The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie

The Good Liar

byCatherine McKenzie

Kobo ebook | April 3, 2018

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One explosion. Three women. Countless secrets. From bestselling author Catherine McKenzie comes a suspenseful, unsettling novel about what lurks in the wake of tragedy.

Everybody hides. Everybody lies.

On October 10th, three women’s lives are forever altered by a terrible accident.

Cecily was supposed to be in the building that exploded in Chicago and killed her husband. A photo taken of her as she watched the horrifying scene quickly brings her unwanted media attention as the “poster child” of the haunting event. Cecily has secrets she’s desperately trying to hide but cannot find a way to divert the media’s attention from her and her family.

Franny lost her birth mother**—Cecily’s best friend—**in the destruction shortly after the two met. A year later, she and Cecily team up to help families obtain financial compensation for their loss, but their budding friendship is derailed when it starts to become clear Franny’s story doesn’t quite add up. How did she manage to track down her mother? And why did her mother keep Franny a secret even after they’d met?

A thousand miles away in Montreal, Kate is trying to create a new life. But what led her to leave Chicago in the first place? Will she succeed in moving on from her mistakes or will Kate be drawn back into her old life?

With surprising twists and turns, The Good Liar is a riveting read by a masterful storyteller that will make readers wonder how far they’d go to hide their own secrets.

Title:The Good LiarFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 3, 2018Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:150117858X

ISBN - 13:9781501178580

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Irresistible! Three women. One fateful October morning. A tragedy that will tie them together through secrets, lies and betrayals. Cecily, running late to a meeting, arrives at the building in which her husband works just to watch it explode. Franny, witnesses the tragedy on television, losing the mother she has just started getting to know. Kate, thousands of miles away in Montreal, watches the one year anniversary memorial on TV, desperate to hide her past. Another fast paced and engrossing read by the awesomely talented Catherine McKenzie. She craftily creates a story from breadcrumbs masterfully left within the pages you read, each woven together, chapter by chapter. Each morsel divulging a tiny glimpse of what is to come. You can feel it, just within your grasp, tantalizing, suspenseful, irresistible. As with her previous novels, and The Good Liar is no exception, Catherine's writing is so personal, probing and guaranteed to touch a nerve in the reader. It's as if she writes from experience and ultimately this is part of the charm and appeal of her books. In my humble opinion, this is why so many readers, me included will always keep coming back for more.
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read Lies..............and more lies....................twists and turns...................and then more lies. A real page turner that will keep you up at night reading until the wee hours of the morning!
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lie after lie after lie... Wow...this will keep you on your toes...I found myself being fooled and conflicted...truly an emotional read!
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book will keep you hooked until the end! I've read every one of Catherine McKenzie's 8 novels and I think this one is now my favorite of them all. If I could give this one more than 5 stars, I would. I really like the way Catherine told the story from 3 different women's perspectives, tying the story together a little bit at a time, to all come together at the end. I couldn't put this one down and I've actually read it twice! I honestly had no idea how this was going to play out - Catherine has a fantastic way of writing so that you're hooked until the very end of the book. There was drama, twists, turns, hidden agendas, regret and secrets. The characters were people I would be able to relate to. Part of the story takes place in Chicago and part in Montreal. I love the Montreal references, as that is where I live and where Catherine is from as well. I like it as it helps me picture the story in my mind better, since I've been to a lot of the places that are written about. I recommend this novel to anyone looking for a good thriller full of suspense that will keep you hooked until the end. Catherine is a fantastic storyteller. I received a copy of The Good Liar through NetGalley for an honest review. Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and to Catherine McKenzie for the opportunity. I actually ended up picking up a paperback copy of the novel at Catherine's book signing at my local Chapters on April 7th, 2018.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lies all around Won this ARC as part of Goodreads giveaways and am so happy I did! Great main story on a national tragedy and a deep dive into the lives of three women somehow tied to the tragedy. I like how you learned about them separately and as the book went along how their stories all intertwined. Each has many secrets and each has many lies but I loved the last lie revealed on the last page, revealing the good liar. Although this isn't her first book, I would definitely read another by her.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Good Liar isn't "just another thriller" I've been reading Catherine McKenzie's books for years. I've enjoyed all of them but her last couple weren't as high up on my "really good" books list as I would have expected. But then I read her newest, The Good Liar. And it's fantastic. I'm finding the whole twisted story told by an unreliable female character trope getting a wee bit old. But then a novel like The Good Liar comes along and reminds me that there are a lot of really great stories being told in that genre (whatever we're calling that genre these days). I wouldn't really say this book is a psychological thriller because it's not quite a thriller - but it's definitely a psychological story. It's also a bit deceptive because you may think you know how all of the twisted threads will be unraveled. But, let me assure you, you will not know. Not at all. And I loved that! McKenzie starts dropping little clues to something being not quite right early on in the story. Some of them start to make sense quickly but others led to a complete shock for me. It's almost not until the last third of the novel that I start wondering who I should be trusting. Cecily seems fairly trustworthy but you know she's hiding something and when that's revealed first, you wonder what else she could be hiding. Kate's motivations seem simple enough on the surface but are they? And what about Franny? I also really liked that it was a balance of a mystery with a family drama. I mean, it's all tied together really but both parts of the story were told so well. Cecily is trying to find out what really happened the day her husband and her best friend (along with 500 other people) died. But at the same time she's raising two teenagers. And trying to start a new job. And maybe start dating? All the different facets of the story were balanced and told so well. The women are front and centre in this book. The men all play a secondary role to the females, which I thought was great. Even Teo, who is trying to weave his own narrative for his documentary, is never in the forefront of the story. I'm really excited for everyone to read The Good Liar. Catherine McKenzie is still one of my favourite authors and she's written an amazing novel.
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lots of lies . . . The plot of "The Good Liar" focuses on an explosion in Chicago which killed over 500 and how this tragedy impacts several different people. As the story progresses, the reader realizes that lies abound. Cecily lost her husband in the explosion and is trying to rebuild her life with her two teen-aged children; she's participating in a documentary about the event - perhaps to bring her closure. It is believed her friend Katelyn, employed by her husband's company, died too . . . But did she? As I read this novel I became increasingly disturbed by inconsistencies. Perhaps that was the author's intention, as the book deals with lies. I could not, however, get past one inconsistency. When Katelyn appears alive in Montreal, one explanation is she got out of the building which exploded unscathed and that she decided to take the opportunity to run away from what was an unhappy life. If this decision was unplanned, why did she have her two passports (she held dual Canadian/US citizen) in her purse? In my experience one doesn't carry one passport, much less two, unless one plans to travel; she had both passports on her at the time of the explosion, which leads me to think that she was planning to run to Canada (she even says at one point that she knows Canadians must enter Canada on a Canadian passport). At this point in the story I began to doubt the tale, and from then on the author lost me. A disappointing read.
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! What a story! I received this as an ARC, in order that I post a review about it. Very complex and convoluted story but easy to follow. A building explodes, killing over 500 people. The story evolves as it follows 3 women in the aftermath of the explosion. There are secrets, lies, deceptions, lying by omission, betrayals and a twist every time you take a breath. The title was well chosen. By the time I finished the book I was not sure who was the best liar. Great book to read if you are looking to escape your own real life responsibilities for a short while!
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fascinating page-turner Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada and NetGalley for an advance e-copy of The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie in exchange for an honest opinion. This is one great story. On October 10th, an office building in Chicago explodes, extinguishing the lives of more than five hundred people. The Good Liar is the story of three women whose paths cross and whose lives are changed forever by this tragedy: they are Cecily, Franny and Kate. It quickly becomes obvious that secrets dominate the storyline and all three women will need to tell lies to cope with each of their situations. This is a most fascinating novel and I could not turn the pages fast enough. The plot changes quickly and the suspense builds with each chapter. This is my first novel by Catherine McKenzie and I look forward to reading all of her previous and future books. The Good Liar is a must-read.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought-provoking, intricate, and masterfully crafted! The Good Liar is a perfectly executed, character-driven psychological thriller that highlights how devastating, damaging, and dangerous secrets can truly be and has you quickly questioning whether a good liar is one who lies out of benevolence or spite. The writing is polished and fluid. The characterization is exceptional with a cast of characters who each draw your curiosity, loyalty, sympathy, and doubt. And the plot told from multiple perspectives and using a mixture of narrative styles creates tension and suspicion as it unravels piece-by-piece all the deception, secrets, histories, personalities, and relationships within it. The Good Liar is one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read this year. It’s a clever, twisty, skillfully paced page turner that will have you on the edge of your seat from the very first page and will leave you surprised, shocked, satisfied and ruminating the weight grief, guilt, insecurity, and obsession have over our reactions to tragedy.
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lo So wonderful. Totally lived this book. Can’t wait to read again!
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page-Turner This story pulls you in and holds you to the end, and even then, you need the epilogue to complete, and all the while you are thinking of 9 11 instead of 10 10, a real page turner. No one is who they appear, and when the bomb shells drop you are left flabbergasted and they just kept coming. The author has created characters that you will care for and feel like you are walking in their shoes, but would you do what these women did? A story that will make you think, and can we find out what is important to these people, for some it is family, but for others? This is one you don’t want to miss, and it will keep you thinking about it long after the last page is turned, and the last twist is dropped! I received this book through Net Galley and Lake Union Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2018-04-03