Monday's Lie

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Monday's Lie

When your mother is a covert government operative who insists on teaching you some of the methodology needed to be a successful spy, you could probably claim you had a rather unconventional childhood. This is what happened to Dee Aldrich. Whether she wanted to be proficient at “spy games” or not, she mastered some of the techniques as a youngster.

Now, years later, Dee has moved quite a distance from that eccentric upbringing but she’s about to discover that some of the “tricks of the trade” her mother passed on are about to become very helpful.

Having married her college sweetheart, Dee has had a fairly happy existence until recently. Now she’s beginning to question how solid her marriage really is and, more to the point, if her husband has plans for the future that don’t include her.

The inheritance of a large sum of money from her mother sets off a chain of events that makes Dee realize her hubby is a little too actively engaged in handling her money. Using the unusual skills her mother taught her at an early age, Dee is about to try to figure out if she really is at risk and if her suspicions about her husband are unfounded or not.

Quite honestly, this is not the most action packed thriller I have ever read but the story does improve as you get further into the plot. What makes “Monday’s Life” an entertaining read is the depth of the characterization and the narrative skill that Jamie Mason brings to the table. This novel is a bit reminiscent of some of Alfred Hitchcock’s works. Also, the central characters are truly interesting and very memorable; thus, this a satisfying read.

Book Blurb for Monday's Lie

From the acclaimed author of the “ripping good” (The New York Times) debut novel Three Graves Full comes a new thriller about a woman who digs into her unconventional past to confirm what she suspects: her husband isn't what she thought he was.

Dee Aldrich rebelled against her off-center upbringing when she married the most conventional man she could imagine: Patrick, her college sweetheart. But now, years later, her marriage is falling apart and she’s starting to believe that her husband has his eye on a new life...a life without her, one way or another.

Haunted by memories of her late mother Annette, a former covert operations asset, Dee reaches back into her childhood to resurrect her mother’s lessons and the “spy games” they played together, in which Dee learned memory tricks and, most importantly, how and when to lie. But just as she begins determining the course of the future, she makes a discovery that will change her life: her mother left her a lot of money and her own husband seems to know more about it than Dee does. Now, before it’s too late, she must investigate her suspicions and untangle conspiracy from coincidence, using her mother’s advice to steer her through the blind spots. The trick, in the end, will be in deciding if a “normal life” is really what she wants at all.

With pulse-pounding prose and atmospheric settings, Monday’s Lie is a thriller that delivers more of the “Hitchcockian menace” (Peter Straub) that made Three Graves Full a critical hit. For fans of the Coen brothers or Gillian Flynn, this is a book you won’t want to miss.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2015 3.50