ARC Book Review: The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene

Release Date: January 15, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: ebook
Pages: 288 pages
Genre:  Suspense / Thriller
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A seemingly perfect marriage is threatened by the deadly secrets husband and wife keep from each other.

Susannah, a young widow and single mother, has remarried well: to Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her fifteen-year-old son out of New York City and to a quiet Vermont university town. Strong-willed and attractive, Susannah expects that her life is perfectly in place again. Then one quiet morning she finds a note on her door: I KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

Max dismisses the note as a prank. But days after a neighborhood couple comes to dinner, the husband mysteriously dies in a tragic accident while on a run with Max. Soon thereafter, a second note appears on their door: DID YOU GET AWAY WITH IT?

Both Susannah and Max are keeping secrets from the world and from each other—secrets that could destroy their family and everything they have built.


This book has many layers that are slowly peeled back. Max has a secret and there is no length he will go to to keep that secret. He is a charismatic chameleon and an up and coming newbie to the art world when he meets Susannah. Susannah is a widow with a son, she has her own secrets but they aren't revealed until 3/4 of the way into the book and they make things a bit more intriguing. She seems fragile and a little off. They have a good marriage even though it isn't exactly based on honesty. 

This book had some holes, and things that just jumped the shark for me. I was really excited about it but things just spiraled out of control a bit too fast for me and leaps were made that I don't think Max would have made so quickly since he is such a controlled man. The book is told from the alternating points of view of Max and Susannah each sharing their past and how they got to this moment. Susannah's son is barely a character until later in the book. I really wanted to like this book but the ending didn't sit right with me and neither did some of the other big moments. They just didn't make sense to me for either of the characters. 

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review.

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