By: K.L. Slater
Pub Date: 6/16/2017
My Rating: 4.5 Stars How far would you go to protect your family?
Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children, with the help of his devoted mother Judi. And then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben but Judi isn’t so sure…
There’s just something about Amber that doesn’t add up. Ben can’t see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn’t want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.
The further Judi delves into Amber’s personal life, the closer she gets to shocking secrets that could change everything. And Judi must make a decision that could lead to the most disastrous consequences.
Liar is a compelling psychological thriller with a breathtaking twist that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of Behind Closed Doors, The Girl Before and The Sister.
Who is the unreliable narrator?
As always, Slater keeps you in suspense until the explosive ending, which will blow you away.
Judi is a wife, mother, and doting grandmother.
Her son, David died when he was a teen (readers are kept in the dark about what actually happened to him until later in the book). She is overprotective of her family. Often to the extremes. Obsessive and controlling of her other son Ben and his sons.
Since her devoted son Ben’s wife, Louise died, she makes sure he is taken care of along with his two sons. She cleans his home, cleaned, meals are stocked and even does his laundry. She has a key. Ben adores her. Everyone looks up to Judi and she makes sure she is the "queen" of the castle.
Currently, she is going through menopause, so her emotions are all over the board and you know the hot flashes and all the other annoying side effects. You know if you have been there: Unbalanced and crazy. Plus possibly she is still grieving thinking of the son she lost.
Ben meets a mysterious new woman. Amber. However, Amber planned this chance meeting. She has an ulterior motive. As a reader, we are not quite sure. Amber has secrets. She is manipulative and quickly wraps Ben around her finger.
Amber does not like Judi. Judi does not like Amber.
This news of Ben's new girlfriend does not set too well with Judi. Immediately, the claws come out along with jealousy, revenge, and insecurities.
Each of the women starts plotting against the other. Ben takes a back seat.
Judi cannot have another woman taking over with her grandsons nor her son. On one hand as a reader, you feel for Judi and you despise Amber. However, you never fully know which one to trust until later in the book.
Judi feels like she is losing control. Some other woman is taking over her role. Amber is gaining her son’s affection and even Judi’s husband likes her and tells her to lighten up.
However, things get more serious and they plan to marry. Judi does not like Amber and has to stop this relationship before it goes any further. Ben is shutting her out. Amber is winning. Now, Judi is not the center of attention. Desperation.
Which woman will outsmart the other? Which one is more evil and devious? Murder? What secrets do they both hide? How far will each of them go to protect their family?
What happens next will blow you away!
Slater definitely knows how to spin a tale, crank up the intensity and suspense, create some evil ass characters, get your heart beating, and give an added twisty kick. She just keeps getting better.
Each and every novel provides unique surprises and twists. Your emotions will definitely switch while reading like a tennis match. All I kept thinking about: the lyrics and song, “Judy in Disguise.”
Now, I am protective of my sons and yes, we mothers of sons do not like daughter-in-laws taking over; however, Judi is over the top. Man, she has two sides.
When you finish you will have to decide which woman is more evil and sinister.
I had the pleasure of reading LIAR a while back before it was published; however, typically wait until closer to pub date to write and post my review. During the time (May-Aug) happened to be dealing with my elderly dad's illness out of state, his death, and then as executor, settling his estate.
After reading her latest, The Mistake (highly recommend), wanted to link to my review for Liar, and noticed I had not reviewed or posted. I quickly purchased the audiobook narrated by Lucy Price-Lewis to refresh myself. Highly recommend the book and the audio version. Lucy is always entertaining and a perfect match for K.L. Slater’s books!
A complex, haunting, chilling, and addictive mind-blowing psychological suspense thriller! It definitely packs a wicked punch and then some. Clever and unpredictable!
A special thank you to Bookouture for an advanced reading copy. Bookouture has created a winning lineup of talent in the psychological thriller genre!
About the Author
Kim is the bestselling author of psychological crime thrillers 'Safe With Me,' 'Blink,' 'Liar' and the soon to be released 'The Mistake.'
For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected quite a stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.
Before graduating in 2012, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents and a book deal which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’
Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham, England with her husband, Mac.
She also writes award-winning Young Adult fiction for Macmillan Children's Books, writing as Kim Slater.
Author website: www.KLSlaterAuthor.com Twitter: @KimLSlater Facebook: KL Slater Author