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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Edition Language:English

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!

  • 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.

  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister

    Five shining stars!!

    Now that’s what I call a thriller! This one had me hooked from the first page, and it took every bit of willpower not to devour it in one sitting. After all, this was a traveling sister read...but I had a hard time waiting for my sisters to catch up to me!

    October 10th. The day everything drastically changed for 3 women in Chicago, all tied to one horrid event. One thrust into the limelight, one forcing herself into the limelight and the third crouching into the shadows.

    A doc

    Five shining stars!!

    Now that’s what I call a thriller! This one had me hooked from the first page, and it took every bit of willpower not to devour it in one sitting. After all, this was a traveling sister read...but I had a hard time waiting for my sisters to catch up to me!

    October 10th. The day everything drastically changed for 3 women in Chicago, all tied to one horrid event. One thrust into the limelight, one forcing herself into the limelight and the third crouching into the shadows.

    A documentary crew wants to research the events of that fateful day. As they dig deeper, secrets and lies bubble to the surface. So whose lies are told for protecting their own interests? And whose are to protect the ones they love?

    Sometimes you read a book and it immediately clicks. As is the case with most avid readers, I was on edge that the ending would be a letdown. I can happily report it remained as good as the rest of the book! Highly recommend to all thriller fans!

    This one is going straight onto my favorite’s shelf!

    Thank you to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Katherine McKenzie

    For this review and our full Traveling Sister review please visit Brenda and Norma’s fabulous blog:

  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars!

    THE GOOD LIAR was an enjoyable and entertaining psychological thriller that was such an exciting and thrilling book to read. It's gripping, fascinating, intense, and filled with so many unexpected twists and turns that will keep you guessing right until that cleverly written surprise ending! I absolutely loved this book and it was extremely hard for me to put down. Would recommend!

    Traveling Sisters Group Read – Thank you so much for another wonderful reading expe

    4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars!

    THE GOOD LIAR was an enjoyable and entertaining psychological thriller that was such an exciting and thrilling book to read. It's gripping, fascinating, intense, and filled with so many unexpected twists and turns that will keep you guessing right until that cleverly written surprise ending! I absolutely loved this book and it was extremely hard for me to put down. Would recommend!

    Traveling Sisters Group Read – Thank you so much for another wonderful reading experience! It is always a pleasure reading along with these awesome group of ladies!

     

    Thank you so much to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Catherine McKenzie for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the book in exchange for a review!

    Update: Also, thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada for also providing me a copy of this book to read and review!

    Review is written and posted on our themed book blog Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Reading:

    Coulee is a term applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of

    valley. I am surrounded by coulee's where I live!

  • Berit☀️✨

    This is my first book by,?Catherine McKenzie... but definitely not my last!

    WOW! This book was just so delightfully twisted! The title really should have been; Who is the Best Liar of Them All? It is so hard to review a book like this, because you don’t want to give anything away.... such an amazing rollercoaster ride.... I want you to enjoy the ride as much as I did!

    Along with the twisty plot were some pretty fantastic characters...Cecily was

    This is my first book by,?Catherine McKenzie... but definitely not my last!

    WOW! This book was just so delightfully twisted! The title really should have been; Who is the Best Liar of Them All? It is so hard to review a book like this, because you don’t want to give anything away.... such an amazing rollercoaster ride.... I want you to enjoy the ride as much as I did!

    Along with the twisty plot were some pretty fantastic characters...Cecily was so likable and relatable, I really could see a lot of myself in her... a mom just really wanting the best for her kids after going through a major tragedy and some other pretty major issues... Kate and Frannie I found less likable and less relatable.... but they were pretty darn well developed..... and I really did spend the majority of the book trying to figure out the psychology behind their actions..... liars lying to each other, nothing more unreliable than that!

    I emphatically recommend this book to all psychological thriller fans and anybody that enjoys a crazy ride of a book!😍

    *** thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    4.5 stars! What an addictive story!

    This novel follows three women affected by the devastating tragedy of a building explosion in downtown Chicago that kills over 500 people and injures many others. These women move forward with their lives, trying to pick up the pieces after their traumatic personal losses. There are many secrets, lies and hidden agenda’s within this twisted tale – I was hanging on every word!

    This is my first book by Catherine McKenzie and I fell in love with her writing! I’m a

    4.5 stars! What an addictive story!

    This novel follows three women affected by the devastating tragedy of a building explosion in downtown Chicago that kills over 500 people and injures many others. These women move forward with their lives, trying to pick up the pieces after their traumatic personal losses. There are many secrets, lies and hidden agenda’s within this twisted tale – I was hanging on every word!

    This is my first book by Catherine McKenzie and I fell in love with her writing! I’m a new fan and will be searching for her previous books to read ASAP! I found myself completely immersed within these characters lives and predicaments. The writing was smooth and captivating and simply perfect!

    My reason for taking away ½ star was that there were a couple parts of the story that seemed slightly unrealistic to me – nothing too extreme, but enough that it left me questioning a few things.

    This was a Traveling Sister Read with Brenda, Norma, Kaceey, Kendall, Jan, Berit, Sarah, Julie, Stacey and Diane. As always, it was wonderful discussing and dissecting this book with them. To find this review, along with the other Traveling Sister reviews, please visit Brenda and Norma's fabulous blog at:

    A big thank you to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Catherine McKenzie for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

    Expected Date of Publication: April 3, 2018.

  • 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 *Traveling Sister*

    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.

  • Meredith

    On a fateful morning in Chicago, a gas leak causes a building to explode, killing over 500 people. Left behind are Cecily, whose loses both her husband and best friend, mysterious Kate, a woman who lives in Montreal who has a deep connection to the explosion, and Franny, who was recently reunited with her birth mother only to lose her once agai

    On a fateful morning in Chicago, a gas leak causes a building to explode, killing over 500 people. Left behind are Cecily, whose loses both her husband and best friend, mysterious Kate, a woman who lives in Montreal who has a deep connection to the explosion, and Franny, who was recently reunited with her birth mother only to lose her once again. All three women are hiding deep secrets and appear to be existing in a fragile reality built by their web of lies.

    Told through the POV’s of the three women, secrets are revealed, lies are exposed, and friendships are destroyed.

    One of the issues I had with this book is the way Franny’s POV is shared. Where the reader is privy to what’s going on in Cecily’s and Kate’s minds, Franny’s voice is only shared through transcripts of her interviews with the documentary filmmaker. I would have loved to see what was going on inside her twisted mind!

    starts off slow, and I had a hard time connecting with the characters in the beginning because there’s a cold distance surrounding them. However the more bits and pieces of their stories are shared, the more I was able to connect.

    I would recommend to my fellow thriller lovers!

    Much thanks to Cam from Lake Union Fiction for sending me an ARC of this book!

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