Title: The Better Liar
Author: Tanen Jones
Published: January 2020, Ballantine Books
Source: GoodReads Giveaway & Ballantine Books. Thanks Ballantine Books for sending me this copy. All opinions are, of course, my own.
Rating: 4 Stars
When a woman conceals her sister’s death to claim their joint inheritance, her deception exposes a web of dangerous secrets in this addictive new thriller.
“Like most of the dead, I want to be remembered.”
Robin Voigt is dead. If Leslie had arrived at her sister’s cramped Las Vegas apartment just hours earlier, this would have been their first reunion in a decade. In the years since Robin ran away from home as a teenager, Leslie has stayed in New Mexico, taking care of their dying father even as she began building a family of her own. But when their father passed away, Leslie received a rude awakening: She and Robin would receive the inheritance he left them together—or not at all. Now her half of the money may be beyond her grasp. And unbeknownst to anyone, even her husband, Leslie needs it desperately.
When she meets a charismatic young woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Robin—and has every reason to leave her past behind—the two make a reckless bargain: Mary will impersonate Robin for a week in exchange for Robin’s half of the cash. But neither realizes how high the stakes will become when Mary takes a dead woman’s name. Even as Mary begins to suspect Leslie is hiding something, and Leslie realizes the stranger living in her house, babysitting her newborn son, and charming her husband has secrets of her own, Robin’s wild, troubled legacy threatens to eclipse them both.
That opening line! I think I have a new favorite to use next time someone has a first line challenge on Bookstagram. I like that this focuses on the fraught relationship between sisters. I think it’s a new take (at least to me) on this genre. I like the three points of view from which this story is told. Of course all three are unreliable, but it’s fun. I guessed one twist early on, but I think anyone who spent any time watching soaps on network TV in the 70’s and 80’s will guess it. And finally, i think it is well written. If this is the first novel, Tanen Jones did a great job and I look forward to reading more of novels in the future.
Not So Much:
I can’t really think of anything I didn’t really like about this novel.
What I’ll Remember:
It’s been a couple of weeks since I read this, but nothing stands out other than the twist that I don’t want to give away in this review.
Do I recommend?
Yes! This is a perfect read for summer vacations and self-isolating?
Have you read The Better Liar? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below.