Mini AudioBook Reviews: The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango & Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

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The Truth and Other Lies
Mini AudioBook Reviews:  The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango & Pretty Baby by Mary KubicaTitle: The Truth and Other Lies
Author: Sascha Arango
Narrator: Corey Brill
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: June 23rd 2015
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 7 hours and 23 minutes
Source: Publisher
Format: Audiobook
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

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.
“Evil is a matter of opinion…”

On the surface, Henry Hayden seems like someone you could like, or even admire. A famous bestselling author who appears a modest everyman. A loving, devoted husband even though he could have any woman he desires. A generous friend and coworker. But Henry Hayden is a construction, a mask. His past is a secret, his methods more so. No one besides him and his wife know that she is the actual writer of the novels that made him famous.

For most of Henry’s life, it hasn’t been a problem. But when his hidden-in-plain-sight mistress becomes pregnant and his carefully constructed facade is about to crumble, he tries to find a permanent solution, only to make a terrible mistake.

Now not only are the police after Henry, but his past—which he has painstakingly kept hidden—threatens to catch up with him as well. Henry is an ingenious man and he works out an ingenious plan. He weaves lies, truths, and half-truths into a story that might help him survive. But bit by bit the noose still tightens.

Smart, sardonic, and compulsively readable, here is the story of a man whose cunning allows him to evade the consequences of his every action, even when he’s standing on the edge of the abyss.

Book 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.”

My Thoughts

The Truth and Other Lies is one of those books where the least said the better to avoid spoilers!

I will say that this book almost made me wish that my commute was longer! I didn’t ever want to stop listening. It just kept getting better and better an sucking me in further. I could not believe it as secret after secret, layer by layer was revealed. What a main character! He is so completely twisted up (spoiler alert-he is definitely a psychopath) but at the same time I could not help but like him!

I definitely recommend this one highly if you like psychological thrillers and complex main characters!!

Narration Notes:

Corey Brill is excellent. He also narrated The Troop which I listened to last year. I’ll definitely be checking to see what else he has worked on.

Pretty Baby
Mini AudioBook Reviews:  The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango & Pretty Baby by Mary KubicaTitle: Pretty Baby
Author: Mary Kubica
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell, Tom Taylorson, Jorjeana Marie
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: July 28th 2015
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Suspense, Thriller
Length: 12 hours and 7 minutes
Source: Library
Format: Audiobook
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

A chance encounter sparks an unrelenting web of lies in this stunning new psychological thriller from national bestselling author Mary Kubica

She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can't get the girl out of her head...

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow's past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she's willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.

Book Quote

“I came to understand it wasn’t about the information itself but the exchange: a pact, a bond.”

My Thoughts

Well written and very emotionally draining, Pretty Baby was a great introduction to Mary Kubica.

This story is told from multiple points of view. We have Heidi, her husband Chris and the young girl Willow who Heidi feels compelled to try to help.

There is a lot going on here as we explore each of these characters histories and personalities. And the deeper we go the more surprises we find…and then everything starts hitting the fan and I honestly just couldn’t believe what happened. Talk about taking the train to crazy town! LOL

Narration Notes:

All three narrators did a solid job of conveying their point of view. No complaints.

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