The Liar's Room
The addictive new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of THE HOUSE
by Simon Lelic
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 09 Aug 2018 | Archive Date 02 Aug 2018
Penguin Books (UK), Penguin
NO WAY OUT.
THE NEXT SPINE-TINGLING THRILLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE HOUSE
Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a counsellor and starting a new life.
It was the only way to keep her daughter safe. But everything changes when Adam Geraghty walks into her office. She's never met this young man before - so why does she feel like she knows him?
Adam starts to tell her about a girl. A girl he wants to hurt. And that's when Susanna realises she was wrong.
She doesn't know him.
He knows her.
And the girl he plans to hurt is her daughter.
*** PRAISE FOR THE HOUSE ***
'DELICIOUSLY DARK AND CLEVER WITH A SATISFYING TWIST. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED'
- Mark Edwards
'AN INTRICATE AND POWERFUL THRILLER'
- Tana French
'HUGELY GRIPPING AND SPOOKY AS HELL'
- Mark Billingham
'TAUGHT, TENSE AND TERRIFYING, I LOVED IT'
- Sharon Bolton
'O.M.G . I just devoured this gem... Perfect execution of a psychological thriller right here.'
- Reader review
'A brilliantly tense and shocking thriller. I literally couldn't put it down!'
- Nuala Ellwood, author of My Sister's Bones
'This terrifying thriller sent shivers through me'
- Jane Corry, author of My Husband's Wife
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Average rating from 237 members
ONE ROOM. TWO LIARS. NO WAY OUT Misconceptions - This is a twisty,gripping story about misconceptions,secrets,lies,redemption and forgiveness.There is a hell of a lot more to this book than the synopsis leads you to believe.Yes,the main story is Susanna and Adam`s intense battle of wits as they try to outsmart each other during the hours that they are trapped together in Susanna`s tiny,claustrophobic consulting room.Who is Adam? why does Susanna feel like she knows him even though she has never set eyes on him before that day and what does he want?. Susanna is also very worried because her teenage daughter Emily is not where she said she would be and isn't answering her mobile. Susanna has always gone to extreme lengths to protect Emily including fourteen years ago, ditching her own identity ,reinventing herself and starting a new life. Why did Susanna run away from her previous life and what was she protecting Emily from?. Throughout the story Susanna`s thoughts slip back into the past and she gradually reveals the tragic events and misconceptions that tore her life apart and made her run away with baby Emily.My feelings about Susanna changed many times as both stories unfolded but I can honestly say I liked the present day Susanna more than the version of her in the past. I most definitely didn't like Adam,he was a spine chillingly,creepy character who could flip from boyish innocence to sneering psychopath faster than the blink of an eye.As the tension builds and the drama unfolds in the tiny room there is no way of knowing how it's all going to play out,who is going to win the battle of wits and what has happened to Emily. This is a riveting,thought provoking psychological thriller that would result in some very interesting discussions if it was read by a book group due to some of the issues that are raised throughout the story.I enjoyed The Liar`s Room just as much as I did The House which was one of my favourite books of last year.The Liar`s Room is a very,very good book,highly recommended by little old me.
This book was very different to my usual detective thrillers but oh how it gripped me right from the beginning! So much so, I read it in one session only stopping for some lunch! Set mainly in Susannah's counselling office with flashbacks to what happened in the past with her son Jake and what happened very recently with her daughter Emily. It was a very chilling story but with some heart wrenching moments as well. I loved Susannah's character and felt her despair and pain as the hours ticked by with Adam. Adam who switched between normal (ish) to Psychopath in the blink of an eye. A real page turner with a twist at the end. Fabulous read.