Liar by K.L. Slater
Liar by K.L. Slater is a psychological thriller.
First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher, and of course, the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The book tells the story of Judi, a middle-aged woman who has been looking after her family for a very long time. Perhaps her husband Henry hasn’t been quite as faithful as he should be, but she is pretty sure that was in the past. Also in the past is the death of their son David. However, her son Ben is very much alive and in need of her attention. When her daughter-in-law died of cancer two years ago, she got even more involved in Ben’s life, by looking after his two sons. Gramma’s house was theirs to roam. Even when she started struggling with menopause, nothing would stop her from looking after her family. She picked the kids up from school, she made them dinner, she did the laundry and ironing, cleaned Ben’s house…. Then Ben meets the beautiful and intriguing Amber. He falls head over heels in love. Judi seems to be the only one who sees that there is something wrong with Amber. But her son is finally putting his foot down, and if Judi isn’t careful, she could lose her family. Amber has her own issues and her own agenda, and she has no intention of letting Ben’s mother rule the roost. Her plans depend on Judi losing everything. The question remains…how far will you go to protect your family?
Now I am not going to tell you I liked any of the characters in this book, because I didn’t. Judi was overly domineering while trying to look like the injured party, and Amber was intrusive and obnoxious, while trying to get the upper hand and make Judi look bad. Henry was disgusting, and Ben was weak, both men portrayed as very shallow. The boys were okay. However, the family dynamics and interactions were great!
I loved the way the story was told from the perspective of both Judi and Amber. It really kept the story moving fast.
I admit, this is the first book I have read by this author. It will not be the last. I initially thought this was going to be a run-of-the-mill novel, but I quickly fell in love with the style of writing, and although I did not like the characters in the book, I liked their depth, loved the plot, and loved the twisted ending (although I do admit to having an idea about the ending about mid-way through).
Kim Slater says she got the inspiration from this book from reading an article of how few legal rights that grand-parents have to see their grandchildren in the event they are estranged from the parents. Well, she certainly took that article to the next level!
Good book! Worth the read!
Read: July 2017
About the Author: Kim Slater is the best-selling author of the psychological thrillers Blink and Safe With Me. She has also written award-winning YA Fiction. She lives in England with her husband Mac.