The Liar's Child

The Liar's Child

by Carla Buckley


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ISBN-13: 9781101887127
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 128,424
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Carla Buckley is the author of The Good Goodbye, The Deepest Secret, Invisible, and The Things That Keep Us Here, which was nominated for a Thriller Award as a best first novel and the Ohioana Book Award for fiction. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Wharton School of Business, and lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and three children. She is currently at work on her next novel.

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The Liar's Child: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
LlamaJen 2 days ago
Huge fan of Carla Buckley. I read all of her books and loved them. I hate to say that this was not one of my favorites. I usually love books that I alternate between characters but not this one. At times I was confused and wondered what that person had to do with the story. That person would be Hank. He shows up in the beginning and his purpose isn’t fully explained until much later on. The story seemed interesting at first, with Sara being in the Federal Witness Program. Unfortunately, Sara was not very likable. I never got to really know her and didn’t feel like I would want to. I felt horrible for Boon. He’s such a lovable little boy, with his scruffy Wolf always in his arms. He’s gone through so much in his short life and is lucky to be alive. I kept hoping someone would get that rash looked at by a doctor. Cassie was just screaming for help, but no one was listening. I still can’t believe she was only twelve. Their mom had mental issues and their dad left them alone all hours to work, I knew something bad would happen. There were so many storylines going on plus a hurricane. The Nelsons could have been a separate book with all the issues that family had. The ending was so disappointing. Nothing was resolved for me. What happened to Sara? I recommend the book, it just wasn’t for me. I didn’t hate it, but also didn’t love it like the author’s previous books. Thanks to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine and the author, Carla Buckley, for a free electronic ARC of this novel.
bookluvr35SL 2 days ago
I am generally a fan of Carla Buckley's books but I have to say that I did not enjoy this one very much. The first half was so depressing, with the mom who left her son Boon in the car and was arrested for it, and for the general neglect that was shown to Cassie and Boon. I had to take a lot of breaks reading it to keep from getting too down. The second half was not nearly as depressing and was a lot more fast-paced, but it seemed all over the place. The ending left me puzzled and dissatisfied. It didn't really give you any closure, or let you know what happened to the kids or to Sara. I can't personally recommend this book for those reasons
kaitlynspet 3 days ago
Help from Unexpected Sources Carla Buckley's The Liars Child was written in such a way that several of the characters had a lot in common. A 12-year-old girl going on 16 and her 5-year-old innocent brother whose mother has disappeared are left alone. Their neighbor is in witness protection and befriends them (much to her surprise) when a hurricane threatens their homes. As the story unfolds the lies become more evident, misconceptions abound and life comes crashing down on them all. Choices must be made. Do you continue with what you thought you wanted or will you be part of other's lives? I would recommend this book for those that enjoy a good mystery.
Momma_Becky 6 days ago
The Liar's Child was a middle of the road read for me. It definitely has its moments - the kids are spot on with their dialogue and actions, including a very sullen teen who desperately needs some parental guidance, and the prologue sets a suspenseful tone. However, that suspense is short-lived, especially since we don't get back to that character for quite some time. Once the hurricane hits, the pacing picks up, and there is some excitement as we wait to see who will get out of the danger zone, but it seems to take a very long time to get there. Other than the youngest child, I can't say that I particularly cared for any of these characters. Boon is a sweet six-year-old who has had more than his fair share of hard knocks, and it's impossible not to fall for this child. As for the rest, let's just say that I'm still wondering which character the title refers to because almost everyone else in this story is a liar of some kind, either by word or omission. As far as the promised thriller's pace from the blurb, I can't say that I found that here. It is certainly a domestic drama, and there is a murder, which is way too easy to figure out, but I would not call this one a thriller of any sort. I think I may have enjoyed it more had I not been expecting that thriller. That, and the less than satisfying conclusion. There were some things not addressed in the end that I wanted answers to, which led to some disappointment on my part. In the end, this one was just okay for me, an okay read, but not something I would read again.
IrishEyes430 6 days ago
I found this book very fascinating as each character was well developed and interesting. Trying to figure out how they would all come together in the story kept me from putting it down! Whit is struggling to keep his family together amidst the disappearance of his unstable wife. His daughter Callie is beginning her teenage years with a bang, and his son Boon just wants to be loved. Sara is unhappily in witness protection and moves in next door to the family. Hank is a widower, retired sheriff and father of a boy that was kidnapped at a young age. Finding out how all these characters come together and the mystery that all are involved with is a fascinating story.
IrishEyes430 6 days ago
I found this book very fascinating as each character was well developed and interesting. Trying to figure out how they would all come together in the story kept me from putting it down! Whit is struggling to keep his family together amidst the disappearance of his unstable wife. His daughter Callie is beginning her teenage years with a bang, and his son Boon just wants to be loved. Sara is unhappily in witness protection and moves in next door to the family. Hank is a widower, retired sheriff and father of a boy that was kidnapped at a young age. Finding out how all these characters come together and the mystery that all are involved with is a fascinating story.
SheTreadsSoftly 7 days ago
The Liar's Child by Carla Buckley is a highly recommended novel of suspense. Set mainly at the dilapidated Paradise apartment complex on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, The Liar's Child follows a handful of characters: Whit, Sara, Hank, and Cassie. Sara Lennox is in the witness protection program, awaiting her testimony in an upcoming trial. Her FBI handlers have set her up in an apartment at the Paradise and she's got a cleaning job. Sara has noticed the children who live next door, rebellious twelve-year-old Cassie and needy five-year-old Boon, and the social worker who has been by asking her what she knows about the family. Boon is taken by Sara and finds her fascinating. Sara knows there is more going on after their father, Whit tells her about his wife leaving them. When a hurricane approaches, Sara is supposed to be evacuated by her handlers, but she has other, secret plans put into place that she is going to carry out now. As she is leaving the Paradise, she looks up to see Cassie and Boon, out on their deck, apparently left alone by Whit. She loads them into her car at the last minute to get them off the island to somewhere safe too. Now Sara has the two children under her care and needs to find some place to leave them so she can carry out her own plans. Buckley uses an omniscient narrator to tell the story of these damaged individuals - and they are all very damaged, hurting, troubled, and have secrets. All of the characters, are flawed and well-drawn and their misdeeds and troubles are slowly revealed, leaked out bit by bit, as the story unfolds. They all keep things to themselves, even Cassie and Boon. It is nice to see that Cassie and Boon are portrayed as characters representative of their ages. Sara is a complex woman, with a life of secrets, and she is clearly unfamiliar with children. Whit is stressed out and doing the best he can. Hank's role in this drama won't be known until much later in the narrative. In this well-written novel, the approaching hurricane adds an element of danger and increases the sense of urgency, but the story is found in the characters and their interactions. While there are surprising twists, the real plot is in the interaction of these people and the role of fate in their actions. Pay attention to the brief descriptions of objects found randomly between chapters as their importance will become clear later. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Penguin Random House.
Monnie777 7 days ago
This book is not what I expected. The book builds up for a long time before the hurricane hits. Everyone has messed up lives and in this case Sara and Whit's lives clash. I was disappointed with the ending. The overall of this book is okay nothing special to write home to. I was hoping for more but it was just out of reach in this book. *I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.*
MonnieR 7 days ago
4.5 stars, actually. Five primary characters - three adults, two kids, some related to each other, some not - are at the center of this well-written, engrossing story that's full of twists. Just when I thought I had a handle on one character, poof - that handle came unglued, shattering my perspective on what was happening (or had happened previously). The exceptionally well-developed characters really drive this complex but easy to follow story; chapters shift from person to person, with each revealing a little more about their past and present lives and how they're all intertwined. The grown-ups include Whit, the father of young Boon and his older sister Cassie. There's Sara, a mysterious young woman with a past she's trying to escape (or is it return to?) by way of the Witness Protection Program; and Hank, a retired law enforcement chief who tries to follow the disappearance of children amid nearly debilitating emotional issues of his own. Even more interesting to me is that most of the action takes place on the North Carolina Outer Banks where my husband and I spent time just about every summer for 27 years (someone down there once told me that Ohio visitors there rank second only to North Carolinians in number, and even if that's not true, I know we've had plenty of Buckeye company). Cassie is what I'd not so affectionately call a little snot, sassing her parents and, most times, bullying her timid little brother. Whit and his wife, Diane, are ostracized by their community because of something Diane did that put him in the hospital. They're living at The Paradise, the same motel in which Sara has been placed by the Feds to start her new life (and clearly isn't happy about it). Hank lives next door to the motel and pops in now and again. Suddenly, all their lives are threatened by an oncoming hurricane - a regular occurrence in this neck of the woods to be sure, but this time it's rolling in amid dire predictions and a rush to evacuate. Whit heads for the mainland to help his aging parents, with the intent of returning in a few hours to pick up the kids. But the storm takes a nasty turn, putting the motel squarely in its sights. Feelling sorry for the kids, Sara - who's also eyeing a possible escape - puts them in her clunker of a car and heads for the bridge to the mainland - becoming the last car to be allowed to cross as the wind picks up steam and the water rises. Electricity and cell phone service are sketchy at best, so communication is virtually impossible (for Sara, a good thing; for the kids and their dad, not so much). From this point on, I can't say more without spoiling things for others - so you'll just have to read it for yourself. The epilogue, I admit, left me with too many unanswered questions for my liking, but that didn't take away from the rest of the story. Highly recommended, and I thank the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy.
Jolie 7 days ago
I was so excited to read this book. I had read the blurb and thought “This could be a good book”. And guess what, it was a good as I thought it was going to be. I am going to come straight out and say it, this book was amazing. It was everything that I thought it was going to be and then some. The book is slow to start and I would hate it but in this case, it was needed. There was so much background that the author needed to build up before the story got going. And when the story got going, it didn’t stop. Family dynamics were a huge focal point in The Liar’s Child. Cassie and Boon had a dysfunctional family. By the descriptions given, it seemed like she was bipolar at the least. She was also known to take off with the kids. Hank, their father, was the only stable person in their lives but he worked a ton of hours. He was never around. I had no doubt that this was the reason why Cassie started hanging around with the kids that she did. I also don’t doubt that was the reason why Boon was the way he was. Sarawas an enigma. The author made it a point of not releasing a ton of information about her background. Heck, even her name was fake. She was in the Witness Protection program because of a case that she had no choice but to testify in. It was that or jail. Sara was at The Paradise under duress. To be honest, I didn’t like Sara very much during the book. She was always scheming, seeing who could get her what. She formed friendships to get things. Take her friendship with her boss. She used it to get to her computer and to steal booze from the customers. Let’s not forget to add that she used her boss’s boyfriend to get laid and get a car. I also wanted to know why she was so hot to get out of the Witness Protection program. I understand that she chafed at being watched but hello, she got involved with human trafficking. Which is a bad thing. I did feel bad for Cassie. She was acting out, hardcore. At 12, she shouldn’t have had to step into her mother’s shoes. While I didn’t agree with how she rebelled (sleeping around, doing drugs, skipping school) but I definitely could understand why. She did love Boon and she did try to protect him. But she also resented him. There were times in the book where I thought that she was going to need a good therapist. Hank came across as a pushover. He allowed his wife to do whatever she wanted and chose to turn a blind eye to what she was doing. Even when she almost killed Boon, he still coddled her. It should have been a relief when she left. But it seemed to add more stress to him. I didn’t understand exactly why he was so stressed out until the end of the book. That’s when I did an “aha“. But, even that wasn’t what it seemed. The plotline with the hurricane was almost anti-climatic compared to what was going on with the people. I liked that it didn’t take over the book but instead was the background for everything that happened after the middle. I am still trying to figure out why Sara decided to take the kids. It wasn’t because she wanted to rescue them or felt bad for them. She felt that they were a pain in the butt and told them so. So why did she? I know that she saw a lot of herself in Cassie. So maybe that called to her. Who knows. The book wrapped up on a happy note. I was happy to see everyone was thriving and doing well. I wasn’t happy to see that Hank was where he was but I understood why he did it. Never underestimate a parent’s love for their child.
PegGlover 8 days ago
4.5 stars The Liar’s Child is a well-written and compelling thriller. This story grabbed my attention and kept me engrossed until the very end. Sara didn’t want to go to jail. So, she struck a deal with the FBI and played by their rules. Mostly. She took on a new identity, relocated to the Outer Banks, made herself invisible, and promised to testify in court. She found the FBI’s monitoring of her every movement, however, irritating and restricting. Sara stretched the FBI’s leash on a regular basis trying to find a way to break free. When a category three hurricane hit the Outer Banks, Sara found her escape. But just as she was putting her plan into action, she spotted her neighbor’s kids, stranded. Sara tried to convince herself that having kids with her would work to her advantage, and throw the FBI off. It soon became evident, however, to Sara, that Cassie and Boon were more of a liability to her escape than anything else. She had a decision to make. Does she save herself or the children? The Liar’s Child is a captivating psychological thriller, crafted with fascinating, complex characters, a clever plot, and lots of twists and surprises. This is the first book that I’ve read by this author, but it won’t be my last. Very well, done. Thank you, Ballantine Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.