Okay, Nora Roberts is usually not the kind of author who needs to bend real facts the law has, to create a plot. This time she did, to give her main figure a reason to do what she does and to have a plot that seems realistic. In the end, it turns out to be the right move because The Liar is one great read and very entertaining. I started it by listening to the audiobook and got so excited that I continued reading at home and listening to the audio every time I went outside.

The Liar
by Nora Roberts
Publisher Berkley on April 14, 2015
Genre Novel
Pages 512
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions… The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved, wasn´t just dead. He never really existed.
Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows – and threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning …
Shelby does everything to get out of her financial misery and moves at some point during the novel back to her parents. And it is there, that she not only finds comfort in the home of her childhood but also with her friends and new friends. Old habits never die and so the author gives the reader a great scene in which Shelby comes across an old high school mate and handles it brilliantly. OMG, I laughed like I´ve never laughed at all in my life. Oh yes, what is a second-place Ms. Tennessee when you can be the prom queen in high school?

Nora Roberts writes again in a very sensitive and compelling way about a woman, Shelby, who not only finds out, that her husband left her with huge depth, but also that he lived another life besides the one he had with her. Okay, there is one little mistake in the plot, but that mistake is needed to bring some tension into the novel and for the main character a reason why she does what she does. So I´ve graciously overseen that and enjoyed the book as what it was: a great read.

My favorite figure in The Liar is without a doubt little miss sunbeam Callie. She is one heck of a great girl, charming, funny and so sweet – wow! Who wouldn´t want to have a girl like her? She flirts with Griffin in such a charming way it is really wonderful to imagine those scenes. And she is quite the opposite of her mother. Shelby is a beauty, no doubt about that, and they share the same kind of hair, but Callie speaks what she thinks, and is as innocent as a little girl can be. Her mother is naïve, but when it comes to her daughter, she becomes a lion and when that happens you better stay out of her way.

The author has a wonderful way to show why her characters act the way they do and why they are as they are. Mrs. Vi is beside Callie, another fantastic figure in this novel. As Shelby´s grandmother, she is the only person Shelby can speak open and free about everything that´s bothering her. 

A thrilling and very entertaining novel that contains a fantastic little girl; and that girl brings some fun and a great pleasure to the story. Read it and see for yourself.

Happy reading

Nora Roberts
©Bruce Wilder

Nora Roberts, born in Silver Spring, Maryland, is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming. Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.” She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.


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