The Good Liar

The Good Liar

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This is a life told back to front.

This is a man who has lied all his life.

Roy is a conman living in a small English town, about to pull off his final con. He is going to meet and woo a beautiful woman. He will swiftly move in with her and together they will live the seemingly calm life of a retired couple - evenings in front of the television, a little holiday in Berlin. Then he will slip away with her life savings.

But who is the man behind the con and what has he had to do to survive this life of lies?

And why is this beautiful woman so willing to be his next victim?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 255g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241973295
  • 9780241973295
  • 13,729

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An assured thriller debut in the footsteps of le Carré, Highsmith and Rendell...The Good Liar makes you want to experience Nicholas Searle's next trick Guardian
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A beautifully-written novel of suspense and intrigue dealing with sin, salvation, and survival * Huffington Post * A total cracker of a plot * Saga * I was still hoodwinked * Spectator * A cleverly constructed novel * Metro * An assured debut from an intriguing new writer * Mail on Sunday * A debut novel guaranteed to keep you guessing * Shortlist * You won't know who to trust in this compulsive, con-man thriller, where nothing is at seems * Heat * A wily tale of a much larger, more traumatic and multifaceted deception than initially anticipated... * The Independent * Searle's relish in telling his dark tale and his taste for bitter irony will be savoured by anybody missing their annual fix of Ruth Rendell * Sunday Express * I was engrossed by Nicholas Searle's story of Roy, a conman out for one last scam, and Betty, a wealthy widow, and the perfect mark. The plot unfolds to a payoff as inevitable as it is shocking. A superb thriller and a truly compelling read. * Ruth Ware, bestselling author of 'In a Dark, Dark Wood' * One of 2016's most intriguing debut novels * Independent * Twists and turns galore! * The Bookseller * As the tension mounts, the reader is kept guessing: is Roy going to be rumbled? Is Betty as guileless as she seems? The final denouement is a real cracker, and this reader at any rate was led through the nose to the very end. Added to the fiendishly clever plot, Searle's writing is both drily amusing and elegantly crafted. An absolute treat of a book. * Daily Mail * What a clever and menacing novel The Good Liar is. I was gripped and horrified in equal measure and the ending knocked me sideways! I can't wait for everyone to read the book so I can talk about it * Nina Stibbe, bestselling author of 'Love, Nina' and 'Man at the Helm' * A cracking read -- Graham Norton, BBC Radio 2 A confident easy page-turner * Grazia * A perfectly entertaining way to spend a few hours * Sunday Times * Searle shows a gift for complex plotting. The Good Liar is packed with secrets and surprises, bluffs and double-bluffs * Daily Telegraph * An incredibly dark, taut deserves to be a bestseller. Think of Ruth Rendell morphing into John le Carre * Daily Express * All the ingredients are in this book...You're in safe hands with Searle's elegant writing * The Times * The Good Liar is a taut, compulsive thriller with a dark, intriguing heart. A Mr Ripley for our time -- Jonathan Freedland A part-thriller, part-human condition novel that packs a tremendous punch * Financial Times * This is set to be one of the books of the year that will get everyone talking....If you go in with absolutely no preconceptions, you will have your socks knocked, nay, blown off * Stylist * An assured thriller debut in the footsteps of le Carre, Highsmith and Rendell...The Good Liar makes you want to experience Nicholas Searle's next trick * Guardian *
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About Nicholas Searle

Nicholas Searle is the author of three novels. His first novel, The Good Liar, was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for the best debut crime novel. Before becoming a writer, Nicholas worked in British intelligence for more than twenty-five years. He lives in Yorkshire.
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2,797 ratings
3.29 out of 5 stars
5 12% (331)
4 33% (923)
3 35% (967)
2 14% (400)
1 6% (176)
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