Nora Roberts fans are in familiar territory with The Liar. It has all the elements I expect from a good Nora Roberts book, without the supernatural or fantasy elements I don’t much care for. It has been a while since I read a book from this bestselling author, and I loved it.
Hardly 3-4 pages into The Liar, I felt like I had come home. I love showcasing new authors on my blog, and also like that the Kindle platform offers us the opportunity of sampling so much new talent, but you just can’t beat experience. There is definitely a different between reading a new author and an established one who has written 50+ bestsellers. Call it an X factor, or just called it perfection achieved via practice.
Family is an important theme in many of Ms. Roberts’ novels, like in the Cheasapeake series or even in Montana Sky. And The Liar gives introduces us to a rambunctious loving family – the MacNees and Pomeroys of the Tennessee mountains. Shelby Pomeroy messed up when she eloped with a stranger. Said stranger is dead leaving her under a mountain of debt and a precious bundle called Callie. Callie is three, Shelby is barely 24, and she yearns to go back home to the Smokies. Her dad is a small town doctor, her brother is a cop, her grandmother is the local entrepreneur and so on.
Shelby arrives home to a big party, and her clan takes her in. there is a hot new carpenter in town called Griffin who falls in love with mother and daughter. But it seems Shelby has arrived with a load of trouble. A strange woman is found dead and strangers are spotted in town. Try as she might, it seems like Shelby cannot escape her past, which seems to reveal new gruesome details every day.
As far as characters go, Shelby is strong willed and proud. So she lost her way for a few years, but now she is determined to play it right. Shelby’s parents are benevolent and fiercely protective. Friend Emma Kate will lay down her life for Shelby. Griff is patient enough and I wish he was real! Callie is too cute, just too cute, and is sure to win readers’ hearts.
The Liar will make you smile, make you tear up, make you bite your nails, and give you total closure by the time you finish reading it. This is a keeper folks, and of course, a must read!