This is a life told back to front.
This is a man who has lied all his life.
Roy is a conman living in a small English town, about to pull off his final con. He is going to meet and woo a beautiful woman and slip away with her life savings. But who is the man behind the con?
What has he had to do to survive a life of lies?
And who has had to pay the price?
The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle is an intriguing, well-written novel which covers various themes including growing old, relationships and family loyalties, as well as flicking between various decades. Going back in time means the author slowly reveals more about Roy’s previous life and those he knows, and this encouraged me to read on and find out more about the secrets he’s keeping very quiet about…
There were a few points where I started to lose track of some names and characters, and began to wonder what relevance they had- but it soon became clear! Roy is a truly horrible character, but it’s not until we get further into the story that we see just how much of a nasty man he is. Nicholas Searle has created really vibrant, intriguing three-dimensional characters.
I hate telling people that there’s a twist as that often means readers are guessing all the way through about what it could be (or maybe that’s just me?) which is always annoying as a reader…but there is a twist, and it’s a good one! I did guess it quite early on though, but still, I love novels with a bit of mystery.
I don’t want to give too much away about the novel so I’ll just say that this is a great novel that’s really entertaining and well written, and definitely one I’d recommend to others.
The Good Liar is out in the UK on 14th January 2016.
Many thanks to the publisher who provided an ARC in return for an honest review.