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A Good Liar

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A Good Liar is a emotional, intriguing read that kept me entertained on a long train journey.

The story follows Leanne, a journalist, who is trying to investigate a tragic accident a few years ago and piece together what actually happened. I felt there was much more happening in the story then I expected with different threads running alongside each other. The book does start off slow but the author slowly increases the tension so that it becomes almost impossible to put down.

Told mainly from Leanne’s point of view with flashbacks from the fire, the reader is gradually made aware of what happened and of the secrets that everyone is hiding. There are lots of twists that kept me guessing until the end and the story kept changing direction just when I thought I had everything figured out. The characters were well written with some I like and some I wasn’t sure about which helped add to the tension and foreboding feeling in the book.

I thought the book ended in a satisfying, believable way and I would definitely like to read more from this author in the future. I think this would make a great book club read as there would be lots to discuss.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Harper for my copy of this book.
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When a fire destroys the Empress Theatre, a devastating tragedy unfolds.
Amelia’s mother lost her piece of mind forever when she left her daughter alone for a few life-changing moments.
The dance school lost their beloved teacher, Hilary, who died saving the lives of her young pupils. Karin lost her memory, and the answers she desperately craves.
Claudia lost the one thing that would have made her perfect life complete.
As local reporter Leanne picks over the embers of that night, what seemed like a straightforward case of negligence becomes something else entirely: somebody is lying – each person has lost something, but one of them has sold their soul…
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Book review 

There have been a few novels in 2021 That have centred around dance class or ballet. It must be a very common theme in the thriller world this year! 

The book is so tense and has so many layers to the storyline. I’ve always been a huge fan of Amanda’s writing, but she really does take it to the next level with this novel 

I loved the short chapters. It added to the tense. I loved all the characters. They were so In-depth. 

And Claudia. Wow. Don’t even get me started on her!!! 

Great book from an author I’ve loved and enjoyed before. Looking forward to more by the author. 

Thank you for inviting me to be part of the tour
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When a fire destroys the Empress Theatre, a devastating tragedy unfolds.
Amelia’s mother lost her piece of mind forever when she left her daughter alone for a few life-changing moments.
The dance school lost their beloved teacher, Hilary, who died saving the lives of her young pupils. Karin lost her memory, and the answers she desperately craves.
Claudia lost the one thing that would have made her perfect life complete.
As local reporter Leanne picks over the embers of that night, what seemed like a straightforward case of negligence becomes something else entirely: somebody is lying – each person has lost something, but one of them has sold their soul…
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Book review 

There have been a few novels in 2021 That have centred around dance class or ballet. It must be a very common theme in the thriller world this year! 

The book is so tense and has so many layers to the storyline. I’ve always been a huge fan of Amanda’s writing, but she really does take it to the next level with this novel 

I loved the short chapters. It added to the tense. I loved all the characters. They were so In-depth. 

And Claudia. Wow. Don’t even get me started on her!!! 

Great book from an author I’ve loved and enjoyed before. Looking forward to more by the author. 

Thank you for inviting me to be part of the tour
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Lots of twists in this storytelling how the fire changed the lives of so many characters.  Well worth a read. Amanda's books are all good.and this is no different
Thanks for the opportunity to read this ARC
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A small-town setting works perfect for this mystery novel telling the story of the people damaged by the horrific fire at the theater. Beautifully and scarily written!
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I have read quite a few of Amanda Brooke's books, they are often in between a family drama and a psychological thriller. The one before this The Widows Club was not set in a family but in a larger circle of people. A Good Liar is the same, here we find several people living in the same town in the aftermath of a major tragedy. The local theatre had been restored by a group of well-meaning wealthy women headed by Philippa. Unfortunately on the opening night, the theatre is destroyed by a fire and several people lost their lives.
There are many questions as it always happens in cases like this and many fingers point at Philippa and her electrician who also perished in the fire but one year after the tragedy the inquest finds that everything was done by the book and the company that supplies some material is too blame. One of the main characters is a reporter for the local newspaper, her best friend died in the fire and she is determined to find the truth. But it takes time and she is not always right about who could be guilty and who could be a hero.
Overall, it is a good story, I found it a bit slow at the beginning but then it grew on me. It's different from many psychological thrillers as there are many layers of culpability and not just one perpetrator. There are some twists but quite predictable, especially given the title of the book, you know someone is lying. But overall a good book which I recommend to anyone who likes a story of village intrigue more than a domestic noir.
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When fire destroys the Empress Theatre with a devastating loss of life, the town of Sedgefield is in shock. Now with the anniversary of the tragedy almost upon them, local reporter Leanne knows who she blames and is determined that they be brought to justice. But as she looks into the events of that tragic night, it seems that her initial findings are wrong and someone is claiming to be something they are not. Can Leanne finally discover the truth about what happened that night?

A good story with twists along the way which made for a gripping read.
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Absolutely loved this book!
Definitely a book to read. I was pulled into the story and it did not let go. The book is well written with a strong character driven story and many a twists and turns 
Recommended 4 star read.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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#AGoodLiar #NetGalley 
Amanda has done it again, a mind blowing psychological thriller. 
A fire destroys the Empress Theatre, a devastating tragedy unfolds.
Amelia’s mother lost her piece of mind forever when she left her daughter alone for a few life-changing moments.
The dance school lost their beloved teacher, Hilary, who died saving the lives of her young pupils. Karin lost her memory, and the answers she desperately craves. Claudia lost the one thing that would have made her perfect life complete.
As local reporter Leanne picks over the embers of that night, what seemed like a straightforward case of negligence becomes something else entirely: somebody is lying – each person has lost something, but one of them has sold their soul…
Who and why? 
I loved it's suspense and narration. 
Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK Harper Fiction for giving me an advance copy.
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It was an enjoyable read and liked that I wasn't quite sure where the twists in this book were taking the story. The main character kept discovering new facts which changed her perception of what had happened, showing how preconceptions can affect our view of events. The impact on the town of a tragedy in its midst was explored sensitively.
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