The Liar's Room by Simon Lelic

The Liar's Room

Simon Lelic

Fourteen years ago, Susanna Fenton left her identity behind. When a young man, Adam Geraghty, walks into her office, claiming he needs Susanna’s help but asking unsettling questions, she begins to fear that her secret has been discovered.

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A new spine-tingling thriller from the author of The New Neighbors that takes place over the course of a therapy session, in which neither patient nor therapist are who they claim to be.

Two liars. One room. No way out.

Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a therapist and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe.

But when a young man, Adam Geraghty, walks into her office, claiming he needs Susanna's help but asking unsettling questions, she begins to fear that her secret has been discovered.

Who is Adam, really? What does he intend to do to Susanna?

And what has he done to her daughter?

Advance Galley Reviews

The writing of this book just wasn't good in my opinion. The story premise was interesting but the characters could have been more interesting. It's an okay read.

I didn't really like how this book was written, but I did enjoy the plot and the characters. The premise of the book drew me in and really made me think. I would read other books from this author.

Unfortunately time got away from me and the download expired before I had a chance to read the book. Thank you First To Read for giving me an advanced copy of this book.

I loved the concept of the book - the description of it all happening in one day, in one room was really cool. Sadly, the writing and the story didn't support the promise of the description. I gave up on the book.

The description of this book immediately drew me in. I couldn’t wait to jump in and start reading. There had been so much hype about this book that I just knew I would love it. But it did not live up to my expectations. I could not even finish the book, it didn’t hold my attention at all. I received the email that I was speaking for it on November 20th. On January 13th I finally gave up trying to read it. I only got 32% into it in that time and I can devour a book in 4 hours if it’s good.

Fantastic read. I really enjoyed this mystery/thriller. I look forward to reading more from this author book in the future.

I enjoyed this emotionally-driven thriller. I found myself sympathetic to Adam, despite his misdeeds, and rooting for a happy ending for both him and Susanna. I was not disappointed in the ending, however, as it seemed fitting and was as emotion-packed as the rest of the story.

I didn't love this book. I enjoyed the plot, Susanna, and Adam. I just felt like it could have been 100 pages shorter and it would have made it more suspenseful. The book really draws out what happened, why Adam is there, to where you piece most of it together yourself before the big reveal. Then after the big reveal it just keeps going like nothing was found out, the importance of who Adam is to Susanna other than danger isn't really explored. Though I will never saw a book isn't worth reading, everyone should read it and try it for themselves. :)

This the second book that’s I’ve read from this author and he hasn’t disappointed yet. This novel was even better than his first novel. I love the suspense and plot. It was really a good read.

3.5 stars Thank you to Penguin's First to Read and Berkley for a chance to read and review this book. This Kindle edition publishes Jan 15, 2019 - book previously published August 2, 2018. Dark and full of suspense this mystery keeps you guessing. Having read Simon Lelic's The House last year, I was excited to get a copy of this book. I was not disappointed. Fast moving, disturbing and totally absorbing this book marches to it's own drummer. Lelic helps you to understand and then either love or hate each of his characters. Split into 3 evolving stories only to come together with a surprise ending. Susanna, a counselor, takes on a new patient. One that she feels she knows, but cannot decide from where or how. In one afternoon her whole world is turned upside down and she is forced to admit that the past may have been all her fault. But now she is fighting for the future. A quick and easy read, with a lot of action thrown in among pages of conversation. Lelic takes the most normal of situation and twists it into a deep paralyzing fear, uncovering the dark hidden secrets of all involved.

The Liar’s Room is an interesting, twisted tale delivered at a methodical, consistent pace.

Susanna Fenton has done very well for herself. Fourteen years ago started a new life. She is now a therapist and also has a teenaged daughter, Emily. Reinventing herself was an absolute necessity if she planned on keeping Emily safe. Is it all about to come crashing down? Adam Geraghty is a man with an agenda. When he meets his new therapist Susanna for the first time he has some bombs to drop. He is certainly not there for a listening ear. Adam has a series of questions that he poses to Susanna. The deeper the questions, the more unnerved Susanna becomes. At first glance, Adam seemed oddly familiar to Susan, although she had never seen him before. As they talk, Susanna's carefully-crafted life apparently falls apart right in front of her very eyes. The crux of the matter? Eventually Emily's picture and her voice on a cell phone destroy the very fiber of Susanna's being. Susanna doesn't know where Emily is. Adam does. And he is not about to make anything easy for her. The Liar's Room is a drama-filled story that is slowly unfolded by bringing the past and the present together. All Susanna wants to know is whether or not Emily is safe. She will do anything to do what she can to protect Susan, but she quickly realizes that she must ask Adam precisely the right questions. We learn quite a bit about Susanna, Adam and Emily, and how the latter two met. What is revealed is utterly shocking and extremely disconcerting. This was a very tense read! Where was Emily??? What would the end result be? Why did Susanna start a life over again, keeping her past a secret? All of this was revealed and I was definitely kept guessing throughout. The conclusion came rather fast and was a bit surprising, if not a bit fantastical. However, the fact that I could not put it all together. What made this book work for me was that not only had Adam completely unnerved Susanna, I was as well. It goes without saying that it ended up being questionable who was the biggest liar, Susanna or Adam. I am glad to say that I enjoyed this book. I am definitely interested in reading Simon Lelic again in the future. Many thanks to Berkley Publishing Group and to First to Read for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.

This novel had a great premise that wasn't completed in the best way. It dragged at times. However, there were some suspenseful moments and a few twists and turns which surprised me. It was not a difficult read and I didn't lose all interest in it, but I am glad I didn't purchase the book myself. Getting it for free as an ARC was appreciated!

This book keeps you guessing. You do not know what Susanna is hiding. Slowly her past is revealed. I felt the book dragged a lot. Great idea but just fell flat!

A suspenseful story and I found myself really creeped out by Adam. It got kind of slow at times, but I was still curious to see how the story would play out and who exactly Adam was and what he wanted. However, there was a major plot point (unless I missed something?) -SPOILER- How did Emily’s journal, giving the details of exactly where she was going with Adam, get back in her room in the hiding place? That made no sense to me and kind of ruined the whole thing for me.

I had such high hopes for this book, but I just couldn’t get into it. The premise sounded really interesting: A counsellor (Susanna) meets with a new client (Adam) who may have done something terrible to her daughter (Emily). Susanna is also hiding a secret that Adam is determined to coerce out of her while they are alone in Susanna’s office. Unfortunately, the standoff between Susanna and Adam was a complete snooze fest periodically interrupted by flashbacks. Reading the flashbacks was even worse - they were about as exciting as reading a random section of the Code of Federal Regulations. For the record, I don’t mind a slow buildup if it creates tension and leads somewhere, but this slow buildup did neither. I really should have just quit reading after chapter four, but I was convinced the story was going to pick up. It finally got to the point where I didn’t care if Adam stabbed Susanna, or if she ever found Emily... I just wanted the story to be over. I received an ARC through Penguin’s First to Read program. I am very grateful because I would have been very upset if I had purchased this book.

Good thriller, but not my favorite of the year. Pretty fun but probably not too memorable in the long run.

I really wanted to love this book but something felt flat about it. Maybe it was the suspense level and how the characters whined on and on? Sure Susanna has a secret and yes Adam is going to drag it out of her. But drag seems to have been the operative word. Both spent the book playing games with each other with the reader held captive to the discourse. I enjoyed reading the book but it was almost with the constant wish to get on with it already. And the flashbacks, instead of providing a break from the showdown between Susanna and Adam just seemed to prolong things even more.

A dark and suspenseful tale of adolescence gone wrong and what happens when one decision changes the course of the rest of your life in the wrong way. Characters were quite dynamic and the writing flowed well and kept me engaged wanting to know exactly what it was I was reading about instead of just giving me hints here and there.

This was the first Simon Lelic book I have read, and I may read more. I did not give "The Liar's Room the best chance, because I can only get these books on my iPad now, and I took a trip with the laptop, so wound up reading about a third of this book, taking a trip with another book, and coming back to the Liar's room. Still I enjoyed it, though it did get a little confusing at times. I was not always clear whether Emily knew about her brother's existence at all until the end, but part of that may have been my disjointed reading of this thriller. I was a little disappointed in the end. As someone else has said it just sort of fizzled out, and in many ways the entire plot was a bit of a stretch. Still I enjoyed this book, and may look into reading more of Lelic's books on the kindle or MacBook, so I don't have to read a while and then put it down. I do a lot of my best reading in the tub, and don't want to do that with the iPad!

I loved this book, but I was a bit disappointed in the ending (I wish it had been a little longer).

This was an excellent thriller that I enjoyed from beginning to end. I will definitely be on the lookout for more Simon Lelic novels.

The suspense builds throughout the book. It had me staying up late to read just a little more. Lots of twists and turns- some expected, some a complete surprise. Sometimes you didn’t know who to root for - the mom, the son, the daughter. First book I read by Simon Lelic but I will definitely read more of his.

This was a great read and it kept me guessing until the end!

Most of the book consists of a therapy session with the therapist Susanna and her new client Adam. It develops that Adam has done something with Susanna's daughter Emily and Susanna desperately tries to find out what happened to Emily and who Adam is. The tension builds as the clues are slowly revealed. For me the ending did not live up to the earlier buildup.

This book was amazing. It kept me guessing till the end.

Susanna Fenton has a new client, but in her first therapy session with Adam Geraghty it appears that he may have hidden reasons for seeking out her help. They find themselves alone in a room digging through layers of shared secrets. This book was just ok psychological suspense, and it certainly wasn’t “spine-tingling”. Maybe it would have had more impact as a straightforward family drama, without the melodramatic, contrived therapy session. Facts are dribbled out very slowly, in a convoluted manner and the ending just sort of fizzled out. Trigger warning there’s a rape and something horrific is done to a cat. I liked this book more than I liked “The New Neighbors” by this author, and I might try him again. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

What a great suspense thriller. The characters are definitely flawed. Good read.

Simon Lelic's books are always eminently readable, with fast and consistent pacing, deliciously unlikeable characters, and unusual plots and subplots. I must confess though, each time I finish one of his books I find myself wondering exactly why I enjoyed it and read it so quickly because the unusual plots often require significant stretching of my boundaries of credulity and the characters are often SO odious taken as a whole that they should send me running for the hills... Still, I always thoroughly enjoy the read while it's happening, and this one was no exception. Perhaps it's because there's always a takeaway lesson about the dangers of secrets - a theme that permeates his books - and the position that they will always come back to haunt you is one I firmly subscribe to. The writing is always engaging too, and that is vastly important when the characters are not very nice people. I don't find myself cheering for them, per se; it's more like I'm ineffably curious as to how they'll get their comeuppance and when they'll have to pay their pipers. It is tough to write a review though, because the action was so bizarre and full of twists that it's hard to talk about them without giving things away - and without making the story sound too beyond the pale to be believed. It WAS a stretch - like I said, for me, his stories usually are - but an enjoyable read for all the stretching. It's like yoga, in book form - when you're in the middle of it you just go with it; it's only after you're done that you realize what a strain it was at times... :)

This book sucked me in from the beginning. The characters are unlikable but in a good way. I read the book in about a week as I had a bunch of real life stuff come up that I had to keep putting it down, although I did not want to. I recommend this book and might even buy a hard copy to read again

*** I received this book by Penguin First To Read Program In exchanged for an honest review, thank you so much to Viking publisher for the opportunity to read and review The Liar’s Room. I am really sorry about this review but I think this book was not for me and it is all on me, I think I was not in the mood to read a Thriller book at the time I was reading this book. But I really didn’t enjoy or like this book so much it was just ok for me. I really didn’t like any of The characters especially I didn’t like the main characters, and it is not that I don’t like reading unlikable characters because I absolutely love reading unlikable characters. But all the characters annoyed the heck outta of me and got me so mad on how they acted in this book. I really wanted to like The Liar’s Room but this book was not my cup of tea. Now don’t let my review detour you to checking this book out this book didn’t work out well for me but it might work out amazingly well for other readers. So I will say please do check out this book it might work out great for you.

Secrets can choke the life out of you and this novel proved that you can't run from the past for long. Gripping.

This book was messed up but not in a bad way. It grabbed me right away and wouldn't let go until I was finished.

The Liar's Room is a novel about the secrets from the past that haunt people, that weigh them down, that never let them breathe one moment in piece. It's about the nature of evil and responsibilities and childhood pranks gone horribly wrong. Told in glimpses of the past, the storytelling device is a therapist held against her will by a person posing as a patient determined to make her pay for the secrets, for the wounds that never healed. Most children love peanut butter and jelly, but unaccountably I never developed a taste for it. The same is true with this novel which has received widespread acclaim. Neither the storytelling device nor the past revealed captured my interest. Lacking a compelling believable narrative, despite an easy-to-read writing style, it simply was not interesting to me.

There are so many thoughts on this book. All positive. The Liar's Room could easily be enjoyed as a movie too. I keep swiping those pages. I liked that both characters were flawed. Adam have a unique motivation not usually told in a story. By the midpoint I was hooked with the jaw dropping suspense. I could have easily finished thus book in two days but I was busy with work. A five star read a and I will be buying a copy. Well done Simon Lelic.

Wow! What a messed up individual. Susanna is a counselor with a 14 year old daughter. Susanna made up a new identity while her daughter was a baby and never looked back. Then Adam walks into her life and tell her he wants to hurt a girl. Then proceeds to tell her a story, about her past. This was a thriller that I could not stop reading. I really wanted Susanna to walk away from this boy but then you know she really can't.

Definitely give this book 5 stars!! What a wild and thrilling ride. I devoured this is one night, I could not stop turning the pages! Twists at every turn of the page, I thought I had it figured out a few times only to be dead wrong. An excellent author and a fantastic book!

What a ride! As a fan of Simon Lelic's work, I was not disappointed. This book was incredibly suspenseful and kept me guessing right to the end. The Liar's Room was very well written and told a tale that was hard to stop. I could not put it down!! 5 stars.

Simon Lelic has written a nail biter of a suspense mystery that leaves little bread crumbs and gets the reader hooked. It is hard to put this book down and not devour it in one sitting. If sleep we're optional, I don't think anyone would choose to. Susanna and Adam take a journey together and it's a ride no mother wants to have to go through, but makes for an intriguing one. Three perspectives come into play and makes the plot move in a way that there is limited dead space where the plot is not moving forward and the reader feels they are getting closer to the answers.

This book had me on the edge of my seat, unable to put it down. I found that this book made me try to think of everything from all perspectives. Which made me hate and love characters throughout the whole story. It's complex in the sense it plays with beliefs and emotions one might have or struggle with. I couldn't help but be entertianed. I only wish there may have been more from m Jake's perception. Overall, one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time. Who is this Adam and how does he know all that Susanna has gone through? As the story progresses, it's hard to believe everything that was hidden in secrecy and fear.

WOW - What a story! Who is Susanna and what is she hiding in her past? And who is Adam and how does he know so much about Susanna's past? And when you find out it will blow your mind. A great psychological thriller with a fantastic ending. I would highly recommend this book.

5 stars!! I loved this thriller. It was suspenseful and fast-paced. I did not want to put it down! The author did a great job at piecing together past events little by little interspersed with the current events. Highly recommend!

The Liar's Room is a gripping psychological thriller. Susanna is a therapist who helps others rather than comforting her past which led her to change her identity and flee with her then infant daughter. When a new patient, an 18 year old Adam, schedules an appointment, he seemingly knows her past and forces her to confront it. The novel is fast paced and make one care about its characters. I could not put it down and highly recommend it. I enjoyed the novel so much that I immediately bought and read one of his older workers, "A Thousand Cuts." Simon Lelic is now one of my favorites.

This book had me from the start. Loved the way the suspense kept building as I began to see what the truth was. A lot of fun to read. Highly recommend it.

When Susanna Fenton's past catches up with her, it's in the form of a new client. As a therapist, she's been able to start over and begin a new life to protect her and her daughter Emily. However, when the new client (Adam) shows up for his session, things quickly devolve into a role reversal. Adam has made it clear the he has taken Susanna's daughter Emily and the only way to save her is for her to delve into the past and analyze the horrendous events. I thought this was good and I did finish the entire novel. However, the story did not lend itself to being called a thriller. More thought provoking than edge of your seat. The big reveals from the past were quite interesting, and I can't think of another book I've read that utilized the same premise. The character's fell flat for me though. The story felt more like an exposition on past actions and less of an action packed narrative. Also, the character of Ruth should have been fleshed out more, especially considering the role the ultimately plays. Overall, this was a bit middle of the road for me and while I enjoyed it I can't say I was fully invested in the story or premise.

Some parts of the book did not download properly, so, unfortunately, I was not able to read the book in it's entirety. I found the book a little difficult to follow in the beginning, but about halfway through, things started to make sense to me. I really do not like leaving negative reviews, because I know authors typically pour their heart and soul into their books, but I just did not care for this book. I did not like the main character, Susanna, at all. Every member of her family was completely unlikable. Every character in this book—including, Adam, the deranged "client," and Ruth, Susanna's friend and who she shares a work space—lacked a warmth in their character that I wanted. While I usually don't mind "flawed" characters, all of them were extremely flawed in my opinion, and none seemed to have any redeeming characteristics. I can't say that I would recommend this particular book by Simon Lelic. I did, however, like the novel The New Neighbors by Lelic.

Susanna's new patient, Adam, starts to ask her questions during his therapy session. Questions that indicate he knows the secrets in her past and what she has been running from for years. As the questions continue, Susanna's world starts to unravel. This story unfolds during the course of a day. When Adam arrives to Susanna's office, she begins the session as she normally would with a new patient, but things soon change. It is clear Adam has another reason for being in Susanna's office, and his twisted game involves Susanna and her teen daughter Emily. Susanna is a little overprotective of Emily, but they have a close relationship. However, Susanna has been keeping secrets about her past from her daughter. Those secrets have now put Emily in danger. Susanna's past is slowly revealed in flashbacks during her time with Adam. He questions, provokes, and threatens her into revealing the truth that led her to run from her old life. I enjoyed that the bulk of the story takes place in one setting and in one day. That provided another layer of suspense and intensity, since everything is happening over the course of hours rather than days or weeks. There are some other things going on too, but the focus is on Susanna and Adam. I enjoyed this book, but the ending fell flat for me. It didn't have the impact that I was hoping for in such an intense story. Maybe I'm being overly picky though. Overall, it's a gripping read. Great for readers who enjoy dark psychological thrillers with slow reveals. I received a free digital copy of this book via First to Read in exchange for an honest review. .

I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of The Liar's Room from First to Read, and I really enjoyed the book. This was the 3rd book of Lelic's for me, and while I don't think it was good as the other 2 I've read, it was definitely worth reading and hard to put down. The story takes many twists and turns, and the format of the writing lends itself really well to that. By combining typical writing with diary entries and letters, Lelic is able to tell many stories at the same time and interweave them all perfectly. I will say it's lacking in the "get under you skin" factor that other books of his have, and for me, that was really the only thing I was disappointed in. The story is good, the writing is great - it just wasn't as disturbing as I hoped it would be. I also wasn't a big fan of the ending - everything seemed too tidy for my liking. But even still, I liked it enough to recommend it.

Thank you First to read for the preview of The Liar's Room by Simon LeLic. I have read one of his previous books and it was very good. This is different, and it is also another good read. Not sure if I call this a thriller, but it does have you on the edge of your seat. A woman reinvents herself and 14 years later someone appears who knows who she is and by the way, he knows where her daughter is.... Compelling and interesting. Recommend.

I really enjoyed The Liar’s Room and was engaged from the start. I was kept guessing and hypothosizing throughout the entire book. How are Susanna the counsellor and Adam, the teenager, who has set an appointment with Susanna connected. How could a teenage boy know all of Susanna’s hidden secrets from a life she left behind years ago. I would recommend, The Liar’s Room, to those that like a slower unraveling and are willing to wait for the BANG. I can’t wait to see what Simon Lelic comes out with next and will be going back to read some of his previous novels-The New Neighbors and The Child Who, look particularly good. Thank you First to Read for my advanced copy of, The Liar’s Room written by Simon Lelic, in exchange for my honest review.

This book did a nice job at keeping me guessing from beginning to end. Everything seems normal until the past is revealed. I found this book to be exceptionally taut with emotion and feelings and it was hard to figure out who Adam was until a fair amount of the book. I have never read anything by this author before and I will be reading more in the future.

The Liar's Room - Simon Lelic The concept of this book is intriguing: two people are ’stuck’ inside a room until the truth comes out. It reads much like the basis for the plot of the horror movie series ’Saw’ or how it would be to be stuck in a nightmarish panic room. But in the case of ’The Liar’s Room,’ a dangerous client is keeping a therapist in her office, forcing the truth to come out about her dead son, and has let her know that he is holding her daughter hostage somewhere until she divulges everything. It is extremely rare for me to give up on a book for content, style, pace, just about anything. But I'm afraid to say that this one has broken my streak of finishing books because I do believe I should give them a chance right through until the end. But someone mentioned recently to stop reading a book if you're truly not enjoying it, and I got to a point in this one where I honestly was not enjoying it anymore. What absolutely did it for me was abuse to an animal (a cat) and this followed a fair amount of obscene language that I felt was over the top and ’reaching’ just a bit. I'm not a prude, or naïve by any means, and I'm not scared away by much (I actually read a lot of horror writing), but it felt like this was used as a plot device for shock value and didn't serve enough as part of the storyline. Additionally, the detail, since it was being explained as something being looked back on, was unnecessary and the situation that this happened within was feeling like a continued stretch to me. I was already having trouble staying with the story going from the therapist office (a static location) to lengthy descriptions of what happened in the past. It wasn't holding my interest how I hoped it would. I hate that I couldn't continue with this but once I got to that point in the book, I had that nasty image in my head and it wouldn't disappear. I can handle just about any horror movie, all the blood and guts, I'm not afraid of heights, needles, snakes, nothing. But don't give me animal abuse. I absolutely want to read Simon Lelic’s other books though; I have several on my TBR list. I'm actually a big fan of psychological thrillers. This one, however, was not for me.

This story takes place mainly in one day, with portions being told through letters and flashbacks. A counselor sees a new patient who turns out to not be who she thinks he is. I enjoyed the story. It was a fast read. Some aspects were predictable. Overall good book.

The thriller incorporates a real-time format as we follow the main character, a psychologist with a secret past, who is trapped in a single location for several hours. She's held hostage by a new patient who has kidnapped her daughter and has a connection to her past. The backstory was parsed out slowly over the course of the story. It reminded me of The Dinner in that the story delves into the horrors of parenthood and realizing that a well-meaning "good person" of a parent has inadvertently raised a monster. We learn early on that something terrible has happened with Susanna's deceased son, but the details of what that horrible thing are get teased out over the course of the story. The novel does a good job of building a sense of dread and constructing a story with enough twists and turns that its reveals never feel overly predictable but do fit perfectly into the story. The modern day framing device is less exciting and failed to draw me in as strongly, but even those portions of the book remained intriguing. While the book doesn't go out of its way to establish heavy-handed feminist messages, it has numerous colorful female characters, each with her own unique perspective. The book also explores coded-female issues like motherhood, social pressure, and the tentative nature of female relationships quite well. Overall, the book is a page-turning thriller with an intriguing mystery at its heart and a satisfying conclusion.

I really enjoyed this psychological thriller about a mother who moves away with her daughter to escape her past until a stranger walks into her office who knows about her past...and has kidnapped her daughter. It's fast-paced and interesting, and I thought most of the story was pretty unique. I didn't love the ending (I think it could have been a bit better), but overall, this was a great read.

I wouldn't necessarily call this a thriller and I would recommend anyone who has lost a family member through suicide not pick up this book. It was a quick read and flowed along well. All of the blank pages were a little annoying to scroll through in the adobe digital editions app. To me, this story was a little depressing all the way around but well written. Thanks First to Read for my advance copy.

This book grabbed me from the second I started and didn't let up until I finished it. The story was packed with twists and turns that kept you on the edge of your seat. I found at certain times that I was holding my breath, waiting to see what was going to happen. It was a heartbreaking story and one that I highly recommend.

I know I’m in the minority here, but I think this book fell a little short of its description, “ a spine-tingling thriller”. Even though the writing was well done the story itself just didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat or keep me up reading it into the late AM hours. This was a perfectly good book; however, the description of it made me expect a lot more than it was. Thank you to First to Read for my ARC.

What a great, wonderfully written, read! I could not put this book down! This kept me on the edge of my seat & kept me guessing until the end. At first, I was not sure how interesting it could be with the setting just being "one room," but Lelic did a great job at keeping my attention through the end. This was my first book by Simon Lelic, and I will definitely be checking out some of his other works!

Susanna is a counselor and she is hiding something. Adam comes to see her for therapy and he also has a secret. Their lives are intertwined but you aren’t really sure how until the last half of the book. I enjoyed this but didn’t like the characters. At one point I wanted to slap Susanna silly. A quick read. Thanks for First to Read for the ARC

Probably one of the best books I've read through the First to Read program. I couldn't put it down so I could see where it was going. Lots of twists and turns, many of which I didn't see coming. Well done!

***Thanks to First to Read for providing me a complimentary of THE LIAR’S ROOM by Simon Lelic in exchange for my honest review.*** This is how you write a thriller. THE LIAR’S ROOM starts off when counselor Susanna encounters Adam, a new, yet familiar client. But Adam made the appointment, not treatment, with revenge in mind. Susanna engages in a cat and mouse game with the teenager that starts off tense and continues to build until the final secrets are revealed. Simon Lelic hold my interest from start to finish. I was dying to know the connection between Susanna and Adam, why he was fixated on her son who died before Adam was born and what happened to cause Jake to commit suicide eighteen years ago. THE LIAR’S ROOM, told from the distinct voices Susanna’s third person POV, Adam’s first person POV, Jake’s letters and Emily’s first person, whom Adam kidnapped to torture her mother, Susanna, drops clues to give increasing insight into plot and characters building to a heart pumping conclusion. Mystery and thriller lovers will devour THE LIAR’S ROOM.


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