Synopsis from Penguin Random House:
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?
About: The Liar’s Room is a thriller written by Simon Lelic. It will be published on 1/15/2019 by Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, paperback, 352 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, and fiction. According to Berkley’s website, “Our expertise in women’s fiction, romance, science fiction/fantasy, and mystery/suspense makes us uniquely suited to introduce a new generation of popular novelists and to reinvigorate the publishing programs for established bestselling authors.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Liar’s Room on 11/4/2018 and finished it on 11/21/2018. This book is an interesting read. I like the different ways the story is told. I enjoy reading Emily’s diary. From Susanna’s perspective, I like the reminders about the consequences to teens when they grow up without the attention and care of their parents. I also like the reminder of how vulnerable those teens can be to friends’ influences. I don’t think Adam’s approach to punishing irresponsible parents is great, threatening with the knife is not really spine tingling in my opinion.
This book is told in the third person point of view following Susanna Fenton, a counselor. She’s seeing her first new client of the day, Adam Geraghty. She shares the building with Ruth, a dentist and they share a receptionist Alina. Susanna thought that Adam looks familiar but she couldn’t place how she knows him. She has an ex husband Neil, son Jake and daughter Emily, but currently living with only Emily. Adam is reluctant to confide his problem and what he wants to do but when he produces a picture and gives it to Susanna, her heart stops when she sees the picture. Adam also knows that Susanna wants to keep Jake a secret. The second point of view is Emily, told in a diary format. The third point of view is Ruth. Ruth knows of Susanna’s past. The fourth point of view is Adam. The fifth point of view is Jake, told in letter format. This book is organized by a timeline.
The Liar’s Room is well written. It’s a bit on the slow side for me. When the truth is revealed, I didn’t feel it shocking. I do like how the secrets slowly reveals itself. The parenting bit is ongoing as well as bad boys doing bad things. I’m not sure how I feel about the story in the end. Lies is what drew me in and lies definitely ruin not only Emily but also Adam. I don’t get why Susanna and Neil have more important things to do than spend time with their first born. I would understand if they have 5 kids and one got away. The setting is okay. In the end, I like how counseling can help Adam understand another side of things because of how narrow his view is. I do recommend everyone to read this book, mostly for the parenting reminders.
Pro: mystery, suspense, secrets past, counseling, parenting,
Con: not spine tingling as advertised
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
Simon Lelic is a former journalist and the author of the award-winning A Thousand Cuts as well as the critically acclaimed The Facility and The Child Who. The New Neighbors is his first psychological thriller, inspired by a love of Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King. Simon lives with his wife and three children. (Photo and info obtained from Penguin’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Berkley Publishing for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.