Monday's Lie

Monday's Lie

From the acclaimed author of the “ripping good” (The New York Times) debut novel Three Graves Full comes a new thriller hailed as “superb…will entrance readers from page one. Sly, poignant, and beautifully written” (Library Journal, starred review).

Dee Aldrich rebelled against her off-center upbringing when she married the most conventional man she could imagine: Patrick, her college sweetheart. But now, years later, her marriage is falling apart and she’s starting to believe that her husband has his eye on a new life...a life without her, one way or another.

Haunted by memories of her late mother Annette, a former covert operations asset, Dee reaches back into her childhood to resurrect her mother’s lessons and the “spy games” they played together, in which Dee learned memory tricks and, most importantly, how and when to lie. But just as she begins determining the course of the future, she makes a discovery that will change her life: her mother left her a lot of money and her own husband seems to know more about it than Dee does. Now, before it’s too late, she must investigate her suspicions and untangle conspiracy from coincidence, using her mother’s advice to steer her through the blind spots. The trick, in the end, will be in deciding if a “normal life” is really what she wants at all.

With pulse-pounding prose and atmospheric settings, Monday’s Lie is a thriller that delivers more of the “Hitchcockian menace” (Peter Straub) that made Three Graves Full a critical hit. For fans of the Coen brothers or Gillian Flynn, this is a book you won’t want to miss.
  • Gallery Books | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476774466 | 
  • October 2015
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Monday’s Lie includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.



Dee Aldrich and her brother, Simon, grew up with the trappings of a conventional suburban household. In reality, however, their childhood was anything but normal. Raised by a mother, Annette, who moonlighted as a covert operative for a clandestine government agency, Dee and Simon traded board games for spy games and endured Annette’s unexplained absences for weeks or months at a time.

As an adult, Dee rebelled against her unusual upbringing by marrying her cookie-cutter college boyfriend and settling for a stable office job. Later she is shocked to discover that her husband is not who he says he is, and that the normal life she’s so carefully constructed is starting to crumble. Now, years after her mother’s death, Dee finds herself relying on Annette’s lessons in investigation, deception, and—most importantly—survival. 


Topics & Questions for Discussion

1. The book opens with the scene of Annette leaving for the Long Trip. How did the Long Trip change Dee see more

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Jamie Mason
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Jamie Mason

Jamie Mason was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in Washington, DC. She’s most often reading and writing, but in the life left over, she enjoys films, Formula 1 racing, football, traveling, and, conversely, staying at home. Jamie lives with her husband and two daughters in the mountains of western North Carolina.