How far would you go to protect your family?
Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children alone, with the help of his devoted mother Judi. Life isn’t easy, but Judi’s family means everything to her and together, they manage.
Then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben but Judi isn’t sure … there’s just something about Amber that doesn’t add up.
Ben can’t see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn’t want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.
The further Judi delves into Amber’s personal life, the closer she gets to shocking secrets that could change everything. And Judi must make a decision that could lead to the most disastrous consequences.
Liar is a compelling psychological thriller with a breathtaking twist that will keep you awake until the early hours.
That was the first thought in my head (actually it was a little more colorful than that) when the story started to wind down.
Slater third book, Liar, is an intriguing tale of family, single parenting, dating when you have kids, dating when your mother is heavily involved in your life and suspicion. Is there a theme Slater didn’t hit? Maybe, but what she does use is written wisely and at a great pace you’d want in a novel with this level of suspense and paranoia.
At first my own biases were playing against me because I have a Mother-In-Law who throughout our decade of marriage still doesn’t believe I have any authority in my marriage or as a parent so reading about a mother this involved in her son’s life I immediately wanted to believe she was completely crazy and needed to back off.
Thankfully I was able to push through my own crappy experiences because Slater’s novel definitely deserved to be judged on its own merits. The novel starts off explosively with someone bloody and dying and someone else holding the knife.
Then you get to meet the characters. Suddenly the over bearing mother doesn’t seem so bad especially when the new girlfriend is straight out of Fatal Attraction. Slater just can’t help with throwing us off balance so nothing ever seems to be completely black and white.
Having the chapters seesaw between Judi the grandmother and Amber the girlfriend really provided an interesting experience especially when you get to see how they view each other and how they each experience the same situation differently. I felt as the reader it was almost as if each character was trying to sway us to their side; it was a mind trip.
It was definitely an interesting view of the mother-in-law versus daughter-in-law dynamic particularly when ‘mom’ only has one child to focus all her energy on; trust me – I live that dynamic and it’s NOT fun. After reading this I’m glad we already have legal papers drawn up assuring the continuity of care for our kids because this book has me FREAKED OUT!!
Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for allowing me to review this book.
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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com