Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Dusty Pages Review: Liar Liar

In the dead of night, three raging fires light up the city skies. It's more than a tragic coincidence. For DI Helen Grace the flames announce the arrival of an evil she has never encountered before.

Because this is no firestarter seeking sick thrills, but something more chilling: a series of careful, calculating acts of murder.

But why were the victims chosen? What's driving the killer? And who will be next?

A powder keg of fear, suspicion and dread has been laid. Now all it needs is a spark to set it off . . .
 I certainly enjoy the Helen Grace Thrillers for their inventiveness and how they manage to keep from me who the real killer is right up until the near end of the book. However that said Liar Liar for me felt a bit weaker than the ones before it. I don't know if it was because it wasn't solely about serial murder but it was more about arson this time. I mean Southampton has to be a very unlucky town to have had three in a relatively short space of time, so I expected that Arlidge might have to diversify - if only for realism.

What I feel the story is lacking is personal development for the main character. I want something other than work to happen in Helen Grace's life. Outside of investigating these crimes, it feels as if her life stops in between books. She doesn't feel quite like a fully rounded person to me and I have some trouble empathizing with her. In fact with this story I felt slightly more of a pang for the villains than I did for her, but only because I have been bullied myself. That element of the book struck a cord with me. The fact that these types of behaviors still continue in a rampant fashion, and the outcome is not unrealistic - its bound to happen sooner or later.

There are several events in this book that will keep me reading the series so that I can find out how they are concluded. The writer is very clever in that way, especially in my case, as I don't like loose ends.

I give it

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