Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Book Review: "The Good Liar" by Catherine McKenzie + GIVEAWAY

The Good Liar Catherine McKenzie
Date Finished: March 18, 2018
Date Published: April 3, 2018
ISBN: 9781542047098
Genre: Mystery
Source: Lake Union Publishing
Highly Recommended

You might enjoy this book if you like: Books dealing with the aftermath of disaster, unreliable characters

When an explosion rips apart a Chicago building, the lives of three women are forever altered.

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.

Now, despite the marks left by the tragedy, they all seem safe. But as its anniversary dominates the media, the memories of that terrifying morning become dangerous triggers. All these women are guarding important secrets. Just how far will they go to keep them? 

My Thoughts:
Catherine McKenzie is an author who seems to have hit her stride.  I've read some of her earlier books, but it seems like she has found her calling in the mystery/thriller genre...and I couldn't be happier about it!

This book was in firm mystery territory--the reader is left trying to find out what has happened, not what is going to happen--although it does feel just a bit like a thriller.  As with all books like this, I'm going to try to avoid talking about what happens in the book so that anyone who chooses to read it can go in without spoilers.

There are three women central to this story, and they each have their own lies and secrets.  I found each of them fascinating and none of them to be straightforward.  However, at the end of the book, I felt as though I truly understood all of their motivations and why they did what they did.  Oh, and this book ended with a rare treat--I didn't figure it all out ahead of time!  It happens so infrequently that I'm surprised by an ending, that I almost always end up recommending the books that do succeed in that area.

The pacing of this book is just perfect.  As I said, it is a mystery--it deals with a question surrounding an event that has already past.  However, it has a sort of urgency that made it feel as though it might be a thriller.  As I'm someone who generally prefers thrillers to mysteries, I appreciated how McKenzie was able to blend the two.

All in all, this was an enjoyable read for me.  I meant for it to be a "slow read," read over several days, but once I started I couldn't put it down.  I would definitely add this to my list of recomended reads.

I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.  I received no other compensation for this post.

Thanks to Lake Union Publishing, I have a hardcover copy of The Good Liar to give away to one of my readers.  This giveaway is open to readers in the US and will run until April 11, 2018.  Please use the rafflecopter below to enter.

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