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My review

Everybody lies and this book is a prime example of that. A gas explosion occurred in a building at 10am on the 10th of October which is the 10th month of the year, the Triple Ten explosion, which killed 513 people. And there are 3 main characters who form the triangle of this story, each is connected to the other in lies and secrets.

Cecily, who lost a husband in the explosion, Frannie who lost a mother, and Kate who lost everything form the 3 angles of the triangle. The story explores the lives of the characters, both past and present, all leading up to an explosion of lies and truth. Each pull and push by the character leads to the angle being changed. The acute lies soon lead to the truth revealed in an obtuse manner. Till the last paragraph of the book, the right angle leads to a perfectly, shockingly straight line…

Catherine McKenzie’s style of writing is one of slow immersion, where the story is narrated layer by layer, where each layer adds to the story as well as leaves a clue behind. The story took some time for me to catch on, precisely 2 days and then I could finish in a couple of hours.

I generally do not like such slow starts, maybe I do not have the patience for such a slow built-up. That would be my only niggle. I always thought that there are never good liars but liars who lie good. And this book has three of them, one of them is a good liar, the second is a liar who is both lying and telling the truth, and the third is liar who lies good. Now it’s up to you to find out who is who. Good luck and happy reading!!

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Lake Union Publishing, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating : 3.5 stars

About the Author

Catherine McKenzie, a graduate of McGill University, practices law in Montreal, where she was born and raised. An avid skier and runner, Catherine’s novels Spin, Arranged, Forgotten, and Hidden are all international bestsellers and have been translated into numerous languages. Hidden was an Amazon #1 bestseller and a Digital Book World bestseller. Her fifth novel, Smoke, was an Amazon bestseller, a Goodreads Best Book for October 2015, and an Amazon Top 100 Book of 2015.

Book blurb

When an explosion rips apart a Chicago building, the lives of three women are forever altered.

A year later, Cecily is in mourning. She was supposed to be in the building that day. Instead, she stood on the street and witnessed it going down, with her husband and best friend inside. Kate, now living thousands of miles away, fled the disaster and is hoping that her past won’t catch up with her. And Franny, a young woman in search of her birth mother, watched the horror unfold on the morning news, knowing that the woman she was so desperate to reconnect with was in the building.

Now, despite the marks left by the tragedy, they all seem safe. But as its anniversary dominates the media, the memories of that terrifying morning become dangerous triggers. All these women are guarding important secrets. Just how far will they go to keep them?

Product Details

Publication date : 3rd April, 2018

Publisher : Lake Union Publishing

Language : English

Available on Amazon

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51 Responses

        1. Very hard… It will take me a couple of months to get back strength. I seem to be dropping off to sleep at odd times. Thank you. Only you have understood how hard being sick has been

          1. I do understand because you can’t help it. I had glandular fever once, very mildly and that knocked me for years.

          2. Like I said for me it was glandular fever, it took a few years for that to pass. But I was never the same as before.

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