The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle (Book Summary)

Iris and Will are happily married. Iris is a psychologist while Will is a tech guy. After celebrating their wedding anniversary (by making love, Iris also received an expensive Cartier ring) , Will flew to Orlando for a conference. However, while working, Iris discovered that a plane has crashed. She was scared for a while because she thought that it might be Will’s plane, but she was relieved when she found out that it was a different plane, the one that’s going to Seattle. Her relief was shortlived because her mother called her, and informed her that Will’s name was included in the plane that crashed.

Iris took days off from work to mourn her husband’s death. She still couldn’t believe that he is dead and at the same time, she is bothered why he is going to Seattle when the conference is in Orlando. Later on she discrovered that there really was no conference in Orlando, and he was lying to her. Iris met Will’s friend from the gym named Corban Hayes. Will never mentioned him to her, but with the info from Corban, it looks like they were close.

Iris received cards from many people, but there was one thing that stood out – a card from a school in Seattle. That was when she suspected that Will lied to her about his past. So she went to Seattle along with her twin brother and found out that Will indeed lived there, and he has a reputation. According to the people they talked to, Will was a bully, and he set their house on fire and it killed his mother. While in Seattle, Iris started receiving messages from an unknown number telling her to go home.

When Iris and Dave went home, Iris received the Will’s wedding ring that was found in the cornfield where the plane crashed. She was devastated, but then after a long shower she found a note in her dresser that says “I’m so sorry” and it was Will’s handrwriting. It was sent two days ago, which means days after the crash. She got confused and had her hopes up.

Iris was contacted by Will’s boss, Nick. They talked about how she is coping up, and eventually Nick revealed to her that Will stole money from their company, AppSec. Nick threatened that he will be coming after the money even if it means taking down Iris or Will who claims to be dead. The money is four million dollars and counting. Iris tried looking for the money herself, hoping that if she finds the money, she will also find will. When she traced a number used to buy the Cartier ring Will gave her on their monthsary, she contacted the number. The number texted back, and pretended to be will, however she had it traced and she discovered that it was Corban Hayes and not Will.

Since Iris could be held accountable for the money that Will stole, she consulted Evan, a lawyer that also lost his family from the plane crash. They were looking into the police report regarding the fire that Will allegedly started one night. He looked around the house as well to make sure no one was around and to keep Iris safe. The moment Evan left, Corban appeared. It turns out he was already inside the house, hiding, and he knew how to turn the alarm off. Corban asked her to reveal where Will is. He was angry because Will took the money they stole from AppSec. Since Will wasn’t responding to Corban, Iris was used to contact him. Will answered the phone when it was Iris. Iris was surprised and relieved that Will is alive. Will was saying that he was already on his way. She waited for him along with Corban.

While waiting, Evan came back because he left his wallet. Corban gave Iris instructions and she followed it because if she asks Evan’s help, Corban will hurt him and she may not have the chance to see Will. So she told Evan that everything’s fine and sent him away. The two of them continued waiting but it took so long for Will to arrive. A few hours later there were footsteps from outside the house. The phone rang and Corban answered it. It was the police. They barged inside and Corban didn’t know what to do, as well as Iris, however the next thing she saw was Corban’s head blasting from a gunshot.

Nobody from the policement knew who fired the gun since they were not allowed to shot him because he was unarmed. Iris stayed at Evan’s while she is still in shock and while her house is still a crime scene. After Corban’s death, the money from Appsec was found in Corban’s computer. Even and Iris agreed on their suspicion – it was Will who shot Corban and he was the one who put the money on Corban’s computer.

After a month, Iris finally decided to sell the house because she could not afford paying it, and she needs the cash since she is paying for Will’s father facility. While talking to Evan about their plans, Will suddenly appeared in the living room. Iris ran towards him and hugged him, but afterwards slapped him, because he deserved it after everything he let Iris go through. He also told the truth: Corban Hayes’ real name was Corban Huck, and he is Will’s neighbor back in Seattle. Corban asked him to steal money from AppSec, or else he will tell Iris the truth about Will’s past. Will stole the money, but Nick found out about it. Will ran away and faked his own death because he’d rather let Iris think that he’d dead, than look at him differently because of his past. It was just a coincidence that the plane to Seattle crashed. He hacked the airline’s system and listed himself as a passenger. The conference in Orlando was not true, but he was really intending to go there because someone can help him get a new identity in exchange for a payment.

Iris was angry at everything Will did, but she also admitted that she still loves him. Will asked her to runaway with her and leave a simple life in a secluded place, but she declined because she can’t be away with her parents. Left with no choice, they said goodbye as they made love for the last time. Iris led Will in the bedroom and as they made love, Iris pressed the button on the alarm system that was installed in the house and in just a few minutes, policemen will then arrive.

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Eva Harmoni

There was one night when the rain poured so hard, and i didn't want it to stop. Weird, because i was afraid and amused by the sound of the rain and thunder. The sound of it made me less alone that night. The next day i woke up to find my collection of journals soaked. I keep it near the window to make sure no one could read it. The writings can still be read but i was devastated by the damage. I wanted it preserved but i don't want it published. Still amused by the rain but afraid of the wrath it could bring to my journals, i created this blog.

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