The Liar’s Room #Book Review #NetGalley

Written by Simon Lelic





Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a counsellor and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe.

But everything changes when Adam Geraghty walks into her office. She’s never met this young man before – so why does she feel like she knows him?

Then Adam starts to tell her about a girl. A girl he wants to hurt.

And Susanna realises she was wrong.
She doesn’t know him.




Taut, Tense & Mysterious!  3 stars


A very puzzling read .. but one I’m glad I stuck with.

Susanna Fenton is a counsellor and shares office space with a dentist. Apart from her co-worker, she has no friends and lives a rather self-contained life until the day she meets a new client and her past rushes to catch her up.

It’s quite obvious that Susanna has secrets .. secrets which she has buried well. When Adam, her latest client begins to probe into her life, it seems that he knows something the reader is unaware of. The atmosphere quickly changes from counsellor and client to being taut, tense and mysterious. Slowly, bit by bit, we learn why but it’s not until the final pages that clarity takes over. I found this to be a strange read to begin with. I was unsure of where it was heading and what it was all about, but I was glad I stayed with it until the very end. I wouldn’t rate is as highly as the author’s preceding novel, The House, but it was an interesting read all the same.

My thanks to publishers Penguin for approving my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: psychological thriller
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2378 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Publication Date: 27 June 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •  (Paperback)         Amazon US




Meet the Author


6a056d65-cfce-417c-90b0-6937e9e0fb63._CR0,0,300,300_PT0_SX300__.pngSimon Lelic is the author of The House (a Radio 2 Book Club choice and Observer Thriller of the Month), Rupture (winner of a Betty Trask Award and shortlisted for the John Creasy New Blood Dagger), The Facility and The Child Who (longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger and CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012).

The Liar’s Room is a psychological thriller inspired by a love of Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King.

Simon is married, with three young children, and lives in Brighton, England. Other than his family, reading is Simon’s biggest passion. He also holds a black belt in karate, in which he trains daily.

You can follow him on Twitter @Simon_Lelic.






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