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The Better Liar This story requires a ton of suspension of disbelief Luckily for me, I spend my entire life discounting reality so it was a perfect fit Despite the improbability of this story, Tanen s writing and it s remarkably novel plot make for an unputdownable read.The ending goes off the rails a bit and could have benefited from a tighter outline.With a story that is overwrought with liars, who is the better liar I ll take Donald Trump for 800, Alex I recieved a ARC from the publisher in exchange This story requires a ton of suspension of disbelief Luckily for me, I spend my entire life discounting reality so it was a perfect fit Despite the improbability of this story, Tanen s writing and it s remarkably novel plot make for an unputdownable read.The ending goes off the rails a bit and could have benefited from a tighter outline.With a story that is overwrought with liars, who is the better liar I ll take Donald Trump for 800, Alex I recieved a ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion NO SPOILERSThis is a great book to go in blind Names change like a revolving cake walk Leslie meets Mary in Vegas Leslie brings Mary home to Albuquerque.Mary becomes Robin Leslie s pretend sister whom she hadn t seen in 10 years until finding her dead from overdose Mary who is pretending she is Robin, still pretending to be Leslie s sister meets Billy and tells him her name is Alice.Alice s name might change again Names that aren t revolving are Leslie is Le NO SPOILERSThis is a great book to go in blind Names change like a revolving cake walk Leslie meets Mary in Vegas Leslie brings Mary home to Albuquerque.Mary becomes Robin Leslie s pretend sister whom she hadn t seen in 10 years until finding her dead from overdose Mary who is pretending she is Robin, still pretending to be Leslie s sister meets Billy and tells him her name is Alice.Alice s name might change again Names that aren t revolving are Leslie is Leslie Floreses Dave is Dave FloresesElie is Elie Floreses Leslie and Dave s baby Nancy is Nancy community friend and police officer Elaine is Elaine a single mother with two kids Billy is Billy a guy in the night Sam is SamPaul is Paul ex boyfriends of sorts Confused yet GREAT The reader gets the treat of unraveling this enigma This story keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.Questions questions andquestions run through the readers mind This jigsaw puzzle debut novel pushes the edges with clever crafting Tanen Jones has an almost uncanny ability to get into the heads of the charactersand the heads of her readers Tanen knows what we re thinking and trying to figure out Our talented debut author is many steps ahead of us Definitely not a predictable ending This psychological page turning thrillerbecomes a deeper in depth look at serious issues worthy of discussions after the ending This is truly one of those books where the focus of your thinking has shifted 180 by the end.Awesome read Thank You Ballantine Books, Netgalley, and Tanen Jones I m a new fan and can t wait for your next book Did I stay up half the night last because I was unable to put this down Yes Do I regret it Nope Would I read any book that Kim It s All About The Thrill recommends to me Yes Follow her, friend her, and follow her blogshe s awesome This book is full of twists, turns, red herrings and misdirection and even as I was able to work out the biggest one there was still so much to gasp over as this awesome story climbed and climbed to it s satisfying conclusion.Thank you to Tanen Jones, Rando Did I stay up half the night last because I was unable to put this down Yes Do I regret it Nope Would I read any book that Kim It s All About The Thrill recommends to me Yes Follow her, friend her, and follow her blogshe s awesome This book is full of twists, turns, red herrings and misdirection and even as I was able to work out the biggest one there was still so much to gasp over as this awesome story climbed and climbed to it s satisfying conclusion.Thank you to Tanen Jones, Random House Publishing Group Ballantine, and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review Icy Cold Game of Cat and Mouse One desperate woman lures another into impersonating her dead sister in order to receive her inheritance Leslie takes a trip to Vegas to bring her sister home to Alburquerque Sadly, she discovers her sister, Robin, is dead When she bumps into a woman named Mary who bears an uncanny resemblance to Robin, she coaxes her into coming to Alburqueue to impersonate Robin With the promise of collecting Robin s half of the inheritance, Mary decides to come along for the Icy Cold Game of Cat and Mouse One desperate woman lures another into impersonating her dead sister in order to receive her inheritance Leslie takes a trip to Vegas to bring her sister home to Alburquerque Sadly, she discovers her sister, Robin, is dead When she bumps into a woman named Mary who bears an uncanny resemblance to Robin, she coaxes her into coming to Alburqueue to impersonate Robin With the promise of collecting Robin s half of the inheritance, Mary decides to come along for the ride But Leslie is keeping a big secret And Mary is keeping in an even bigger one One will discover what the other has been hiding, leading to a shocking revelation.Narrated by Leslie, Robin, and Mary, this was a bit of an uneven ride for me I had a hard time caring about Leslie s character her voice was flat and I didn t really care much about her There was a reason for this I think , but it didn t work for me Robin is in the background and has an interesting story Then there is Mary, and her voice is intriguing Her character saved this book for me.This is an easy read, but I was bored for about the first 60% I kept reading because I was curious about the characters hidden agendas and was looking forward to the revealThe plot is ruled by twists They do serve a purpose, although the believability scale is low I figured out very early on one of the main twists, but that didn t bother me However, nothing much happens for some time Reflections on childhood, family introductions, sitting around smoking andreflecting takes up a good portion of the plot It felt like filler in an attempt to drag out the big reveal The second big twist irked me view spoiler incorporating serious mental illness into a domestic thriller just doesn t work for me, especially when it leads one sister screwing over the other all in the name of seeking help hide spoiler I had fun with Mary s character and enjoyed the cat and mouse game between Leslie and Mary However, their game fell short for me Many of my GR friends have loved this book, so please ignore my review and read this book Alive sister Leslie Dead sister Robin Fake sister Mary They all have a voice in this story What I loved most about this book is the feeling of unease that exudes from the pages especially as there isn t really much happening at all BUT you just know that something explosive is going to happen One orof these ladies is unreliable One orof these ladies is lying It all becomes such a tangled web and to watch it unravel was very satisfying Kudo s to the author for writing a Alive sister Leslie Dead sister Robin Fake sister Mary They all have a voice in this story What I loved most about this book is the feeling of unease that exudes from the pages especially as there isn t really much happening at all BUT you just know that something explosive is going to happen One orof these ladies is unreliable One orof these ladies is lying It all becomes such a tangled web and to watch it unravel was very satisfying Kudo s to the author for writing a husband that was kind and supportive I just adored him so much The banter between him and Leslie was adorable and authentic and it reminded me a bit of me and my husband The final conclusion and twist did require some suspension of disbelief for me but I happily did it because the ride getting there was compelling as all get out I m keeping my eye on you Tanen Jones 4 stars Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for providing me a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review. 3.5 STARS Two sisters entangled in a web of lies and hidden agendas The debut of an author that I will surely keep an eye on An intriguing premise about estranged sisters, Leslie and Robin Their father has recently died and Leslie can t collect on the estate until she tracks down sister Robin.The first half of the book had me on the edge as Leslie hit road blocks, curves and full blown speed bumps as she searched Las Vegas to find Robin What happened was just, wowThe next half was clos 3.5 STARS Two sisters entangled in a web of lies and hidden agendas The debut of an author that I will surely keep an eye on An intriguing premise about estranged sisters, Leslie and Robin Their father has recently died and Leslie can t collect on the estate until she tracks down sister Robin.The first half of the book had me on the edge as Leslie hit road blocks, curves and full blown speed bumps as she searched Las Vegas to find Robin What happened was just, wowThe next half was close to being too twisty for me how is that possible One narrative didn t really work for me, but overall this was a great psychological thriller with a stand out twist that got me Thanks to NG Pub for my review copyOUT January 14, 2020 and the Oscar goes to Mary, for her winning performance, skilful chameleon like adoption of personas at the drop of a hat, her methods of acquiring and using information to her advantage, her resourcefulness, her survival, her mirror faced beauty, her intelligence and disingenuousness You snooze, you lose Leslie, you caught a tiger by the tail So, what s that all about Leslie s sister Robin ran away from home twelve years ago In order to secure an inheritance from their father b and the Oscar goes to Mary, for her winning performance, skilful chameleon like adoption of personas at the drop of a hat, her methods of acquiring and using information to her advantage, her resourcefulness, her survival, her mirror faced beauty, her intelligence and disingenuousness You snooze, you lose Leslie, you caught a tiger by the tail So, what s that all about Leslie s sister Robin ran away from home twelve years ago In order to secure an inheritance from their father both girls need to present themselves to a law firm so Robin needs to be found Leslie tracks her down in Las Vegas but it s too late as Robin is dead By chance, Leslie meets Mary, a waitress, who bears a resemblance to Robin and a deal is struck Mary will impersonate Robin What follows is twist upon twist, secrets piling in top of lies, fear, shocks and traps in a gripping and intriguing thriller The story is told in alternate storylines from Leslie, Mary and Robin and this flows extremely well This is a really enjoyable read which keeps you guessing and the intrigue throughout Though I did work out one of the twists that in no way spoils the unfolding drama Though not necessarily all likeable, the characters are are well crafted Leslie is disconnected at times, she lies but you realise that both sisters have been riddled with secrets that are burdensome Mary islikeable but she devious There is a lot of tension, fear, surprises and plenty of things that you don t see coming Revelation builds on top of revelation about Leslie, about Dave who is Leslie s husband, about Robin and Mary and you are just recovering from one when the next one blindsides you The dynamic between Leslie and Dave, Leslie and Mary is fascinating and some of it creates a really brooding atmosphere which I especially like The end is excellent and certainly not what I expected Overall, a very impressive debut novel, cleverly written so you keep being surprised, it s tense, intense, twisty and dark Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House UK, Vintage Publishing for the ARC Thank you, Random House Ballantine Books for the gifted copy.If you don t mind suspending disbelief a little at times, step right up to my new favorite thriller Twist after twist, after oh my gosh twist Leslie s runaway sister, Robin, is unexpectedly dead Their father has also recently passed away, and there s an inheritance but for both of them, not just one So what does Leslie do She conceals her sister s death.Compulsively readable, I lost sleep thanks to this book I loved the author s Thank you, Random House Ballantine Books for the gifted copy.If you don t mind suspending disbelief a little at times, step right up to my new favorite thriller Twist after twist, after oh my gosh twist Leslie s runaway sister, Robin, is unexpectedly dead Their father has also recently passed away, and there s an inheritance but for both of them, not just one So what does Leslie do She conceals her sister s death.Compulsively readable, I lost sleep thanks to this book I loved the author s breadcrumb technique I followed and analyzed every one The Better Liar wowed me with shock and surprise Many of my reviews can also be found on instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader I loved this book Wow All the stars for this fantastic debut This book puts the W in WTF I mean this is one twisted domestic thriller Honestly one of my favorite books I have read this year.Your sister Robin has been missing for 10 years She ran away from home when she was 16 and is now living in Las Vegas Leslie is the good sister staying with her ailing father until he passes away Catering to his every need as your sister Robin is in sin city doing god knows what You also find th I loved this book Wow All the stars for this fantastic debut This book puts the W in WTF I mean this is one twisted domestic thriller Honestly one of my favorite books I have read this year.Your sister Robin has been missing for 10 years She ran away from home when she was 16 and is now living in Las Vegas Leslie is the good sister staying with her ailing father until he passes away Catering to his every need as your sister Robin is in sin city doing god knows what You also find the time to care for your family Then your father springs it to you on his deathbed that his money will be split between you and Robin The kicker is Robin has to come back home to claim the money or neither of you can claim your half No problem, Leslie packs her bags, heads to Vegas She finally locates Robin, but Robin is dead While staring down at Robin s dead body rotting away in a rental home in Las Vegas Leslie decides to walk away She leaves her sister to rot in Las Vegas with her identity basically being a Jane Doe as she was not going by her true name after she left home Then she finds someone to pretend they are her sister to claim the money.now that is some sisterly love right there WowI am going to leave that right there You could have gotten that from the book blurb and I don t want to spoil anything This one is best to go in blind because hang on to your hats peoplethis book was one I couldn t put down I loved this dark, twisted thriller right from the start I mean, think how disturbing it is that someone could leave their sister in another state and not report them dead Left her there to rotaloneIt only getstwisted from there Thank you so much to Random House Publising Ballantine for this fantastic ARC 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 thrillerLike 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 desperatelyWhen 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 bothAn electric, twisted portrait of sisterhood and the ties that bind, The Better Liar is a stunning debut with a heart stopping, twist after twist finale that will beg the question How far would you go to get what s yours


About the Author: Tanen Jones

Tanen Jones grew up in Texas and North Carolina She has a degree in American history and spent several years editing law and criminal justice textbooks A queer author, she writes from the perspective of women who are also queer Her work is a modern take on the genre, exploring what makes a woman mad, bad, or dangerous to know She now lives in New York with her partner, where she writes from her apartment window THE BETTER LIAR is her first novel Tanen is not often on Goodreads, but all questions submitted via Goodreads will be considered for the FAQ page on her website Visit to see if your question appears


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