A thriller about a copycat murder that brings back revelations from the past.
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I looooove books that deal with doubts about a crime previously committed. I don’t know why but it is just my favourite thing to read! I was super excited to request this book and get it approved, so here is my review:
The Liar's Girl
Published February 1, 2018 by Blackstone Publishing
Data from Goodreads
Summary (Goodreads): 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 four young victims, he drowned them in the muddy waters of the Grand Canal. Sentenced to life imprisonment when he was just nineteen, Will is locked away in the city’s Central Psychiatric Hospital.
Freshman Alison Smith moved to the Big Smoke to enrol 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 ten 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 ..
I really wanted to love this book. But I didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t a bad novel. But it wasn’t as exciting as I wanted it to be.
The Pros: What worked for me
- I really liked that the story flitted back and forth in time to pull the story together. I thought both time points were super interesting, which is something that happens quite rarely for me.
The Cons: What I didn’t like
- The pacing for this book was slower than what I would have liked so the story dragged on at times. There also weren’t really enough twists to keep me interested.
- Some of the character interactions were a little too forced to be realistic and believable
- I didn’t think that the resolution to the story and the ending worked well for the story; it just didn’t live up to my expectations.
This is a slow-burner of a thriller, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it wasn’t what I was hoping to see. I thought it was an interesting case but it didn’t have enough twists to keep my interest. For those reasons, I’m giving it 2/5 stars.