Konrad Neale is a television presenter. His waning career has been given a new lease of life since he took on a series of hard-hitting documentaries that investigate miscarriages of justice.
Matthew Hawley has been convicted of the brutal murder of his wealthy attractive wife Helena. However, he has no memory of the events and insists he is not responsible for willingly killing her.
When Konrad interviews Matthew in prison, he explores the details of the murder and the possible motives behind it. But all is not as it seems.
Did Matthew murder his wife?
Soon the search is on to identify who else might be involved in the murder of Helena and Konrad is about to learn that sometimes the camera lies.
*Thank you to the publisher, Bloodhound Books, and NetGalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review.
Konrad Neale is a TV presenter and his new show is focused on documentaries that investigate miscarriages of justice. His current story centers around a man who has been convicted of murdering his own wife. Every evidence pointed to Matthew Hawley, he even pleaded guilty to it. But for some reason, Matthew has no recollection of the events that transpired. The case is controversial and Konrad cannot pass the opportunity not to get his take on it. He was given a chance to interview Matthew in jail and all those time he claimed to be innocent. And as Konrad explore every detail of Matthew and Helena’s unconventional relationship and the people surrounding them, the more he is convinced of Matthew’s innocence. But someone is not happy with what he is uncovering and is willing to do everything for the truth to stay hidden. Konrad then finds himself in a middle of a scandal he’s not sure he can get out of.
It took me a while to get into the story though I like how it started with Konrad’s interview with Matthew. It is very intriguing and I can’t wait to see how things will ensue. Will Konrad be able to help Matthew out despite all of the damning evidence pointing towards him? But it pretty much slowed down after that and even took on a different turn than expected. Matthew’s case was put on the sideline as the story focused on Konrad, which is fine by me because I believed the author managed to intertwine the stories deftly. Things picked up since and it held my attention. The characters may not be likeable and it’s a struggle to connect to any of them but it is gripping enough for me to want to see to it until the end. The writing is decent and though the ending is quite predictable, there are some twists and turns along the way that will still surprise you. It is also quite graphic when it comes to sex and it didn’t hold back from gory details, so if you’re not comfortable with that, I advise you skip this one out. It is unbelievable at times and there’s few convenient coincidences but something that I can tolerate as the story completely seized me. All in all, The Camera Lies is a solid psychological thriller. Dark and full of suspense.