2 out of 4 stars
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When Jay learns that he is going to be a father, he becomes engaged to the mother of his child and buys a new home. Although the baby is born with Hirschsprung's disease, she survives, and they name her Emily. However, when Jay's fiancée grows distant, pressures him about getting life insurance, and winds up being arrested for assault, he begins to realize she has ulterior motives. Lie-Ability by Jeffery A. Forkum is the author's narrative of his life unraveling before his eyes after he is betrayed by those he trusts. Although his attempts to seek justice legally are sabotaged by more lies and corruption, he learns the truth years later.
The book's title, one-sentence synopsis, and a rather cryptic cover image offer readers little insight, but Forkum's first-person narrative gradually illuminates their meanings in a true story that reads stranger than fiction. At the beginning of the 195-page book, Forkum establishes his relationship with his fiancée and Emily's mother, Wanda. He also details circumstances involving his business, tax issues, and childhood background that become increasingly relevant as the story unfolds.
I appreciate Forkum's transparency and sharing details that don't always cast him in a positive light. I also admire his tenacity; he repeatedly attempts to provide the appropriate documentation to the police, attorneys, and doctors despite their unwillingness to believe him. For example, at a tavern, Forkum encounters a man who asks for a lighter and offers him a hit from his marijuana pipe. Based on the man's tattered clothing and disheveled appearance, he assumes the guy is homeless. After the homeless character misunderstands something he says, they exchange words, and Forkum leaves. However, when he encounters the same man in clean clothes with his hair combed reading through reports at the Olympia police department, the detective who takes his statement and even his attorney refuse to believe his account of the events.
I am not a fan of Forkum's writing style, which becomes increasingly disjointed and harder to follow as he becomes more emotional, and the dialogues are especially onerous to tackle. While I understand Forkum is relating the circumstances as he remembers them, I question his inclusion of every profanity-laden insult. On the other hand, he tends to dance around other issues. For instance, instead of just stating that he and Wanda had unprotected sex, he refers to straying from the "usual precautionary procedure" more than once.
Unfortunately, the book was not professionally edited; I noted 20 errors in the first 15 pages. Forkum included a disclaimer in the book's introduction that the documentation of his personal statements and public records were not edited. Nor, would I expect editing of photocopied references. However, numerous errors persist throughout the book. Forkum repeatedly confuses "accept" with "except," and his dialogues are frequently punctuated incorrectly.
For all of the above reasons, I rate Lie-Ability 2 out of 4 stars. I recommend the book to readers who are intrigued by true stories that seem stranger than fiction. Sensitive readers should be aware that it contains a lot of profanity, violence, and references to the sexual abuse of children.
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