The Better Liar by Tanen Jones

Publication Info: Expected publication date January 14, 2020 by Ballentine. Kindle pre-pub edition courtesy of NetGalley. Various editions will be available at the time of publication.

Summary: Leslie Voigt desperately wants her inheritance. Her father recently died and left her his house full of junk and fifty thousand dollars. The problem is that she can’t collect the inheritance without her sister, Robin, whom she hasn’t seen since she ran away as a teen.

Leslie finds her sister living under an assumed name in Las Vegas. The problem is that when she finds her, she’s dead of a drug overdose. Her sister was always getting into trouble and using drugs, so her death is not surprising, but it is inconvenient. Now how is Leslie supposed to collect the inheritance? She needs the money immediately and can’t afford to wait until everything goes through the courts.

Despondent, Leslie stops at a local cafe to ponder her options. When she leaves she sees a young woman, who introduces herself as Mary, perched on her car. The two women start talking and after a few more meetings, hatch a plan that will benefit both of them. It becomes clear that both women have secrets. Which of them is the better liar?

Comments: I’ll start with what I liked about The Better Liar. It was definitely a page turner and I finished it in just a couple sittings. I could easily picture the settings because I lived in Henderson/Las Vegas for three years and I’ve visited Albuquerque on several occasions. There were twists and turns along the way and the ending was definitely a surprise.

Now on to what I didn’t like and why my overall score isn’t higher. The ending of the book and the author’s afterward muddied the waters. The author wanted to get a message across–one that definitely deserves attention–and chose this book as a way to do it. In the end, it didn’t do either the book or the message full justice. It made the suspense fall a bit flat at the end and I felt that the message would have been better served in a different genre.

Now that I have you completely puzzled, go read the book!

Genre: Suspense, Psychological Suspense

My rating: 3.5 STARS

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