Author: K.L. Slater
Publication date: 16 June 2017
Genre: Psychological thriller
Judi is a devoted mother and grandmother. After the tragic death of her daughter-in-law, she steps up to help her son, Ben, with childcare and housework. However, when Ben meets Amber, he quickly falls under her spell and, much to Judi’s alarm, things move very quickly. Suspicious of Amber’s intentions, Judi worries about the rapid changes in their home life and the effect Amber’s presence is having on the children’s behaviour. The pair are spiteful to each other from the start and a hatred grows between them that slowly becomes more and more apparent to the entire family.
After loving Blink by K.L. Slater, I was excited to be approved by Bookouture on NetGalley for K.L. Slater’s third psychological thriller. Liar is all about what people will do in the name of ‘love’ and with the intention of protecting their families. It plays with the all-too-common tensions between mothers and the partners their children choose and demonstrates the lack of legal rights grandparents have in the UK to their grandchildren.
Liar kept me guessing until the end. While it had fewer twists and turns than Blink, I enjoyed how it was set around complicated family dynamics and two shady characters, both with traumatic pasts. It was also fantastic to see an author engaging with how women can be made to feel like they are fading into the background as they reach the menopause. All too often, they feel unable to talk about the changes – both physical and emotional – they are going through.
I appreciated the slightly open ending of Liar, making me wonder what the future holds for the family. The complex characters of Amber and Judi are still lingering in my mind, and I will definitely pick up K.L. Slater’s next thriller!
I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.