Book Review: The Last Lie by Alex Lake

The Last Lie
by Alex Lake

Publication date: January 1st 2019
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 368


Everyone lies…but some lies are deadly.

For Claire Daniels, life is good. She has everything she’s ever wanted – a career she loves, friends she can rely on and a husband who dotes on her. All she needs is to start a family of her own and things will be even better than good.

They’ll be perfect.

For Alfie, it couldn’t be more different. His life with Claire is built on a lie. A lot of lies. And she can never find out.

Because Alfie has plans for her. Plans which must never come to light. But lies have a way of taking on a life of their own, and when his do, the consequences threaten to destroy everything.

For him and Claire.

Source: Goodreads


Claire Daniels thinks her life is perfect, but her husband Alfie would tell you otherwise. It’s difficult to say much more without spoiling the plot but a relationship built on lies is never going to end well…

This may be a psychological thriller but it’s a pretty easy read. Told in three parts, the majority of this book alternates been Claire and Alfie’s points of view and with short snappy chapters, the pages sped by.

For the most part I was fully engaged in the couple’s lives and I have to admit that there were a few times when I really wanted to keep reading rather than get off the bus!

I was a little disappointed to have worked out the ending approximately half way through the story though. It’s a thriller so there’s bound to be a twist or two, but I feel that a story like this deserves a little more mystery, allowing for deduction and prediction. At times I felt that things were a little too explained, as if the author underestimated their reader, so even the most obvious of thoughts and actions were included, sometimes repetitively. For me, this books tells too much and shows too little.

Overall rating: “The Last Lie” is a gripping thriller, but it’s not a tough read. I sped through the pages and looked forward to picking this up each day. Predictable and unrealistic at times but still an enjoyable 3 stars.

Thanks to Harper Collins for sending me this copy.

See my other reviews of books by Alex Lake here:

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