REVIEW: THE GOOD LIAR, BY NICHOLAS SEARLE

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Roy and Betty met on an Internet dating site, in the final “chapters” of their lives. These two octogenarians seem like an unlikely combination, but they each have an agenda. His, to play his final con, and hers, perhaps, for companionship. Although as the pages turn, I sometimes wonder about that, as she seems perfectly content whenever he is away on one of his “business” trips.

They settle into her cute little cottage and he meets her children, who don’t like him at all. But Betty seems to blithely ignore their concerns.

He has a certain smarmy charm, but it is interesting to watch as the author peels back the layers, and he does this with time periods, too, taking the reader back to the nineties, then the seventies, the sixties, all the way back to the 30s. We see what makes Roy tick.

What is Roy’s endgame? Is it simply a financial situation for him? Or is there more to his plan? Why does Betty seem so passive, when many indicators suggest that she is smart and more aware than she lets on?

As the answers come in The Good Liar, I am stunned by the intricacy of the plot and how it all unfolds. A very satisfying conclusion, although there were a few too many layers to keep my interest all the way through. I did enjoy arriving at the endgame, however. A 3.5 read.