Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a counsellor and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe.
But everything changes when Adam Geraghty walks into her office. She’s never met this young man before – so why does she feel like she knows him?
Then Adam starts to tell her about a girl. A girl he wants to hurt.
And Susanna realises she was wrong.
She doesn’t know him.
BUT HE KNOWS HER.
AND THE GIRL HE PLANS TO HURT IS HER DAUGHTER…
What I Thought:
My summer holiday reading last year began with Simon Lelic’s The House which I just loved, so what better way to start this year’s summer reading, than with his latest novel The Liar’s Room which, I can assure you, is just as good?
The first thing that recommends this book is that it is a masterclass in plotting and pacing. Starting slowly as Susanna welcomes her new client, Adam, with no reservations until she gets the feeling that she knows him from somewhere, it gradually peels away the layers of Susanna’s new life and revelas to us why she has run away and the horrific events that led to just two people in a room with the highest stakes imaginable.
Then, just as the tension looks fit to break, we also hear from Emily, Susanna’s daughter, in journal entries that advance the story from her perspective. In some ways these give us a break from what is going on in that office, but we also learn that life with Susanna and Emily is not all about the truth.
Very tense and with an unimaginable conclusion (which should, really, come with a trigger warning), this book will be a treat for thriller fans. The feeling of claustrophobia built between only two people in a closed room is expertly done and it was so easy to read large chunks of this book in one sitting. So clever and very twisty, it kept me guessing and wondering right to the end.
What fascinated me most though, was that while one of the players in the book definitely had bad intentions, there was never a clear side. Both of the main characters had flaws and deserved blame, both of them were victims of circumstance and it was easy to see how their lives came to where they found themselves.
The Liar’s Room is definitely one to check out if you like a tense and articulate read.
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Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are, as ever, my own.