The Perfect Liar: A completely gripping thriller with a breathtaking twist

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‘Wow! I absolutely loved this book from the first page, it just pulls you in and doesn't let go!... The ending was brilliant… If I could give it more than 5 stars I would.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Are you sure he’s someone you can trust? We know nothing at all about him. Who is he, really?’

Susanne and her two best friends need this holiday. Between bereavements, bad break-ups and an ex-husband getting remarried, the three of them have had a hard year. A month in Italy will be the perfect chance to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Then they meet Harry.

Handsome, charming and great company, Harry soon sweeps Susanne off her feet for a holiday fling. He is just what Susanne needs – except that everything he’s told them is a lie.

Who is the man they’ve let into their house – who Susanne has let into her bed? They have no idea what Harry is capable of – what he’s done to get this far, and what he’s prepared to do to ensure he gets his way.

By the time they find out, it will be too late to stop their dream holiday becoming a nightmare.

An utterly addictive, page-turning thriller with a jaw-dropping twist. If you loved The Girlfriend, The Holiday and Something in the Water, you’ll be completely gripped by The Perfect Liar.

Readers are loving The Perfect Liar

I LOVED THIS BOOK!... Impeccably written and ticks every single box for a mystery junkie like me!... A fantastically, fast-paced, high tension filled endI literally finished it all in one sitting.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wow! I absolutely loved this book from the first page, it just pulls you in and doesn't let go! I really had to force myself to put it down at times but it was well worth the wait! And the ending was brilliant… I can't wait to see what else this author has to offer in the future. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Blood stopped in my fingers while holding my Kindle… Beverley just blows my mind with this brilliant story… Its characters are deeply satisfying with a crisp narration that you won't find in any other book.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘An intriguing, captivating, I-want-to-know-how-it-all-comes-together, leave-me-alone-and-let-me-read kind of book.’ B for Bookreview ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fabulous read… The journey was fantastic and the characters were totally memorable, and the revelations – oh my!... Totally addictive.’ Carla Kovach ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Filled the void of missing a holiday abroad. I could feel the sun and smell the prosciutto. [Beverley’s] style of telling the story from each character’s perspective is perfect for this type of psychological thriller and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more of her novels.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Many twists and turns in this book that I thoroughly enjoyed and didn't see coming. I cannot say enough about how much I LOVED the ending! I cannot wait to read more from this author.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ticked all of the boxes for me and, most telling of all, I did not want to put it down… A captivating read, and I was seduced by the Tuscan setting that plays such a prominent role in the atmospheric intrigue. Highly recommended.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Well this is a thriller and a half… It completely hooks you in and you just keep wanting to know more. Very twisty and excellently written.’ beanie_bookworm ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Loved this book. An all around riveting read and one I highly recommend. Unusual plot, kept me guessing until the shocking ending. Don't miss reading this one’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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5 reviews
Monnie Ryan
November 6, 2020
Right up front, I'll say two things about this book: First, I enjoyed it thoroughly (even stayed up an extra half-hour to finish it). Second, based on the description I was expecting it to be a chiller-thriller-killer edge-of-seat experience - but that's not even close to accurate. More than half the book, in fact, is not much more than background information and interaction among the three main characters - Susanne, Dale and Evie - all 40-something women. In truth, I found that interesting in large part because their friendship is somewhat unlikely; Susanne is a rich and beautiful divorcee with a son, Evie is a bit stodgy and plump, and Dale is a lesbian who loves to party down (she's the only one I could see myself spending a couple of hours in a bar with, actually). But get along they do - and when they get a chance to spend a few weeks for free at a fancy-schmancy villa in Tuscany, they understandably don't take long to start packing their bags. The villa far exceeds their expectations, and sufficient space for everyone is no problem at all. But complications quickly arise in the form of a much-younger Adonis-like Harry, the villa owner's godson who is staying there for the summer on hiatus between graduating from college and taking a job in finance. Both Susanne and Evie are besotted, but ever-vigilant Dale - who clearly has no interest in a male hottie - is suspicious. Evie knows she's too plain to be a contender (and just in case she doesn't, Harry makes it fairly clear), but Susanne is fair game. Just a couple of Harry's surreptitious hip bumps and a dozen words whispered in her ear later, she's fallen under his spell (and he in her bed, so suffice it to say he exceeded her expectations there as well). As readers might suspect, though, there's trouble with Harry. His secrets are slowly revealed as the second half of the book gets under way. While Dale learns plenty she doesn't like, her problem at this point is convincing Susanne that she's making a huge mistake. The ending wraps things up as well as brings a couple of surprises (I don't know if a sequel is planned, but the makings for one are here). All in all, well-written and an intriguing plot - and I thank the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review a pre-release copy.
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Misty's Corner Reviews
November 10, 2020
A holiday romance with a twistedly exciting turn of events! Susanne, Dale, and Evie are due for a much-needed vacation, a leave of absence from their everyday lives. Luckily for them, a neighbor has the perfect villa available in Tuscany free of charge - the only catch, they've been asked to keep an eye on her twenty-four-year-old godson, Harry. It seems like a small price to pay for the perfect holiday getaway... or is it? // The book blurb does a fine job depicting "The Perfect Liar"; it surely piqued my interest. Let's not forget that jaw-dropper of an ending! I very much enjoyed reading through as it all unfolded. While it took me a minute to really get into this story and parts of it were predictable, it was certainly worth the read for that twist at the end and the immaculate descriptions held within. The scenery of Tuscany was wonderfully detailed, as was the delicious-sounding foods. I'd have loved to have holidayed at that villa with (just) my family! Harvey's carefully crafted friendships, woven deceits amongst various characters, as well as the narrative told from multiple viewpoints, both past and present, were quite fascinating! // I'd recommend this read to anyone interested in suspensefully slow-build with a satisfying pay-off! Many thanks to NetGalley, the author Beverley Harvey, and the publishers at Bookouture for my advanced copy of this ebook and my spot on this Books-On-Tour event! I have honestly and voluntarily reviewed this title.
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Marnie Harrison
November 8, 2020
The Perfect Liar is the first book I have read from Beverley Harvey and what a great introduction it was for me to her work. She has produced a thrilling read that I felt I was able to escape into, as the characters that she has created, was able to divert me from my normal day to day and into their world. The story follows three friends Suzanne, Dale and Evie as they embark on a holiday to Tuscany to get away from their troubles and reconnect with each other. There they meet Harry, whom Suzanne is immediately attracted to and has a fling with, but Dale and Evie are sceptical and feel that there is more to Harry than meets the eye. Beverley Harvey goes into detail and gives you good introduction to each of the ladies and their lives, making part of the story so character driven to start with, it is like getting to know a group of new friends. This then leaves you invested into each of them, as the narrative then becomes plot driven further along. The Tuscan location had me feeling like I was also on the holiday with the ladies, laying by the pool, cocktail in hand watching it all unfold and it made for a perfect backdrop. Lets face it, after in being in lockdown for most of this year in Melbourne, Australia as most of the world has also been, the idea of being able to be transported to Tuscany felt dreamlike. The Perfect Liar is a slow build to begin and although the outcome was not a huge surprise to me, the epilogue was! This is Beverley Harvey’s first foray into the world of the psychological thriller and as a fanatical reader of the genre myself, I think she had done a really great job with this book and has put together an entertaining read.
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