REVIEW: The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie

Book Title: The Good Liar
Author: Catherine McKenzie
Series: None
Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Published: April 3rd 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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19279-2001Can you hide a secret with the whole world watching?

When an explosion rips apart a Chicago building, the lives of three women are forever altered.

A year later, Cecily is in mourning. She was supposed to be in the building that day. Instead, she stood on the street and witnessed it going down, with her husband and best friend inside. Kate, now living thousands of miles away, fled the disaster and is hoping that her past won’t catch up with her. And Franny, a young woman in search of her birth mother, watched the horror unfold on the morning news, knowing that the woman she was so desperate to reconnect with was in the building.

Now, despite the marks left by the tragedy, they all seem safe. But as its anniversary dominates the media, the memories of that terrifying morning become dangerous triggers. All these women are guarding important secrets. Just how far will they go to keep them?19278-2001 


Can I start off by saying the cover of this novel is just gorgeous? Big high five to whomever designed it. This one is quite hard to review as I hate giving away spoilers, and sharing too much on this novel will only expose the thrills beneath its beautiful cover. So, bear with me through this one as I try my best in telling you why you NEED this book, hopefully without spoiling this read for you.

While this was my first read by Catherine McKenzie, it will not be my last. Catherine has a writing style that keeps her reader engaged. From the deep exploration in the characterization, to the seamless way the story she creates flows. Add in an unexpected plot and this girl found herself with the inability to put this book down.

This novel is filled with such complexity and depth, with twists and turns you will not see coming.  McKenzie weaves together the story by alternating between the perspectives of three women, Cecily, Kate, and Franny, whose lives were impacted in very different ways by the horrifying events that occurred on October 10th. Worth to note, Franny’s perspective being offered by the inclusion of interview transcript pages was a great touch. This made me enjoy this read all the more and spoke to my true crime/deposition reading heart.

This book grabbed me right from the beginning and did not let go. The writing was so effortless, the characters were so intriguing, and the unexpected plot turns were extremely enjoyable. In the end, you will be left to decide who really was the best liar of them all.  Pre-order this one NOW and get set for a ride that will not disappoint!


Many thanks to Catherine McKenzie, Kathleen Carter Zrelak, and Lake Union Publishing for an advanced readers edition of this book in exchange for an honest review.



9 Comments Add yours

  1. Great review Julie! I like the insertion of the transcripts, it’s just that little bit different from other reads.. I’m adding it to my TBR!

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  2. Dr. Stacey L. Camp says:

    Excellent review! I also enjoyed this book.

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  3. mistimaan says:

    Nice review

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  4. Ethan S. says:

    This one sounds like it contains the perfect balance of thrills and character development. Count me in!

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  5. carhicks says:

    Great review Julie. This is one I am adding to my TBR. It sounds like one I would enjoy.

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  6. Great review, Julie. Thank you for the heads-up.

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  7. Oh you’re right! The cover is stunning! Additionally, your review makes me really want to read this!

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  8. Julie Davide says:

    Reblogged this on Julie's Bookshelf and commented:

    Happy Publication Day, Catherine McKenzie!! The Good Liar is one of my favorites of 2018. Go out and get this one ASAP!


  9. This sounds good! I’m adding it to my TBR list, thanks!


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