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The Good Liar Paperback – April 3, 2018
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“A riveting thriller…” —Entertainment Weekly
“[A] complex, thought-provoking psychological thriller…Who the good liar may be, and what that phrase might actually mean, are questions that will resonate long after the book is finished. Many will devour this book in one sitting.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Give this to fans of seemingly benign characters with dark inner lives like those in Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies.” —Booklist
“[Catherine McKenzie] builds suspense in steady, page-turning steps all while drawing the reader into the lives of her characters…Each woman has secrets and each is a bit of an unreliable narrator of her own life to nice effect.” —Library Journal
“Secrets and lies swirl on these pages, intermingling with guilt and doubt. For readers who love experiencing one event from multiple perspectives, this is a gripping novel to pick up this spring.” —Bookish (A Spring 2018 Must-Read Book)
“McKenzie has effected something of a Trojan horse: The Good Liar is a novel of ideas in the convincing guise of a page-turner.” —Montreal Gazette
“Perhaps liar should instead be plural—the lies are abundant, making it a satisfying page-turner that leads us toward a twisty surprise ending.” —Bookreporter
“With twists and turns, the lives of three women intersect in the most unexpected ways during the aftermath of a tragedy. Thought-provoking, suspenseful, and mysterious, The Good Liar is a true page-turner that explores the ways stories are connected and created, and what can be hidden underneath. This is a book you won’t be able to put down!” —Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger
“A riveting story that revolves around the aftermath of a national tragedy: three women, three separate yet deftly intertwined lives. I adored the look at the story behind the story, the background lives of the women we so often see in the news. The twists are shocking, the characters are well drawn but unpredictable, and the conclusion is as poignant as it is surprising. The Good Liar is thrilling, captivating, and not to be missed!” —Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Year and The Blackbird Season
“Lines will be crossed and secrets revealed when tragedy intersects three women in The Good Liar, a guilty pleasure you won’t be able to put down until the very last page. A must read!” —Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, authors of The Good Widow
“For many years, Catherine McKenzie has been writing some of the best thrillers around. She’s outdone herself with The Good Liar, the powerful and heartbreaking story of the painful aftermath of a national tragedy. It’s sharply written with engaging characters and twists and surprises up until the very last page. A smart, fast-paced, and riveting thriller!” —David Bell, author of Bring Her Home
“In her latest, Catherine McKenzie continues to prove she’s a master at crafting psychological thrillers. In The Good Liar, we follow three women—Cecily, Kate, and Franny—in the aftermath of a horrific tragedy through their web of lies, secrets, and deceit. The story is layered with superb twists and expert pacing, deftly building in suspense until its stunner of an ending. A compulsive read that kept me guessing!” —Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Everything We Left Behind and Everything We Keep
“In The Good Liar, the lives of three women become entangled in a single tragedy. With her compelling characters, whip-smart dialogue and edge-of-your-seat pacing, McKenzie asks how well we know those around us—even the people we love the most.” —Paula Treick DeBoard, author of Here We Lie and The Drowning Girls
“Put The Good Liar at the top of your summer must-read list. Catherine McKenzie isn’t just a talented storyteller; she has a knack for asking the questions every woman secretly asks, and answering with a story that expresses our collective dreams and fears. The Good Liar brilliantly weaves three stories about regular women coping with the aftermath of a tragedy. But this book is far more than a first-rate page turner; it’s an exploration of the cost of keeping secrets, how the bonds between women both chafe and comfort, and how in the midst of the terror and beauty that is life, we find grace.” —Allison Leotta, author of The Last Good Girl
“Catherine McKenzie has done it again with her latest novel, The Good Liar. In yet another page-turner, three women, linked by trauma, transform from images seen through the camera’s lens into human and relatable characters as their layered lives come into focus. As you settle in for this tense and compelling ride, you’ll start to question who ‘the good liar’ really is—Cecily, Kate, witnesses, the media, friends, family, or maybe even Catherine McKenzie herself.” —Emily Bleeker, bestselling author of Wreckage and When I’m Gone
About the Author
Catherine McKenzie, a graduate of McGill University, practices law in Montreal, where she was born and raised. An avid skier and runner, Catherine’s novels Spin, Arranged, Forgotten, and Hidden are all international bestsellers and have been translated into numerous languages. Hidden was an Amazon #1 bestseller and a Digital Book World bestseller. Her fifth novel, Smoke, was an Amazon bestseller, a Goodreads Best Book for October 2015, and an Amazon Top 100 Book of 2015. Visit Catherine online at www.catherinemckenzie.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/catherinemckenzieauthor, and on Twitter or Instagram at @CEMcKenzie1.
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This is the kind of book that you read again just to see if you missed anything the first time, to see if you can pick up on the subtle clues now that you know the end. Good stuff.
On October 10 at 10 a.m. an explosion decimates an office building. Three women who escaped the tragedy are forever marked. Their stories are told in part because a documentary filmmaker interviews them about the experience.
Told from the alternating points of view of the three women, lies and deceptions are slowly unveiled right until the very end, which had me smiling and thinking, bravo Ms. McKenzie.
Thanks so much to NetGalley and Lake Union publishing for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this novel.
WOW!! WOW!! This is an amazing story! I absolutely LOVED it!! This is her very best one yet!! I would like to reread so I can catch more of the details.
Cecily is running late. Since she was late, she was safe. She was supposed to meet her husband for a meeting in that building. There was a gas exploration in Chicago that killed five hundred thirteen people. A lot of twists and turns that kept my interest.
Franny is searching for her birth mother in that building.
Kate fled hoping she will be able to start over.
I loved how the author intertwined three different ladies with one single event. It makes you think and feel a lot! What an amazing job Catherine! I really enjoyed it!!
There was one twist early on that I found to be clever, but once I knew it, the rest of the lies were easy to figure out. I also thought the book blurb gave away too much. On the plus side, it was well written, and if you’re pushed for time it’s a simple read – short chapters, with a plot that doesn’t take much effort to follow. Would I read another book by this author – probably not.