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Guest Review | The Good Liar – Catherine McKenzie

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The Good Liar
by Catherine McKenzie
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Pages: 373
Buy: Amazon | IndieBound | Book Depository
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The Empress’ Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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, fled the disaster and is hoping that her past won’t catch up with her. And Franny, a young woman in search of her birth mother, watched the horror unfold on the morning news, knowing that the woman she was so desperate to reconnect with was in the building.

Now, despite the marks left by the tragedy, they all seem safe. But as its anniversary dominates the media, the memories of that terrifying morning become dangerous triggers. All these woman are guarding important secrets. Just how far will they go to keep them? 


Favorite Quotes:

I avoid eye contact. Teo’s far too handsome for my current level of self-esteem.

I learned a while ago that when you woke up in the morning, there was no accounting for how long the day would take, because not all days are created equal. The day I got Tom’s texts, that day started out normally but then slowed down until it took up the space of a week. 

My heart cracks. She’s never called me “Mother” before. I feel an urgent need to call my own mother and apologize for every time I did that as a teenager. 

Disappointing? That’s all you’ve got to say? I find out my life is actually some Lifetime movie plot and that’s ‘disappointing’?

I don’t like it, but it’s going to be effective, I think, kill another two birds, or three in this case. It’s just sad that there are so many birds that need killing in the first place. 

I don’t know the future. I only curate the past. 

Where is Catherine McKenzie? 
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The Good Liar was one of those slowly evolving, sneaky, and cleverly plotted books that I didn’t fully appreciate the ingeniousness of until I reached the conclusion. The premise was unique and engaging and while the characters were not likable, they intrigued me and held my interest. The writing was easy to follow yet multi-leveled and complex; this cunning author kept me guessing as she was busy hiding lots of undercurrents in the subtext. This was my first experience reading Ms. McKenzie and I found her to be an insightful and thoughtfully observant writer as her book was well-crafted, maddeningly paced, well-textured, and had an ingeniously twisted ending that I never saw coming. I love when that happens.

I have a plan.pngAbout the Empress

DJ is an avid reader, crazy old cat lady, recreational swimmer, Hawaii resident, renegade book reviewer, and all-purpose Goddess.

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