Book Review: The Liar’s Room by Simon Lelic

Posted 29 March, 2019 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in 2019 Reads, Book Reviews / 4 Comments

Book Review: The Liar’s Room by Simon Lelic
Title: The Liar's Room
Author: Simon Lelic
Published by Berkley Books
Date Published:15 January, 2019
Pages: 352
Format: eBook ARC
Source: NetGalley, Berkley Publishing
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Rating: 4 Stars

A new spine-tingling thriller from the author of The New Neighbors that takes place over the course of a therapy session, in which neither patient nor therapist are who they claim to be.

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?

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley, Berkley Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.

Simon Lelic is a new to me author and one I won’t miss again. I found his style of writing captivating and unique and really kept me hooked on this story until the last page was turned. I loved the concept of this thriller, the way he created his characters and how he played it out through out the novel.

Susanna’s character really got to me. She was running and trying to start over and really wanted a better life and put the past behind her. But, with a turn of the table, here comes Adam, someone who wants counseling…..only he’s the one asking the questions. Someone who takes the story on a whole different roller coaster ride. The chilling factor revs up, the sweat starts dripping, and the heart pounds so fast, you think it’s going to jump right out. There’s just something about Adam, and Susanna knows it, and it frightens her.

I could feel her fear like it’s my own. The fear of her past catching up to her, the fear of something happening to her daughter, all of her emotions gripped me so hard and raw, and left me feeling as if Lelic wrote me into the story.

If you are looking for a page turning, unexpected twists and turns, absolutely chilling psychological thriller, then pick up The Liar’s Room now. You don’t know who’s telling the truth and when the last page is reached, you’ll close the book and think about how that book just left you raw, on edge and ready for another great 4 star read from this obviously talented author!

About Simon Lelic

Simon Lelic is the author of The New Neighbors, A Thousand Cuts (winner of a Betty Trask Award and shortlisted for the John Creasy New Blood Dagger), The Facility and The Child Who (longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger and CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012).

The New Neighbors is his first psychological thriller, inspired by a love of Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King.

Simon is married, with three young children, and lives in Brighton, England. Other than his family, reading is Simon’s biggest passion. He also holds a black belt in karate, in which he trains daily.

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