The Good Liar

The Good Liar

Book - 2016
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"A superb thriller and a truly engrossing read."--Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10

When Roy meets a wealthy widow online, he can hardly believe his luck. Just like Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley, Roy is a man who lives to deceive--and everything about Betty suggests she's an easy mark. He's confident that his scheme to swindle her will be a success. After all, he's done this before.

Sure enough, Betty soon lets Roy move into her beautiful home, seemingly blind to the web of lies he's woven around her. But who is Roy, really? Spanning almost a century, this stunning and suspenseful feat of storytelling interweaves the present with the past. As the clock turns back and the years fall away, long-hidden secrets are forced into the light. Some things can never be forgotten. Or forgiven.

Publisher: New York : Harper, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062407498
Branch Call Number: FICTION Searle, Nicholas
Characteristics: 334 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 02, 2019

I decided to read this novel when I learned that Helen Mirren is starring in the forthcoming movie. I had no advance knowledge of the plot other than it was about a conniving old con man in the tradition of Patricia Highsmith's Talented Mr. Ripley.
However, this novel is much more than that. The reader is transported back in time to past events in the protagonist's life that are tedious and somewhat confusing. I found myself wishing the author would get back to the present with the amoral con man, Ray, and the unsuspecting Betty. When we are introduced to Hans in 1940s Germany, the story is still not clear. Who is Hans and what does he have to do with Ray?
Too bad the middle chapters were not more judiciously edited.
It is not until the last chapters that it all becomes satisfying and crystal clear.
A good read, but I'm guessing that the movie will condense the plot elements and make it more enjoyable.

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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