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The Good Liar

A Novel


About the Book

Spinning a page-turning story of literary suspense that begins in the present and unwinds over almost a century, this unforgettable debut channels the haunting allure of Atonement as its masterfully woven web of lies, secrets, and betrayals unravels to a shocking conclusion

Veteran con artist Roy spots an obvious easy mark when he meets Betty, a wealthy widow, online. In no time at all, he’s moved into Betty’s lovely cottage and is preparing to accompany her on a romantic trip to Europe. Betty’s grandson disapproves of their blossoming relationship, but Roy is sure this scheme will be a success. He knows what he’s doing. As this remarkable feat of storytelling weaves together Roy’s and Betty’s futures, it also unwinds their pasts. Dancing across almost a century, decades that encompass unthinkable cruelty, extraordinary resilience, and remarkable kindness, The Good Liar is an epic narrative of sin, salvation, and survival—and for Roy and Betty, there is a reckoning to be made when the endgame of Roy’s crooked plot plays out.

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Critical Praise

“I was engrossed. . . . As deceiver and deceived move towards each other with hypnotic predestination, the plot unfolds to a payoff as inevitable as it is shocking. A superb thriller and a truly engrossing read.” —Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood

“Engrossing. . . . Equal parts crime novel and character study, the tale is itself an elegantly structured long con. . . . Readers will be rewarded with devastating third-act twists and a satisfying denouement.” —Publishers Weekly

“[A] fantastically assured debut. . . . The Good Liar makes you want to experience Nicholas Searle’s next trick.” —The Guardian

“If you like Patricia Highsmith’s Mr. Ripley books . . . this is an excellent debut indeed.” —BookPage

“A gut-clenching cat-and-mouse game. . . . This debut novel is a well-crafted, complex tale that will appeal to fans of psychological thrillers.” —Booklist

“Spanning nearly a century, The Good Liar takes the reader on a journey with Roy and Betty, culminating in a stunning endgame when Roy’s crooked plot plays out.” —Huffington Post

“The Good Liar is a taut, compulsive thriller with a dark, intriguing heart. A Mr Ripley for our time.” —Jonathan Freedland, author of The 3rd Woman

“What a clever and menacing novel The Good Liar is. I was gripped and horrified in equal measure and the ending knocked me sideways! I can’t wait for everyone to read the book so I can talk about it.” —Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina

“As the tension mounts, the reader is kept guessing. . . . The final denouement is a real cracker… Added to the fiendishly clever plot, Searle’s writing is both drily amusing and elegantly crafted.” —Daily Mail (UK)

“An incredibly dark, taut thriller. . . . Think of Ruth Rendell morphing into John Le Carré.” —Daily Express (UK)

“One of 2016’s most intriguing debut novels.” —The Independent

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443444620
  • ISBN 10: 1443444626
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 02/02/2016
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: 11.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / General

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