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The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review by Brenda

Norma and I were lost in the tangled weeds of deceit and lies in the lush coulee reading The Good Lair with our Traveling Sisters.

The Good Liar is a cleverly written, entertaining and engaging story with twists and lies that had our heads spinning as we tried to untangle ourselves from the weedy web of all the complicated secrets and lies.

Catherine McKenzie does a fantastic job creating some well-developed and compelling liars here with our three main characters who are linked together by a tragedy. We became so tangled up with these unpredictable characters and keeping their lies together and it became a bit confusing at times. As our distrust of these characters builds we questioned who was really the “Good Liar” in this story. Catherine McKenzie does a good job creating connections to the characters and their lies and we really enjoyed our discussion as we tried to pull together those connections.

I loved that one of the settings to this story was in Westmount, Quebec. Catherine McKenzie does a great job creating the atmosphere here for Kate’s place of escape. It really added to the story for me as I am familiar with places that Kate visited in the story, especially The Westmount Park where the library is.

We loved that surprise ending that we didn’t see coming. We spent some time lost in the coulee discussing this one and we highly recommend for group reads.

Publishing Date: April 3, 2018

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Catherine McKenzie for a copy to read and review.



Norma’s Thoughts

4.5 Stars rounded up!

THE GOOD LIAR was an enjoyable and entertaining psychological thriller that was such an exciting and thrilling book to read. It’s gripping, fascinating, intense, and filled with so many unexpected twists and turns that will keep you guessing right until that cleverly written surprise ending! I absolutely loved this book and it was extremely hard for me to put down. Would recommend!

Traveling Sisters Group Read – Thank you so much for another wonderful reading experience! It is always a pleasure reading along with these awesome group of ladies!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Catherine McKenzie for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the book in exchange for a review!


Kaceey’s Review

Five shining stars!!

Now that’s what I call a thriller! This one had me hooked from the first page, and it took every bit of willpower not to devour it in one sitting. After all, this was a traveling sister read…but I had a hard time waiting for my sisters to catch up to me!

October 10th. The day everything drastically changed for 3 women in Chicago, all tied to one horrid event. One thrust into the limelight, one forcing herself into the limelight and the third crouching into the shadows.

A documentary crew wants to research the events of that fateful day. As they dig deeper, secrets and lies bubble to the surface. So whose lies are told for protecting their own interests? And whose are to protect the ones they love?

Sometimes you read a book and it immediately clicks. As is the case with most avid readers, I was on edge that the ending would be a letdown. I can happily report it remained as good as the rest of the book! Highly recommend to all thriller fans!

This one is going straight onto my favorite’s shelf!

Thank you to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Katherine McKenzie!


Lindsay’s Review

4.5 stars! What an addictive story!

This novel follows three women affected by the devastating tragedy of a building explosion in downtown Chicago that kills over 500 people and injures many others. These women move forward with their lives, trying to pick up the pieces after their traumatic personal losses. There are many secrets, lies and hidden agenda’s within this twisted tale – I was hanging on every word!

This is my first book by Catherine McKenzie and I fell in love with her writing! I’m a new fan and will be searching for her previous books to read ASAP! I found myself completely immersed within these characters lives and predicaments. The writing was smooth and captivating and simply perfect!

My reason for taking away ½ star was that there were a couple parts of the story that seemed slightly unrealistic to me – nothing too extreme, but enough that it left me questioning a few things.

A big thank you to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Catherine McKenzie for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!


9 thoughts on “The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie @CEMcKenzie1 #BookReview #travelingsistersread

  1. Lindsay says:

    Loved reading this with you sisters!! Such a great book! 😊

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  2. janb37 says:

    I love your reviews ladies, and loved reading this with you even more. What a fun sister read! And now you’ve reminded me that I need to re-post my review on Amazon tomorrow – thanks! 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  3. janb37 says:

    oh…and the picture of the book in front of the Westmount Library – how PERFECT! I love it 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you, Jan! I thought I was so clever doing that. lol The other pic is of the park where the pond is that was mentioned in the book.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Dr. Stacey L. Camp says:

    I loved this book as well – such a great ending!!!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      So glad you loved this one too Stacey!

      Liked by 2 people

  5. carhicks says:

    Great reviews once again. This is on my TBR, just need the time to get to it.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you, I hope you get a chance to read it soon and really enjoy it!

      Liked by 2 people

      1. carhicks says:

        Thanks, I do too.

        Liked by 1 person

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