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Lled and attractive Susannah expects that her life is perfectly in place again Then one uiet morning she finds a note on her door I KNOW WHO YOU ARE Max dismisses the note as a prank But days after a neighborhood couple comes to dinner the husband mysteriously dies in a tragic accident while on a run with Max Soon thereafter a second note appears on their door DID Y Men fear death she told herself while women fear something far worse losing their minds And fear when you got right down to it was the most natural thing in the world This story would have worked out much better for me if it had no sex at all and just exciting aspects to it Since it's such a short book half of the pages consisted of the sex Susannah and Max had Aside from that there were of course the secrets they kept from each other and the daily lives they lived It’s amazing how powerful the imagination especially when you are pretending to be something you are not becomes an escape from the trivia of life Susannah thinks she has it all now After being widowed in her 20s she's settled into a new life with her son and her new husband Max a famous and uite rich painter who has given her the opportunity to start over While she begins adjusting to the latest weather less traffic and peaceful life that Vermont offers Max is busy making speeches and talking about what art is while also teaching at a university The two think their life is settled and set to remain well until Susannah finds a folded letter taped on the door with big and blocky letters saying I know who you are Panicking she lets Max know about this but he takes it as a joke and a prank dismissing it like it's nothing But then a second note and later a third note arrive A couple they newly became friends also comes to dinner one night only for the husband to tragically die the next day Unknown what to think and do Max and Susannah both know that they both have secrets from each other Although married and able to trust each other there are things one cannot tell the other because of how deeply affecting it can be for the relationship managing to destroy the relationship and everything they have been able to build together and individuallyTold through third perspective while shifting narratives between Susannah and Max The Perfect Liar succeeds in captivating the reader into the thrilling world but fails in addressing the actual thrilling parts I really believe sometimes we are born into the wrong identity and have to start over ourselves when we are old enough to do it I had never heard of Thomas Christopher Greene before hearing about this book I had seen it at Barnes Noble when I was buying books currently I'm on a book buying ban but we're not going to talk about that Initially I was impressed with what this book offered I was actually thrilled to read this when I read its synopsis I was going to either try and read it in one sitting at BN while waiting for my mom to finish her 2 hour shopping spree but I also wanted to buy it take it home and start reading it from beginning to end Noticing it was small and short I thought of reading it in one sitting Then I kept seeing positive reviews for this by my friends here and I had finally thought I found a book I would enjoy Luckily my library finally had it when I went In the end I’m so glad I didn’t spend my money on this book The Perfect Liar did not succeed in making me thrilled and feeling a sense of suspense and shock I was bored throughout the whole thing wishing it to end and wondering if I should skim or not Admittedly I uickly read this and didn't notice how fast I was reading I began reading one page after another not seeing that I was turning page by page uicker than usual That feeling was great but the sense of having to read a book I was feeling frustrated and annoyed about destroyed that good feeling I noticed the author not only writers thrillers but also romance which makes sense as to why there were sex scenes and built up tension scenes contained here Honestly I knew nothing about it In my opinion they were not necessary They dragged the plot instead of bringing it up and having to read about how much Max wanted to feel Susannah inside of him after becoming hard for standing behind her was discomforting and unwanted I honestly meant to skip those vulgar scenes but I kept reading them as I laughed because well scenes like those have me cracking up because of how hilariously discomforting they areSusannah has got to be one of the dullest characters I have ever come across reading I can truly understand why she and Max were actually perfect for each other as both seem to share very similar tastes and preferences when it came to the bed She not only became a private partner of her therapist for six years but she couldn't stop mentioning how handsome and sexy Max was how jealous it made her feel because it grabbed every other woman's attention and how she wished she could be the only one to have him There were no admirable attributes and no good personality traits about her The only thing I found fondly of her was how she coped with her anxiety which was by running and doing any or some form of exercise Running helped her keep herself calm and be able to set her mind steady but even then during her running sessions there were times where she would settle on other thoughts and not be able to dismiss herShe was a hard drinker uite the smoker too and all I could think about when she would always tell us where her pack of cigarettes were and that she needed a smoke to be let out was that it's bad She clearly knew this but I guess her lungs were very healthy as we know that she's got uite the figure the energy and the ability to remain stable and young There was nothing to like about Susannah It felt like the author tried adding too much to her character by having the readers uestion which character had secrets hidden she or Max but it got to the point where the answers were given because of the suspense that was never actually there It may not make sense but there was no thrill to this and that gave the complex twists awayOn the other hand Max had his secrets stored hidden and not shared Knowing his past but having it hidden didn't add anything better and Greene announcing who the mystery was who the note writer was felt too unrealistic It can be uite a shocker admittedly but it felt unnecessary as well It was as if the author just ran out of ideas so he decided to make this the big twist and reveal of the story The thing is there were revels to be made where it got to the point where the overall plot dragged and made zero sense The plot took a different turn and it felt like I wasn't reading The Perfect Liar any but instead it was a book where Susannah and Max have some fights one of them realizes they were wrong and then made up for it by kissing and then moving on to fuckingMax was also bland but less than Susannah He had to offer in his premise and view than her and he actually displayed himself like that at least to the readers He was dumbfounded honestly direct and an idiot There was nothing I could feel for him but disgust In the beginning actually When first met with Susannah Max tended to be very direct They did not know each other at all and seeing how Max treated her in the beginning was disgusting It's not like he abused her or harassed her but at the same time it felt like she felt harassed in a way Not only that but it felt like I was also living in a cringefest while having to read through those pages Moving on they took every step forward way too uickly The pair should have made wiser decisions as to how they were going to move on with their relationship but of course not everything goes as we wish it didAnother thing that irked me about Max was how upset he got when he noticed Susannah had a card with the detective's name implying they had met which was true The guy blasted as if this was such a big crime as if having the number of the detective was wrong Of course he would freak out though since he knew that she was still suspicious of him and his past I mean thanks to that Max showed his other true colors and Susannah was finally not too blind to see she was with someone who had the capability of hurting her even though he’s the man she had built a new life with and thought was the one Of course though not all couples end the perfect way they started Everything was perfect and full of perfect people except for the two of them who looked the part but were sliding backward into their true deep imperfections where they belonged They were at a loss for words I believe the author ran out of ideas for this In all honesty this should have been a longer novel and it could've exceeded in better expectations progressing better and not dragging as much as it did But then Thomas managed to captivate me into this I mean the fact that I was so frustrated annoyed and bored yet continued to read and finish this in the same day as started says something Even if the book is small it can take me days to read being a type of book where 20 or so pages are the amount I read every dayAnother reason why I believe this could have been better if it was longer was that the author spent many chapters adding too much background information about both Susannah and Max which let us know how they got to their current position and why Of course with their secrets there was to be said and revealed but it felt like it was too much that in the end it was as if the author felt like he needed to find a way to finish the book Thomas Christopher Greene isn't a bad writer but his writing was not for me Since the start I could feel like I wouldn't dig yes I wouldn't dig it his writing style and format His sentences felt too long They were surely grammatically correct but they could have used some improvement in making them shorter Not only that sometimes it felt like the word and was overused in every sentence His writing is easy to follow simple and well mannered There is foul language as well used by all Max Susannah and her fifteen year old son Freddy which gave some humorIt is with unapologetic and insincere despair that I have to say that this was indeed one of the worst thrillers I've ever read Sincerely I'd love to get into the genre and appreciate it It seems like I've never been the type of reader to settle on one subject only and read books regarding that particular one but I'd like for that to change over time As I keep reading I've meant to read much hyped and popular thrillers to see for myself what all the hype is about as well as understand the subject matter You could imagine things into being You don’t only reflect reality through art you also get to create it which is what he told his students over and over Max’s was living proof of that Loaned got right down to it was the most natural thing in the world This story would have worked out much better for me if it had no sex at all and just exciting aspects to it Since it's such a short book half of the pages consisted of the sex Susannah and Max had Aside from that there were of course the secrets they kept from each other and the daily lives they lived It’s amazing how powerful the imagination especially when you are pretending to be something you are not becomes an escape from the trivia of life Susannah thinks she has it all now After being widowed in her 20s she's settled into a new life with her son and her new husband Max a famous and uite rich painter who has Gertrude McFuzz and The Big Brag given her the opportunity to start over While she begins adjusting to the latest weather less traffic and peaceful life that Vermont offers Max is busy making speeches and talking about what art is while also teaching at a university The two think their life is settled and set to remain well until Susannah finds a folded letter taped on the door with big and blocky letters saying I know who you are Panicking she lets Max know about this but he takes it as a joke and a prank dismissing it like it's nothing But then a second note and later a third note arrive A couple they newly became friends also comes to dinner one night only for the husband to tragically die the next day Unknown what to think and do Max and Susannah both know that they both have secrets from each other Although married and able to trust each other there are things one cannot tell the other because of how deeply affecting it can be for the relationship managing to destroy the relationship and everything they have been able to build together and individuallyTold through third perspective while shifting narratives between Susannah and Max The Perfect Liar succeeds in captivating the reader into the thrilling world but fails in addressing the actual thrilling parts I really believe sometimes we are born into the wrong identity and have to start over ourselves when we are old enough to do it I had never heard of Thomas Christopher Greene before hearing about this book I had seen it at Barnes Noble when I was buying books currently I'm on a book buying ban but we're not Heal Your Life Now going to talk about that Initially I was impressed with what this book offered I was actually thrilled to read this when I read its synopsis I was Bondage For Sex going to either try and read it in one sitting at BN while waiting for my mom to finish her 2 hour shopping spree but I also wanted to buy it take it home and start reading it from beginning to end Noticing it was small and short I thought of reading it in one sitting Then I kept seeing positive reviews for this by my friends here and I had finally thought I found a book I would enjoy Luckily my library finally had it when I went In the end I’m so The Monster in the Backpack glad I didn’t spend my money on this book The Perfect Liar did not succeed in making me thrilled and feeling a sense of suspense and shock I was bored throughout the whole thing wishing it to end and wondering if I should skim or not Admittedly I uickly read this and didn't notice how fast I was reading I began reading one page after another not seeing that I was turning page by page uicker than usual That feeling was The Cruisers (Book great but the sense of having to read a book I was feeling frustrated and annoyed about destroyed that You Owe Me a Murder good feeling I noticed the author not only writers thrillers but also romance which makes sense as to why there were sex scenes and built up tension scenes contained here Honestly I knew nothing about it In my opinion they were not necessary They dragged the plot instead of bringing it up and having to read about how much Max wanted to feel Susannah inside of him after becoming hard for standing behind her was discomforting and unwanted I honestly meant to skip those vulgar scenes but I kept reading them as I laughed because well scenes like those have me cracking up because of how hilariously discomforting they areSusannah has Visible Panty Line got to be one of the dullest characters I have ever come across reading I can truly understand why she and Max were actually perfect for each other as both seem to share very similar tastes and preferences when it came to the bed She not only became a private partner of her therapist for six years but she couldn't stop mentioning how handsome and sexy Max was how jealous it made her feel because it Beyond Belief grabbed every other woman's attention and how she wished she could be the only one to have him There were no admirable attributes and no Frenzy good personality traits about her The only thing I found fondly of her was how she coped with her anxiety which was by running and doing any or some form of exercise Running helped her keep herself calm and be able to set her mind steady but even then during her running sessions there were times where she would settle on other thoughts and not be able to dismiss herShe was a hard drinker uite the smoker too and all I could think about when she would always tell us where her pack of cigarettes were and that she needed a smoke to be let out was that it's bad She clearly knew this but I La Jalousie guess her lungs were very healthy as we know that she's Live and Let Love got uite the figure the energy and the ability to remain stable and young There was nothing to like about Susannah It felt like the author tried adding too much to her character by having the readers uestion which character had secrets hidden she or Max but it The Grip of It got to the point where the answers were The Green Ghost and Other Stories given because of the suspense that was never actually there It may not make sense but there was no thrill to this and that Iceman Inheritance : Prehistoric Sources of Western Man's Racism, Sexism and Aggression gave the complex twists awayOn the other hand Max had his secrets stored hidden and not shared Knowing his past but having it hidden didn't add anything better and Greene announcing who the mystery was who the note writer was felt too unrealistic It can be uite a shocker admittedly but it felt unnecessary as well It was as if the author just ran out of ideas so he decided to make this the big twist and reveal of the story The thing is there were revels to be made where it Bride of Valverde got to the point where the overall plot dragged and made zero sense The plot took a different turn and it felt like I wasn't reading The Perfect Liar any but instead it was a book where Susannah and Max have some fights one of them realizes they were wrong and then made up for it by kissing and then moving on to fuckingMax was also bland but less than Susannah He had to offer in his premise and view than her and he actually displayed himself like that at least to the readers He was dumbfounded honestly direct and an idiot There was nothing I could feel for him but disgust In the beginning actually When first met with Susannah Max tended to be very direct They did not know each other at all and seeing how Max treated her in the beginning was disgusting It's not like he abused her or harassed her but at the same time it felt like she felt harassed in a way Not only that but it felt like I was also living in a cringefest while having to read through those pages Moving on they took every step forward way too uickly The pair should have made wiser decisions as to how they were Serving in Time going to move on with their relationship but of course not everything Mouse Under Glass goes as we wish it didAnother thing that irked me about Max was how upset he Calamity got when he noticed Susannah had a card with the detective's name implying they had met which was true The This I Know guy blasted as if this was such a big crime as if having the number of the detective was wrong Of course he would freak out though since he knew that she was still suspicious of him and his past I mean thanks to that Max showed his other true colors and Susannah was finally not too blind to see she was with someone who had the capability of hurting her even though he’s the man she had built a new life with and thought was the one Of course though not all couples end the perfect way they started Everything was perfect and full of perfect people except for the two of them who looked the part but were sliding backward into their true deep imperfections where they belonged They were at a loss for words I believe the author ran out of ideas for this In all honesty this should have been a longer novel and it could've exceeded in better expectations progressing better and not dragging as much as it did But then Thomas managed to captivate me into this I mean the fact that I was so frustrated annoyed and bored yet continued to read and finish this in the same day as started says something Even if the book is small it can take me days to read being a type of book where 20 or so pages are the amount I read every dayAnother reason why I believe this could have been better if it was longer was that the author spent many chapters adding too much background information about both Susannah and Max which let us know how they Vice got to their current position and why Of course with their secrets there was to be said and revealed but it felt like it was too much that in the end it was as if the author felt like he needed to find a way to finish the book Thomas Christopher Greene isn't a bad writer but his writing was not for me Since the start I could feel like I wouldn't dig yes I wouldn't dig it his writing style and format His sentences felt too long They were surely Brack grammatically correct but they could have used some improvement in making them shorter Not only that sometimes it felt like the word and was overused in every sentence His writing is easy to follow simple and well mannered There is foul language as well used by all Max Susannah and her fifteen year old son Freddy which Devil Daves Bloody Mary Recipe Book gave some humorIt is with unapologetic and insincere despair that I have to say that this was indeed one of the worst thrillers I've ever read Sincerely I'd love to Lessons Learned get into the Strange Roads genre and appreciate it It seems like I've never been the type of reader to settle on one subject only and read books regarding that particular one but I'd like for that to change over time As I keep reading I've meant to read much hyped and popular thrillers to see for myself what all the hype is about as well as understand the subject matter You could imagine things into being You don’t only reflect reality through art you also The 42 Day JumpStart to Permanent Weight Loss get to create it which is what he told his students over and over Max’s was living proof of that

SUMMARY ✓ WIKIWEBDIR.CO.UK ☆ Thomas Christopher Greene

The Perfect Liar

A seemingly perfect marriage is threatened by the deadly secrets husband and wife keep from each other for fans of BA Paris and Paula HawkinsSusannah a young widow and single mother has remarried well to Max a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her fifteen year old son out of New York City and to a uiet Vermont university town Strong wi I know who you are Those five simple words—forming a single ominous line in a note taped to a front door—set the tone Thomas Christopher Greene draws readers in with a compulsively readable and magnificently manipulative storyline that teeters on the rudimentary line drawn between literary and contemporary fiction This being the third of his books I’ve read and what I would consider the darkest and most suspense heavy yetMax and Susannah—along with her fifteen year old son—have relocated to a small town in Vermont Making a name for himself in the art world has afforded Max opportunities the biggest being a professorship and the use of a gorgeous home for his family Flying high in their new glossy life thrown off course when they're hit with the turbulence the note's insinuation creates Anxiety rampant and desperation to keep things under wraps leads to some morally uestionable moves Just as Max relaxes thinking he handled the situation another note pops up followed by a third The short chapters twist riddled plot and engaging flow of the author’s words set a frantic pace Although not every twist is what I would call unpredictable In fact readers are made privy to some of the foreseeable decisions—unpredictably replaced by gall Part of the fun comes from the shock value Max’s despicable actions lend to the story and the ease in which he manages to justifies them Readers are led to contemplate who of the two—Max or Susannah—is the perfect liar? Is it the dutiful wife who despite her misgivings stands by her husband’s side? Or is it the husband willing to go to any length to keep his secrets from reaching the light of day? Chances are—whichever side you land on—you have no idea what’s in store or who in fact will prove to be the best liar Until the end that is The most fitting descriptor for the conclusion adjective ten letters 4 syllables—un·ex·pect·ed Thank you to St Martin’s Press for providing a review copy in exchange for my honest thoughts

SUMMARY The Perfect Liar

OU GET AWAY WITH IT?Both Susannah and Max are keeping secrets from the world and from each other secrets that could destroy their family and everything they have built The Perfect Liar is a thrilling novel told through the alternating perspectives of Susannah and Max with a shocking climax that no one will expect from the bestselling author of The Headmaster’s Wi 35 starsA perfect marriage between two imperfect people both are artists and both have secretsSusannah a young mother and widower met Max W an artist and popular speaker at a party They soon married and eventually they moved to Vermont when Max gets a job there Max Susannah and Freddy like it in Vermont Life is easy there They are comfortable and happy until one day a note appears on their door A note which reads I KNOW WHO YOU ARE An honest person might think I know who I am too I'm Max or I'm Susannah but each of them has a secret Both are nervous but Max is extremely nervous He begins to wonder just who knows his secret who out there is taunting him who wants to ruin his reputation his marriage his life? Soon another note arrives Suspicion grows Tension mounts as the reader is left to wonder how Max and Susannah will react whenif hisher secrets are revealedI found this to be a fast easy read It came with a few twists and turns which made for an interesting read which didn't reuire much thought This was pure escapism reading for me I found the couple’s secrets to be interesting than the identity of the note sender Overall I found this to be uite enjoyable and it was fun to try and figure out just who was the perfect liar? Who was the note sender? Will their secrets ever be exposed? Who had the bigger secret?Thank you to St Marin's Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The thoughts and opinions are my own


10 thoughts on “The Perfect Liar

  1. says:

    I know who you are Those five simple words—forming a single ominous line in a note taped to a front door—set the tone Thomas Christopher Greene draws readers in with a compulsively readable and magnificently manipulative storyline that teeters on the rudimentary line drawn between literary and contemporary fiction This being the third of his books I’ve read and what I would consider the darkest and most suspense heavy yetMax and Susannah—along with her fifteen year old son—have relocated to a small town in Vermont Making a name for himself in the art world has afforded Max opportunities the biggest being a professorship and the use of a gorgeous home for his family Flying high in their new glossy life thrown off course when they're hit with the turbulence the note's insinuation creates Anxiety rampant and desperation to keep things under wraps leads to some morally uestionable moves Just as Max relaxes thinking he handled the situation another note pops up followed by a third The short chapters twist riddled plot and engaging flow of the author’s words set a frantic pace Although not every twist is what I would call unpredictable In fact readers are made privy to some of the foreseeable decisions—unpredictably replaced by gall Part of the fun comes from the shock value Max’s despicable actions lend to the story and the ease in which he manages to justifies them Readers are led to contemplate who of the two—Max or Susannah—is the perfect liar? Is it the dutiful wife who despite her misgivings stands by her husband’s side? Or is it the husband willing to go to any length to keep his secrets from reaching the light of day? Chances are—whichever side you land on—you have no idea what’s in store or who in fact will prove to be the best liar Until the end that is The most fitting descriptor for the conclusion adjective ten letters 4 syllables—un·ex·pect·ed Thank you to St Martin’s Press for providing a review copy in exchange for my honest thoughts


  2. says:

    35 starsEntertaining psychological thriller constructed around a skillful game of cat and mouse between husband and wife Max and Susannah have a seemingly perfect marriage but their marriage is built on a web of lies Max a rising star in the art world has a secret past that he has worked hard to bury However the famous he becomes the greater the chance of exposure Max is willing to uash any threat no matter what it takes Susannah Max’s loyal wife has secrets of her own When someone leaves an anonymous note on their front door threatening to expose their lies their world starts to crumble As their layers of deceit begin to slowly unravel their marriage begins to disintegrate leading to the ultimate betrayalAs many other reviewers have noted this is an addictive read However my enthusiasm waned after the reveal of the first big twist It felt like there was a shift in the tone as the suspense died down Perhaps it was because the characters seemed a little too comfortable which lessened the tautness of their narratives? While I had a lot of fun reading this there were too many loose threads and I was a little let down by the ending I found the outcome predictable and given the devious nature of the characters I was hoping that the author would take Max and Susannah’s deception to another level The narrative alternates between Max and Susannah’s chapters often recounting past events I loved the playful snarky tone of Max’s chapters but I didn’t find Susannah’s voice to be as compelling I was greatly confused by the chapter between Max and Max W I don’t know why this one couldn’t have occurred between Phil and Max W as I often had to reread to determine which Max was which I had a theory that would have made this ok but I was wrong so this chapter just left me confused My biggest gripe is that If all it took was doing a minimal google search to uncover a HUGE secret then why hadn’t people caught on? On the upside both characters are intriguing the plot kept me interested and Thomas Christopher Greene has a knack for drawing in the reader I will definitely be reading by this author Overall I had a lot of fun going back and forth trying to determine just who was the “perfect liar?” I received and ARC of this book from NetGalley and St Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review


  3. says:

    All consuming and wonderfully crafted story I was hooked from the beginning and it just became intense as the the author laid out all the clues that would lead to the haunting conclusionThe I read the invested I was in the characters and it just became unputdownable at some point The kind of addictive writing that causes you to stay up past your bedtime There are anonymous notes like ticking time bombs left on the door of the happily married couple Susannah and Max One sentence notes that sent chills down their spines and even gave me a sense of fear So many uestions Who is sending them? This will cause someone to make some calculated and shocking decisions  He actually did it I was shocked than onceThis one has some intense and unexpected moments Don't miss it if you enjoy unpredicatble thrillers


  4. says:

    Men fear death she told herself while women fear something far worse losing their minds And fear when you got right down to it was the most natural thing in the world This story would have worked out much better for me if it had no sex at all and just exciting aspects to it Since it's such a short book half of the pages consisted of the sex Susannah and Max had Aside from that there were of course the secrets they kept from each other and the daily lives they lived It’s amazing how powerful the imagination especially when you are pretending to be something you are not becomes an escape from the trivia of life Susannah thinks she has it all now After being widowed in her 20s she's settled into a new life with her son and her new husband Max a famous and uite rich painter who has given her the opportunity to start over While she begins adjusting to the latest weather less traffic and peaceful life that Vermont offers Max is busy making speeches and talking about what art is while also teaching at a university The two think their life is settled and set to remain well until Susannah finds a folded letter taped on the door with big and blocky letters saying I know who you are Panicking she lets Max know about this but he takes it as a joke and a prank dismissing it like it's nothing But then a second note and later a third note arrive A couple they newly became friends also comes to dinner one night only for the husband to tragically die the next day Unknown what to think and do Max and Susannah both know that they both have secrets from each other Although married and able to trust each other there are things one cannot tell the other because of how deeply affecting it can be for the relationship managing to destroy the relationship and everything they have been able to build together and individuallyTold through third perspective while shifting narratives between Susannah and Max The Perfect Liar succeeds in captivating the reader into the thrilling world but fails in addressing the actual thrilling parts I really believe sometimes we are born into the wrong identity and have to start over ourselves when we are old enough to do it I had never heard of Thomas Christopher Greene before hearing about this book I had seen it at Barnes Noble when I was buying books currently I'm on a book buying ban but we're not going to talk about that Initially I was impressed with what this book offered I was actually thrilled to read this when I read its synopsis I was going to either try and read it in one sitting at BN while waiting for my mom to finish her 2 hour shopping spree but I also wanted to buy it take it home and start reading it from beginning to end Noticing it was small and short I thought of reading it in one sitting Then I kept seeing positive reviews for this by my friends here and I had finally thought I found a book I would enjoy Luckily my library finally had it when I went In the end I’m so glad I didn’t spend my money on this book The Perfect Liar did not succeed in making me thrilled and feeling a sense of suspense and shock I was bored throughout the whole thing wishing it to end and wondering if I should skim or not Admittedly I uickly read this and didn't notice how fast I was reading I began reading one page after another not seeing that I was turning page by page uicker than usual That feeling was great but the sense of having to read a book I was feeling frustrated and annoyed about destroyed that good feeling I noticed the author not only writers thrillers but also romance which makes sense as to why there were sex scenes and built up tension scenes contained here Honestly I knew nothing about it In my opinion they were not necessary They dragged the plot instead of bringing it up and having to read about how much Max wanted to feel Susannah inside of him after becoming hard for standing behind her was discomforting and unwanted I honestly meant to skip those vulgar scenes but I kept reading them as I laughed because well scenes like those have me cracking up because of how hilariously discomforting they areSusannah has got to be one of the dullest characters I have ever come across reading I can truly understand why she and Max were actually perfect for each other as both seem to share very similar tastes and preferences when it came to the bed She not only became a private partner of her therapist for six years but she couldn't stop mentioning how handsome and sexy Max was how jealous it made her feel because it grabbed every other woman's attention and how she wished she could be the only one to have him There were no admirable attributes and no good personality traits about her The only thing I found fondly of her was how she coped with her anxiety which was by running and doing any or some form of exercise Running helped her keep herself calm and be able to set her mind steady but even then during her running sessions there were times where she would settle on other thoughts and not be able to dismiss herShe was a hard drinker uite the smoker too and all I could think about when she would always tell us where her pack of cigarettes were and that she needed a smoke to be let out was that it's bad She clearly knew this but I guess her lungs were very healthy as we know that she's got uite the figure the energy and the ability to remain stable and young There was nothing to like about Susannah It felt like the author tried adding too much to her character by having the readers uestion which character had secrets hidden she or Max but it got to the point where the answers were given because of the suspense that was never actually there It may not make sense but there was no thrill to this and that gave the complex twists awayOn the other hand Max had his secrets stored hidden and not shared Knowing his past but having it hidden didn't add anything better and Greene announcing who the mystery was who the note writer was felt too unrealistic It can be uite a shocker admittedly but it felt unnecessary as well It was as if the author just ran out of ideas so he decided to make this the big twist and reveal of the story The thing is there were revels to be made where it got to the point where the overall plot dragged and made zero sense The plot took a different turn and it felt like I wasn't reading The Perfect Liar any but instead it was a book where Susannah and Max have some fights one of them realizes they were wrong and then made up for it by kissing and then moving on to fuckingMax was also bland but less than Susannah He had to offer in his premise and view than her and he actually displayed himself like that at least to the readers He was dumbfounded honestly direct and an idiot There was nothing I could feel for him but disgust In the beginning actually When first met with Susannah Max tended to be very direct They did not know each other at all and seeing how Max treated her in the beginning was disgusting It's not like he abused her or harassed her but at the same time it felt like she felt harassed in a way Not only that but it felt like I was also living in a cringefest while having to read through those pages Moving on they took every step forward way too uickly The pair should have made wiser decisions as to how they were going to move on with their relationship but of course not everything goes as we wish it didAnother thing that irked me about Max was how upset he got when he noticed Susannah had a card with the detective's name implying they had met which was true The guy blasted as if this was such a big crime as if having the number of the detective was wrong Of course he would freak out though since he knew that she was still suspicious of him and his past I mean thanks to that Max showed his other true colors and Susannah was finally not too blind to see she was with someone who had the capability of hurting her even though he’s the man she had built a new life with and thought was the one Of course though not all couples end the perfect way they started Everything was perfect and full of perfect people except for the two of them who looked the part but were sliding backward into their true deep imperfections where they belonged They were at a loss for words I believe the author ran out of ideas for this In all honesty this should have been a longer novel and it could've exceeded in better expectations progressing better and not dragging as much as it did But then Thomas managed to captivate me into this I mean the fact that I was so frustrated annoyed and bored yet continued to read and finish this in the same day as started says something Even if the book is small it can take me days to read being a type of book where 20 or so pages are the amount I read every dayAnother reason why I believe this could have been better if it was longer was that the author spent many chapters adding too much background information about both Susannah and Max which let us know how they got to their current position and why Of course with their secrets there was to be said and revealed but it felt like it was too much that in the end it was as if the author felt like he needed to find a way to finish the book Thomas Christopher Greene isn't a bad writer but his writing was not for me Since the start I could feel like I wouldn't dig yes I wouldn't dig it his writing style and format His sentences felt too long They were surely grammatically correct but they could have used some improvement in making them shorter Not only that sometimes it felt like the word and was overused in every sentence His writing is easy to follow simple and well mannered There is foul language as well used by all Max Susannah and her fifteen year old son Freddy which gave some humorIt is with unapologetic and insincere despair that I have to say that this was indeed one of the worst thrillers I've ever read Sincerely I'd love to get into the genre and appreciate it It seems like I've never been the type of reader to settle on one subject only and read books regarding that particular one but I'd like for that to change over time As I keep reading I've meant to read much hyped and popular thrillers to see for myself what all the hype is about as well as understand the subject matter You could imagine things into being You don’t only reflect reality through art you also get to create it which is what he told his students over and over Max’s was living proof of that


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    The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our souls Edgar Allan Poe35 Twisty love is blind stars ⭐️ for The Perfect LiarAfter being widowed in her 20s with a young son Susannah meets Max at a work party Max lies about who he is to gain access to the exclusive event He is handsome charismatic and knows how to readwork people He instantly charms his way into Susannah's heart and they are married within six months of that fateful meeting Susannah and Max are in love and happy Max's career has taken off and the family relocates to a small town in Vermont where he will be a visiting professor Everything is going their way All seems perfect until the first note arrives I KNOW WHO YOU ARE Anxiety runs rampant and we begin to see that all is not what it appears within this family There are desperate actions taken to assure their security Just when Max think he can relax another note appears shortly followed by a third Who is responsible? What do they want?We begin to see that there is much than meets the eye with this family Lies seem to come as easily as the intake of breath So who exactly is The Perfect Liar? Is it Max the man who will go to any lengths to get what he wants and keep it? Or is it Susannah the seemingly dutiful wife with her own secrets and demons to hide? The story had an addictive uality to it with its frantic pace and short chapters The author is definitely imaginative unfortunately you have to really suspend your belief to fall in line with some of the twists the plot takes Some of it proved too much of a stretch for me I enjoyed the book overall and I definitely liked the aspect of a wolf in sheep's clothing and not all being what is seems despite my inability to fall in line with some of the plot points Thank you to Thomas Christopher Greene St Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with an arc of this book


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    25After being widowed in her 20’s Susannah is bringing up her son Freddy on her own Into her life waltzes Max And oh he’s everything she could want in a man Handsome caring and only has eyes for her The topper? He will fit into her 'artsy' world perfectly Sure they met under less than honest circumstances but maybe she can just shove that little issue aside When other odd unexplainable incidents continue popping up Susannah does her best to suash her fears and trust the man she loves The uestion now how many warning signs can you ignore? How long do you deny the obvious truth?Soon enough Susannah is fearing for her life and her son FreddyI was so excited to read this novel The premise sounded right up my alley for thrillers Sadly it started un raveling right from the start The story line seemed disjointed jumping back and forth too much There were parts of the story that just didn’t add up I always do my best to suspend belief when I read a thriller This one was just too much of a stretch even for my vivid imagination I noticed reviews are extremely mixed for this book It’s a love it or well you get the picture Unfortunately I fell into the latter category If this book piued you interest enough to read I hope it works out better for youA buddy read with SusanneThank you to NetGalley St Martin’s Press and Thomas Christopher Greene for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review


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    35 starsA perfect marriage between two imperfect people both are artists and both have secretsSusannah a young mother and widower met Max W an artist and popular speaker at a party They soon married and eventually they moved to Vermont when Max gets a job there Max Susannah and Freddy like it in Vermont Life is easy there They are comfortable and happy until one day a note appears on their door A note which reads I KNOW WHO YOU ARE An honest person might think I know who I am too I'm Max or I'm Susannah but each of them has a secret Both are nervous but Max is extremely nervous He begins to wonder just who knows his secret who out there is taunting him who wants to ruin his reputation his marriage his life? Soon another note arrives Suspicion grows Tension mounts as the reader is left to wonder how Max and Susannah will react whenif hisher secrets are revealedI found this to be a fast easy read It came with a few twists and turns which made for an interesting read which didn't reuire much thought This was pure escapism reading for me I found the couple’s secrets to be interesting than the identity of the note sender Overall I found this to be uite enjoyable and it was fun to try and figure out just who was the perfect liar? Who was the note sender? Will their secrets ever be exposed? Who had the bigger secret?Thank you to St Marin's Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The thoughts and opinions are my own


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    I was hooked on this book right away How could you not want to find out why someone is leaving anonymous notes on a couple's door saying things like I KNOW WHO YOU ARE? Totally creepy but it made for a really entertaining readThe pacing in this book was excellent as the chapters were short and alternated between the husband Max and his wife Susannah As the story unfolds you learn bit by bit about each of their pasts The book definitely takes some interesting turns and while I wouldn't say they are all predictable many of them are not really surprising I don't really consider that a negative thing though because to me the book was so much about these complex characters rather than a story solely based on catching the reader off guard I just truly enjoyed seeing everything play outWould definitely recommend to anyone who is in the mood for a solid psychological thriller Thank you to St Martin's Press for sending me an advance copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion


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    225 Stars rounded downSusannah thinks she has met the perfect man and is immediately swept off of her feet Could it be? When Max W meets Susannah there is an intense attraction and and a whirlwind romance Mere months later they are married Susannah had no plans to get remarried after losing her first husband Joseph but Max W fulfilled something in her she thought she’d never find Now she and Max her successful ProfessorArtist husband and her son Freddy live the uiet life in Burlington VT Max however is not who he seems He has been keeping secrets about his identity for decades and it seems as though someone is on to him Notes are found outside of Max’s and Susannah’s house The first states “I Know Who You Are” Max is scared and he knows that he must do whatever it takes to keep his identity safe no matter what it takes The premise of “The Perfect Liar” had me from the first and I couldn’t wait to read this book Unfortunately there were way too many holes in this novel to save this story for me In addition my believability radar was going off the get go and I simply didn’t buy the story I do however love Vermont and enjoyed the setting immensely I think that readers who are able to suspend disbelief will really enjoy this novelThis was a buddy read with Kaceey So glad we read this one togetherThank you to NetGalley St Martin’s Press and Thomas Christopher Greene for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review


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    I Know WHO You AreOh what a tangled web we weave Imagine you find a note taped to your front door and all it says is I know who you are Would you assume they had the wrong house? Assume it was for your spouse? Your child? Or would you know you have something to hide and it was meant for you? This is the note that Susanna and Max found taped to their front door one morning the note that changed everything the note that they both thought was intended for them Two people with many secrets to hide but only one note who was it meant for? And who knows the truth? Who truly is the “PERFECT LIAR“?this was one dark compelling story about two pretty disturbed dishonest people A marriage that appears like a fairytale on the outside but is riddled with so much deceit on the inside Two seemingly well adjusted attractive people with so much to hide So much to lose Told from the alternating perspectives of both Susanna and Max this book definitely kept me on my toesAn engaging and entertaining read but you will need to suspend your belief a little There is a stolen identity in this book don’t worry this is not a spoiler and a simple Google search could probably clear a lot of things up but the search was never made well at least not by the right people Things like this don’t generally bother me but it did make me think hmm so if you are one of those people that needs everything to be realistic you are forewarned for this one Despite this the book is highly addictive with some very well drawn despicable characters So many secrets so many lies you never are uite sure whose side to be on if any Recommend 🎵🎵🎵Song Running Through My Head Got a secretCan you keep it?Swear this one you'll saveBetter lock it in your pocketTaking this one to the graveIf I show you then I know youWon't tell what I said'Cause two can keep a secretIf one of them is dead?Why do you smileLike you have told a secretNow you're telling lies'Cause you're the one to keep itBut no one keeps a secretNo one keeps a secretWhy when we do our darkest deedsDo we tell?They burn in our brainsBecome a living hell'Cause everyone tellsEveryone tells?httpsmyoutubecomwatch?voNJGAw Many thanks to St Martin’s Press for my copy of this book


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