The Liar's Girl

Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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Will Hurley was an attractive, charming, and impressive student at Dublin's elite St. John's College - and Ireland's most prolific serial killer. Having stalked his five young victims, he drowned them in the muddy waters of the Grand Canal. Sentenced to life imprisonment when he was just 19, Will is locked away in the city's Central Psychiatric Hospital.

Freshman Alison Smith moved to the Big Smoke to enroll in St. John's and soon fell hard for Will Hurley. Her world bloomed...and then imploded when Liz, her best friend, became the latest victim of the Canal Killer - and the Canal Killer turned out to be the boy who'd been sleeping in her bed. Alison fled to the Netherlands and, in 10 years, has never once looked back.

When a young woman's body is found in the Grand Canal, Garda detectives visit Will to see if he can assist them in solving what looks like a copycat killing. Instead, Will tells them he has something new to confess - but there's only one person he's prepared to confess it to.The last thing Alison wants is to be pulled back into the past she's worked so hard to leave behind. Reluctantly, she returns to the city she hasn't set foot in for more than a decade to face the man who murdered the woman she was supposed to become.

Only to discover that, until now, Will has left out the worst part of all.

©2018 Catherine Ryan Howard (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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This is what story is all about.

In Dublin, Ireland, a college student is found floating in the Dublin canal, and then another. In the Hague, two Irish detectives visit Allison Smith, an Irish expatriate, believing that she holds the key to solving the new rash of killings. Ten years prior, her boyfriend had been convicted of similar series of murders. He’s willing to help the police but he will only talk to Allison and so Allison is dragged back to Ireland to confront the ghosts of her past.
The book is what story is all about: A page-turning series of extraordinary events happening to believable characters whose true natures are revealed as they meet the challenges doled out to them.

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listened twice!

i loved the twists and turns, and the characters come to life. It kept me guessing!

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Good story. Won an Edgar Award spoiler alert

I think this book was very well written. I just did not feel sympathy for Alison. I liked will and everyone knows a jellyfish like Liz. I just didn’t care for poor little Alison. I get emotionally triggered by false confessions. I find tactics used to deceive and fatigue suspects to get confessions very disturbing. It is torture to listen to them. The mystery was well done and the freak circumstances coming together made for a very good plot.

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A New Discovery!

CRH has been on my TBR list for a long time, but I've encountered so many BAD, over-praised crime novels lately I just kept saying Oh not now. Then out of boredom I tried it and I'm so glad I did! Loved this book.

It was a total pageturner. The mystery was fantastic and compelling. The tension is wound tighter and tighter--even though it is a very bare bones, simple story. A girl investigates a crime, and that's it. The simplicity is what I loved about it. There is nothing extraneous, no unnecessary padding, no red herrings, I am so sick of crime stories that feel they have to go all over the place and pad everything with endless descriptions and tangents. This was to the point and the tension never let up. At the same time, it is a psychological thriller in a way. The main protagonist gets more and more interesting and sympathetic and is as much a part of the tension as the plot. Again, simplicity. Just one girl, but by the end we get to care a lot about her and know her very well.

I finished it in less than 24 hours. Could not stop listening. Had to find out what happened.

The writing is very nice. Not out of the park excellent, but very good. There's a bit too much of meaningless, unnecessary fillers like "I frowned." "I shook my head." Get rid of that stuff. Not necessary. It needed a bit pf pruning, that's all, otherwise great.

The performance is fine, except the recording is absolute shite. Even with the sound cranked up to the max it was still hard to hear.

Looking forward to reading ALL her stuff now!

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Good read

I’m a sucker for mysteries set in the UK, and Ireland in particular grabs my interest. I blame Adrian McKinty, my favorite author. Howard reeled me in pretty well from the start and kept me hooked throughout. Looking forward to more from this author.

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don't waist your time

i tried and tried and tried again...
i love mysteries,but with this book
i couldn't even get to the end...
don't care anymore who the serial killer is..
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nice mystery.

This mystery was nice but a bit disappointing. le sigh.

At first, it seems black and white. It doesn't sound too unrealistic. Accidentally killing your girlfriends psychotic and jealous best friend.

But the ending was so disappointing. The romantic in me wished Allison and Will would get together after he got out of prison. Also kind of sad finding out he was indeed a killer.

The ending didn't give me the kind of closure I need in a good book.

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