The Better Liar
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 thriller for fans of Megan Abbott, Gillian Flynn, and Paula Hawkins.“Like 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 desperately.When 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 both.An 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?Advance praise for The Better Liar“I thought I’d just skim a page or two before putting The Better Liar on my ‘to-read’ shelf, but I couldn’t help becoming so drawn in that I had to keep going. Tanen Jones has written a compulsively page-turning story. She cleverly drip-feeds nuggets of information, each more surprising than the last, until the final shocking revelation.”—Claire Fuller, author of Bitter Orange and Swimming Lessons

The Better Liar Details

TitleThe Better Liar
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 14th, 2020
PublisherBallantine
ISBN-139781984821249
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction

The Better Liar Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Are you ready for a mind-bending, psychological, surprising new novel that full of lies, brain storming exhaustion, WTH just I read, what kind of end this themes! Come on I slap the characters but instead of characters slapped me this time because I was way too naïve and lost my spider senses for consuming too much stress nails (They weren’t my own thankfully but paramedics who pumped my stomach had different thoughts!) Okay 4 big stars and this is one of the greatest books of upcomi Are you ready for a mind-bending, psychological, surprising new novel that full of lies, brain storming exhaustion, WTH just I read, what kind of end this themes! Come on I slap the characters but instead of characters slapped me this time because I was way too naïve and lost my spider senses for consuming too much stress nails (They weren’t my own thankfully but paramedics who pumped my stomach had different thoughts!) Okay 4 big stars and this is one of the greatest books of upcoming year!Three POVs of book are completely secretive, mysterious, batshit crazy women. POVS ARE ONE SISTER-DEAD SISTER AND FAKE SISTEROne sister a.k.a. Leslie looks for Robin a.k.a dead sister for their joint inheritance because two of them should meet at the lawyer’s office to sign the papers to take their shares and upss when one of them left the world forever, this could turn into an impossible task. ( At last Leslie didn’t take her sister with her everywhere, pretending she is alive by putting glasses on her face and taking an adventure like Weekend At Bernie’s. That’s an entertaining comedy concept, but we’re dealing with really serious psychological thriller!) As Leslie finds her sister passed away from drug overdose, she randomly meets Mary at the parking lot and asks her act like her sister in exchange half of the inheritance share. This beginning is a little questionable for me because how could you find anyone reminds of your sister in one day and even if you’re miserable and hopeless, how could you ask something to a shady stranger who became shadier as we learn more about her story? This beginning made me cut my points. But as I resume my reading and learn more about back stories, motives, character analysis so many pieces of puzzle fit with each other. Pacing a little slow but it is still intriguing and fitted well with mysterious and foggy atmosphere the three women created with their stories and their lies. Three of them competing each other to distort the truth but finally only of one can win! (One of them is only dead, so we have two competitors!)I didn’t expect the final. APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE! HURRAY! SCORE! So satisfying, epic and memorable ending. I was about to give five stars just because of the final parts of the book. But I still had some connecting issues with characters. I understand their struggles, problems, wrongdoings for surviving. But it didn’t mean I liked them. First time, they were the ones who slapped me by dropping the bomb in my lap. This was highly recommendable, not entertaining mostly disturbing but very smartly written reading for me.Thanks to Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine for sharing this amazing ARC COPY in exchange my honest review and Tanen Jones for creating this remarkable story.
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  • Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
    January 1, 1970
    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 migh 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 Floreses...Elie 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 Sam...Paul 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 - and more questions 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 characters...and 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 thriller...becomes 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!!)
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Just when I thought psychological and domestic thrillers were dead, Tanen Jones emerges to take back the throne of one of my favorite genres. I legitimately could not put this book down, and I was sneaking in reading sessions around work and skipping out on post-work errands to get in more chapters. The Better Liar has Robyn Harding and Ruth Ware vibes, so if you enjoy reading novels by those two authors, you'll devour this debut. I loved the characters, I loved the mystery, and I loved how Jones Just when I thought psychological and domestic thrillers were dead, Tanen Jones emerges to take back the throne of one of my favorite genres. I legitimately could not put this book down, and I was sneaking in reading sessions around work and skipping out on post-work errands to get in more chapters. The Better Liar has Robyn Harding and Ruth Ware vibes, so if you enjoy reading novels by those two authors, you'll devour this debut. I loved the characters, I loved the mystery, and I loved how Jones kept me on my toes. I thought I was going to figure it out, but I was pleasantly surprised that the author caught me off guard. I'm still in shock that this novel is an actual debut. Like for real, the writing is spectacular! Not only is this novel entertaining, but it's FAST. Buckle up and enjoy—you'll devour it just like I did. Read the synopsis, but try not to think too much about it, because this book is best to go in unknowingly. I did, and this book knocked me off my feet! One of the easiest five stars that I've given this year. 2020 will be a massive year for Tanen Jones, and I can't wait to see what the future holds in store for her.
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  • Aga Durka
    January 1, 1970
    The Better Liar surprised me with its unpredictable plot and layered characters. Based on the synopsis, which I read before requesting this book from the publisher, I expected a psychological mystery read but I got a lot more than that. The author digs deep into family relationship issues and explores the subject of postpartum depression. What sounds like another psychological thriller book, turns out to be a thought-provoking story with a less than perfect main characters. This was a fast-paced, we The Better Liar surprised me with its unpredictable plot and layered characters. Based on the synopsis, which I read before requesting this book from the publisher, I expected a psychological mystery read but I got a lot more than that. The author digs deep into family relationship issues and explores the subject of postpartum depression. What sounds like another psychological thriller book, turns out to be a thought-provoking story with a less than perfect main characters. This was a fast-paced, well written, and full of secrets read with a surprising ending. Overall a great debut novel.Thank you NetGalley, Ballantine Book and the author for providing me with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Ludwig
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars"If I tell you how it happened, maybe you’ll remember me as well."The Better Liar is a quick, clever, mind-bending thriller about a young woman who must reunite with her sister in order to claim their joint inheritance, only when she arrives at her apartment, she finds her sister...dead.The book starts with this main perturbation, continues with slow-building suspense, which relies on providing the reader with intrigue and curiosity regarding two girls' ridiculously insane plan, all the way to the cucko/>The/>"If 4.5 stars"If I tell you how it happened, maybe you’ll remember me as well."The Better Liar is a quick, clever, mind-bending thriller about a young woman who must reunite with her sister in order to claim their joint inheritance, only when she arrives at her apartment, she finds her sister...dead.The book starts with this main perturbation, continues with slow-building suspense, which relies on providing the reader with intrigue and curiosity regarding two girls' ridiculously insane plan, all the way to the cuckoo ending. That's where the author ratchets up the suspense by using emotionally-charged aspects of the sisters' pasts and then turns it into twisty bombshells when you least expect them. I found that very exciting - the unpredictability. When I reached the middle, I thought I had everything figured out but boy was I wrong. You just have to sit back and let the story take you on this ride that's intriguing enough to keep you turning the pages before the book comes through with the crazy revelation and follow-up twists. The story ventures into a world that explores a complex side of sisterhood, and the meticulously explained topic of maternal drive - how is "maternal instinct" cultivated? All of this is narrated through the POV of the two sisters - two complex, fully-rounded characters, taking us to their awful, harrowing past. This was definitely a powerful debut thriller.
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  • Nenia ⚜️ Author of Filthy Trash and Unhinged Psychos ⚜️ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    So excited to be getting an ARC of this because if there's one kind of thriller that's nearly always a hit with me, it's a mystery about a fucked up lady dealing with fucked up secrets.
  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    Whew this was an intense read and kept me spellbound right up to the end.FRTC
  • Brianas_best_reads
    January 1, 1970
    ✨Review✨A huge thank you to Random House for sending me a free ARC of “The Better Liar” by Tanen Jones in exchange for an honest review. #partner 📚 This debut thriller releases on 1/14/20. You would never know that Jones is a debut author. This book is incredibly well written, suspenseful, and hard to put down. Once I opened it I did not want to stop reading! I was drawn in by the promise of heart stopping twists and this book does not disappoint. It is narrated by three different wo ✨Review✨A huge thank you to Random House for sending me a free ARC of “The Better Liar” by Tanen Jones in exchange for an honest review. #partner 📚 This debut thriller releases on 1/14/20. You would never know that Jones is a debut author. This book is incredibly well written, suspenseful, and hard to put down. Once I opened it I did not want to stop reading! I was drawn in by the promise of heart stopping twists and this book does not disappoint. It is narrated by three different women and each is a more unreliable narrator than the one before her. I spent the whole book not knowing who was telling the truth and who was lying. You will lose yourself in the constant web of lies and secrets and will have to try and unravel the “real” story for yourself. The final twist will really shock and amaze you! Another thing I loved about this book was the theme of family and sisterhood. At the heart of this story is a family that has experienced so much loss and heartbreak. Reading this story will really make you think about your own family and loved ones. Another theme we see is betrayal and this book has plenty of it. The question though is who is betraying who? I would recommend this book to all readers of psychological and domestic suspense books. You do not want to miss this one. 5/5 ⭐️
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  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars The Better Liar is a twisty psychological suspense about a woman named Leslie who, in order to meet the stipulation of her deceased father’s will before collecting a $50,000 inheritance, must find her estranged sister, Robin. Upon locating her, Leslie goes to Robin’s apartment to find that she has just died of a drug overdose. Desperate to collect her half of the inheritance, Leslie enlists the help of a young woman to impersonate her sister. What could possibly go wrong with this scen 3.5 stars The Better Liar is a twisty psychological suspense about a woman named Leslie who, in order to meet the stipulation of her deceased father’s will before collecting a $50,000 inheritance, must find her estranged sister, Robin. Upon locating her, Leslie goes to Robin’s apartment to find that she has just died of a drug overdose. Desperate to collect her half of the inheritance, Leslie enlists the help of a young woman to impersonate her sister. What could possibly go wrong with this scenario? I want to begin by saying what a remarkable talent Tanen Jones is. I was captivated by this story from page one. The haunting narrative fully grasped my attention and I needed to know what the web of deceit would lead to. Unfortunately, the ending was a big disappointment for me. I didn’t expect a mystery I could unravel. With such a compelling buildup, the fact that the most of the revelations didn’t remotely shock me was quite a letdown. Additionally, the final chapters deviated from the story’s natural flow, causing a choppy feel and some minor confusion. Lastly, I strongly disliked the very end. It was surprising. I will grant that. But it didn’t sit right with me at all. I will maintain that it is an exceptionally gripping story and I suspect there are readers who will fully enjoy the book from start to finish, without an ounce of disappointment. It is certainly well-written with intriguing characters and a unique plot. The Better Liar is a profound exploration of dysfunctional family dynamics and the bond between siblings. Thank you Ballantine Books for the advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Chelsey
    January 1, 1970
    Leslie’s sister Robin left home more than ten years ago and has been nothing but a nuisance from afar since. When Leslie’s ailing father finally passed, a condition of receiving his inheritance is bringing the sisters back together. But when Leslie tracks down Robin in Las Vegas and finds her a mere few hours too late (heroin OD), what can she do to ensure she still receives her piece of the pie? Panicked and stressed, Leslie flees her dead sisters apartment to collect her thoughts. That’s where Leslie’s sister Robin left home more than ten years ago and has been nothing but a nuisance from afar since. When Leslie’s ailing father finally passed, a condition of receiving his inheritance is bringing the sisters back together. But when Leslie tracks down Robin in Las Vegas and finds her a mere few hours too late (heroin OD), what can she do to ensure she still receives her piece of the pie? Panicked and stressed, Leslie flees her dead sisters apartment to collect her thoughts. That’s where she meets Mary - an extroverted, stunning, aspiring actress who with a little coaching a new hair color could maybe pass for the Robin that disappeared a decade ago. Can the women pull off the stunt? What other secrets are they hiding and what are their real motivations?This is one to go into as blind as possible! Stop reading!!! The breadcrumbs were there and whether I chose to ignore them so I could be ignorantly blissed or they totally fooled me, I’m content either way! Thoroughly enjoyed this one - the writing style, character development, narration, and build up. It was over the top but in all the best ways. Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Susan Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Two sisters must reunite after a ten year separation to receive their inheritance. The only problem is when one is found dead and the other sister must take drastic steps to collect her money. There are a lot of names to keep track of as people keep changing them at a drop of a hat but the story unfolds nicely with a quite surprising ending. It was nothing like I expected when I first started reading.
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  • Ian Davis
    January 1, 1970
    4.25/5Thank you to Netgalley, Ballantine, and Tanen Jones for the digital ARC of this book!I honestly don’t really know how to categorize this story. A psychological thriller? A twisted contemporary? A fantastic debut? I think all of those descriptions, and many others, suit this novel very well. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and highly recommend it. Taken Jones’ writing is layered and immersive, perfectly capturing a moody and mysterious atmosphere in these pages. Thi 4.25/5Thank you to Netgalley, Ballantine, and Tanen Jones for the digital ARC of this book!I honestly don’t really know how to categorize this story. A psychological thriller? A twisted contemporary? A fantastic debut? I think all of those descriptions, and many others, suit this novel very well. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and highly recommend it. Taken Jones’ writing is layered and immersive, perfectly capturing a moody and mysterious atmosphere in these pages. This story digs deeply into family relationships, and the shadows that parents cast over the lives of their children. Not to mention, the plot was extremely engaging and unpredictable. This book was a ride, and I loved it!
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  • Wendy Walker
    January 1, 1970
    Great set-up here - Two sisters. One lie. Or is it? When one of them turns up dead and the other has to find someone to "be" her in order to satisfy the provisions of their father's will, things get dicey! The Better Liar is a well-constructed debut that weaves a haunting past into a dangerous plan. Dual narrations and story lines, plus one hell of a twist. I couldn’t wait to finish but did not want it to end.
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  • Erika
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley and Random House for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.Leslie needs to find her estranged sister Robin and bring her back to their home town of Albuquerque in order for them both to get their inheritances after the death of their father. Leslie tracks down Robin at her apartment in Vegas but she is dead so Leslie asks Mary, a woman who looks just like Robin to play her for a week in order to get the inheritance money.I thought this w Thanks to Netgalley and Random House for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.Leslie needs to find her estranged sister Robin and bring her back to their home town of Albuquerque in order for them both to get their inheritances after the death of their father. Leslie tracks down Robin at her apartment in Vegas but she is dead so Leslie asks Mary, a woman who looks just like Robin to play her for a week in order to get the inheritance money.I thought this was a great book. Lots of twists and turns kept me interested throughout. I really had no idea what Leslie or Mary were up to or what their motivations were but I kept turning pages because I wanted to know. Great debut novel. I will look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
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  • Mandi
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advance copy of this book for an honest review. And honestly - this is undoubtedly the BEST book I've ever lucked into on NetGalley!!In Jones' author's note, she states, "The Better Liar is a nightmare, full of wild shadows and exaggerations... if I had a baby, I might not feel what I am supposed to feel, and I might be too afraid to tell anyone." PPD is so real and only recently are women feeling empowered enough to share their stories. My daughter had severe PPD and a I received an advance copy of this book for an honest review. And honestly - this is undoubtedly the BEST book I've ever lucked into on NetGalley!!In Jones' author's note, she states, "The Better Liar is a nightmare, full of wild shadows and exaggerations... if I had a baby, I might not feel what I am supposed to feel, and I might be too afraid to tell anyone." PPD is so real and only recently are women feeling empowered enough to share their stories. My daughter had severe PPD and attempted suicide twice before my granddaughter was one. It's been four years and she only recently has become more herself; she is terrified of another pregnancy.I loved this book for its voice - the story flowed so well. There were no missteps with dialogue or description. Robin and Leslie had a very interesting dynamic throughout the book, as they approached each other through the lens of what they needed.Looking forward to reading more from this very talented author!
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    3.5⭐The Better Liar is a solid suspense debut from Tanen Jones. If you're interested in stories with secrets, money, and lies, you have to pick this one up. I didn't guess all the reveals, but I guessed a lot of things. There was one thing that really gave something away, and I kind of wish it wouldn't have been in the book so there would have been more of a surprise. Overall, though, I had no clue what was going to happen in this book, and I enjoyed the mysteries. It ended up being 3.5⭐The Better Liar is a solid suspense debut from Tanen Jones. If you're interested in stories with secrets, money, and lies, you have to pick this one up. I didn't guess all the reveals, but I guessed a lot of things. There was one thing that really gave something away, and I kind of wish it wouldn't have been in the book so there would have been more of a surprise. Overall, though, I had no clue what was going to happen in this book, and I enjoyed the mysteries. It ended up being too over-the-top in the end, but this was such an entertaining read.
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  • Jill Burgin
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the best books I’ve read in years. This is an outstanding, brilliant, smart, funny, devious, clever and delicious novel. Yes, it’s a psychological thriller and is a five star read on that level - it’s also an extraordinary literary novel about family, motherhood and the love/hate bonds of sisterhood. Told through three different alternating POV’s of the three women involved in this twisty, fun and heartbreaking tale moving the story towards a fireworks display finale complete with This is one of the best books I’ve read in years. This is an outstanding, brilliant, smart, funny, devious, clever and delicious novel. Yes, it’s a psychological thriller and is a five star read on that level - it’s also an extraordinary literary novel about family, motherhood and the love/hate bonds of sisterhood. Told through three different alternating POV’s of the three women involved in this twisty, fun and heartbreaking tale moving the story towards a fireworks display finale complete with me saying ‘oohs and aahs’ out loud at all the devilishly clever reveals. Thank you Tanen Jones for a remarkable novel and I can’t wait to read you again. In the meantime, Leslie, Mary and Robin will stay in my head. Brava!
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  • Jessica (BlogEared Books)
    January 1, 1970
    WOW!!! I finished this book last night and I'm still letting it all absorb. First of all- I normally hate chapters that bounce back and forth between narrators- in this case there are three. I normally find it confusing and hard to follow. Not in this case- this book was seamless and so well written. I won't recap the plot, but I can confidently say that I will pre-order Tanen Jones next book. Amazing author. I had no idea what to believe and when the book was over, I was still in disbelief. Tha WOW!!! I finished this book last night and I'm still letting it all absorb. First of all- I normally hate chapters that bounce back and forth between narrators- in this case there are three. I normally find it confusing and hard to follow. Not in this case- this book was seamless and so well written. I won't recap the plot, but I can confidently say that I will pre-order Tanen Jones next book. Amazing author. I had no idea what to believe and when the book was over, I was still in disbelief. Thank you #netgalley and #tanenjones for keeping me up ALL night reading #thebetterliar. 5 stars
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  • Sharon C
    January 1, 1970
    This is a terrific novel, perfect for any lover of mystery/suspense. When I first started it, I almost set it aside DNF because it seemed like a familiar storyline, i.e. someone impersonating another for the purposes of collecting an inheritance. I am SO glad I kept reading because it was completely original and I was thoroughly surprised by the ending.The plot is simple enough. Leslie has inherited $50,000 from her father, but there's a caveat. The inheritance can only be collected This is a terrific novel, perfect for any lover of mystery/suspense. When I first started it, I almost set it aside DNF because it seemed like a familiar storyline, i.e. someone impersonating another for the purposes of collecting an inheritance. I am SO glad I kept reading because it was completely original and I was thoroughly surprised by the ending.The plot is simple enough. Leslie has inherited $50,000 from her father, but there's a caveat. The inheritance can only be collected if both Leslie and her sister show up at the attorney executor's office together, in person. Unfortunately, Leslie's sister Robin left home 10 years ago and hasn't been heard from in years. Leslie finally manages to track her down in Vegas, where she's been living under a false identity, but when she arrives at her apartment, she discovers Robin dead of an overdose. Leslie is truly desperate for the $50,000, so when she meets a pretty, young waitress/actress in Vegas, she enlists her help in a deception to allow her to claim the inheritance. This was the point at which I almost gave up, thinking I've read this story before, but don't do it! There are a lot of questions the reader comes to along the way . . . why did Robin run away? how did their mother die when they were teens? did the sisters love each other or hate each other? why is Leslie lying about so many strange things like claiming she's lost her job and is about to lose her home? But the biggest question is why is Leslie SO desperate for the money???The Better Liar is one of those rare treasures, a debut novel from a truly talented new author. The pace is brisk, and I couldn't put it down. The characters are also very well developed. Finally, I really appreciated the Author's Note at the end of the novel. I found it to be very compassionate and, not being a mother myself, very thought provoking. Five stars for me.Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Random House for providing me a digital ARC in exchange for an candid review.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    This was a wild ride! Secrets upon secrets upon secrets! I thought I had it all figured out, but I wasn't prepared for the ending!(Thanks, NetGalley and Ballantine, for the early copy!)
  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    "All you have to do is ask for my help?"No really it's true!! Just remember all that glitter's isn't gold!This one has it all from postpartum depression, to suicide, and the evil that lurks within.Why must it always be about money? Inheritances are so evil?Well here we have two sisters but sadly one died prior to collecting her fair share from her father.Now the past is murky and not quite as it seems so in this case you must stay on your toes as it gets twisty in a "All you have to do is ask for my help?"No really it's true!! Just remember all that glitter's isn't gold!This one has it all from postpartum depression, to suicide, and the evil that lurks within.Why must it always be about money? Inheritances are so evil?Well here we have two sisters but sadly one died prior to collecting her fair share from her father.Now the past is murky and not quite as it seems so in this case you must stay on your toes as it gets twisty in a good way.Could it be that jealousy is the root of all evil?Could money be a motive for murder?Could having a big payoff be more about hired hitmen or hitwomen (if there is such a thing) than inheritance?Well truth be told what if someone was asked to step in as say a impersonator...It makes the mind wonder now doesn't it?You know pressure especially when married makes us do crazy things that may go beyond our norm such as having a partner want to bear child but could that be the cause of becoming a run away?What if someone has it out so bad for you they want people to think you're crazy, suicidal, utterly depressed with life?My word just go and get this one...you won't forget it!Thank you to Tanen, the publisher, NetGalley, and Amazon Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.
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  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    When Leslie's father dies, she's about to inherit $50,000 from his will, a sum of money that will surely help save her house after she lost her job. The only catch is that she and her sister, Robin, must go to the lawyer to sign the estate paperwork together. The problem? Robin ran away from home ten years ago and Leslie hasn't seen her since. Leslie's problems worsen when she finds Robin dead in her Las Vegas apartment. However, a chance encounter leads Leslie to an aspiring actress named Mary, When Leslie's father dies, she's about to inherit $50,000 from his will, a sum of money that will surely help save her house after she lost her job. The only catch is that she and her sister, Robin, must go to the lawyer to sign the estate paperwork together. The problem? Robin ran away from home ten years ago and Leslie hasn't seen her since. Leslie's problems worsen when she finds Robin dead in her Las Vegas apartment. However, a chance encounter leads Leslie to an aspiring actress named Mary, who just so happens to bear a startling resemblance to Robin. Suddenly, Leslie comes up with a plan that will solve all of their problems: Mary can pretend to be Robin, accompany her back to Albuquerque to sign the paperwork, and they'll inherit $50,000 each, which Leslie can use to save her house and Mary can use to get started in L.A. Simple enough, right? As the story unfolds, readers learn more about Leslie, Robin, and Mary as they attempt to uncover which of them is lying.I really enjoyed this book! I thought Leslie, Robin, and Mary were well fleshed out. They were complex characters that I was eager to know more about as I read. The plot was also excellent. I thought the beginning was a little slow, but once I started to learn more about the different secrets involved in the characters' backstories, the tension started to amplify and I got much more caught up in the story! I really liked that the perspective shifted between Leslie, Robin, and Mary's points of view. It made the mystery of who, in fact, was "the better liar" more fun to piece together.I totally didn't see the twists at the end coming AT ALL. I had lots of theories about what was going to happen, but I was shocked by the last few chapters! Sometimes I feel like suspense books are too focused on having a surprising twist that they don't really have an ending that makes sense in the context of the rest of the book. But "The Better Liar" wasn't like that at all. This ending was great because it tied up all the loose ends and answered my questions from the beginning of the book (especially those concerning Mary's backstory) while also still managing to surprise me.
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  • Ashley Cooper
    January 1, 1970
    This book was definitely a page turning, shocking to the point of almost disbelief great read! The author had me expecting the next jaw dropper and left me guessing what was to come! I felt an immediate curiosity and intrigue consumed me throughout. The second that I began to feel a connection to one of the characters, I would get totally shocked and have to pause briefly to process the words I had just read!! this book was full of uncertainty and the suspense did not disappoint.
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  • Debi Hawkes
    January 1, 1970
    Such a twisted tale! Kept me recalculating as to what was going on until the very end. Nicely done.I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    Leslie and Robin are sisters. Robin left home at sixteen and has not been in contact with family since then. Leslie is married and has a year old son. She works full time and also cared for her father until his death. He left his daughters each fifty thousand dollars in his will, but the only way they can collect is to both appear together before his attorney. Leslie learns her sister is in Las Vegas and goes there to find her. When she does, the person she sees at the apartment is a drug addict Leslie and Robin are sisters. Robin left home at sixteen and has not been in contact with family since then. Leslie is married and has a year old son. She works full time and also cared for her father until his death. He left his daughters each fifty thousand dollars in his will, but the only way they can collect is to both appear together before his attorney. Leslie learns her sister is in Las Vegas and goes there to find her. When she does, the person she sees at the apartment is a drug addict who has just died, whom she identifies as her sister however the woman had been living there under another name and Leslie does not notify the authorities of her true identity. Shortly thereafter she meets Mary who is almost a duplicate of Robin and who has acting ambitions. She offers Mary the fifty thousand to impersonate Robin and help her get the money. Both women go to Albuquerque where the family lives. The major portion of the novel follows their lives during this time in Albuquerque. Each one is an accomplished liar and both are hiding so much of their past that each chapter releases another story. The plot is complexly written although it is rather straightforward. The characters, whom I found to be more than somewhat unlikable, were gripping and complex. One doesn’t know who’s on first until close to the climax and learning the truth makes them more tenable. Thanks to Net Galley and Ballantine Books for an ARC for an honest review.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley for the free read!!I really enjoyed this book. A quick read that keeps you guessing, be prepared for whiplash.Highly recommend, can't wait to see what Jones writes next.
  • Sally Nimmo
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book until the last few chapters when it fell apart for me. The ending left me totally confused. When I read the author's notes I kind of understood the point of it all, but it still had me scratching my head. It's a mystery and psychological thriller. If you like that genre, give it a look. I'm just not sure it worked for me. Thanks NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review.
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  • Kona Kauai
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC from NetGalley. It’s a thriller with many twists. Every time I thought I had it figured out, there was a surprise. Great book for a long flight!!!
  • Jen McCarthy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy of The Better Liar!I honestly don’t know what I just read... This was such a quick read because there were so many secrets (Who is Mary? Why does Leslie need this money so bad? What happened to Robin and Leslie’s mother? Is Dave, Leslie’s husband, having an affair?) that I just couldn’t wait for all to be revealed. And let me tell you, I was NOT prepared for this shocker!! I actually had to go back and reread the big reveal to make sure what I Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy of The Better Liar!I honestly don’t know what I just read... This was such a quick read because there were so many secrets (Who is Mary? Why does Leslie need this money so bad? What happened to Robin and Leslie’s mother? Is Dave, Leslie’s husband, having an affair?) that I just couldn’t wait for all to be revealed. And let me tell you, I was NOT prepared for this shocker!! I actually had to go back and reread the big reveal to make sure what I read was actually what I thought it was. I feel like I can’t even say anymore without giving something away, and this was just such a great book, you have to read it yourself and just wait... Books like this are what make me want to read and keep reading! The author wrapped everything up in this little package and when she was ready for you to open it, it was like SURPRISE!! And this was a debut novel?? Unbelievable! If I could give more than 5 stars, I probably would have!
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  • Bree Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Huge thank you to @randomhouse for my advanced copy of “The Better Liar” in exchange for an honest review 📖 This book releases on January 14th. 5 ⭐ I finished reading this book in a little under 24 hours. This book continuously makes you question what is and isn’t a lie. This story is split up into 3 POVs and is done so effortlessly. Within the varying narrators it’s hard to tell what is real. Not only does this delve into what length you would go to get what you want, it touches on family. Betw Huge thank you to @randomhouse for my advanced copy of “The Better Liar” in exchange for an honest review 📖 This book releases on January 14th. ⁣⁣5 ⭐️ I finished reading this book in a little under 24 hours. This book continuously makes you question what is and isn’t a lie. This story is split up into 3 POVs and is done so effortlessly. Within the varying narrators it’s hard to tell what is real. Not only does this delve into what length you would go to get what you want, it touches on family. Between betrayals, heartbreak, loss, etc. these characters have been through so much. It shows in their actions and overall journey. The twists in the finale delivered and overall this was a fantastic read. For a debut author this is an incredible first book and I can’t wait to read everything else that Tanen Jones has to deliver. This is a must read for this upcoming winter. ⁣⁣
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