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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?
Graduate of McGill University in History and Law, Catherine McKenzie is a partner in a litigation boutique in Montreal, where she was born and raised. Catherine’s novels, SPIN, ARRANGED, FORGOTTEN, HIDDEN, SMOKE and FRACTURED, are bestsellers and have been translated into numerous languages, including French, German, Portuguese, Polish, Turkish, Slovakian and Czech. SMOKE was named one of the Top 100 Books in 2015 by Amazon and one of the Best Books of October 2015 by Goodreads. FRACTURED was named one of the Best Books of October 2016 by Goodreads.Catherine’s first book writing as Julie Apple (the protagonist in FRACTURED), THE MURDER GAME, was released in November, 2016. SPIN has been optioned for a television series. A short film of ARRANGED was made in 2014 and won a Canadian National Screen Institute Award. Catherine was on set while they filmed it. It was one of the highlights of her writing life.
Visit her online at www.catherinemckenzie.com, on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/catherinemckenzieauthor, and on Twitter and Instagram at @CEMckenzie1
This was my first Catherine McKenzie novel, and it definitely won’t be my last.
I love devouring mysterious psychological suspense stories, especially ones that center around complicated marriages, best friends, lies, secrets, deception, stretched truths… and The Good Liar fit that bill perfectly. In real life, so many people lie on a daily basis for fear of being judged by others. Tiny white lies. What could it really hurt? Add in a huge tragedy like a building exploding in downtown Chicago, where 513 people are killed. Include unwanted media attention, 513 funerals, happy and sad widows, mourning children and someone wanting to document everything, and you’ll have an interesting story. Actually, three interesting stories that weave together with twists and turns, making you smile, making you angry and causing you to wonder whom the biggest liar really is. You’ll have to read it to find out. I recommend it. ☺
(because I love reading psychological thrillers that have complicated women protagonists with interesting lives--this book had three--books that make me question the characters motives and the reasons they keep secrets and deceive everyone around them, and books that make me constantly think about all the possible scenarios of the perfect twisted ending... AND lastly, I love books set in one of my favourite US cities: Chicago, with a little dab of Canada thrown in as well: Montreal, Quebec)