April 5, 2018

The Good Liar. Catherine McKenzie

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Published:  Lake Union
Date: 3rd April 2018
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 380
Genre: Mystery/Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
4 stars                       Add to Goodreads
A year later, Cecily is in mourning. She was supposed to be in the building that day. Instead, she stood on the street and witnessed it going down, with her husband and best friend inside. Kate, now living thousands of miles away, fled the disaster and is hoping that her past won’t catch up with her. And Franny, a young woman in search of her birth mother, watched the horror unfold on the morning news, knowing that the woman she was so desperate to reconnect with was in the building.

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Three women in this novel and a web of lies and deceits.  

In my opinion as I read :
  • One woman is a bit of a mystery
  • One woman is socially disturbed and I can't agree with her actions
  • One woman seems ordinary and caught in the cross fires of other people's mistakes, poor choices and the victim of disloyalty.
I know this story is going to have lots of revelations along the way, and one comes for sure mid-read. Now my mind is beginning to see many possibilities and schemes. I just need to read on and see where this goes.

There is Cecelia - mother of two, who is on her way to the building where her husband works and is just in time to see that building explode. Why was she going to meet her husband Tom?  Well eventually that is revealed.

Then we have Kate, who is taking care of two delightful twin boys in Canada. But she has only been there  a year and why did she flee the disaster - when she has a family of her own. Not cool.

Finally Frannie who maintains she is adopted and that one of the women killed in the explosion was her birth mother.

All through the story people lie in one way or the other. There was really only one woman I liked, the other two - not so much, although I might have felt sorry, no really I didn't feel sorry or sympathetic towards them.

This was a story that had some good twists and turns and revelations, the kind of book that kept me reading until I had finished it up in a day!


  1. Those feelings you had for them, it would make it hard for me

  2. So many titles with Lie lately. I'll think about reading this one.

  3. As you know, I loved this book. I'm glad you also enjoyed it.

    Great review!

  4. Oooh! I love books that you just can’t put down! Great job with this one!

  5. Wow Kathryn that's quite the character line up it looks like something I would enjoy too. I'm checking it out to see if its available here!

  6. Sounds like this might be a good one for controversy and discussion. Maybe a good bookclub pick!

  7. The blurb sounds intriguing but the fact that you really didn't like or sympathize with any of the characters makes me wonder if this one is for me. This sounds like one I'd try on audio.


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