Book Review: The Better Liar by Tanen Jones

“The more you know someone, the more someone’s you know. They kaleidoscope outward before your eyes.”

Leslie is looking for her long-lost sister. Not because she misses her, but because she needs her to collect their father’s inheritance. A stipulation of the will. But Robin is dead by the time Leslie arrives so her and a stranger hatch a plan and spin a few lies, and there begins the rabbit hole.

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The Better Liar is a nice, slow burn psychological thriller, debut from Tanen Jones. The writing style reminded me a lot of a Ruth Ware novel and since Ruth Ware is auto buy for me, I’ll be picking up Tanen’s next book as well. It wasn’t too intense, but the mystery style questions kept the pages turning and, in the end, I enjoyed it as a light read.

I recommend this for readers who enjoyed, The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. I’m looking forward to what’s coming next from this debut author.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Also Titled THE SEVEN DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE

This book is so fun to read. It’s a book I didn’t want to end. At 458 pages, I found myself secretly rejoicing about its length. I had moments where I was in the middle of reading it, with hundreds of pages left, and I just quietly cheered in my head, “Yaaasssss.” It’s that fun to read.

Beyond just the enjoyment of this book, I found myself continually impressed with the uniqueness Stuart Turton brought to the table. This isn’t your typical mystery; it’s a body hopping, time twisted, who dunnit, my life depends on the answer, action packed, clue riddled, masquerade ball having, good time. I LOVED it.

‘“Trauma,’ he says abruptly, raising a finger in the air. ‘That’s what it’ll be. Very common, in fact.’”

Aiden Bishop doesn’t know much, he doesn’t know anything about himself; what he does know is Evelyn Hardcastle will die at 11:00 p.m. every night and he has eight days, and eight host bodies, to figure out who it is that kills her.

This is no pleasant walk in the park for Aiden people, this is a crazy ride. I loved it. It kept me up at night. It kept me turning pages. It kept me thinking about it while I was showering. All the qualities I love in an engaging book. Thank you Stuart Turton. 

I liked the ending. Still, I kind of had that, “Wait this is the end? Noooooo,” feeling. But in general, considering how many questions the book makes the reader ask oneself, it did do a fantastic job of wrapping up most of those questions. I had a couple left, not many, but that’s probably on me. It’s the kind of book where I was hoping for an epilogue, and was sad that I didn’t get one. I might be a spoiled reader. If Turton writes a follow up epilogue somewhere, like for the kindle or his website, I won’t be mad. And I hope someone points me in that direction.

I would highly recommend this book. I applaud the great work, the uniqueness, the engaging qualities, and the writing. I will definitely be looking for Turton’s next book.