The Good Liar

The Good Liar

by Catherine McKenzie

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ISBN-13: 9781542047098
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 113,285
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Catherine McKenzie, a graduate of McGill University, practices law in Montreal, where she was born and raised. An avid skier and runner, Catherine’s novels Spin, Arranged, Forgotten, and Hidden are all international bestsellers and have been translated into numerous languages. Hidden was an Amazon #1 bestseller and a Digital Book World bestseller. Her fifth novel, Smoke, was an Amazon bestseller, a Goodreads Best Book for October 2015, and an Amazon Top 100 Book of 2015. Visit Catherine online at www.catherinemckenzie.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/catherinemckenzieauthor, and on Twitter or Instagram at @CEMcKenzie1.

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The Good Liar 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
BookLoverinFlorida 4 months ago
Make sure that you block off your weekend so you can finish this book! Once you begin, you won't want to stop. This was a gripping book that I didn't want to put down. The alternating viewpoints added to the story and made the story intriguing. A book of twists for your next read by the fireplace!
JustJan3 More than 1 year ago
The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie This is the first book I have read by this author and it is the start of a new “love” for me. I thoroughly enjoyed The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie and look forward to reading all of her other books. If you had the opportunity (Spoiler Alert) to “die” in a fire and reinvent yourself somewhere else, would you? This was the situation for one of the women whose life was affected one morning when an explosion ripped apart a building in Chicago. Cecily, Kate, and Franny all have their lives changed. It is now one year later and each woman is preparing, in her own way, to deal with the one year anniversary of the tragedy. Each woman has a secret. Each woman must decide how far she will go to keep the secret. Ms. McKenizie varies her chapters. They bounce back and forth from one character to another. In each chapter you go deeper into each woman’s secret. At first, this style of writing bothered me. But once the story captured me, each chapter easily flowed from one to the other. Ms. McKenzie’s writing seems to come from the depth of each character. It is as if she has lived each life and knows exactly what is going on. I highly recommend this book but be warned: once you start it you won’t want to put it down and once you finish it you will want more from this author. 06.17.18
Ejaygirl More than 1 year ago
At 10:00 a.m. on October 10, a building in downtown Chicago suddenly explodes, forever altering the lives of three women. The story is told by Cecily, whose husband died in the explosion; Kate, who fled and began a new, secret life in Canada; and Franny, who lost the biological mother she’d just found. The narratives are also presented against the backdrop of a documentary reporter’s interviews on the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the explosion. All of these women are harboring secrets about that day and the story slowly reveals each. I really liked how the narratives transitioned between characters and the interviews, which often served as a bridge. It was a unique approach that worked well, especially with the multiple narrators used for the audio edition. I always knew who was speaking as the voices were distinctive and well matched for each character. The audio performance was well done. I very much enjoyed this story that threw a lot of curves throughout but especially at the very end. I thought I’d figured them all out but the epilogue was a stunner. It’s one of those that makes you want to go back and revisit parts of the book (which I did) to see if the clues were there. This is a cleverly written story with lots of psychological angles and is wonderfully served up by the audio performance. My first by the author but not my last. (I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book on netgalley. From the moment I started it I couldn't put it down. This mystery/thriller had me on the edge of my seat. Just when I thought I had it figured out a new twist arose. I highly recommend.
JHSEsq More than 1 year ago
An explosion destroys a Chicago building at 10:00 a.m. on October 10th killing more than 513 people and forever changing many more lives. The story begins as the one-year commemoration of that tragedy is set. Cecily lost her husband and the father of their two children, Tom, that day. Because she was en route to the building and her reaction captured by Teo, a photographer in the vicinity, she has become the unwitting poster child for loss and its aftermath. She also lost Kaitlyn, her best friend and a mother of two. Franny, age 23, claims to have also sustained a terrible loss that day. Meanwhile, Kate has recently relocated to Montreal where she is working as a live-in nanny to two little boys. All three women are keeping destructive secrets which author Catherine McKenzie reveals at expertly-timed moments via three different narratives: a first-person account from Cecily, a third-person recitation describing the elusive Kate's actions and thought-processes, and the transcript of an interview conducted with Franny by Teo, who is making a documentary. The three women's lives are intertwined and enmeshed -- in ways they discover along with McKenzie's readers. If the truth is revealed, the far-reaching consequences could devastate those left behind. Cecily and Kate are forced to face the reality of what their lives were like on that fateful morning and the ways in which that reality is at issue with the public's perception of and ongoing fascination with the victims and their families. Questions swirl about the validity of Franny's claim, her murky past, and her current machinations. At a steady, unrelenting pace, McKenzie keeps her readers guessing about the truth and the lengths to which each woman will go to guard her secrets until the very end when she delivers gut-punching revelations. The Good Liar proves again that McKenzie's writing gets better and better with each subsequent book. (Thanks to NetGalley for the Advance Reader's Copy of the book!)
JHSEsq More than 1 year ago
An explosion destroys a Chicago building at 10:00 a.m. on October 10th killing more than 513 people and forever changing many more lives. The story begins as the one-year commemoration of that tragedy is set. Cecily lost her husband and the father of their two children, Tom, that day. Because she was en route to the building and her reaction captured by Teo, a photographer in the vicinity, she has become the unwitting poster child for loss and its aftermath. She also lost Kaitlyn, her best friend and a mother of two. Franny, age 23, claims to have also sustained a terrible loss that day. Meanwhile, Kate has recently relocated to Montreal where she is working as a live-in nanny to two little boys. All three women are keeping destructive secrets which author Catherine McKenzie reveals at expertly-timed moments via three different narratives: a first-person account from Cecily, a third-person recitation describing the elusive Kate's actions and thought-processes, and the transcript of an interview conducted with Franny by Teo, who is making a documentary. The three women's lives are intertwined and enmeshed -- in ways they discover along with McKenzie's readers. If the truth is revealed, the far-reaching consequences could devastate those left behind. Cecily and Kate are forced to face the reality of what their lives were like on that fateful morning and the ways in which that reality is at issue with the public's perception of and ongoing fascination with the victims and their families. Questions swirl about the validity of Franny's claim, her murky past, and her current machinations. At a steady, unrelenting pace, McKenzie keeps her readers guessing about the truth and the lengths to which each woman will go to guard her secrets until the very end when she delivers gut-punching revelations. The Good Liar proves again that McKenzie's writing gets better and better with each subsequent book. (Thanks to NetGalley for the Advance Reader's Copy of the book!)
lsmoore_43 More than 1 year ago
WOW!! This was one wonderful book. I had such a hard time putting it down. Wanted to know what was going to happen next. This is told from Cecily, Kate, at times Kaitlyn, and Franny’s voices. Each has a different story to tell. All have lies and some have some truth mixed in. It’s one that will have you asking did they really do that or was it more. It’s the story of loss and grief, running and returning only to run again. From the first page I knew without a doubt it was going to be a page turner. I so enjoyed this awesome book and can’t wait now to read more by this author. I’m honored to have won a paperback copy of this, signed, from the author. I received this copy from Lake Union via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I give no spoilers but can promise you won’t be disappointed in this book. It’s so good from the beginning to the big ending where so much comes out about the characters. You will never guess the ending. It’s quite the shocker. Love it and had to give it 5 stars
DressedToRead More than 1 year ago
Definitely a lot of lying going on in this book! Uncovering them will keep you engaged until the end! This one starts off strong with an explosion in a building and people running for their lives. Focusing on three women who are impacted by the tragedy in different ways. Which one has something to hide? something to gain? something to lose? Which one lies? Alternating narratives from each of the three women (which I really enjoyed) let us in on some things they were hiding or running away from. Their stories start to unravel as the plot progresses and interviews for a documentary take place. I also enjoyed the format of the question/answer transcripts from the interviews. Stay focused if you read this one because there is quite a bit going on that you may question later. Happened to me...more than once!! Some startling twists and a fast paced plot put this one at the top of list for psychological thriller lovers!
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I am always 'up' for a Catherine McKenzie novel, and am never disappointed. The Good Liar is no exception. Cicily, Kate and Franny are all faces from the same local Chicago tragedy, yet the way the tragedy affects each of them is of course completely unique. Told in the first person, each character has her own voice in various chapters, which sounds confusing but isn't. By the first 30 pages you will recognize each person's voice by emotion and reaction to action. Each lady has admirable and questionable characteristics, good and bad instincts, sympathetic or unpalatable reflexes. And there is a lot of action in this tale. First one, then another appears to be the more evil or most admirable, but until very close to the end I was not sure just who the culprit would be. I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Catherine McKenzie, and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.
CCinME More than 1 year ago
Does having secrets make one a liar? Are some lies worth keeping secret? These are well explored in this story. Held my interest all the way through and included some surprises.
booklover6460 More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book...lots of drama and questions. It kept you guessing what next lie would be exposed. And believe me, there were plenty. The author does a great job of character development. You find you really love or hate the main characters. There is no in between! As you delve into their lives, you find out all kinds of lies and secrets. At the end as things begin to twist even more, you will have to decide who had the greatest lie. It's worth it to read and understand out!
Catmommy13 More than 1 year ago
Once again Catherine McKenzie’s writing style which mixes psychological suspense with deep exploration of the of the personalities and emotions of the characters results in a captivating read. Readers will be drawn into the struggles of three very different women as they deal with the aftermath of an event reminiscent of 9/11. They will keep wondering: Who is the good liar?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Catherine McKenzie is one helluva writer. Her characters are multidimensional and always interesting. Flawed and imperfect, for sure, but that is what makes them vivid. We start by experiencing an explosion that kills numerous people, including somebody's husband and mother, We meet these people as they reveal their life's to us in a sort of quasi-documentary format. We get to explore the connection s between these three women. What really happened and how these women are connected is what makes this book so entertaining and compelling. This is a great book for anybody who likes a well told and fascinating mystery. Well done Ms. McKenzie.
CarolD59 More than 1 year ago
The Good Liar is a psychological thriller that you will not be able to put down. An office building in Chicago is destroyed by a gas explosion. One year later a documentary is being made that follows the lives of Franny, Kate, and Cicely. Each has a story to tell and a secret to hide. Just when I thought I knew who was lying, a plot twist sent me in a different direction. Expertly crafted characters and plot twists that had me guessing to the very end. The Good Liar is Catherine McKenzie's best book yet! Thank you to the author, publisher, and netgalley for an ARC of this book and this is my honest review
EKB13 More than 1 year ago
Catherine McKenzie does it again (How does she do it over and over again?!) Another book of hers that I could not put down from start to finish. This might be my favorite of hers - though I say that every time- they are all so fabulous! The plot: On October 10 at 10:00am a building exploded killing over five-hundred people...fast forward one year later and the "Triple Ten” is being remembered. McKenzie weaves alternating perspectives of three women whose lives were impacted- all in different ways- in this one horrifying moment. You think you know where this story is going....but you have no idea. You become sucked into each of these characters lives, the pain they have gone through and their struggles to find themselves and the truth. This book had me guessing until the very end and I was not disappointed! This is a must-read!!! I received an ARC copy in exchange for my fair and honest review.
357800 More than 1 year ago
3.5+ Explosive Stars! THE GOOD LIAR (aptly titled) weaves together the lives of three women plagued by a building explosion (no spoiler here) that occurred October 10 at 10 a.m....all three with secrets....all three linked. Catherine Mckenzie's new novel has a wonderfully original storyline that she backs into enticing the reader to wait for answers. Already a big hit as evidenced by high ratings on Goodread's, I must admit it was a bit perplexing and beyond belief here and there (for me), but at no time did I waiver in wanting to find out the whole truth and identity of THE GOOD LIAR! Epilogue makes for a great finish!
mweinreich More than 1 year ago
4.5 riveting stars Seems lately that there has been a plethora of books with some form of the word lie in their title. Perhaps the reason being is that it is, at times for us it is so easy to avoid telling the truth. We all have done it, lie that is, for reasons big and small, just because we are human. Being caught in a lie is embarrassing and depending on the seriousness of the lie, it can upset your whole world and those you love and care for. It can change things, make you a captive of the tentacles a lie often weaves. It can make you unrecognizable from who you thought you were. Three woman are dealing with tragedy. Cecily, has lost her husband in a gas explosion. Kate, has secreted herself away making her family believe she was killed in the gas explosion that sent five hundred people to their death. Franny, is searching for her birth mother and thinking she has found her is devastated when her newly acquired mother, too, is killed in the explosion. Sounds ever so tragic, and yet each of them is carrying other burdens than the loss of their loved ones. Each of them is lying, whether to themselves, to others, or to the world in general. Catherine McKenzie has written a most engaging thriller that draws you into the mystery and shocking activities which surround the telling of this story. It again qualifies as one of those "hard to put down" books and as it entraps you in the women's stories, it makes you understand that something that now seems safe for these women just isn't. We get to see these women through the lens of the author's camera. She definitely puts us, the reader, through some of those edge of your seat reading moments This book kept me guessing and became quite the captivating novel.
TheBookBag More than 1 year ago
Life for Cecily stopped that day one year ago. The day the building came down. She should have been there, but she wasn't. Her life has been put on hold this past year—the book her husband was reading is still laying on his nightstand, just waiting for him to come home and pick it up. For a year, she has been lying to everyone, and to herself. The three women, connected by that one day, connected by that tragedy, connected by their lies. So many lies! Twists and turns as the reader tries to figure out the truth behind all the lies. Who even knows the truth anymore? The Good Liar is a spellbinding thriller that will keep you guessing to the end. I devoured it and loved it! I've read all of Catherine's books and her stories just keep getting better and better.
SAF1 More than 1 year ago
The Good Liar is another great thrill read by Catherine McKenzie. Given the nature of the book, it's hard to summarize the plot without giving away too many spoilers. On October 10th at 10am, there is a large explosion in an office building in Chicago. Over 500 people are killed and this novel takes a look at the lives of 3 women who were impacted by the tragedy. Throughout the novel, we find that their stories are woven together. At the end of each Part, a critical element of their relationships is revealed. You must read all the way to the end of the Epilogue to get that last nagging question answered. I enjoyed this book, because the twists that I thought I had figured out were not as they appeared. The book weaves in familiar scenery in Chicago and Montreal. I have enjoyed all of Ms. McKenzie's novels, and this is no exception. .
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
Full of Twists! Wow! This book had so many fun twists and turns, I can honestly say I didn’t see the end coming. Who is the “Good Liar?” Connected by tragedy, all three of the main characters have something to hide, but what? Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, a twist came, and I was stunned. McKenzie creates three strong and complex characters whose lives are forever changed after the tragedy and the path each life takes with every decision made weave a compelling story. This was my first story by Catherine McKenzie, and that is a situation I will have to change, as soon as possible. The Good Liar is a story that has more twists, turns, and loops than a roller coaster, I recommend you buckle in and take this ride. #NetGalley #TheGoodLiar
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
Full of Twists! Wow! This book had so many fun twists and turns, I can honestly say I didn’t see the end coming. Who is the “Good Liar?” Connected by tragedy, all three of the main characters have something to hide, but what? Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, a twist came, and I was stunned. McKenzie creates three strong and complex characters whose lives are forever changed after the tragedy and the path each life takes with every decision made weave a compelling story. This was my first story by Catherine McKenzie, and that is a situation I will have to change, as soon as possible. The Good Liar is a story that has more twists, turns, and loops than a roller coaster, I recommend you buckle in and take this ride. #NetGalley #TheGoodLiar
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars The Good Liar follows three women, Cecily, Kate and Franny a year after an explosion in Chicago that soon becomes nicknamed Triple Ten. They were each effected by this tragic event in some way. This is a hard book to review without giving too much away. There are a lot of little twists, most of which I figured out, but the writing made it so I wavered in my conviction of my guess until the reveal. One thing I loved about these tiny twists were that they didn’t feel forced or contrived. They fit perfectly within the story and with the characters’ personalities. In a way the story is a mystery: what are these women hiding? Is it serious? Did it impact the events that happened on Triple Ten? The other part of the story really focuses on the characters themselves and their relationships. This was just as engrossing. I loved how this was told from all three of their perspectives but in different POVs. Cecily in first person, Kate in third and Fanny through a series of interviews. It fit well with how each character was portrayed and thought of. Although I’ve heard of author Catherine McKenzie before, this is my first book of hers, but it certainly won’t be my last.
LettyB More than 1 year ago
Once again Catherine McKenzie has written another fantastic psychological thriller that will keep readers engrossed from the very first page until the end. I liked the way it was told in the point of view of the three main characters, Cecily, Kate, and Franny. I found them to be complex but so real and very unpredictable. I could not figure out how their stories would end with all of the twists and turns in the story. The Good Liar is so well done and is a book that should not be missed. It packs quite a punch with an ending that will knock you out!! So very good.
rodeorocks13 More than 1 year ago
I had a really hard time coming up with a review of the good liar. I find it hard to put into words why someone should pick up this novel without giving important parts away but I will try my best. I loved it and can’t think of anything bad about it. Catherine McKenzie has a talent for writing suspenseful novels and twists you don’t expect. The good liar is a perfect example of this. The description of this novel tells you all you need to know before reading it in my opinion. The less you know going in, the better it is. I was on the edge of my seat throughout and trying to put the mystery together. The good liar finishes up nicely without leaving you asking any other extra questions and no cliff hangers. This novel speaks for itself and I have a feeling fans of other thriller style novels like gone girl will really enjoy it. I also recommend reading it in one sitting if possible because it is hard to put down. However, it is also really easy to get pulled back into. I highly recommend reading the good liar.  I received an advanced copy in exchange for a honest review through Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jaw-dropping bombshells. Scintillating secrets. Love, pain, betrayal, revenge. The Good Liar follows the lives of three women whose lives are forever-changed by an epic tragedy. I was spellbound as their stories intertwined, with twists and turns that were stunning and unexpected! So many lies, so much deception, making this book unputdownable! There are also tender moments in this story, heartbreak and poignancy hidden beneath the surface of of this captivating book!