Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Sexy Nerd's #Book #Review...Liar...#Suspense #Psychological #Thriller

How far would you go to protect your family? 

Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children alone, with the help of his devoted mother Judi. Life isn’t easy, but Judi’s family means everything to her and together, they manage. 

Then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben but Judi isn’t sure … there’s just something about Amber that doesn’t add up. 

Ben can’t see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn’t want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children. 

The further Judi delves into Amber’s personal life, the closer she gets to shocking secrets that could change everything. And Judi must make a decision that could lead to the most disastrous consequences.

The Sexy Nerd ‘Revue’

Wow! The last time I read a good psychological thriller this tantalizing was when I read Shalini Boland’s The Best Friend. Talk about an emotional roller coaster! It was like an adrenaline rush you receive when you can see an accident about to happen, but you’re helpless to stop it. That’s exactly how Liar felt.

I’m watching the words in my mind like a movie reel, taking in frame by frame this story that was a train wreck from the very beginning. I love my family so much and there’s not much that I wouldn’t do for them, but one Jukes’ member takes loving a family to the damn extreme!

Judi Jukes is a doormat when it comes to the Jukes family. Her husband, Henry, who seems to care more about his own interests than his wife’s, doesn’t pay much attention to her like he did when they were first married. He speaks to her any ‘ole kind of way and hasn’t been intimate with Judi for about a year. Hmm, it begs the question, if he isn’t getting his lovin’ at home, then where exactly is he getting it? But this was a story in and of itself.

Judi’s loves of her life is her son Ben Jukes and her two adorable grandsons. Ben suffered a devastating blow when his beautiful wife, Louise, became terminally ill and died leaving Ben to raise their two sons by himself—with the help of his mother of course. Judy dotted on her son and grandsons and didn’t mind doing anything to keep them happy and safe. But, what Judi hadn’t realized then, being a great mom and taking care of her son was alright for the time being; however, Ben wanted more. He needed a woman in his life. Someone who could satisfy his needs in a way that mama cannot. 

And wouldn’t you know it, that’s exactly what happened. Life has a strange way of doing that, doesn’t it? So, Amber Car walks right into Ben’s heart and his soul. Judi wasn’t too happy about this new woman replacing her. Ben tries to gently ease his new lady love into the Jukes family, but Judi was having none of that. 

Now, Ben finds himself being a buffer between his girlfriend and his mother. He loves his mother dearly, his children even more and his new girlfriend. Why couldn’t they just get along for the sake of the family? This was the question Ben and Henry wanted to know. Women! Who will ever understand what makes them tick, eh? And from this point on, the story spirals out of control with each page you turn. OMG I loved this book!!! One of the best thrillers I’ve read in quite a hot minute! I absolutely abhorred Judi’s character. She was weak and simple-minded and took a load of shit from her domineering husband. But as the reader reads on, the ending is going to twist you so far around, you’ll wonder how you even arrived at that place.

What was so interesting about this story is that it starts at the end. I was in such awe with the way Slater weaved the story and pulled the reader in. The first paragraph reminded me of The Lovely Bones. When a story grabs you that quickly, you just can’t let go. You will witness a murder, but you’ve got to figure out who is doing the murdering and why? It’s at that time, when the reader gets to the end of the book, things will become very clear!

I’m happy to say I discovered about midway what was going on. I had my suspicions and wasn’t quite sure how everything tied together, but I did figure it out. Trust me, even if you know your way around a great story, it doesn’t spoil the read at all. 

When I tell you to hold onto your damn seats, I’m totally for real! This was really a good book! It was well crafted by Slater and she is truly a master of building up suspense. If you haven’t read this or you have it on your to-read list, I highly suggest you crack that baby open and dive into the lives of the Jukes. You’re in for one hell of a bumpy ride and treat! Outstanding!! Well done, Slater, I’m a fan!

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