The Good Liar

The Good Liar

Can you hide a secret with the whole world watching?When an explosion rips apart a Chicago building, the lives of three women are forever altered.A year later, Cecily is in mourning. She was supposed to be in the building that day. Instead, she stood on the street and witnessed it going down, with her husband and best friend inside. Kate, now living thousands of miles away...

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Title:The Good Liar
Author:Catherine McKenzie
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The Good Liar Reviews

  • Catherine McKenzie

    I am so excited to let you know about my next book coming out in April, 2018! I hope you add it to your to-read shelf and spread the word! More details to come!

  • Jennifer

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    , it was on October 10 at 10:00am that a building exploded killing over five-hundred people. Now, one year later, “Triple Ten” is being remembered. Told in three alternating perspectives,

    follows three different women as they reflect on where life has led them post-explosion. Only it's not quite that simple. One ran away, one ran towards, and one found herself stuck smack in the middle of this high-profile tragedy, and boy are there a ton of sec

    In

    's

    , it was on October 10 at 10:00am that a building exploded killing over five-hundred people. Now, one year later, “Triple Ten” is being remembered. Told in three alternating perspectives,

    follows three different women as they reflect on where life has led them post-explosion. Only it's not quite that simple. One ran away, one ran towards, and one found herself stuck smack in the middle of this high-profile tragedy, and boy are there a ton of secrets and lies of every sort floating all around.

    This may be one of

    's greatest feats of fictional storytelling. She allows three fairly unlikable women to be palpably understood. As truths are very slowly confessed by each of these women, they become oh so easy to judge. But still, they were written in such a way that I understood what motivates them. I understood their flaws, their challenges, their emotional reactions, and their behavior in general. Ms. McKenzie has always excelled at this level of character development in my opinion while successfully incorporating issues of significance, and her skill in this regard is brilliantly showcased here. If you've never experienced

    ,

    is an excellent place to start. Check it out!

    NetGalley

    Catherine McKenzie

    Lake Union Publishing

    General Fiction (Adult), Women's Fiction

    03 Apr 2018

  • Kendall

    Oh MY what a ride!!

    This is my second read by Catherine McKenzie and man did I enjoy this book! First, let me just comment on the cover. So gorgeous!!

    This one is a twisty and edgy story about secrets, lies, and betrayal that come to life surrounding the lives of three women that are connected. On October 10th at 10 am a building exploded that killed over 500 hundred people. Let's spring forward a year and "Triple Ten" is all over the media being remembered again.

    The Good Liar is a strong charac

    Oh MY what a ride!!

    This is my second read by Catherine McKenzie and man did I enjoy this book! First, let me just comment on the cover. So gorgeous!!

    This one is a twisty and edgy story about secrets, lies, and betrayal that come to life surrounding the lives of three women that are connected. On October 10th at 10 am a building exploded that killed over 500 hundred people. Let's spring forward a year and "Triple Ten" is all over the media being remembered again.

    The Good Liar is a strong character driven novel about three women Cecily, Franny, and Kaitlyn that have been impacted in different ways from the Triple Ten tragedy. The story is told alternating from the three women's perspectives and each story is slowly unfolded at the seams. But, it's never that simple is it? Who is telling the truth?! Who is possibly the "good liar?"

    McKenzie does a fantastic job with her characterization. Her previous novel, Fractured, I thoroughly enjoyed and once again her skills/depth of writing is just flawless in this one.

    Compulsive, addicting, twists, turns, drama.... what more can you ask for?! And, just how I like my novels... that last little twist McKenzie sprinkled on the top of the cupcake was AHHHHMAZZZING.

    Pre-order this one ladies and gents! I promise you will not be disappointed. Highly highly recommend this addicting novel.

    4.5 stars!! :).

    Thank you so much to Netgalley, Catherine McKenzie, and Lake Union Publishing for an advanced arc in exchange for a honest review.

    Expected publication date: 4/3/18.

  • Theresa Alan

    I love Catherine McKenzie’s work, and this novel, although different from her other books, was just as enjoyable a read.

    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 thi

    I love Catherine McKenzie’s work, and this novel, although different from her other books, was just as enjoyable a read.

    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, which RELEASES APRIL 2, 2018.

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  • Berit☀️✨

    *** Final book of 2017! Review to come !

  • Hajar Benmazhar

    This story is an amalgamation of

    The plot was quite

    , so much so that it made it hard to let go of the book once I started sinking into its gripping pages. There wasn’t a moment of dullness as the story kept

    , getting more and more

    , without being too overwhelming.

    Heroes? Vil

    This story is an amalgamation of

    The plot was quite

    , so much so that it made it hard to let go of the book once I started sinking into its gripping pages. There wasn’t a moment of dullness as the story kept

    , getting more and more

    , without being too overwhelming.

    Heroes? Villains? Or something entirely in between? Most of the characters in this story do despicable things for their own selfish reasons. But one of them,

    . Would you be able to guess?

    Now that

    process is what made this a rather

    . I did figure out the lies but the why behind them is what grabbed my attention and refused to let go of it till the very last paragraph, you heard me right, the

    kept spinning, almost out of control, till the very last paragraph.

    All in all, this was a

    with some

    to delve into. Would definitely recommend!

    I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an ARC of this book.

    This review can also be found on

    .

  • Linda

    Lies simmering on the back burner.

    Bring to a rapid boil......and, wowzers, watch the spillover seeping onto the innocent and onto the guilty as well. Eternal blisters and forever scars.

    The Windy City is the backdrop as Cecily Grayson rushes up the concrete stairs that meet the street level of The Loop. "Late" has an indelible mark on her back. Continuous rushing leaves her breathless with her head down and feet planted on each step. As she raises her head slightly, Cecily comes into contact wit

    Lies simmering on the back burner.

    Bring to a rapid boil......and, wowzers, watch the spillover seeping onto the innocent and onto the guilty as well. Eternal blisters and forever scars.

    The Windy City is the backdrop as Cecily Grayson rushes up the concrete stairs that meet the street level of The Loop. "Late" has an indelible mark on her back. Continuous rushing leaves her breathless with her head down and feet planted on each step. As she raises her head slightly, Cecily comes into contact with a massive explosion that hurls her to the ground with the power of the impact. A stranger grabs her hand and pulls her in the opposite direction towards safety.

    But there will no longer be even a wisp of safety from here on out for Cecily. Her husband, Tom, worked in that building and so did her best friend. Her grief will find no privacy either as that stranger snapped a photo of her at the shocking moment it hit.....hair and clothing swirling and chaos reverberating with its horrifying aftermath on her face.

    As time moves slowly forward, Cecily is contacted by Teo Jackson who is creating a documentary of the Triple Ten explosion based on his photo of Cecily. (10th month, 10th day, at 10 am) Cecily's photo has left her with the kind of notoriety that she longs to avoid. She has also been selected to be on the Compensation Committee for the 513 victims of the tragedy. This is where she meets Franny Maycombe. Franny has just found her birth mother who appears to be a victim of the explosion.

    Catherine McKenzie has put out enough place settings at this story table to make your head spin. You don't have enough time to swallow down the first course while she serves up the next. Relentless sizzle to this one, dear readers. Just like we like it. Fast and furious with more rabbits in the hat than a magician at a kiddie party. Whoa! The lies spill out until we're knee deep in the stuff.

    And secrets that will have you wincing as they all come tumblin' out.

    Do yourself a favor and start out the New Year with a definite bang. This one makes more noise than a trove of clanging party favors. Enjoy the explosive ending for sure.

    I received a copy of The Good Liar through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Lake Union Publishing and to Catherine McKenzie for the opportunity.

  • Mary Beth

    There are three characters, each telling their story. There is Cecily, Kate, and Franny. The big question is out of three, which one is the good liar. There are lots of secrets in this story. All of these woman are guarding important secrets. Just how far will they go to keep them. There is an awful tragedy. An explosion rips apart a Chicago building and the lives of these three woman are forever altered and each character tells their story of the tragedy. The memories of that terrifying morning

    There are three characters, each telling their story. There is Cecily, Kate, and Franny. The big question is out of three, which one is the good liar. There are lots of secrets in this story. All of these woman are guarding important secrets. Just how far will they go to keep them. There is an awful tragedy. An explosion rips apart a Chicago building and the lives of these three woman are forever altered and each character tells their story of the tragedy. The memories of that terrifying morning become dangerous triggers.

    This is a great psychological thriller. This one kept me guessing till the very end. The beginning had so much going on and I was so intrigued. I had so many questions. I was hooked and kept turning the pages looking for the answers to my questions. This was a Traveling Sister's read and we all were intrigued. It was a great discussion and I had fun reading each others thoughts. It was a very fun read. This book was a fast paced read but at the same time, I found myself lost and confused and had to go back and reread it. Some of the twists happen fast and that's why I would have to reread it. I had to slow

    down to get all the pieces of the three characters stories. I couldn't read it with a lot of distractions. I mainly read this at night when my husband was asleep.

    I didn't know who I could trust in this story. Some of the twists were shocking. This one was like a jigsaw puzzle. All the clues are there, but you have to sort them out and find where the pieces of this story belong. I did find one part of the story unrealistic but that was fine for me because I loved everything else about this story. This is a character driven novel. I really got to know each character very well.

    I did find some parts of the story predictable, but I loved the ending, and it ended just the way I wanted it too, which doesn't happen. I found this book to be very addicting and loved the jaw dropping moments.

    I recommend this book to those that love a psychological thriller.

    I want to thank Netgalley, the Lake Union Publishing and the author Catherine McKenzie for the copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

  • Diane S ☔

    3.5 Cecily is on her way to meet with her husband, when the office building in which he works is destroyed by an explosion. Over five hundred dead, her husband among them. Her life, as well as two other women, Kate her best friend, and Franny, a young woman with some curious ties to them both. Cecily will become the face of the bereaved, a widow and now the single mother of two children. On the surface things appear simple but all these women have secrets they do not want known.

    An addictive read

    3.5 Cecily is on her way to meet with her husband, when the office building in which he works is destroyed by an explosion. Over five hundred dead, her husband among them. Her life, as well as two other women, Kate her best friend, and Franny, a young woman with some curious ties to them both. Cecily will become the face of the bereaved, a widow and now the single mother of two children. On the surface things appear simple but all these women have secrets they do not want known.

    An addictive read, quickly paced with many, many twists and turns. Hard to know what was happening, because as soon as I thought I knew what would happen, the novel took a different turn. There were a few things I just couldn't come to terms with, things that I couldnt quite process as believable. Who was the Good Liar? One of them or all of them?

    I did, however, love the ending. This is one book that after you read the end, makes you see everything, re-evaluate what you previously read in a new and different way. Very well done. It also made for a great sisters discussion.

    ARC from Netgalley.

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