Title: Liar, Liar
Author: Lisa Jackson
Publication Date: June 26, 2018
Page Count: 416
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
In this riveting page-turner from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson, a woman searches for the mother she hasn’t seen in twenty years, and uncovers a nightmare of greed and deception . . .
In death, Didi Storm is finally getting the kind of publicity that eluded her in life. Twenty years ago, the ex-beauty queen worked the Vegas strip as a celebrity impersonator, too busy trying to make it big to spare much time for her daughter, Remmi. Shortly before she leaped from a San Francisco building, Didi’s profile was rising again, thanks to a tell-all book. To Detective Dani Settler, it looks like a straightforward suicide, or perhaps a promotional stunt gone wrong. But Remmi knows the truth isn’t so simple. Because though the broken body on the sidewalk is dressed in Didi’s clothes and wig, it isn’t Didi.
Remmi was fifteen when she last saw her mother. Their parting came in the aftermath of a terrible night in the Mojave desert when Remmi—who’d secretly stowed away in Didi’s car en route to meet her crush, Noah Scott—instead became witness to a mysterious rendezvous. Didi handed over one of her newborn twins to a man Remmi didn’t recognize. Subsequently, Didi disappeared, as did Remmi’s other
half-sibling. Remmi has pleaded with the authorities to find them, but there have been no clues. Yet she’s always had the sense that someone is watching her . . .
If the victim isn’t Didi, who is it—and what’s the connection? Remmi is shocked when Noah resurfaces. He was also in the desert that night, and now runs his own PI firm. He too believes it’s time to find out what really happened. As they and Detective Settler dig deeper, the truth about Remmi’s missing family begins to emerge . . . a story of ruthless ambition and twisted lies that someone will kill again and again to keep hidden . . .
Twenty years ago Remmi was a teenager who got it in her mind she was going to sneak out one night but when her mother comes in Remmi hides in her mother’s old Cadillac in the garage. What Remmi didn’t expect was for her mother to load her newborn twins int he Cadillac and take off late at night while she was hiding in the trunk.
With nothing to do but stay quiet or have to explain what she was doing up and hiding in the car Remmi holds on for a bumpy ride. When the car finally stops it seems to be in the middle of nowhere and her mother takes the twins out of the car to meet a strange man mumbling something about their daddy.
Things go wrong out there though and when Remmi confronts her mother she still refuses to give any answers. Was Remmi’s mother trying to sell one of her siblings to the stranger? And then when her mother doesn’t return home sixteen year old Remmi finds herself with a baby and no where to go.
Liar, Liar by Lisa Jackson begins with an exciting moment in the present before taking readers back twenty years in the first part to set the story before returning to the present. The majority of the story is told from Remmi’s point of view although occasionally it does switch. For me this one was an alright read but I wouldn’t exactly call it gripping or a real page turner. It’s one that sort of lacks the sense of urgency which in turn doesn’t end up being quite as gripping as I’d like. Not bad overall but just one that is alright to pass the time but somewhat forgettable when done.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
#1 NYT and USA TODAY bestselling author Lisa Jackson started writing after her sister read an article in TIME Magazine in 1981 about how young mothers were making money writing romance novels. Both Lisa and her sister, Nancy Bush, began their writing careers right then, and lo, these many years later Lisa has published seventy-five plus novels and has no plans to slow down anytime soon.