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The Perfect Liar

A Novel
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
4 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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Narrator Tavia Gilbert expertly creates an atmosphere of suspense as she delivers a story of the complicated entanglement of two people who have plenty of dark secrets between them...This thriller will have listeners holding their breath, and Tavia Gilbert keeps it all together." (AudioFile Magazine)

A seemingly perfect marriage is threatened by the deadly secrets husband and wife keep from each other.

Susannah, a young widow and single mother, has remarried well: to Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her 15-year-old son out of New York City and to a quiet Vermont university town. Strong-willed and attractive, Susannah expects her life is perfectly in place again. Then one quiet morning, she finds a note on her door: "I Know Who You Are."

Max dismisses the note as a prank. But days after a neighborhood couple comes to dinner, the husband mysteriously dies in a tragic accident while on a run with Max. Soon thereafter, a second note appears on their door: "Did You Get Away with It?" 

Both Susannah and Max are keeping secrets from the world and from each other - secrets that could destroy their family and everything they have built. 

Thomas Christopher Greene's The Perfect Liar is a thrilling audiobook told through the alternating perspectives of Susannah and Max with a shocking climax no one will expect, from the best-selling author of The Headmaster’s Wife.  

Praise for The Perfect Liar: 

"Beautifully written and sharply insightful, The Perfect Liar is a captivating, stay-up-late thriller about dark secrets, dangerous passions, and the perilous pursuit of a picture-perfect life.” (Kimberly McCreight, New York Times best-selling author of Reconstructing Amelia and Where They Found Her)

©2019 Thomas Christopher Greene (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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It was good. You will enjoy it. The story was ok

Pretty good. It kept me interested. The ending was not what I expected to be.

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Scintillating writing, robust characters and brilliantly plotted.

SUMMARY
Susannah, a young widow and single mother has remarried. She married Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her 15-year-old son out of New York City to a quiet Vermont university town. Strong-willed and attractive Suzanne believes her life is perfectly in place again.

Then one morning she finds a note on their front door. “I know who you are.” Max dismisses the note as a prank. But days after a neighborhood couple comes to dinner, the husband mysteriously dies in a tragic accident while on a run with Max. Soon after, a second note appears on their door, “Did you get away with it?” Both Susanna and Max are keeping secrets from each other, secrets that could destroyed their marriage, their family and everything they have built.


REVIEW
THE PERFECT LIAR is thrilling. It’s told from the alternating perspectives of Max and Susannah. Each has their own story to tell, and it all unwinds in due course. The story is a ricocheting tale of lies and it’s impossible to put down the book.

Max and Susannah’s characters are unique and well defined. Both with strengths and weakness which make them real. You might not like them but they really make for interesting and robust characters. The story is brilliantly plotted and I am sure you’ll find some surprises between the pages. My favorite part was the entire second half of the book. It snaps your mind. Whaaaat!

The Perfect Liar is author THOMAS CHRISTOPHER GREENE’s sixth novel. Greene was born and raised in Worcester Massachusetts and earned his BA in English from Hobart College in Geneva, New York and his MFA in Writing from the former Vermont College. He lives in Central Vermont and in 2008 was instrumental in creating The Vermont College of Fine Arts. Greene’s writing is scintillating. It was a great Audible listen.


Publisher St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan Audio
Published January 15, 2019
Narrated Tania Gilbert
Review www.bluestockingreviews.com

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Honestly......

Another book using a variation of the word "Lie" in the title!

Even though this book was slow, convoluted and very repetitive at times.....I did not abandon the book because the book's narration was superb and also because I just kept on hoping that the book would improve with time. (It did not).

The "deadly secrets husbands and wives keep from each other" storyline of this book was compelling and that was why I selected the book. I felt, however, that the author let us down. Since I don't want to reveal any spoilers, I'll just say that the book jumped all over the place and I was uncertain why some elements of the storyline were included because they just were not relevant. The book was very, very repetitive, too. Many times, the husband would describe the wife's red hair and big brown eyes, and there was absolutely no reason to include this description multiple times. In other words, a better edited/shorter version of this book would have earned much higher ratings from me.

There were two surprise twists in the book that I liked and these twists reminded me that this book did have potential.

In conclusion: the plot was good, the narration was excellent but the author did a poor job of telling the story.

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Almost (4) stars...

except for an ending that is rather unsatisfying. Someone gets away with murder. Otherwise, a twisty, enthralling story, with a good narrator.

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