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Review: The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard

Title: The Liar’s Girl
Author: Catherine Ryan Howard
Edition: E-book
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 336
Publication Date: 2018
Rating: 4.0


Alison moved to Dublin with her best friend Liz to attend the elite St Johns College and soon after arriving met and fell head over heels in love with Will, who seemed to be the perfect boyfriend.  He was kind, gentle, caring, and handsome.  That is until he confessed to being The Canal Killer and killing five young woman, including Alison’s best friend.

Ten years later, after hearing about a new murder on the radio, Will claims that he has something new that he would like to confess, but he will only speak with Alison.  Alison fled the country immediately following the death of her friend and never looked back and the last thing she wants is to be drawn back into the case again.

When detectives show up at her door in the Netherlands she reluctantly agrees to assist because of the new murder but must now come face to face with the man she once loved and the killer of her best friend.

The story is told in alternating time lines, past and present, slowly showing what happened ten years ago with the original murders and what is currently happening in present day. I felt that this was a really fun way of telling the story, slowing peeling back the onion and revealing the whole story.

Throughout the story I really enjoyed the relationship between Alison and Detective Michael Malone.  They worked well together on the case and there was good chemistry between them.  I hope to see Malone again in the future.

I really enjoyed The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard and I would have given it a 4.5 rating, but it was rather slow going in the beginning.  However, once it got going it was very good and I was very surprised and even sad by the ending.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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