- File Size: 1468 KB
- Print Length: 210 pages
- Publisher: Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book (October 17, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 17, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075F32YR1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,684,340 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Steven Gillis approaches the subject of life, love and everything in between with meticulous precision. As is appropriate when dealing with such a heavy subject, the sentences are brief and beautiful. They allow time to the reader to contemplate the thoughts expressed. They pack just the right amount of punch. Steven’s writing style is simple and appealing. His tone of voice makes it easier to glide through the chapters. ‘LIARS’ contains therein, characters with different personas and temperaments who still get along quite well. This is despite holding different views on what is deemed preeminent by some, love. This is representative of the current society and the makeup of most relationships. Rarely do two people with the same views on love come together. This could be a testament to variety being the spice of life. The variety here being the different opinions held by individuals owing to their nature and/or nurture.
The author made Matt out to be a bit of a wuss with his lack of ambition and desperate need to please his wife. This more or less announced the author’s views on the subject at hand. It may unintentionally drive the reader to take Eric’s side with disregard to their own opinion. Otherwise, delivery is good. The book is enjoyable. The story compels one to do an in-depth analysis of their own beliefs. I would highly recommend it for an adult. Both for the reading pleasure and exploration of a less traditional dimension of love and marriage. This is not a love story. There is no happy ending. This is better.
The main character, Eric once wrote a book, Kilwater Speaks, that propelled him into what he calls “minor fame.” This small portion of fame allowed him to snag a teaching position at a local university. His life is going well with his fame, his endearing wife Lidia, his dog Rex, and his new book, A Full Fog Front, coming out. However, Eric’s new book crashes. Meanwhile, Eric and Lidia decide to take their relationship in a new direction, by opening up their relationship, but they promise to be honest with each other. While on tour promoting his books, Eric cannot keep up his end of the deal (not fully honest). This leads to his relationship crashing as well.
Moving forward in the story, Eric has more or less recovered from his setbacks. He has a new burgeoning musical career, a new dog (Fred), and a new woman in his life, Gloria. The only thing missing is a good book. Then, by sheer chance, he meets a happy, hand-holding couple at the market: Matt Geere and Cara Benz. He is struck by their love for each other, starkly contrasted by the failed relationships that he himself has experienced. He decides to learn all he can about them and use them as the basis for a new novel. It quickly becomes dark; he wants to throw a wrench into their well-oiled machine and see what happens. He stalks them, commits a felony by going through their mail, and tracks Cara down at her work.
Through the story, Eric machinates, twists, lies, pokes, and prods, to set the principal parts of his plans into just the right places, then he sets things into motion, and watches his target slowly and spectacularly crumble before his eyes. It almost feels like a Rube Goldberg Machine in the way it plays out, once he tips it off. Of course, you have to read the book to see exactly how it all plays out from there. As you can imagine, Eric is not a particularly likable character given his actions and lack of regard for other people’s lives and needs.
Despite strongly disliking the main character of this book (because of his actions in the story), I did like the novel. We all probably know someone like Eric (a person who delights in the chaos and destruction of good things). My only complaint is that it feels unrealistic that he becomes a successful music producer without any formal musical training. Liars seems to be intended for mature audiences, there is no violence, but there is sexual content and adult themes.