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Sunday, January 13, 2019

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: The Liar's Room by Simon Lelic @Simon_Lelic @berkleypub #ATBR2019

The Liar's Room 
by Simon Lelic

Thanks so much to Berkley Publishing for these review copies and my stop on the blog tour.

Publisher: Berkley Pub
Publish Date: January 15, 2019
352 Pages
Genres: Suspense, Thriller

Two liars. One room. No way out.Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a therapist and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe.

But when a young man, Adam Geraghty, walks into her office, claiming he needs Susanna's help but asking unsettling questions, she begins to fear that her secret has been discovered.

Who is Adam, really? What does he intend to do to Susanna?

And what has he done to her daughter?

My Review:

A story that crosses the span of only a few hours.  Susanna, a counselor, has no idea that new patient Adam has quite the issues to bring up with her.  Very quickly this escalates into a what the actual hell is going on here type of read. 

Flashing back and forth to Susanna's past, Adam and Susanna's lives intertwine together in a way that surprises us all. There's a tension that is built from the first page throughout the read that is palpitating.  It's truly hard to discuss much of anything without spoiling the book so I'm going to keep this vague and short.

Secrets never remain secrets.  You never know what is going on in someone else's head and why they take the actions that they do.  Word matter.  Actions matter.  I absolutely loved how this story increasingly gets a little bit crazier and crazier.  I was a teeny bit underwhelmed with the ending after such a big build up.  At the same time, it also seems suiting, so I'm torn with how I felt about it.

Lelic really accentuates the tension between Adam and Susanna and that is what will keep you turning these pages.  A one sit read for me.


Jessica's Review:

Last year I read Lelic's THE NEW NEIGHBORS and loved it! So I was anxious to pick up his newest release. THE LIAR'S ROOM was a book I devoured in one sitting - full of suspense and tension between Adam and Susanna that I couldn't stop turning the pages.

What I love the most about the book is that it takes place in the span of a few hours. So you're in real time with the characters and feeling their emotions and experiencing everything with them as it happens. Susanna is a counselor and she is with a patient, Adam, but he has set plans in motion to punish her. Why is he doing this? What's his motivation? What's going to happen?

There were some great twists throughout the novel and I loved that Lelic kept me guessing. I know some thriller fans typically can see the ending coming, but I was so off! The characters were well-developed and you find yourself becoming invested in them. You feel their tension, their panic, and a sense of claustrophobia as the story continues. If you're looking for a binge worthy thriller, then this is the one you need to pick up!

4/5 stars

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