Book Review: The Good Liar

35620124The Good Liar
By Catherine McKenzie
380 pages, published April 3, 2018
Lake Union Publishing

Note: I received this book directly from the author to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

Can 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?


 I've always been a fan of this author's writing--I remember coming across Spin in the library, loving it, and immediately reading everything else she'd written. Her writing style keeps you turning the pages, and this book is no exception. With the three different perspectives and so many secrets, reading "just one more chapter" is next to impossible!

I liked how one of the perspectives was told via interview transcript.  Usually books with alternating perspectives can be hit or miss for me, and that different format definitely made the different perspectives style work well. You got a little more information each time  and it leaves you wanting more! I was able to piece together a few things but it takes you right up until the last pages (I LOVED how the ending was written!) to really figure things out.

Though the characters weren't always likeable (though I did like Cecily as a character) they were very well developed and interesting! Kate and Franny were definitely a piece of work and I loved thinking about their characters from a psychology perspective. If you love a good psychological suspense, this is an excellent read!

Happy Reading!


  1. Love your review Lori and it was such a page turner wasn't it.


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