‘The Liar’s Room’ by Simon Lelic

The Liar's Room: The addictive new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of THE HOUSE by [Lelic, Simon]



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.


My Review

Although I have a couple of Simon’s books on my ever increasing ‘TBR’ (to be read) mountain, I haven’t actually read one of them.  Sorry Simon.  Fret no longer though because I have now read one!!  Hurrah.  I read the synopsis of ‘The Liar’s Room’ and I was immediately intrigued.  I just knew that I had to read this book as soon as I could.  I was not to be disappointed as I absolutely loved it but more about that in a bit.

I can’t say that I took to Susanna much.  From the start it’s obvious that she is keeping things hidden and as regards other matters, she isn’t exactly telling the whole truth.  She is also being rather deceptive because she has changed her name and is living a totally new life.  I was left wondering, why would a woman do that?  Susanna is a counsellor who helps people through some of the most difficult times that they will go through.  Susanna appears to be a good listener and on the surface she doesn’t seem to be judgemental nor is she easily shocked.  She is a mother of two but to start with she is a bit vague about her son.  We know that she loved him but as the story goes on, we learn bit by bit that she sadly lost her son and what really happened to him.  She meets Adam through her work.  The only problem is that Adam is also being deceptive.  He tells her one reason for attending a session with her but as the story continues we learn a little about him and his true motives and intentions.

‘The Liar’s Room’ is one of those books that grabbed me by the throat and kept my attention all the way through.  For me, the book hit the ground running and maintained the pace throughout.  I just loved the mind games that were going on between Susanna and Adam.  It was like watching a game of tennis and the ball being hit back and forth.  The author’s writing style is such that you can’t fail to be drawn in to the story and before you know it you are addicted to reading it.  That’s exactly what happened to me.  I was curious to discover the true story of what had happened and to whom.  The more I got into the story, the more I read and the quicker the pages turned.  Before I realised what was happening I had finished the book which I was genuinely disappointed about.  I was enjoying everything about the book and I just wanted the book to continue.

‘The Liar’s Room’ is very well written.  The main bulk of the book follows what happens between Adam and Susanna during his appointment which rather overruns somewhat.  There are also chapters which seem to be flashbacks to events that happened in the past and there are also diary entries written by Susanna’s daughter Emily, which describe how she met Adam and what happened later on.  This way of telling the story really works.  All the different strands pull together and the story flows seamlessly.

Reading ‘The Liar’s Room’ is very much like riding on a slightly scary and very unpredictable rollercoaster ride, which is guaranteed to make you tense up and send your stress levels through the roof.  There were moments where I wanted to cover my eyes because I feared what was going to happen next.  I gave my head a shake and realised that of course I had to read on if I had any chance of finding out how the story ended.  I did guess some aspects of the story but I was barking up the wrong tree as regards other parts of the story.

It would be fair to say that I absolutely loved reading ‘The Liar’s Room’ and I wholeheartedly recommend this book to other readers.  I can’t wait to see what Simon comes up with next.  Here’s hoping that I don’t have too long to wait.  In the meantime I will definitely be digging out his other books and make reading them one of my reading priorities.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board has to be 5* out of 5*.

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