The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Source: Random Things Tours
About The Book
Will Hurley, Dublin’s notorious Canal Killer, is in prison, ten years into a life sentence. His ex-girlfriend, Alison, has built a new life abroad, putting her shattered past behind her.
Then the copycat killings start. Will holds the key to unlocking these crimes, but he’ll only talk to Alison. Can the killer be stopped before there’s another senseless murder? And after all these years, can Alison face the past – and the man – she’s worked so hard to forget?
When Alison receives the visit of the Irish police asking questions about her notorious ex-boyfriend Will Hurley, the Dublin’s Canal Killer, she would never have expected having so many doubts about the case and the resolution it had… Because someone is killing again, and the police doesn’t know if it is Will’s partner or if he had always been innocent… Ready to discover the truth?
The story is told from Alison’s perspective, her younghood; when she started at the University and met her boyfriend Will and the present, while she tries to understand her past and discover who really the Canal Killer is.
Alison’s ten years had been marked by the Canal Killer, she loved her boyfriend, she betrayed him and killed 5 girls, including her best friend. Alison’s life after that had been dark and alone, she is not able to trust anyone like before. So when the police starts questioning the past, she starts wondering if she should have been fighting for her boyfriend’s innocence instead of accepting what everyone told her…
It was interesting to read the case from the point of view of the girlfriend of the killer and how the case changed her life and her personality, she is afraid to trust people and is always scared that anyone could recognise her… She has some remorse of how she acted after knowing the police was investigating her boyfriend and how her actions could have shifted the case to one ending or another. But she is not ready to believe he is innocent, even if the police is not sure about it. There were some infractions during the investigation, but he confessed the killing… The police will have to take a deep look to the case, and thanks to Alison’s perspective they will discover some clues that were left unobserved in the past, but ready to be seen now!
This is a quick read, the case is interesting, but what kept me glued on the book was Alison’s story and trying to discover who is the real killer! Be prepared for a twisted book, with a human side and some very interesting characters.
About The Author
CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1982.
Prior to writing full-time, Catherine worked as a campsite courier in France and a front desk agent in Walt Disney World, Florida, and most recently was a social media marketer for a major publisher.
She is currently studying for a BA in English at Trinity College Dublin. Her debut novel Distress Signals was published by Corvus