Such a pleasure to co-host the publication day blogblitz for Liars by Frances Vick today! My thanks to Bookouture for the review copy.
Author : Frances Vick
Title : Liars
Pages : 436
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : January 26, 2018
Jenny hasn’t had an easy life – no job and no money, with a sick mother and an abusive ex-stepfather. Not that anybody cares, she’s from the wrong side of town.
David has taken care of Jenny ever since they were at school together. He knows how special she is, how much she needs his support. David has a lot of love to give.
Jenny and David aren’t in a relationship. They aren’t even friends.
Jenny thinks she’s free to do what she wants, see who she likes. What does David think? Well, you’ll have to find out.
Well, now. I don’t even know where to start.
This is a story about manipulation, secrets and lies and an absorbing study in all things psychology. A story about how people have their own versions of the truth, often contorting it to make it fit their purpose or make life more bearable. In a way, sometimes these aren’t even lies so much, but different perspectives and it’s absolutely fascinating!
My sympathies with the various characters kept switching back and forth until I ultimately pretty much disliked everyone and I had no idea who to trust at all. David and Jenny are both quite messed up. Jenny’s had a horrible childhood and David has seemingly just been that little bit different since birth. Or in my version of the truth, utterly creepy. I don’t want to say too much else as I’m afraid of spoiling things but suffice to say, this is one gripping, intriguing and suspenseful ride.
Liars is written absolutely brilliantly and even though I found the the first part rather slow, it was a necessary set-up to the rest of the story. The reveals left me spinning. I think the ending may leave people’s opinions divided. Some may find it satisfying, others may not. To be honest, I’m still not sure how I feel about it and that’s okay. This is one of those stories that makes you think, it stays with you as you go over things in your head for days on end and still can’t quite figure out how you feel.
Frances Vick has written a compelling, thought-provoking and addictive psychological thriller that I won’t forget in a hurry.
Liars is out today!
The only child of parents who worked at a top security psychiatric hospital, Frances Vick grew up receiving disquieting notes and presents from the patients. Expelled from school, she spent the next few years on the dole, augmenting her income by providing security and crewing for gigs, and being a medical experiment guinea pig. Later jobs included working in a theatre in Manhattan, teaching English in Japanese Junior High Schools, and being a life model in Italy, before coming back to London and working with young offenders and refugees. Her first novel ‘Chinaski’ was published in 2014, her second, bestselling novel ‘Bad Little Girl’ came out in February 2017. Liars is out now.