The extraordinary new novel by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Collector.
Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions …
The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn’t just dead. He never really existed.
Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows—and threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning …Hardcover, 512 pagesPublished: April 14th 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
Four stars: A good romantic suspense that has a cozy/ chick lit feel.
Shelby is doing her best to keep her head above water. It has been a little over two months since her husband drown in a boating accident, leaving behind a mountain of debt and a trail of lies. Shelby is shocked to find that her entire life with Richard was a lie. Now she is facing insurmountable debt, but Shelby is a fighter. She sells off as much as she can and heads home to Rendezvous Ridge, Tennessee, where she hopes to rebuild her life. Just when Shelby seems to be finding her footing, Richard's deceitful past follows her home. Will Shelby be able to escape his web lies?
What I Liked:
- This is my first Nora Roberts book, and I can certainly see why she is a bestseller. If you enjoy a romantic suspense novel with plenty of cozy small town folk and a lovely romance, pull up a seat and set aside some time because once you delve into The Liar, you will be hooked.
- I was immediately drawn into the story as Shelby's predicament is laid out. I had to hand it to Shelby, she was brave and admirable. Not once did she sit around and cry or feel sorry for herself. Instead she packs up her daughter, shoulders her burdens and does what she can to pay off the debt. Once she returns home, she refuses to let others bear her burdens, and she pushes on. Shelby was a likable heroine, easy to relate to, and one who I was cheering for the entire way. I especially enjoyed watching her growth.
- I adored the small town of Rendezvous Ridge. Even though this was a romantic suspense novel, the charming town and its inhabitants gave it that cozy, chick lit feel that I love. Granted there are a few folks in the Ridge who aren't sweet and kind, but all in all, it was a nice cozy town. I thought the secondary characters were terrific.
- The romance is delightful. It starts off as an immediate attraction, but it takes it time to build into a friendship before moving into something more. It is slow and sweet and patient. I liked the way in unfolded, and I thought Griff was fantastic.
- The whole mystery was well done and there was plenty of suspense and danger as well as suspects. I have to admit, though, that I just knew from the earliest chapters who the culprit was, but still I thought the mystery was solid. I especially enjoyed the final reveals where the villain lays out just how depraved and decrepit he is....shiver...
- The ending is fast and furious with big stunning developments and lots of danger. Thankfully, everything ends with all the loose ends tied off and no lingering questions. So nice to be able to pick up a solid standalone romantic thriller.
- If you have never read anything by Ms. Roberts, feel free to dive right into this one. Not only is it a stand alone but it is also a nice blend of genres. With The Liar, you get a sizzling romance, a chick lit type book set in a small town with terrific characters, along with a dose of mystery/thriller as well. I liked the blending of genres, and I can say that I will certainly pick up a book by Ms. Roberts again.
And The Not So Much:
- This book comes in at over five hundred pages. Not a bad thing at all, as I always like a long book. My hesitation with the length of this one came from the fact that at times it got a bit wordy. I was hooked by the opening chapters as Shelby tried to make sense of her husband's lies, but once she goes home to Tennessee, the books take on a slow, rather languid pace. I was missing the suspense, and I thought the pacing started to drag. Not a big deal, but I like my thrillers fast, and I want to be on my toes the whole time, and this one allowed me to sit back and get comfortable. If you like a rapid fire thriller, this might not work for you.
- The ending was a bit rapid fire compared to the rest of the book. There is so much time spent on getting to know characters and life in the small town. The romance builds and builds and the suspense takes a back seat, until it finally all comes to fruition in the last chapters. The finale comes out of nowhere and it is fast and furious. I liked it, but I didn't like the way it was done. It almost felt like it was thrown in.
- I never had any doubts as to who was behind all the murders and turmoil. I knew instinctively from the beginning, so I was a bit disappointed that it was so easy to guess who the culprit was, that made the ending a bit lackluster for me.
- There is a story line with the town mean girl, and I got caught up in it early on. I was disappointed that story line was rapidly diffused and ended. I wanted more.
The Liar was an exciting and satisfying read. This was my first Nora Roberts book, and I can say that I would like to read more. I loved the blending of genres and that I got a romance, thriller and a cozy chick lit type read all in one. If you are looking for a great book for summer, I would highly recommend this one. I had fun with it.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.