The Good Liar – Catherine McKenzie

Happy belated release day to this beauty!

Thanks to Lake Union for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

THE GOOD LIAR – Catherine McKenzie (out now!)

Check back for the #allthebookreviews thoughts later this week 🙂

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My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

 

I had never read anything by Catherine McKenzie and I will now be going back to find her other books! THE GOOD LIAR did not disappoint. If you’re looking for a slower build thriller that focuses more on the characters, then this is one you need to pick up!

We follow the lives of three women, Cecily, Franny, and Kate. Their lives are forever changed after an explosion destroys a Chicago building. Cecily’s husband and best friend were inside when it happened (she was also supposed to be in there), Kate moved far away to out run it, and Franny watched it all unfold on TV knowing that the woman she believed to be her mother was in there.

The anniversary is quickly approaching and they feel that they have moved on. However, the memories of the event begin to haunt them. They all have secrets to keep, but what are they willing to do to keep them under wraps?

While this did have a slower pacing to it, there was just enough suspense and intrigue to keep you flipping the pages. McKenzie pairs short chapters with multiple POVs and that definitely help my attention. Who else is a “just one more chapter” reader? That made for “one more” transforming into “8 more”. While some readers won’t be overly shocked at the twists, I really enjoyed them and loved the journey that McKenzie took us on to get to them.

I feel that the synopsis did a fantastic job at describing the book without giving away too much information. Lately I’ve been reading a lot of books that fall victim to mismarketing, and I don’t know about you guys, but that can really ruin a reading experience. When you’re expecting an edge-of-your-seat-thriller and it ends up being more of a suspense, then it can take away from the book. This one is a good mix of suspense and mystery!

 

What Catherine McKenzie book should I read next?

–Jess

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