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| Loved The Good Liar. A clever and winding tale looked at all the wrong way round and upside down but so brilliantly addictive with a dry yet compelling style.
We start with Roy meeting Betty for the first time on a "blind" date. I was immediately hooked due to the way this was presented by the author and I knew right there that this was going to be one that would engage me. Saying anything else on the plot, bar the fact that it moves backwards in time in our learning curve about Roy, whilst moving forward on how their relationship develops, would necessarily spoil things so lets just leave that there.
The Good Liar managed to often surprise me. My main reason for liking it so much is how Nicholas Searle blurs the lines, so whilst he doesn't hide anything you really have no clue what is going to happen until it happens. A really excellent construction, something that not many can do well, this is assured plotting and compelling stuff.
It is not perfect - it does ramble on occasion, sometimes you would like things to just get on - but overall this was a terrific debut, one that messsed with my head and gave me pause for thought. Character wise it is just simply terrific. Excellent job. Really really interested to see what this author comes up with next.