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Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Liar's Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard

Imagine that your college boyfriend, Will, turned out to be a serial killer and has been locked away in the Central Psychiatric Hospital for the past 10 years. He, at age 19, confessed to the murders of four young women -- and was dubbed "the Canal Killer".  Alison Smith barely survived the emotional trauma and hasn't returned to Dublin since she fled both Will and St. John's.

Flash forward 10 years -- another college girl has been killed in the same manner.  Alison is asked to return to Dublin to meet with Will -- who may be innocent after all. Along with the Garda detectives Malone and Shaw, Alison visits the CPH and all of the feelings she thought she had long buried come again to the light. Can Alison make up for the past and help free Will now even though she feels responsibile for helping put him where he is?

Well written but predictable drama with a time shifting first person narrative as Alison goes back and forth between "then" and "now".  There is another voice that appears in the story line every so often. Alison isn't the most sympathetic character nor did I identify with her nor understand most of her reactions and actions. The Garda detectives and other characters are fairly one dimensional with the main focus on Alison and only vaguely on Will. This wasn't action packed but more of a plodding expose with the revelations coming slowly as Alison is supposedly drawn into the investigation. Will she be able to prove that Will is not the Canal Killer? And has he now, finally, told her EVERYTHING?

This is the second book by this author that I've read and I'll look out for another by her. Thank you to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing Company for the e-book ARC to read and review.

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