Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Liar Blog Tour Review


The LiarAuthor: Nora Roberts
Series: Standalone
Published: April 16th 2015
Publisher: Piatkus
Length: 501 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: The Book Depository

When her husband Richard dies in a freak accident, Shelby Pomeroy is devastated. But his death reveals a horrible truth - Richard was a liar and a cheat. Now Shelby is left with the consequences - huge, terrifying debts and mounting proof that her late husband betrayed her in every conceivable way.
Heart-broken but unbowed, Shelby is determined to fix her problems - if only for the sake of her gorgeous little daughter Callie. Returning home to Tennessee and the family she thought she'd lost for ever, she discovers a new sense of strength and freedom. And hope, too, in the handsome form of carpenter Griffin Lott - a straight-dealing man who couldn't lie to her if he tried.
But not everyone is thrilled to see Shelby Pomeroy back in town. And when a shocking act of violence is traced back to Richard's shady business, it becomes clear that she is not safe from him, even in death. With her life in danger, Shelby must face the lies of the past - or lose everything.

There’s a reason why Nora Roberts is indisputably one of the most popular writers in the world. Her experience is enormous and her self-assuredness is evident on every page. Calling her a skilled storyteller is a bit of an understatement. Roberts is much more than that, she is the queen of genre fiction and as such, she can do no wrong.


The Liar is a fabulous example of everything I love in her books. She easily combines mystery, small town drama, a wonderful community and a delightful romance. In a 500-page book everything runs smoothly, and somehow, during that time, you and the characters become like family.

At the beginning of The Liar, we find a distraught young widow. Her husband has died, her baby daughter has lost her father and life has come crashing down hard on her, but the worst of it all is learning that her husband wasn’t a decent man, wasn’t who she thought he was at all. Left with a huge debt and very little self-esteem, Shelby must find her way once again and become the woman she deserves to be.

The opening chapters of the novel are a bit hard to get through. We can almost taste the bitterness of Richard’s betrayal, and the anger is sometimes too much. But 500 pages of watching Shelby claw her way back to a healthy life more than make up for it, and the initial difficulties only make the end that much more rewarding.

Left all alone and choking in debt, Shelby returns to Tennessee to be with her family. That’s when things really get interesting – Roberts paints for us a small town in such vivid detail, full of colorful characters and everyday events. Her choice of narration – third person (I could almost say omniscient) with many switches in perspective – would seem a bit odd in a different book, but here, everyone important was able to offer a glimpse through their eyes. I find it thrilling that something that could have been so messy ended up being smooth and put together seamlessly.

The romance was another pleasant surprise. Although the plot was a bit predictable and I was disappointed that Shelby didn’t think of the answer herself, the rest of the story made up for that small fault and the romance especially made it completely worthwhile. A perfect man can sometimes be so boring, but not Griffin. He was just what Shelby and her little girl needed.

This book is absolutely perfect for when you want to let everything else go and just be surrounded by something else altogether. Trust me, Nora Roberts won’t disappoint. I don’t think she knows how.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.


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9 comments:

  1. It has been forever since I have read one of her books, I totally need to change that and soon, this sounds fantastic!

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  2. I wonder about all the lies now

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  3. It's been a while since I have read a book by the author but I have so many by her, I really should read them... soon!!!! thanks for sharing!

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  4. I haven't read many Nora Roberts books but I think that this one should be in my wish list for sure! I love stories about small towns!

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  5. Poor Shelby! But it sounds like she got her happy ending in the end :)

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  6. Another captivating review, Maja, and of a book that has already caught my attention via some other reviews, equally flattering. I used to read her a while back, and I remember thinking even back then that here is a woman in complete control of her craft :) Everyone seems entirely taken with the way she presents the small town in this story! I've already added this to my list :)

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  7. I can't believe this was the first book I read by her. I actually really liked the first chapters. They were exciting. I agree, the villain was too easy to figure out. Still though, I am looking forward to reading more by her.

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  8. Ooo I love your cover. I have this and hope to dive in soon. Nora is an auto-buy for me and I am so glad to see you enjoyed this Maja!

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  9. This one sounds fantastic! People really seem to love her small town setting, it's been getting a lot of mentions.

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