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review 2020-06-27 08:19
Liar (Madison Kate #2) by: Tate James
Liar (Madison Kate #2) - Tate James





Liar by Tate James

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don't usually gravitate towards danger, yet something inside encouraged me to give Liar a try. James pushes emotions to the limit. Unpredictable turns into hard to put down. From maybe to absolutely, Tate James knows how to deliver breathless.

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review 2019-12-05 13:56
Rocky Debut
The Better Liar - Tanen Jones

Tanen Jones’ debut novel The Better Liar introduces an intriguing premise: Can we ever really reinvent ourselves, or are we inevitably constrained by our inherited traits and upbringing? The book begins as Leslie Voigt concludes her search for her runaway sister when she finds the woman dead in an apartment in Los Vegas.  Robin had snuck out over ten years prior, and her death by apparent drug overdose-while unsurprising to her older sister-is particularly inconvenient at that moment.  Their mother died when they were children, and their father has also just passed away recently. His will specifies that both daughters must be physically present during its reading for either of them to collect their inheritance.  The reader remains in the dark about why Leslie is so impatient about getting her share, but she is obviously desperate to get her hands on the money.  When she encounters a young woman resembling Robin at a restaurant near her sister’s apartment, she sees a potential solution. Leslie tries to persuade the stranger to accompany her to Albuquerque so she can impersonate her sibling at the lawyer’s office.  Mary is an actress and just happens to also be looking for some easy cash, so she agrees to collude with the fraud for an equal share.  Leslie soon discovers, however, that she may have aligned herself with a dangerous and unstable person who has her own nefarious agenda in mind.  Filled with outrageous coincidences and implausible events, The Better Liar stretches a reader’s credulity to the limit.  The book is certainly exciting and has some interesting plot twists but suffers from uneven writing and some confusing diversions that occur throughout.  Jones also ambitiously takes on the delicate subject of Postpartum Depression, despite admitting in the afterword that she has no direct experience with it.  While experience is not always necessary for an author to appropriately address an issue, the portrayal here rings false and might even be potentially offensive by those who have suffered from this devastating illness.  So, while the underlying ideas and objectives of The Better Liar are admirable, their execution unfortunately fall far short in this initial effort.


Thanks to the author, Ballantine Books/Random House and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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review 2019-05-29 15:54
Cosy crime set in West Sussex - quite good if you like that type of book
The Liar in the Library - Simon Brett



Burton St Clair, a successful author, is killed after a reading at a local library and Jude and Carol end up investigating this murder.  I gather that this is the 18th book in this series of cosy crime thrillers but the first for me. The characters are reasonably well-developed although perhaps a bit cliched at times but the plot is quite original and moves along at a good pace. I read it in two days and, although this is not my favourite genre, it was OK but nothing special. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2019-05-26 03:33
BOOK REVIEW: THE LIAR'S GIRL by CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD #Mystery #Thriller @cathryanhoward
The Liar's Girl - Catherine Ryan Howard

I discovered The Liar’s Girl through Barnes and Noble serial reads. I started out using that medium, however as the story progressed, my curiosity could not survive the wait for the daily installments so I purchased the book. Well worth the money spent.

The story started out slow, but it gradually progressed and pulled me in page-by-page until I found myself deeply invested. I had to know the identity of the Canal Killer.

Will is considered Ireland’s most prolific serial killer. Found guilty for the stalking and drowning of five young college females at nineteen. Currently serving time in a Psychiatric hospital in Dublin. However, ten years later when a young woman’s body is found in the canal and the evidence shows similarities to the murders they sentenced Will for, it gave rise to questions. Was Will innocent or did he have an accomplice?

Allison has spent the last ten years of her life trying to escape her past. Knowledge that she dated a serial killer and the fact her best friend was one of his victims weighed heavily on her. Just when she believed she had it under control, the Gardai showed upon her doorstep requesting she returned to Ireland has Will had information they needed and would only share it with her. 

What followed was a tale rife with secrets, uncertainties and questions. I kept wondering is Will guilty or innocent. After all, he confessed but then you discover they coerced his confession, and it raises more questions. 

The story moved between the past and present. In doing so we get a contrast Allison’s, emotional struggles then and now. It would have been nice if Will’s perspective then and now was provided, throughout the story. It was not until near the end that things were revealed through his eyes and what a revelation. 

Allison struggled not only with the memories from the past but also with the bombardment from the media. After all she is the ex-girlfriend of a serial killer. In addition, she struggled with believing Will’s Innocence I understood why she would feel that way and it could not have been easy for her.

The contrast between Allison of the past and present showed how much she had grown. Allison of the past was young, immature and gullible. Allison of the present was smarter and not easily led.

Overall an exciting read. I am glad I got the chance to read this one. I would definitely read more from this author.

Source: totallyaddictedtoreading.blogspot.com/2019/04/book-review-liars-girl-by-catherine.html
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review 2019-05-14 05:56
Another Fantastic Ride with the Wiliest Lawyer in Print!
The Liar (Eddie Flynn #3) - Steve Cavanagh

Eddie's being sued in a way to attack the legacy -- and the finances -- of his friend/mentor Judge Harry Ford for a case he had back in his days as a defense attorney. Harry's client was found guilty -- and insane -- and died about a decade later in a treatment facility she'd been sentenced to for murder. This is an important case for Eddie and Harry for multiple reasons, but as interesting as this case is, it takes a backseat to the main case in this novel.


Leonard Howell's a former marine who runs a security company -- who specializes in K&R (kidnap and return) -- that Eddie knew back when they were both kids. His nineteen year-old daughter was recently kidnapped herself and Howell has a plan to retrieve her. He just needs to get around the FBI to pull it off. Enter his need for his old acquaintance Eddie Flynn -- both to help him trick the FBI and to represent him because he'll no doubt be arrested for carrying his plan out. But he doesn't care too much about that, as long as his daughter is saved.


Eddie remembers what it feels like to have your daughter kidnapped and signs on -- let's be honest, he probably would have anyway. It's a good thing he does, because Howell's plan goes awry in fairly significant ways and he finds himself arrested for a lot more than anyone expected. Which is just the beginning of the book -- it gets a lot more tangled, interesting, and exciting after that.


You know, for legal thrillers there's a lot of action in the Eddie Flynn books. Sure, a good deal happens inside the courtroom -- but Eddie's not Perry Mason. What happens outside the courtroom is frequently more interesting than what happens inside. Which is saying something, because Cavanagh captures what's most exciting about the cases and trials procedures as well as anyone does. As exciting -- and important -- as what happens outside the courtroom can be, for me, a legal thriller needs to land the courtroom stuff, or why bother? When Eddie is playing to a jury, interacting with a judge, messing with opposing counsel or questioning a witness? He's fantastic (not infallible, as he proves here) -- I'm not sure Mickey Haller could've handled this one any better (and likely not as well).


Just because the title uses a definite article, don't make the mistake of thinking there's only one in the book. You'd be better off not trusting anyone, including our beloved protagonist -- well, almost anyone (I'll have to leave that vague so as not to ruin anything).


One thing I want to note, and can't think of a smooth way to work this in -- what Eddie accomplishes in this book have more to do with his being a good lawyer and a smart guy than his past as a con man. He gets opportunities to flex those muscles, yes, but it's not what defines him as a character here. Eddie the mostly-reformed con-man is a great character, don't mistake me. But Eddie the scrappy lawyer, appeals to me more.


That said -- early on, Eddie does something to help his client using the principles of Three Card Monte -- and the wise reader would learn from this, because Cavanagh does the same thing. You will think that Cavanagh is doing one thing -- and if you're the type to try to figure out ahead of time where the mystery is going, whodunit, etc. (like I am), you will think you know where he's going. And then when a Major Reveal happens which is pretty surprising, but really confirms all your theories -- you start to feel smug and confident. Which is when Eddie and his creator probably start smiling -- because within thirty pages of that, another Major Reveal comes along and totally blindsides you. I really never recovered from that for the rest of the book, honestly. Most of my theories remained largely intact, but they all had to be interpreted differently, and the motives behind them all changed.


I've never had a complaint about Cavanagh's writing before now, but I didn't realize he was nearly as clever as he is. I absolutely loved the way he fooled me -- without cheating -- and kept the tension mounting throughout this book in unexpected way after unexpected way. It's just a great ride -- right up to the point where Eddie demonstrates, again, just how stupid it is for people to make him angry. You'd think word would get around NYC courts about what happens when people challenge Eddie... A good series that gets better every time -- do yourself a favor and pick this up. It's a decent jumping on point to the series, too -- you don't have to know the first books, I shouldn't forget to note).



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Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2019/05/13/the-liar-by-steve-cavanagh-another-fantastic-ride-with-the-wiliest-lawyer-in-print
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