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A Verdade e Outras Mentiras é um thriller psicológico que reúne inteligência, elegância, comédia negra e um elemento surpresa tão forte que nos hipnotiza desde o primeiro momento. Henry Hayden, um escritor de sucesso com um passado secreto, seduz toda a gente com a sua sensualidade e os seus modos dedandy. Mas a vida de fachada que construiu é subitamente ameaçada quando BA Verdade e Outras Mentiras é um thriller psicológico que reúne inteligência, elegância, comédia negra e um elemento surpresa tão forte que nos hipnotiza desde o primeiro momento. Henry Hayden, um escritor de sucesso com um passado secreto, seduz toda a gente com a sua sensualidade e os seus modos dedandy. Mas a vida de fachada que construiu é subitamente ameaçada quando Betty, a amante, lhe revela que está grávida. Desesperado por salvar o seu casamento e o enorme sucesso literário de que goza, Henry comete um erro fatal e, na ânsia de o consertar, entra num vórtice imparável de mentiras e destruição....

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ISBN : 9789722355254
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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A Verdade e Outras Mentiras Reviews

  • Linda
    2019-03-01 04:29

    What a really, really clever book! I've been fortunate to have picked up some good reads lately, but this one certainly is at the top of the list. The book is masterfully written by Sascha Arango who puts forth an intelligent read. We all know the disappointment with the canned writing of some authors in which you have everything figured out by the first few pages. Arango sets out landmines and you wait with bated breath as to how the main character will sidestep his certain demise. The Truth and Other Lies is a translation from German into English. There are a few glitches in location that may be questionable, but the transition is as smooth as glass. Sascha Arango presents a tale of cat and mouse that plays to your inner Poe. Arango is up front with the fact that the famous author, Henry, stands upon the stacks of pages adeptly written by his own wife, Martha. Martha prefers to exist in the background pumping out bestsellers while ol' Henry reaps the fame and fortune....a set-up that will soon have a set-down.I'm a fan of smart reads and The Truth and Other Lies is exactly that. Can't wait for more from this author. And the sooner the better.

  • Dana ****Reads Alot****
    2019-02-25 11:20

    I cannot even do a proper review without giving anything away!!This story has to be my all time favorite this year. This in my opinion ONLY blows Gone Girl to the curb. So many love triangles, curves and twists. Henry was the all time manipulator but Karma comes in. This book wont disappoint you if you love pyschological/murder mysteries.LOVED IT!!!!! Thank you Net Galley for allowing me to read this awesome book.

  • Diane S ☔
    2019-03-01 04:41

    3.5 Seems lately I have read a number of books where I thoroughly disliked the main character but found the book fascinating nonetheless.Henry is a made up person, he is someone who reinvents himself whenever necessary. A trauma suffered when he was young sent him on to the path of self preservation at any cost. But who is he really? A good dark read of missing people, finding out what is true or not and trying to figure out what is real or not. Some good writing, some likable and some unlikable characters, a psychological twist novel without alot of graphic violence, all on all a good read.ARC from publisher.

  • Carol
    2019-03-19 10:21

    ***3.5 Stars*** A good psychological thriller. Henry Hayden was not quite as captivating as Oliver Ryan, the dark and devious narrator of well-written Unravelling Oliver, one of my favorite suspense novels. Both men were compelling yet shared borderline sociopathic tendencies. Unraveling Oliver was impossible to put down while this story started out great but didn't offer a great deal of resolution in the end.

  • Marianne
    2019-03-04 05:25

    “The belief in human goodness is a prejudice hard to refute. Wouldn’t it be more sensible, Henry wondered, … believe in the self-evident badness of human beings? In his case, for instance, sporadic acts of goodness….were nothing but brief interruptions to his innate wickedness”The Truth and Other Lies is the first novel by German playwright, Sascha Arango. Henry Hayden is a best-selling author of crime novels, happily married to Martha (even if he also sleeps with his editor, Betty), generous with friends and pleasant to his fans. But Henry has a secret (or two), and when Betty announces she is pregnant, the façade of his comfortable existence threatens to collapse. Henry acts to preserve the status quo, but things don’t quite go to plan.Arango gives the reader an intriguing plot with plenty of twists, wrinkles and complications. His novel is riddled with delicious ironies, misdirection and plenty of black humour. Arango manages to include a synaesthete, a troublesome marten, a failing fishmonger, a not quite tenacious enough detective, an envious class-mate, unrequited lovers, an almost-finished manuscript and a very big “oops” moment. While Henry’s lies and his sheer audacity will leave readers gasping, many will find themselves almost wanting him to get away with it, or at least, feeling some sympathy for him. Arango gives his characters some astute observations: “You don’t have to be famous to be happy, especially as popularity is all too often confused with significance” and “Men are never more cowardly and their lies never more pathetic than when they’re caught with their pants down” and “Martha had warned him that success was a mere shadow that shifts with the moving sun” are examples. Also a succinct definition: “If I see or hear something and everyone else pretends there’s nothing there, then I know it’s a conspiracy”The reader is also treated to some marvellous descriptive prose: “The chapter fell seamlessly in line with the previous one; the story flowed towards its climax with such assurance that it was as if, instead of having been thought up, it had emerged from itself, like a plant from a seed” and “The cataract of words poured out of …’s brain and straight through the machine onto the paper; not a single word got spilt” on writing; also “A secret like this is a parasite. It feeds on you and grows bigger and bigger. It wants to get out of you, it gnaws its way through your heart, it wants to get out of your mouth, it crawls through your eyes!”This aptly titled novel is flawlessly translated from German by Imogen Taylor, and the Text Publishing edition has a colourful and imaginative cover by W H Chong. They offer a money-back “Love it” guarantee, and while this book is probably not for everyone, that guarantee would seem a fairly safe bet with many readers. This is a stunning debut and readers will look forward to more from this talented author.

  • Esil
    2019-02-23 04:37

    3 1/2 stars. The Truth and Other Lies gets you quickly into the thick of the plot. Henry -- from who's point of view most of the book is narrated -- is known to the world as a famous writer but in reality his wife Martha has been writing all his books. And this is only one of Henry's dark secrets. I can't say much more about the plot without giving away spoilers, but here is my reaction to the book: It was clever but not entirely original. It had good twists but sometimes it meandered. Henry is an interesting sociopathic unreliable narrator but it doesn't work as well when the author cedes the narrative perspective to other characters. I enjoyed this book well enough but I've enjoyed similar books somewhat more -- Joyce Carol Oates' Jack of Spades for instance. This would be a good book to read on a plane or train but not so good if you are looking for something substantial or engrossing. Get the picture? Decent but not great. By the way, I see no obvious mention that this is a translation from German -- which it is --and fortunately it's a good translation. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to to read an advance copy.

  • Brenda
    2019-03-12 09:24

    Henry Hayden’s life was complete – he was a successful author with a number of best sellers to his name; one of his titles had been made into a film; and his marriage to Martha was a happy and fulfilling one. But when Betty, his editor and long-time lover announced that she was pregnant, Henry’s life began to unravel in an alarming fashion…Because Henry’s life was built on a lie; Martha was the backbone of his life, but only he and Martha knew. His past was dark and deep – he had no past, no past that anyone knew about anyway. As Henry scrambled to keep his secrets hidden; to calculate and solve his immediate problems, a shattering mistake was made. With the lies and half-lies which surrounded Henry coming apart at the seams, suddenly the police were at his side. His façade was crumbling – his past was catching up with him and all he held dear was threatened in a big way. What plan could he devise to avoid the cataclysmic collapse which was imminent?Truth and Other Lies is a very unusual book – quite different to anything I’ve read in a long while. A dark and twisted thriller, the cunning nature of the main character is astounding. Enjoyable and gripping, I have no hesitation in recommending it highly to lovers of a good crime thriller.With thanks to Text Publishing for my copy to read and review.

  • Dianne
    2019-03-15 06:31

    Thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for an advance reader copy of this book."The Truth and Other Lies" is a twisty thriller about a famous author, Henry Hayden, who is living a lie - the books he passes off as his own are written by his wife. He is having a barely-concealed affair with his editor, Betty, who is now pregnant with his child. Henry considers leaving his wife for Betty but decides he really doesn't like Betty very much, so he comes up with a plan to extricate himself from his situation - only the plan goes terribly wrong.The book has elements of "Gone Girl" and "Summer House With Swimming Pool." I don't want to get into too much detail because I don't want to give too much away, but if you liked those books and were fascinated by the protagonists, you may enjoy this. It was very engrossing, although not as polished as those two books. The characters were not as well-developed and some of them, especially Henry's wife and mistress, didn't seem very "real." Henry himself seemed to waver between being a flat-out sociopath (mostly) and a man with real feelings for his wife and friends (rarely). There were also a few events and plot points that seemed random and didn't appear to get resolved. Lastly, I'm a little puzzled by the last sentence of the book - I am wondering if I missed something along the way.3.5 overall - a page turner that kept my interest and had me on the edge of my seat right until the end.

  • Kristin
    2019-03-12 09:20

    I feel like I'm abandoning things a lot lately. I guess when you are crazy busy and stressed out, it makes you not want to waste what little time you have with things that don't make you happy. This book reminds me a lot of The Shining Girls. In much the same way, I had a hard time connecting with story and the characters. Does it sound terrible to say that it's clearly hard for me to find sociopaths entertaining? I received an arc copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley!

  • Petra
    2019-03-08 04:42

    Rating refers to the German audiobook narrated by Axel Milberg.Well written, clever story with some dark humour.

  • Lindsey Lynn
    2019-03-01 03:37

    2.5/5 StarsI received this book from a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway!This book, though it was short, took me far too long to get into. I had trouble with the characters, I was just frustrated with all of them. The plot was predictable for me personally. I liked the writing style, it flowed well and thoughtfully. However this book was just a little predictable and not semi forgetful. If you like thrillers I suggest giving it a try, if you're not in the mood for a thriller though, hold off until you're ready.

  • Maria Espadinha
    2019-03-05 10:43

    Mixed FeelingsNão sei se o defeito será meu ("ninguém é perfeito", não é verdade ?!) mas acontece que os bons thrillers me provocam sentimentos algo contraditórios:Se por um lado me agrada a intriga, a cadência acelerada dos acontecimentos, a tensão que nos deixa de respiração suspensa, a vontade de saltar páginas para espreitar o passo seguinte... Por outro , a violência que normalmente os caracteriza rouba uns 2 ou 3 graus ao termómetro que mede a minha habitual boa disposição. E só por isso, castigo-os penalizando-os com uma estrelaNo entanto, nao há duvida que este livro contém todos os ingredientes dum bom thriller.A estória tem uma boa intriga e foi inteligentemente apaladada com um q.b. de "twists and turns", as especiarias predilectas dos policiais. É um daqueles livros que se lê rapidamente e em que só se respira no fim...4 estrelas (com uma roubada, pois...)

  • Jill
    2019-03-09 06:20

    When a novel has as many twists and turns as this one, less is more. As a result, I will not reveal anything that is not on the book jacket. And that’s this: suppose you are a bestselling author named Henry whose entire life is a lie…and your wife is the only one who knows it. And now suppose your lover reveals to you that she’s pregnant with your child. Further suppose that a childhood nemesis is hot on your trail.It’s the makings of a compelling read. For those who enjoyed Herman Koch’s The Dinner or (dare I say?) Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, there will be ample enjoyment in witnessing the machinations of an ingenious (and definitely unlikable) man who constructs his life in ways that others might construct elaborate story-novels.Throughout, Sascha Arango – one of Germany’s most prominent screenplay writers – gently pokes fun at the writing process with winks at the construction of this book. When one fan questions Henry about the “most important thing a writer should remember” (groan!), he gives the stock answer of writing what you know about – another obvious lie. And then he adds, “…and to allow plenty of time for leaving things out…everything you leave out on purpose or delete—that’s what gives you the most trouble and takes the longest.” Similar ruminations are made on the importance (and difficulty) of a novel’s ending.As Henry’s web is woven tighter, I became increasingly unable to tear myself away from the pages. I did have some quibbles with the ending, but Sascha Arango already warned me that I might.

  • Fictionophile
    2019-03-16 03:27

    “The truth and other lies” was a novel strong on characterization and filled with delightful imagery. Sascha Arango, a German television writer, has written a page-turner of a novel that entertains with dark humor and deviousness. The novel is the winner of the Prix Européen du Polar du Point, France, 2015. I’m sure this is only the beginning of it’s literary success!For my complete review see my blog, Fictionophile

  • Linda Strong
    2019-02-24 07:34

    Henry is a man without a past.. at least not one he's willing to talk about. And it wouldn't matter anyway ... his truth may not be the whole truth. He's married to a woman who seems to love him unconditionally. Henry is a well-known author, but it's his wife who actually writes the books. Henry is a man other men aspire to be and the man that many women seem to be drawn to. One mistake .. that's all it took.. one mistake and the building blocks come tumbling down.I am torn between liking and not liking the characters in this book. Either way, they are fascinating in their own way. Henry is a little bit arrogant and will tell a lie or partial lie before ever admitting a truth. He's very clever.... arranging things and fabricating rags into whole cloth.His wife is almost a non-entity. She's quiet and unassuming. The mistress is loud and brash. I think I feel sorry for her because she also loves Henry and in some ways Henry only loves Henry.... or people only once they are dead.This was a very cleverly written novel. Lots of twists and turns. A riveting and compelling look at a man's life and lies.Thank you to Jin at Atria Books for furnishing to me an ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.

  • Dorie
    2019-03-04 09:18

    What a ride! This impeccably crafted thriller that centers around a main character who is the scariest and most abhorrent type of person, an inherently evil man with a completely charming, witty, friendly persona. Henry Hayden has become a local hero of sorts, having written a series of best selling novels. However it is his wife, who writes throughout most nights who is the author of these stories. She wants no fame and Henry thrives on it. Things go well for Henry as he enjoys all the things that wealth can bring until he makes the mistake of having an affair with his editor who becomes pregnant.As he carries out his well thought out plan to rid himself of her, pushing her car off a cliff, he accidentally kills the wrong woman.He contrives a story of truth and lies while evading the police and a person from his past who intends to tell all about Henry.This is a very suspenseful, compulsively readable thriller that was a great read!

  • Dale Harcombe
    2019-03-12 09:26

    This is probably not a book I would normally read but I was sent it by the publisher. So, thanks to Text Publishing for extending my reading. I found this to be a clever but rather strange book. To begin with I was interested in the characters, although I never ever saw Henry as the back cover blurb says as ‘a delightful person to have around.’ It is obvious from very early on that there is something dark and manipulative about him. Just the fact that he could take credit for the novels his wife Martha wrote, says enough about his mentality to me. That was not his only deceit. Not only is he married to Martha, he is having an affair with his editor Betty. Her news of a pregnancy threatens to destroy Henry’s carefully built facade. Unless...he finds a way out of the predicament. I found this book interesting in some ways as it explores Henry’s thought processes and plans to solve the problem. This caused me to continue reading, if only to find out how it all worked out. I liked much of the writing. One quote I did like was,’ the telepathic contact that comes with years of marriage is often misinterpreted by outsiders as silence.’ There is more to this quote but it needs to be read in context. At times, this novel tended to be a bit confusing with the reader having to work out which is truth and which are lies. Some parts I thought are also a little crass. All in all, it presented a strange mix. Though the story is cleverly presented and there are plenty of twists, the fact that I didn’t like any of the characters made it more an exercise in reading to get to the end and see how it all worked out. While I could admire the writing and the skill in putting this story together, in the end it was not really my cup of tea. But I am sure plenty of others will find it an engaging and entertaining read.

  • Tooter
    2019-03-13 04:24

    3.5 Stars

  • Bettie☯
    2019-03-10 06:20

    BABT In 'Reading Europe', Radio 4 continues its journey across Europe exploring the best in contemporary literature with this hugely successful German thriller set on a small cliff-top town in which everyone has a secret.Famous novelist, with a beautiful wife, grand house in the country and more money than he can spend - Henry Hayden has it all. Or so it seems. His perfect life rests on one carefully constructed lie, a lie he will stop at nothing to protect. He has been lucky until now, but when he makes one fatal error, the whole dream begins to unravel.Reader: Jamie ParkerAbridger: Sally MarmionProducer: Justine WillettWriter: Sascha Arango is one of Germany's most renowned screenwriters, whose award-winning crime dramas are television events of the year. This, his first novel, has been a huge bestseller in Germany.Translated by Imogen Taylor.1/9: My love, this is not going to end well2/9: Don't worry, I'll take care of things3/9: Darling, can you guess how it ends?4/9: We've found your wife5/9: No corpse is beautiful6/9: You scare me, Henry7/9: I need to get away from here8/9: You Need Help9/9: Better Always Alone than Never

  • Karen
    2019-03-12 05:21

    The title doesn’t seem to make sense, but The Truth and Other Lies is perfect for this book. This book was a total mess, but in all the right ways. The characters in this book were seriously twisted. So I really enjoyed this story and read the whole thing in one day.Henry is a bad man. To the outside world, he seems like the story of success. His books are all best sellers and he is well respected. No one knows that his wife is the real author, he is just the name. They are happily married and live eccentrically together. When Henry’s mistress becomes pregnant, Henry’s life implodes. In a split-second decision, Henry tries to get rid of the problem of his mistress, and he makes a grave mistake. His shady past comes for him during a police investigation and Henry’s life spirals out of control.I really can’t say too much about the events in this story. To do so would be to give it away. Just know that Henry’s actions kept me completely captivated. It is hard to sell a story about a pretty unlikeable character, but this author nails it. All of the characters in this story had issues. I can’t think of one person in this book worth rooting for. It was like watching a car accident. I was horrified, but I couldn’t look away.The only thing that kind of irked me was the ending. We are left wondering…ugh, can’t even say what I was wondering at the end. Henry does have some redeeming qualities in this story. Not enough to be actually forgiven for his actions, but at least his motivation seems less sinister. Henry seems to act of out necessity. He was a perplexing character. I really enjoyed this thriller. If you enjoyed Gone Girl, you should definitely give this book a read.

  • Tamara
    2019-02-21 05:45

    This is a twisted book. Background checks are necessary!!

  • Jeanette
    2019-03-03 10:47

    Contrary to my latest fiction reading trend, this one starts out off-putting in the beginning and yet yields a decent whole. As opposed to the numerous great starts that flatten out to insipid or nothing.It's not the typical psychological thriller who-dun-it, although like most current moderns the characters are all beyond flawed, or hold heavy handed self serving motives, intrinsically amoral. The story centers around Henry, his thoughts, his choices, his acts. It left me questioning some aspects of his wife's personality and contorted purpose. Certainly it didn't contain as much closure as much as a definitive ending. In this case, rather two different animals. The marriage depicted was not a norm. If there is a marriage norm grid at all, this one is off of it.It happens in the U.K but it's written by a German author. The style was rather intriguing and especially within the middle and onwards- circular and direct at turns- which sure demanded your interest/attention. Transitions sometimes chopped purposely? It's not English as a first language in prose flow at times. Terser. I wonder if this is a first for a series. The last chapters gave me the feeling to want to learn more about the profiler, Jennsen. Might he reappear?Grew to be a 3.5 star. I'd read another.

  • switterbug (Betsey)
    2019-02-20 07:43

    Henry Hayden, blockbuster German novelist, lives a luxury life of lies. His past is sealed as tight as a drum, and he doesn’t share it with anyone. His wife, Martha, seems like a woman out of the 50’s—she takes care of all of Henry’s needs and doesn’t ever complain. On the other hand, his mistress, who is pregnant, is vocal and demanding. Soon, he makes some bad decisions, and his past is about to ram head-first into his present, and destroy his future. Henry has to work swiftly in order to keep his head above the law and to outpace everyone on his tail.If you like a noir-ish, fast-paced, cat-and-mouse thriller with mordant, absurdist wit and a few dead bodies, as well as a provocative, enigmatic, wicked protagonist, this may be your cuppa. I read it in one sitting, in an afternoon. I just couldn’t stop turning the pages.The latter part of the book, however, stretched the limits of my belief. I felt the author’s presence handing us a little tea and sympathy, softening a psychotic with a few pardons, perhaps overreaching, and adding superfluous volume to a secondary character. However, there’s so much to enjoy here that I can’t knock off a full star.Kudos to Imogen Taylor for giving Arango’s narrative a silky smooth, satiny English translation.

  • Marvin
    2019-02-22 03:34

    “The liars among us will know that every lie must contain a certain amount of truth if it's to be convincing. A dash of truth is often enough, but it's indispensable, like the olive in the martini.” Henry Hayden is a bestselling author but he did not write any of his novels. His wife Martha did and she is fine with her husband taking the credit. However when Henry finds out his affair with Betty has resulted in her pregnancy, he becomes concerned that everything he built with his wife will come apart.That is the bare-bones description of The Truth and Other Lies, a devastatingly clever novel by the German author Sascha Arango. It would probably be classified as a suspense or mystery novel even though we know who's doing what from the outset. The mystery is in what is being done not who is doing it. The pleasure here is watching a charismatic and ultimately sociopathic individual dig himself in deeper and deeper as little plot twists make his dilemma even more outrageous.Henry Hayden reminds me of Tom Ripley, a equally likeable and elusive protagonist. Like Ripley, Henry has a secret past and is adept at hiding the truth about himself. It doesn't hurt that Arango's themes and style seem similar to Ripley's creator, Patricia Highsmith. Arango has a similar talent for empathy with ones who feel no empathy and a healthy cynicism of human nature. But, again like Highsmith, Arango turns that cynicism into a playful if mostly wicked look at the dark side of man. The biggest twist comes early and I will not say what that is. But the success of the novel hinges on that twist. "The best laid plans of mice and men" is working overtime in this story and the fun is to see how many precarious bends this Jenga-like plot can take without toppling over. It works because Henry is so complex in his twistedness. Characterization is what finally wins out in the end and all the rest works because we are not so secretly rooting for this immoral individual in spite of ourselves. There are also many minor characters that are well developed and give the story a lot of depth.There is more than a little similarity with Gone Girl if not in plot but in the motives and personality of the players. Those who liked Gone Girl will catch it and if you didn't like Gone Girl you will probably dislike it for similar reasons. But not reading this novel will be a mistake. It is firmly set up to be the evil little thriller of the year and perhaps the one that raises the bar on the term "literary suspense". Praise should also be given to the outstanding translation which moves everything so effortlessly along. This is my pick for the must-read thriller for 2015.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-24 04:47

    To keep a secret, you should never lose concentration; tell nobody and never forget.From the very first page, the author sets up a story riddled with complications, betrayal and deceit. And he delivered for the most part. The unexpected twists were enough to keep me interested, even with characters I never really grew to like and writing that I didn’t immediately connect with.Henry is a best-selling author at the height of his career. He’s rich, famous and well-liked in the small town where he lives with his wife, Martha. His comfortable existence is threatened when he finds out his editor and mistress, Betty, is pregnant. He considers coming clean to Martha, but thinks he has a better plan instead. He’ll just make Betty disappear.The major problem for me was Henry. I never grew to like him. Sure he did horrible things, never told the truth and came off as a coward in my eyes, but I still wanted to feel like he had some redeeming quality. Something that would make me care, even a teeny tiny bit. It never happened though, making it hard for me to totally immerse myself in the story.“I’m a thoroughly bad, utterly insignificant person, believe me.”It took me a little longer than usual to get used to the author's voice and the flow. I get it was translated, but some of the wording was just odd. There were a few times the POV was switched in the middle of paragraphs too, making it a little confusing and disjointed. I can’t say I loved this book, but despite my issues with the characters and the writing, I liked it. It was the shock value that saved the story for me and kept me intrigued.*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

  • George K.
    2019-03-06 03:46

    Το πέτυχα χθες στο Μοναστηράκι σε άριστη κατάσταση και σε εξαιρετική τιμή και το τσίμπησα, χωρίς να το σκεφτώ ιδιαίτερα. Ε, και είπα να το αρχίσω άμεσα. Καλούτσικο ψυχολογικό θρίλερ, ευκολοδιάβαστο και σχετικά ενδιαφέρον, έφυγε μέσα σ'ένα διήμερο. Απλά δεν νομίζω ότι ξεχωρίζει ιδιαίτερα από τα υπόλοιπα ψυχολογικά θρίλερ που μας έχουν κατακλείσει τον τελευταίο καιρό. Ο Χένρι Χέιντεν, πρωταγωνιστής της ιστορίας, έχει μια κατά τα φαινόμενα ευτυχισμένη και τέλεια ζωή, όντας επιτυχημένος συγγραφέας και παντρεμένος με μια όμορφη γυναίκα. Είναι, επίσης, πολύ καλός φίλος και εξαιρετικός συνεργάτης. Όλα αυτά όμως είναι μια βιτρίνα. Τα βιβλία δεν τα γράφει αυτός, αλλά η γυναίκα του. Και, επίσης, έχει μια γκόμενα, η οποία έμεινε έγκυος. Η τακτοποιημένη ζωή του είναι έτοιμη να διαλυθεί. Και τότε είναι που κάνει κάποιες ακραίες ενέργειες. Όμως το μυστηριώδες παρελθόν του δεν είναι τυχαία μυστηριώδες. Ο Χένρι είναι έξυπνος και άνθρωπος που επιβιώνει σε κάθε δύσκολη κατάσταση...Τίποτα το τρομερά ιδιαίτερο ή πρωτότυπο από άποψη πλοκής, δεν μπορώ να πω ότι ξετρελάθηκα από τις όποιες εκπλήξεις και ανατροπές. Ίσως επειδή δεν υπήρξαν τέτοιες. Βέβαια το βιβλίο το διάβασα με ενδιαφέρον από την αρχή μέχρι το τέλος, υπήρχε μια αγωνία για την συνέχεια και για το ποιες θα είναι οι επόμενες ενέργειες του πρωταγωνιστή, επιπρόσθετα μου άρεσε αρκετά ο τρόπος γραφής -οι περιγραφές των τοπίων και των διαφόρων καταστάσεων, οι διάλογοι, όλα αυτά-, καθώς και η ατμόσφαιρα, έτσι ωραία και κάπως μουντή όπως ήταν, απλά σαν ψυχολογικό θρίλερ δεν έκανε την διαφορά. Πάντως πέρασα καλά, οπότε τα τέσσερα αστεράκια στο Goodreads θα τα πάρει, έστω και την τελευταία στιγμή.

  • Kasia
    2019-03-11 03:37

    Consider it better than gone girl and girl on the train

  • César
    2019-02-20 11:35

    O autor é um escritor de guiões e isso nota-se no livro que é quase um guião. Competente, com ótimo ritmo e boa dose de reviravoltas. Não é grande literatura mas é um bom "polar". 3,5*

  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    2019-02-24 05:18

    Ο Sascha Arango είναι ένας από τους πλέον επιτυχημένους και αναγνωρισμένους σεναριογράφους της Γερμανίας. Φυσικό επόμενο ήταν, λοιπόν, το λογοτεχνικό του ντεμπούτο να προκαλέσει αίσθηση, αλλά και να οδηγήσει μεγάλη μερίδα του γερμανόφωνου κοινού στο να σπεύσει ν' αγοράσει το βιβλίο του. Οι εκδόσεις Ψυχογιός, τώρα, έχοντας κάνει στροφή τον τελευταίο χρόνο, εντάσσοντας αρκετά βιβλία που υπάγονται στην κατηγορία των ψυχολογικών θρίλερ στο εκδοτικό τους πρόγραμμα, επέλεξαν το έργο του Arango θεωρώντας -πιθανότατα- πως έχει αυτό το κάτι που ταιριάζει στο ύφος που ο εκδοτικός προσπαθεί να χτίσει. Και πράγματι, ως επιλογή είναι αρκετά πετυχημένη, ίσως και κάπως στοχευμένη, κάτι που θα αναλύσω στην συνέχεια.Πρωταγωνιστής της ιστορίας μας είναι ο Χένρι Χάιντεν, ένας άνθρωπος που αν και φαινομενικά είναι υπέροχος και έχει μια τέλεια ζωή, κρύβει πολλά σκοτεινά μυστικά και στην πραγματικότητα, είναι το ακριβώς αντίθετο απ' αυτό που αφήνει να φανεί προς τα έξω. Η συγγραφική του επιτυχία δεν είναι παρά μιαν απάτη, αφού η γυναίκα του είναι εκείνη που συγγράφει τα βιβλία που εκείνος πλασάρει ως δικά του, ενώ η τέλεια οικογενειακή ζωή του δεν είναι παρά μια βιτρίνα που χρησιμοποιεί για να καλύπτει την παράνομη σχέση του. Όλα μοιάζουν να βρίσκονται υπό τον έλεγχό του, μέχρι τη μέρα τουλάχιστον που η ερωμένη του τού αποκαλύπτει πως περιμένει το παιδί τους, και όλα ανατρέπονται, με τον Χένρι να ψάχνει απεγνωσμένα να βρει μια λύση που θα τον βοηθήσει να σώσει τη ζωή του, την ίδια ώρα που η αστυνομία τον πλησιάζει επικίνδυνα, απειλώντας να τον εκθέσει ανεπανόρθωτα.Θυμάστε που πριν ακριβώς ένα χρόνο σχολιάζαμε το βιβλίο "Τα πρόσωπα του Όλιβερ", της Liz Nugent, που επίσης είχε κυκλοφορήσει από τις εκδόσεις Ψυχογιός; Αν όχι, μπορείτε να ανατρέξετε στην εν λόγω ανάρτηση και να ανακαλύψετε την άποψή μου. Αν ναι, τότε θα θυμάστε και τον ενθουσιασμό που μου είχε προκαλέσει, αφού η συγγραφέας είχε καταφέρει με έναν εξαιρετικά περίπλοκο και άρτια δουλεμένο τρόπο να ξεδιπλώσει, όχι μόνο την ιστορία του Όλιβερ, αλλά και την πολυσχιδή, αρρωστημένη προσωπικότητά του. Ο λόγος που τα αναφέρω όλα αυτά σήμερα δεν είναι άλλος από την ομοιότητα της κεντρικής ιδέας των δύο αυτών μυθιστορημάτων, του κοινού άξονα που στηρίζει την πλοκή κάθε μίας από αυτές, και των ακόμα πιο κοινών χαρακτηριστικών που συνθέτουν τις προσωπικότητες του Χένρι και του Όλιβερ αντίστοιχα. Βέβαια, αν κληθώ να επιλέξω ποια ιστορία ή και ποιον ήρωα προτιμώ, θα πρέπει να επιλέξω τον Όλιβερ και την αρρωστημένη του προσωπικότητα, που σε αντίθεση με τον Χένρι, είναι πιο ωμός και ζωώδης, προσφέροντάς μας μια εξίσου πιο ωμή και κτηνώδη στα σημεία της ιστορία.Από την άλλη, το να κάνω συγκρίσεις ίσως να μην έχει αξία, ή και λογική υπόσταση, αλλά δεδομένου ότι πρόκειται για βιβλία του ίδιου είδους, στην ίδια εκδοτική στέγη, με παρέσυραν στο να το κάνω και δεν αντιστάθηκα. Στο θέμα μας, και πάλι, ο Arango, μέσα από την γεμάτη ένταση, νεύρο και ρυθμό αφήγησή του, δομεί και αποδομεί τόσο την ίδια την ιστορία, όσο και τον Χένρι ως οντότητα και κυρίως, ως προσωπικότητα. Όλα αυτά είναι τα στοιχεία που εκτίμησα δεόντως στο "Η αλήθεια και άλλα ψέματα", αφού δεν μου επέτρεψαν να βαρεθώ ούτε για μια στιγμή, ενώ την ίδια στιγμή, μου προσέφεραν έντονες στιγμές καυστικής διακωμώδησης ανθρώπων και καταστάσεων, που σε ένα ψυχολογικό εγκληματολογικό θρίλερ, πάντοτε αποτελεί μια ευχάριστη πινελιά, ειδικά αν ξέρεις να το χειριστείς σωστά, όπως ο συγγραφέας στην προκειμένη περίπτωση. Αυτό, όμως, που μου έλειψε, ήταν η έκπληξη και ο εντυπωσιασμός. Το γεγονός πως ο αναγνώστης γνωρίζει από την αρχή την αλήθεια για τον Χένρι, σε αντίθεση με τους γύρω του, μπορεί να είναι ένα έξυπνο τέχνασμα, δεν θεωρώ, ωστόσο, πως λειτούργησε έτσι όπως έπρεπε προκειμένου να καθηλώσει.Ο Arango επιχειρεί να παρουσιάσει το πορτρέτο ενός ανθρώπου που ενώ συντηρεί με κάθε τρόπο την εικόνα του ιδανικού, δεν είναι παρά μια πλασματική προσέγγιση αυτού που θα ήθελαν οι άλλοι να είναι, προκειμένου να εξυπηρετεί, τελικά, τους δικούς του σκοπούς, ανίερους ή μη, κάτω από ένα πέπλο αποδοχής που βασίζεται στην εμπιστοσύνη που εμπνέει το φαίνεσθαι και που σε αποτρέπει από το να ψάξεις κάτω από την επιφάνεια. Και σε αρκετά μεγάλο βαθμό, ειδικά για πρώτη συγγραφική απόπειρα, τα καταφέρνει αρκετά καλά. Η σεναριακή του προϋπηρεσία τον βοηθάει στο να χτίσει με τέχνη την πλοκή του και να την εξελίξει έτσι ώστε αυτή να μην χάνει το νεύρο της, αλλά θεωρώ πως της λείπει εκείνη η δεξιοτεχνική μαγεία που θα μπορούσε να κλέψει τις εντυπώσεις. Παρ' όλα ταύτα, έχουμε να κάνουμε με ένα αξιόλογο θρίλερ εγκληματικών καταβολών και προσωπικά, στο μέλλον, σίγουρα θα αναζητήσω και νέα βιβλία του συγγραφέα.

  • StephanieG
    2019-03-04 03:18

    3.5 StarsHenry Hayden is a best selling novelist whose life changes when he discovers his mistress, Betty, is preggers. He is between wanting Betty dead and wanting to tell his wife the truth. Martha and Henry have taken care of one another for years, and after trying to tell Martha, his wife, the truth he decides he has a better idea. Only his idea goes array when Martha goes missing and Betty turns up knocking on his door.The Truth and Other Lies is a novel by the German playwright and now novelist, Sascha Arango. It has been advertised as a thriller, but I feel as if the novel should have been just called fiction. It lacks the immediacy of most thrillers relaying on the protagonists fate, which is never in trouble of a killer. Arango’s prose is solid, sharp, and full of great things to quote. Short phrases and themes prove easy to read and thought provoking. The only down side with the writing is the pacing at the end of the novel slowed.The problem, at least for me, lies with Henry. It’s stated that he is a great guy, every one loves him, and every woman wants to be with him, which is something I’m not buying. He goes out of his way to help a man who was literally out to get him (because Henry was mean to him once so getting even is this guy’s life long goal) and Henry helps the fisherman that lives close to him, but he’s ready to kill his mistress because she and their baby is an inconvenience? Nope! I’m just not buying what’s being sold here, which is a shame because the prose is well done. Henry is given dimension and a foundation for these things to be believable, but my reaction was less than positive.The cast of side characters is also very human, but as the voice sometimes switches between them, it can be confusing. Their stories are all side notes to Henry and his life. While they play roles I thought each one would pull Henry further out to sea until the figurative storm (and literal storm) blew him under.I know, I haven’t mentioned plot details, but that’s because the twist in the novel is at the start of the book, from then it just unravels, like yarn. And then, because the yarn has sat around for too, long it just gets all tangled and nasty. I’m sure plenty of people are going to enjoy this novel, but the main character put me off.- Elizabeth