The Good Liar

The Good Liar

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Veteran con artist Roy spots an obvious easy mark when he meets Betty, a wealthy widow, online. In no time at all, he's moved into Betty's lovely cottage and is preparing to accompany her on a romantic trip to Europe. Betty's grandson disapproves of their blossoming relationship, but Roy is sure this scheme will be a success. He knows what he's doing. As this remarkable feat of storytelling weaves together Roy's and Betty's futures, it also unwinds their pasts. Dancing across almost a century, decades that encompass unthinkable cruelty, extraordinary resilience, and remarkable kindness, The Good Liar is an epic narrative of sin, salvation, and survival, and for Roy and Betty, there is a reckoning to be made when the endgame of Roy's crooked plot plays out.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollinsPublishersLtd, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781443444606
Characteristics: 334 pages ;,23 cm.

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natcin7
Feb 02, 2019

I decided to read this novel when I learned that Helen Mirren is starring in the forthcoming movie. I had no advance knowledge of the plot other than it was about a conniving old con man in the tradition of Patricia Highsmith's Talented Mr. Ripley.
However, this novel is much more than that. The reader is transported back in time to past events in the protagonist's life that are tedious and somewhat confusing. I found myself wishing the author would get back to the present with the amoral con man, Ray, and the unsuspecting Betty. When we are introduced to Hans in 1940s Germany, the story is still not clear. Who is Hans and what does he have to do with Ray?
Too bad the middle chapters were not more judiciously edited.
It is not until the last chapters that it all becomes satisfying and crystal clear.
A good read, but I'm guessing that the movie will condense the plot elements and make it more enjoyable.

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anyothergirl
Feb 24, 2017

A solid enough debut. I figured out the twists but it didn't stop me from enjoying the ride. I did find aspects of the plot unbelievable (such as one of the twists, that a character would go to the trouble) and some parts handled more deftly than others. I felt the further back in time we went the less nuanced the text became. I also thought the last two chapters were both unnecessary, especially the very last one. An interesting study, overall, in how one sees oneself against reality.

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chogs
Apr 20, 2016

too wordy. stopped reading it after 10 pages

bcan449 Mar 07, 2016

NO to this author

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