Friday, June 7, 2019

The Sexy Nerd's #Book #Review...The Liar's Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard...#Suspense #Thriller

Will Hurley was an attractive, charming, and impressive student at Dublin's elite St. John's College-and Ireland's most prolific serial killer. Having stalked his four young victims, he drowned them in the muddy waters of the Grand Canal. Sentenced to life imprisonment when he was just nineteen, Will is locked away in the city's Central Psychiatric Hospital.

Freshman Alison Smith moved to the Big Smoke to enrol in St. John's and soon fell hard for Will Hurley. Her world bloomed ... and then imploded when Liz, her best friend, became the latest victim of the Canal Killer-and the Canal Killer turned out to be the boy who'd been sleeping in her bed. Alison fled to the Netherlands and, in ten years, has never once looked back.

When a young woman's body is found in the Grand Canal, Garda detectives visit Will to see if he can assist them in solving what looks like a copycat killing. Instead, Will tells them he has something new to confess-but there's only one person he's prepared to confess it to. The last thing Alison wants is to be pulled back into the past she's worked so hard to leave behind. Reluctantly, she returns to the city she hasn't set foot in for more than a decade to face the man who murdered the woman she was supposed to become.

Only to discover that, until now, Will has left out the worst part of all ...

The Sexy Nerd ‘Revue’

This novel could have ended several chapters before and could have done away with less unnecessary descriptions but was so damn good, I couldn’t have cared less! What an interesting twist of fates, one could say.

Wow! Imagine you found out you were sleeping with a serial killer. How would that make you feel? Were there signs? Is there something you could have done? Why couldn’t you see this person for who and what they really were? What will people think of me? How on earth could I love someone so despicable? What did I miss? How could I let this person touch me? And even worse yet, how dare cupid make me fall in love with a monster? Oh yes, this is exactly what nineteen-year-old Alison was thinking. It was her dream to go to St. John’s in Dublin and be a part of the happening crowd and enjoy college life. It also helped that her best friend, Liz, was tagging along for the ride.

Umm, yeah, for almost a year life was good for Alison. She was fresh out of high school never having had a boyfriend before, so when Will Hurley showed up in her life at St. John’s they immediately became inseparable. She fell so hard for Will, her grades began to slip a little, until she got her mind right. 

Liz was happy for Alison having found a boyfriend, but she was also like a little sister and a bit jealous of Alison’s new found happiness. After all, Will was now taking up the time that was occupied for Liz. While the besties were trying to iron out their differences, a rather sinister plot begins to take form where neither Alison, Liz nor Will could have possibly foreseen. Alison and Liz were hanging out and had a small argument, as friends do, but never in Alison’s wildest imagination could she ever have known that those would be the last parting words she’d ever speak to her dear best friend. Liz would now become the fifth victim for the Canal Killer to claim. Losing Liz was the hardest thing for Alison to get past. She ends up leaving the Netherlands vowing never to return until a couple police officers seek her out to ask her a rather interesting question. Well…not necessarily a question but more of a request. They believe the Canal Killer has struck again. Oh, but wait a minute, how can that be? Will Hurley was charged with five murders a decade ago. Alison’s homey, lover, friend. He’s still in a psychiatric ward, so how in the hell has the Canal Killer struck again? Alison’s past was catching up to her present and it threatened to unravel what normalcy she now possessed. Will has asked to speak with Alison after a decade. He has something to tell her and refuses to tell it to anyone else but her. What was Alison to do? 

Readers, if that doesn’t entice you to read this story, I don’t know what will? My goodness this was a damn good book!!! I couldn’t get enough. However, having said that, Howard is one of those writers that gives great detail to the point it nearly killed me. She doesn’t let your imagination do much work at all, so get ready to delve into each character’s mind, body and soul. I felt the novel could have ended five chapters before it had, but it didn’t change the outcome of the story. In fact, the ending is quite interesting. By the time I reached it, my mind was going in a hundred different directions, but eventually, some of my theories were correct, and one major one was way off base. Wow…this was a damn good book!!!! I definitely want to see this book turned into a motion picture.

The Sexy Nerd gives The Liar’s Girl five truthful stars! Oh my, my, my, Sexy Nerds, this was one of those books that keeps your interest from the first page until the last. And that ending!!!! Oh wow, the ending is something else! Until next time, my lovelies, keep on reading!

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