The Liar by Nora Roberts


The Liar, Nora Roberts, 2015

My favorite quote: “She sat on the floor with harsh colors against hard white walls, rocking, weeping. Weeping not because the man she’d loved was dead, but because he never existed.”

Most interesting characters: I liked Richard, the lying liar in question. Not because he was a liar (being a liar isn’t a good thing) but because he was dead, and had the good sense to mostly avoid being in this sh*tshow

Opening scene: Shelby, a young newly-widowed woman, packing up to move out of the mansion she can’t afford now that her husband is missing/dead/whatever

The gist: A woman’s husband goes missing so she moves back to her hometown and — with the help of a local handsome contractor — she begins unraveling the secrets of his past, learning that his entire identity (and their lives together) was a lie

Greatest strengths: The Liar was a nice idea, but there are some things Nora Roberts got wrong on this one. First, no missing person is declared dead mere months after being reported missing. That process takes years. Also, debt doesn’t transfer to someone it turns out you were never legally married to in the first place … so, for all Nora Roberts’ efforts to persuade me that Shelby was noble, I actually just thought she was an idiot. Sorry Nora Roberts, but she was

Fun Facts: If you read this book backwards, it says, “I SUUUCK …” and “PUT ME DOOOWWWN …” in Latin

Other media: N/A

Additional thoughts: Nora Roberts has a way of teetering on the inappropriate sometimes, and in The Liar, it comes in the form of Shelby’s older brother, who took a decidedly unhealthy interest in his sister’s sex life. I can’t count how many times he made some creepy comment about whether or not Shelby and Griff were getting it on. I mean, is this normal?

Hit or Miss: Miss. In fact, I’m gonna need a long break from all Nora Roberts after this one. Sorry again, Nora Roberts

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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