Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions …
The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn’t just dead. He never really existed.
Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows—and threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning …
What I liked: I only read Nora Roberts' once a year romantic suspense and look forward to it immensely. Her other romance novels are not on my list, not because they aren't great works but because it's my personal choice. They just don't keep and hold my interest. Sorry but the the truth.
The Liar is an exceptional book for a couple of reasons. The characters and setting seem exactly like real life to me. I grew up with a strong sense of family and my roots are in the South. Kentucky and Tennessee to be exact. My fondest memories and now my daily life are small town memories. The Liar, while fiction, is to me a blueprint to small town work ethic, family oriented and everyone knows everyone and unfortunately in some cases, everyone knows and talks about your "business".
Not only is Shelby dealing with the death of her husband, she's dealing with all his secrets and a huge amount of debt. Most individuals would walk away from the debt and just get on with their lives, that's not Shelby nor the way she was raised. The good part, she has a very supportive family and they are in her corner no matter what.
Not only is she dealing with the mess her husband left her but there are a few sore spots with characters in her home town. There's always one or two "holier than thou" characters in most small towns I've lived in and Ms Roberts portrays them to a "T".
Griff is Shelby's love interest in The Liar. He also comes from a hardworking background but he's a Northerner in a small Southern town. The way the town embraces him and his partner is heartwarming and truthfully depicted. (Just a note: I've lived in small towns and this isn't always the case as you could be considered an outsider even though you've lived there for 20 or more years). But most Southern people are friendly and helpful, unless you mess with their family or close friends. Griff isn't the stereotypical hero. He's patient, hardworking and steady with a good dose of humor. He's not a super alpha but he's got his eyes on Shelby and is more than willing to take her and her young daughter on. Some of the best scenes in The Liar are between Griff and Shelby's daughter, Callie.
Now, the best part, to me, are all the secondary characters and there are many of them. Shelby's whole family, grandparents, Mom and Dad, brothers, and too many cousins to count remind me so much of my Mom's family. They're protective, hard working, loving and strongly support each other but they do have their disagreements. It makes it that much more interesting in the family dynamic department.
The plot is okay and nothing I didn't figure out but it just adds to the overall family first connection. There were a few surprises along the way but I think most readers will see where the plot is going, it's just a matter of how Ms Roberts gets us there.
What I didn't like: While this isn't my favorite Nora Roberts book, I can't find anything that jumps out at me not to like. It was just a good, entertaining read to me and to which I could personally relate.
If you love creative characters, stunning location descriptions and family connections, you will love The Liar.