Title: The Perfect Liar
Author: Thomas Christopher Greene
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: January 15, 2019
Page Count: 288
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
A seemingly perfect marriage is threatened by the deadly secrets husband and wife keep from each other.
Susannah, a young widow and single mother, has remarried well: to Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her fifteen-year-old son out of New York City and to a quiet Vermont university town. Strong-willed and attractive, Susannah expects that her life is perfectly in place again. Then one quiet morning she finds a note on her door: I KNOW WHO YOU ARE.
Max dismisses the note as a prank. But days after a neighborhood couple comes to dinner, the husband mysteriously dies in a tragic accident while on a run with Max. Soon thereafter, a second note appears on their door: DID YOU GET AWAY WITH IT?
Both Susannah and Max are keeping secrets from the world and from each other—secrets that could destroy their family and everything they have built. Thomas Christopher Greene’s The Perfect Liar is a thrilling novel told through the alternating perspectives of Susannah and Max with a shocking climax that no one will expect, from the bestselling author of The Headmaster’s Wife.
The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher is a thriller that follows a couple as they receive threatening notes. The story is told by alternating the point of view between them in each chapter giving a reader a look at both sides of the story.
Susannah had gotten herself into a relationship with a much older man which led her to becoming a widower with a young son. When Susannah met Max he seemed the perfect man for her seeing that he was also an artist and fit into Susannah and her son’s life perfectly.
When offered a job in Vermont Susannah and Max take the leap moving from New York to their new quiet home. Quiet that is until one day Susannah finds a note left that reads “I KNOW WHO YOU ARE”. Max is sure it’s just a joke but Susannah can’t help but wonder just how well does she know the man she married?
The Perfect Liar is another of those books that when done I felt a bit so-so with it but I look around and seem to be missing something everyone else seemed to see. For me, I never really got to care a bit about Susannah or Max but that is something that sometimes happens with thrillers that I go into not trusting the story, you have “liar” in the title and it can’t be helped.
However, it didn’t take long for my own theory to form about the outcome and again I pretty much figured out where it led so that was also a bit of a let down. Sure there were twists and turns along the way but seemed predictable to me leaving me with that meh feeling in the end. I will again chalk this up to reading too much for my own good since I seem to be in the minority with most being a lot more excited.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
THOMAS CHRISTOPHER GREENE is the author of six novels, including the bestseller, THE HEADMASTER’S WIFE. His fiction has been translated into eleven languages and has won many awards and honors. In 2007, Tom founded the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a top fine arts college, making him the youngest college president in America at that time. He lives in Vermont.