The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard

Happy New Year, everyone! I read some fantastic books in 2018, and I have high hopes for 2019, especially with the blog tours I have on my calendar for January. My first read, and first review of 2019 was  of The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard. Here’s the blurb:

Will Hurley, Dublin’s notorious Canal Killer, is in prison, ten years into a life sentence.
His ex-girlfriend, Alison, has built a new life abroad, putting her shattered past behind
her.
Then the copycat killings start. Will holds the key to unlocking these crimes, but he’ll
only talk to Alison. Can the killer be stopped before there’s another senseless
murder? And after all these years, can Alison face the past – and the man – she’s
worked so hard to forget?

To give you some idea of how much I enjoyed this novel, I read it in two sittings. It would have been one, but I needed to get off the bus! The main protagonist, Alison, intrigued from the beginning. She is obviously carrying the baggage of her past with her, despite the fact that she is trying hard to move on. Will is also a great character; the reader never quite knows how reliable his narrative is, and the tension with each meeting of these two characters is perfectly palpable, adding to the reader’s investment in the truth.

Predominantly set in Dublin, the surroundings play a big part, and though the author fully admits to a little poetic license in the location details, she sets the scene well. The canal becomes a foreboding added character, something to be feared, along with the idea of seclusion.

Alison and Detective Malone make a formidable duo, and while I get the impression this is a standalone novel, I’d like to see these two characters in a sequel, working together to solve a crime.

This was a fantastic read to start off 2019 with, and I can highly recommend this book to any crime fiction fans.

The Liar's Girl Cover