storyline. While I guessed some of the ‘who done it’ moments early on, I still found it interesting. This is a popular storyline in movies, and every once in a while you hear about someone ‘faking their own death’ in the news. For some reason I find these sorts of plots crazy on one hand but also very compelling on another. Iris was such a great character. I loved how smart she was portrayed. It was a fast read.. I think it took me just 2 days to read. I love books like that!
I liked Kimberly Belle’s writing style because it kept me intrigued and made me feel like I was actually with Iris the whole time. Writers who make the reader feel close to the main character are so talented! I also felt like the characters were super in-depth, even some of the unimportant ones, and that’s what I really enjoyed.
Our Favorite Parts of the Book (so many)
- We loved the relationship that Iris had with her family. Iris’ brother, Dave and his husband were the cutest. It was nice to see a close brother/sister relationship and the way in which Belle, the author, showed Dave’s unwavering support. The most important thing was that Dave believed Iris from the beginning and stood by her side the entire time.
- Iris’ love for her husband was evident from page one. It’s what pulled us into the story and gave the story a lot of credibility. You could really understand the drive behind her endless searching for answers. Knowing everything that Will did to Iris.. it was a little hard to fully understand why Iris jumped into bed with Will at the end of the story. It was obvious the struggles she battled within.
- When Dave and Iris went to Seattle.. they acted just like we would… asking questions and snooping hard core. Loved it! When Dave stole the yearbook, we cheered!
- Every time Belle shared something new that Will lied about we inched closer to the edge of our seats. From the moment we found out that Will didn’t make the Orlando flight and instead headed to Seattle for a new job, we were hooked. Discovering that he wasn’t as nice as Iris knew him to be from the Coach back in Seattle or that he could possibly have a hand in his Mom’s death was shocking. Each of these moments played such an important part to Iris’s character development.
- We loved when Iris teamed up with Evan, the lawyer. At first you aren’t sure if Evan was hiding something.. but then he shared his true colors by helping Iris.
- While Emma was surprised that Corbin was behind the money being stolen, I wasn’t. He seemed funky from the first meeting and the fact that he kept hovering around made him stand out even more. I didn’t know if Belle was purposely trying to make me think that Corbin was more guilty than he actually was or what… Of course in the end we discover he wasn’t a good guy at all. When Iris discovered that Corbin was the one tracking her phone and lying to her we both found this part predictable… from the minute he showed up at the memorial full of info about Iris and Will we had doubts about him. What we didn’t understand was his motives at the time. Also why she would go to his house alone later in the story is beyond us. Evan (the lawyer) felt the same way and yelled at her.. she is described to be so much smarter than that.
- We loved when Corbin showed himself to Iris after Evan (the lawyer) checked her house. The real reason we enjoyed this crazy part is because Iris knew how to play him like a fiddle. She zoned in on his narcissism and it was great to see.
- It was so great when Will showed up at the end! We finally got some answers. It was a long-awaited moment and I’m glad Kimberly Belle added this to the ending because it made him a little redeemable. He was the one who got Iris into this mess.. at least he saved her from crazy Corbin.
- While it was nice that Will saved Iris… Will showed his true colors when he told Iris that he didn’t mourn his mother’s death because of the way she was as a person. He also said he was still leaving and tried to persuade her to go with him. Iris would have looked to be involved from the beginning had she gone with him. Will cared for noone but himself.
- Our all time favorite part occurred on the last page, when Iris hit the panic button in her bedroom when Will was still with her in bed. Turning him in was the right thing to do. What a strong woman.. We loved that she didn’t take the fall for her man or go with him in the end.
What did you think about the book? Did you find parts or specific people predictable? Did you suspect Corbin? What did you think of Iris & Will… and what Will did? Were you surprised that Iris pressed the button in the end when she said she still loved him?
Leave your thoughts in the comment section below and remember you can always add to other comments as well..
Kristy & Emma
March Book & Discussion
Please continue with our book club and read March’s book. Click here to see which book we picked & to see the synopsis!