Monday, May 25, 2015

The Liar by Nora Roberts

4 Star

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions …

The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn’t just dead. He never really existed.

Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows—and threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning … 

Sabrina-Kate - 4 Star

I have to be honest when I say that I never wanted to like Nora Roberts. My mother is a long time big fan and probably because of that, I never wanted to like her books. Despite that, and not being a big romance fan in general, I found myself really getting into this book and enjoying the story.

More than just a romance, this book had all the elements of a good mystery or suspense novel. Discovering her former husband had a lot of secrets (and lies), Shelby decides to start over her life by going home. Always being able to return to family was an important theme in the book and one that I could personally appreciate. I think that it is something that will resonate with other readers as well.

The book was very interesting to me because it kept me guessing as to what would happen next. I could not imagine Shelby's life, past or present, and felt that even though it might be somewhat far fetched, it was still believable. And this is probably also one of the reasons that I feel that Nora Roberts is so popular. She is able to take a situation or story that is incredibly "out there" and make you believe that it is or could be real-which is a real strength for an author to possess. 

My only complaint about this book is that is was quite lengthy but it was quite an easy read with mostly shorter chapters so it didn't end up feeling too weighty despite some intense events in the story. Another hit for one of romance's foremost leading ladies!

Thank you to Penguin Random House for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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