The Good Liar

The Good Liar

A Novel

Book - 2015 | First Canadian edition.
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Spinning a page-turning story of literary suspense that begins in the present and unwinds over almost a century, this unforgettable debut channels the haunting allure of Atonement as its masterfully woven web of lies, secrets, and betrayals unravels to a shocking conclusion

Veteran con artist Roy spots an obvious easy mark when he meets Betty, a wealthy widow, online. In no time at all, he's moved into Betty's lovely cottage and is preparing to accompany her on a romantic trip to Europe. Betty's grandson disapproves of their blossoming relationship, but Roy is sure this scheme will be a success. He knows what he's doing. As this remarkable feat of storytelling weaves together Roy's and Betty's futures, it also unwinds their pasts. Dancing across almost a century, decades that encompass unthinkable cruelty, extraordinary resilience, and remarkable kindness, The Good Liar is an epic narrative of sin, salvation, and survival--and for Roy and Betty, there is a reckoning to be made when the endgame of Roy's crooked plot plays out.

Publisher: Toronto, ON : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., [2015]
Edition: First Canadian edition.
ISBN: 9781443444606
Branch Call Number: FIC Searl
Characteristics: 334 pages ; 23 cm


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Feb 24, 2017

A solid enough debut. I figured out the twists but it didn't stop me from enjoying the ride. I did find aspects of the plot unbelievable (such as one of the twists, that a character would go to the trouble) and some parts handled more deftly than others. I felt the further back in time we went the less nuanced the text became. I also thought the last two chapters were both unnecessary, especially the very last one. An interesting study, overall, in how one sees oneself against reality.

Apr 20, 2016

too wordy. stopped reading it after 10 pages

bcan449 Mar 07, 2016

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