I remember seeing Catherine Ryan Howard at Granite Noir a couple of years ago and she was talking about this book. It’s been on my TBR pile for such a long time and I’m kicking myself for taking so long to read it!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
Her first love confessed to five murders. But the truth was so much worse.
Dublin’s notorious Canal Killer, Will Hurley, is ten years into his life sentence when the body of a young woman is fished out of the Grand Canal. Though detectives suspect they are dealing with a copycat, they turn to Will for help. He claims he has the information the police need, but will only give it to one person – the girl he was dating when he committed his horrific crimes.
Alison Smith has spent the last decade abroad, putting her shattered life in Ireland far behind her. But when she gets a request from Dublin imploring her to help prevent another senseless murder, she is pulled back to face the past – and the man – she’s worked so hard to forget.
Alternating between past and present from Alison Smith’s point of view, The Liar’s Girl, is a deliciously suspenseful trip to Dublin in a bid to prove Alison’s boyfriend of ten years ago was telling the truth..or to prove that he was indeed a liar.
Filled to the brim with a very real feeling of unease, this book wormed its way under my skin. It isn’t particularly fast paced nor is it full of twists you won’t see coming; rather it pokes and prods with a host of reveals that unearth the truth slowly but surely…yet it still manages to make you wonder just what truth you should be believing.
Neither Alison nor Will come across as likeably characters and even the scenes from the past with Alison’s friend, Liz, paint them all in a pretty unreliable narrator sort of way, but unreliable enough for Will to be considered a killer? You will just need to read it for yourself and see!
Detective Malone, was a character I immediately engaged with and indeed would love to read more about him. This is not a police procedural, although the investigation does feature. Rather it is a pyschological thriller which really prayed on my fears of water and the idea of the canals on the streets of Dublin gave me the absolute fear!
Secrets and lies mixed with tension and suspense made for a totally intriguing read and left me wanting to read more of this author’s books!
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