Published by Berkley on March 1, 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
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Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions…
The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn’t just dead. He never really existed.
Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows—and threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning...
A young widower discovers her recently dead husband told a lot of lies in this adult romance. Let’s review!
What? A new Nora Roberts book I actually liked? Nay, loved? Say it ain’t so! The Liar took me completely and utterly by surprise. It had everything I love about Roberts’ stories – engaging characters, an atmospheric setting, and an intriguing mystery. Shelby is my type of heroine. She is accountable for her transgressions and tenaciously fights for her victories. I would love to see more women depicted with such characteristics.
The small town vibe is exquisitely depicted in the novel, particularly the sense of community. From the beauty salon gossip to the local entertainment at the Friday night bar, it really captures the essence of small town living. Shelby’s family, friends, and acquaintances are just as enduring as Shelby herself. The romance between her and Griff is heartwarming and sweet, even if somewhat predictable.
It’s not flawless. It lacks representation. Some of the language becomes repetitive over the course of the novel. The main antagonist is glaringly obvious after a certain point. But overall it is the first Nora Roberts books I completely and truly enjoyed in a very, very long time.
tl;dr A suspenseful romance capturing a small town setting full of engaging characters.
What’s the last book to take you completely by surprise?