The Good Liar

by Nicholas Searle

On Sale: 01/31/2017

The Good Liar

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The Good Liar

by Nicholas Searle

On Sale: 01/31/2017


About the Book

A stunning and suspenseful feat of storytelling, The Good Liar unravels the past of a man who lives to deceive.

Like Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley, veteran con artist Roy is a born liar—and when he meets wealthy widow Betty online, he knows she’s an easy mark. In no time at all, he’s spinning his web of duplicity and betrayal around her, even moving into her lovely cottage. He’s sure his scheme will be a success: she seems ready to build a life with him, and he is ready to reel her in. He’s done this before.

But who is Roy, really? While this masterful narrative of literature and suspense entwines Roy’s and Betty’s futures, it also delves deep into their pasts. As the clock turns back and the years fall away, truth will out. Before Roy can close the deal, there is a reckoning to be made.

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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: 9781443444613
  • ISBN 10: 1443444618
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 01/31/2017
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:18.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / General

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