The Truth And Other Lies

Paperback | May 24, 2016

bySascha Arango

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A literary thriller reminiscent of The Dinner and The Silent Wife that follows a famous author whose wife—the brains behind his success—meets her death, leaving him to deal with the consequences

 

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 co-worker. But Henry Hayden is a construction, a mask. His past is a secret, his methods more so. No one besides he 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 may 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.




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A literary thriller reminiscent of The Dinner and The Silent Wife that follows a famous author whose wife—the brains behind his success—meets her death, leaving him to deal with the consequences On the surface, Henry Hayden seems like someone you could like, or even admire. A famous bestselling author who appears a modest everyman. A l...

SASCHA ARANGO is one of Germany’s most prominent screenplay writers and for his work on the long-running detective series Tatort is a two-time winner of the Grimme Prize, a prestigious award for German television. His first novel, The Truth and Other Lies, will be published in more than twnety-nine countries in 2015. He lives in German...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.3 × 5.2 × 0.7 inPublished:May 24, 2016Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143193422

ISBN - 13:9780143193425

Customer Reviews of The Truth And Other Lies

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from It just didn't really do it for me. I'll be totally honest, this wont be a long review. I congratulate myself on finishing this book. I don't think it was really a bad book, I just didn't like it. There were a few things structurally that I didn't enjoy at all although I did like the story and the potential it had. My biggest issue was with how much it jumped around. It felt like the narrator was constantly changing but there was no "sign" that it had changed. This meant that I'd be reading along and would all of a sudden just feel really confused. Things just stopped making sense until I caught on to the fact that the narrator had changed. Even after I'd caught on to this and was on the lookout for it, I didn't always detect the change right away and it made the story feel really choppy. I couldn't really get into the events being told because I felt like I was using so much effort just to try to stay in the loop. The fact that it was mostly, from what I remember, told from Henry's POV was a love/hate type of thing for me. I love seeing things as the MC thinks about them. It usually helps me get more invested in the story. That being said, I didn't like Henry at all and being privy to his thoughts just creeped me out. I thought the whole premise of the story was great. It had the potential to be really interesting and based on what I've seen in other reviews, it's really sucked people into the events. I only finished this book because I had to know how it ended. It really didn't do it for me at all other than my "curiosity killed the cat" curse. I found that the MC made me increasingly uncomfortable. That being said, it was my first real adventure into this genre of book so it's totally plausible that it's just not my type of book. I can totally see how some people would love this book. There are a ton of unexpected twists and turns that will definitely keep you guessing!
Date published: 2015-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from what a web we weave! It grabs your attention from page 1. Until the end you are in complete suspense as to what will occur. It makes you look at own psyche - you look normal, you say the right things but what is going on under that veneer? Well written, weaves smoothly from character to character.
Date published: 2015-08-26

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"Engrossing." –Bustle Magazine   “Excellent…[a] riveting, bleakly existential novel.” –Playboy   “Bears comparison to Patricia Highsmith – the book fairly twangs with paranoia, sardonic humour and razor-sharp observation.” –The Guardian   "Exceptional...a highly entertaining thriller.... [w]ry humor punctuates this insightful look at a soulless man." –Publishers Weekly (starred review)   "A cross between James M. Cain and Patricia Highsmith, with a wide streak of sardonic humor, this is one wicked tale. You keep waiting for the author to slip, plot-wise, but, as with his protagonist, you wait in vain. German screenwriter Arango's first novel is superior pulp, with schemers all around and plenty to say about fame, identity, and mortality." –Kirkus Reviews (starred review)   “Arango uses dark humor to probe the depths of human depravity in Henry’s borderline psychotic profile. Fans of psychological thrillers will be eager to see whether Henry’s increasingly detailed spin job will protect him or if the chaos he has created will blow his own cover.” –Booklist   “An edgy nail-biter.” –New Mexico Review of Books“One thing must be made absolutely clear: Truth and Other Lies is, until further notice, this year’s best achievement on the German crime book scene.” –Die Welt“Arango writes the perfect portrait of a liar.” –Corriere della sera“Noir fiction of the most beautiful kind, even in its most evil moments maintaining a certain tenderness.” –Spiegel OnlineFrom the Hardcover edition.