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    Not exciting or suspenseful

    Many thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Thomas Christopher Greene for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Mild spoiler alert. The Perfect Liar is anything but perfect and I’m getting tired of these mediocre thrillers sucking me in with a promise of being more than what they are. If I am reading a serial, than I expect a certain formula that the author has laid out in previous books. I turn to those when I want something where I know what to expect and don’t expect anything more. I wouldn’t say mind-numbing but more like comfort food. I don’t expect macaroni and cheese to be a braised lamb shank. But sometimes you want mac and cheese and it’s delicious and satisfying. But when I choose a thriller that is billed as fast pace with surprises that keep coming, that’s what I expect. I know, I know. Why do I believe the hype? Because I want to - I want to be taken on that ride. I don’t like to know too much beforehand, because I want to go into clean. Ready for whatever ride the author is going to take me on. The only thing I knew from the blurb was that there was a married couple who receive a threatening note. Both are lying - to each other and to the world. Then all the usual hype of be ready for shocks and twists and turns. Great. Told in alternating perspectives between Susannah and Max, I dive in. So there is a happy couple and the note happens right away. Both think the note is for Max. In their own chapters we get flashbacks from before they knew each other, to how they met up until where we are currently in their lives. We learn early on that Max did something bad and is hiding it. But never throughout the whole book do we learn about anything bad that Susannah did. Yes, she had a difficult life and made some really bad choices, but nothing like Max. I kept waiting to see how she was lying to the world around her. Plus, Max was not the perfect liar. So many people found out about his lying along the way, including his wife, who always seemed to know when he was lying. So no big surprise there. So the big reveal was anything but a big reveal. The writing was okay and the characters had some development, although I’m not sure about their likability factor. Even Susannah’s son was rude and unlikeable and yes, teenagers are rude and ungrateful, but I never got a glimmer of a close and loving relationship with him. It all seemed one sided. So, I’m sure many people might like this book, but I wanted more. I expected more. The only perfect liar in this bunch was the PR person who wrote the blurb.
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    Hard to put this down!

    A psychological murder mystery with complex characters. Susannah & Max W are both hiding secrets from the world and each other. Their marriage becomes a game of cat and mouse as Susannah fears for her life when she learns about Max's previous life before she met him. The ending was perfect in so many ways though no-one should get away with murder. This was another hard to put down book. I volunteered to read an ARC from St. Martin's Press through Net Galley.
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    An enticing mystery

    I would like to start this review by thank Netgalley and the publisher St. Martin's Press for allowing me to read an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. For me though I really enjoyed this book and was going back and forth between a 3.5 stars to a solid 4 stars I ended up going with 3.5. Of course I gave it 4 as we are not able to give half stars! I also felt that the twists were enough to give it a 4 star rating. One perfect May morning Susannah returns from her run to find a note on the door of her home that reads simply "I know who you are". Susannah is freaked out by the note and immediately calls her husband who is out of town on a business trip. When Max gets home he is not as upset by the note and ends up just dismissing it. Thinking that is the end of it and then something else happens. The husband of a couple that had dined with Max and Susannah recently dies in a terrible accident while on a run with Max. Shortly thereafter another note arrives simply asking "Did you get away with it?". Told in third person we see both Susannah and Max's reactions to the notes and the secrets they both keep. The story flows well except that once in awhile things do feel a bit jumbled. The secrets and trying to discover for yourself who is the perfect liar does keep you glued to the pages. I read this novel pretty quickly so I would say that it is fast read. I think for m the thing that was hard for me was that I just could not get myself to really care about the characters much and for me that is something I really enjoy in a novel. I like to have someone to root for and here there was no one for me to care about. This is a very well written novel and I enjoyed it a lot. I will be recommending this to my thriller loving friends.
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