Books & fairytales - TUESDAY EXCERPTS

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

Today’s featured book is a fairly new one:  The Marriage Lie, by Kimberly Belle, is “ highly suspenseful, and heart-rending…enthralling right up to the shocking final twist.”






Intro:  I awaken when a hand winds around my waist, pulling me head to heel against skin heated from sleep.  I sigh and settle into my husband’s familiar form, fitting my backside into his front, soaking in his warmth.  Will is a furnace when he sleeps, and I’ve always got some place on me that’s cold.  This morning it’s my feet, and I wedge them between two warm calves.

“Your toes are freezing.”  His voice rumbles in the darkened room, the sounds vibrating through me.  On the other side of our bedroom curtains it’s not quite morning, that violet-tinged moment between night and day, still a good half-hour or so before the alarm.  “Were they hanging off the side of the bed or something?”


Teaser:  The sheet of paper inside could have come from a million different notebooks, purchased at a million different stores.  But it’s the three little words, scrawled in a script as familiar to me as my own, that suck the air from my lungs.

I’m so sorry.  (47%).


Synopsis:  Everyone has secrets… 

Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and life is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will flies out for a business trip to Florida, Iris’s happy world comes to an abrupt halt: another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers.
Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. Why did Will lie about where he was going? And what else has he lied about? As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to uncover what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she finds shock her to her very core.


  1. I am so like Iris! I stick my feet or my hands – whatever is cold – anywhere I can on the man that is warm. He’s gotten used to it on the couch. He doesn’t even jump or look up anymore. I love the opening, and the teaser made me think of something else entirely, like an affair. The synopsis is a little chilling, but not creepy. I’d keep reading.


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  2. This one sounds intriguing Laurel. I don’t generally enjoy psychological thrillers, but this one has a fascinating premise and I love the easy intimacy the author evokes. Thank you for swinging by earlier.

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  3. The opening seems so opposite to how the rest of the book sounds. It must be very jarring for her to find that scrap of paper. And I wonder what he’s sorry for. I would definitely read on. Thanks for sharing it and for coming by my teaser.

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