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    A great police procedural

    Having read the earlier books by the author Carla Kovach, I was quite pumped up (learned this phrase from my friend Noriko) to read this. And a good book it was. A solid police procedural. I loved the cohesiveness of DI Gina Harte and her team. Samantha, a girl who liked to have a good time, disappeared from the pub 7 years ago. And in the present time, Jade, who was returning from a party, was found dead with her face punched in. A gruesome sight to imagine!! To think there was a killer in the streets killing women with a blunt object. Yikes. Gina and her team started investigating. And they discovered a trail which led to a deeper meaning to these parties. The book moved at a swift pace, I could read it in a few hours. The plot weaved Gina’s dark past into the present case. There were moments of fear and trepidation created in her. The team investigated well; the boss Briggs was quite a neat guy. I want to say I could guess the killer before Gina, oh, I am so tempted. But I didn’t because I suspected everyone. I would have loved if the story had darker twists. But that was purely my need of the hour. My niggles crawled in. Gina was great in most of the book, but I was not too fond of her longing for her boss The one thing I didn’t like was Gina crying at work. Hmmm.. A good mystery with a solid plot line made this a fun read.
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    Loved this book!

    Author Carla Kovach knocks it out of the ballpark again with book #4 of the Detective Gina Harte series. I love this police procedural thriller series that works well as standalones. Detective Gina Harte and her superior DCI Chris Briggs have a past romantic history which complicates things at times but makes the story very interesting. A young woman is found murdered after an adult part which leads detectives to questions whether this death is related to other previous disappearances of young women from the area. There are many twists and turns and surprises in this page turner. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I look forward to Author Kovach's book #5 in this series. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this fantastic book that kept me on the edge of my seat.
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    A Wonderful Read!

    "The Liar's House" is the fourth book in the DI Gina Harte' series though it is the first one I’ve read. This was a great read for me as a standalone psychological thriller, but no doubt it would have been better to have read the books in chronological order. The author has written a really clever and fascinating story that drew me in right from the very first page. Feisty and down-to-earth, Gina Harte was a brilliant Detective Inspector. The fabulous plotting and great pacing by Carla Kovach also contributed to my huge enjoyment of the story. I suspected all of the characters, yet as is often the case, I failed to identify the actual perpetrator. If you love a good detective series and psychological thriller with plenty of shocks and twists then "The Liar's House" is for you. Highly recommended. Rating: five stars. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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    Another intriguing plot in this series

    The Liar’s House by Carla Kovach is the fourth in the Detective Gina Harte series. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Series Background:    (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books) DI Gina Harte works homicides. Her team consists of: DS Jacob Driscoll, DC Harry O’Connor and DC Paula Wyre, with a lot of assistance from Police Constable Smith. She is a stubborn lady, and a determined detective. Gina has a daughter and grand-daughter, who she is trying to get closer to, but it is hard work. She has recently broken up with her boss DCI Chris Briggs, with whom she was having a secret affair. Gina is not ready for a relationship anyway. It is not common knowledge that her husband was abusive, and no one knows that she helped him fall to his death many years ago. My Synopsis:    (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) The brutal death of Jade Ashmore leads the team on a hunt through a partner-swapping website. It also seems to connect to a cold case. Samantha Felton disappeared seven years ago, and her best friend Diane just received a card which contained a fingernail, which looks like it may be Jade’s. But there are a lot of secrets, and a lot of lies. Meanwhile, Gina may comprise the case herself. When the brother of Gina’s dead husband ends up being part of the case, she is terrified that her team will learn of the abuses she suffered at her husband’s hands, because his brother Steven was there for most of it, and enjoying every minute. Not even Chris Briggs, her boss and ex-lover, knows everything that happened. To complicate things even further, Gina has been trying to get over Chris by dating again. The results have been disastrous, partly because she still loves Chris, and partly because of the men she picks. Her latest Tinder date is becoming a stalker, and again part of the investigation. Gina will have to put everything aside to try and concentrate on the case, but things are starting to get to her. She will have help. My Opinions: I love this series. First, without reading the first three books in the series, you will really miss a lot. In this book, Gina seems weak, which isn’t really her character at all. Kovach’s characters are deep, and they grow on you, and although I didn’t particularly like seeing this weak side of Gina, it is realistic after some of the things she has endured. As always, there are a lot of twists and red herrings which keep things interesting, and the plot was really good.  I love the way the author writes, pulling the reader into the story, into the characters, into the mystery.  Again….can’t wait til the next one!
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    The fourth book in a great series.

    Diane has been grieving the loss of her best friend Samantha for seven years. The police were never ever able to find Samantha as their trail went dry. On the seventh anniversary of her disappearance, Diane receives a letter addressed to Samantha. It is actually a birthday card and it has a fingernail in it. The nail is painted with the very same nail polish Diane remembers gifting to Samantha. Instead of the police using the DNA on the nail to lead to Samantha, it leads to another woman, Jade Ashmore, and the police were able to find her body. There is a connection, however, it is not quite apparent. Instead, as the police investigate Jade's murder they begin to delve deep into parties with one intention in mind. The police have several suspects and Detective Gina Harte is hot on the trail. The case becomes very personal to Gina and her boss, and one-time lover, worry that this will affect her objectivity. Gina is determined to use her skills and her unfortunate previous circumstances to stay on the case and to dig as deep as possible. As the connection between the current murder and Samantha's long-ago disappearance become more apparent, Gina becomes even more focused. The Liar's House is the fourth book in the series. I hadn't read the first two, but did read the previous title, Her Pretty Bones, so I was a bit familiar with Gina, her history and her impeccable work ethics. I enjoy her character, her strength and her dedication. This was a compelling read, especially as it delved into a part of marriage and relationships hardly touched in psychological thrillers. This is a book I was able to read in one sitting. I definitely look forward to this series continuing. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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