The Liar's Child

The Liar's Child

by Carla Buckley

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Overview

In this intense and intimate family portrait that moves at a thriller’s pace, a troubled woman faces a gripping moral dilemma after rescuing two abandoned children from a hurricane.
 
On the outskirts of North Carolina’s Outer Banks sits the Paradise, an apartment complex where renters never stay long enough to call the place “home”—and neighbors are seldom neighborly. It’s ideal for Sara Lennox, who moved there to escape a complicated past—and even her name—and rebuild a new life for herself under the radar. But Sara cannot help but notice the family next door, especially twelve-year-old Cassie and five-year-old Boon. She hears rumors and whispers of a recent tragedy slowly tearing them apart.
 
When a raging storm threatens then slams the coastal community, Sara makes a quick, bold decision: Rescue Cassie and Boon from the storm and their broken home—without telling a soul. But this seemingly noble act is not without consequences. Some lethal.
 
Carla Buckley crafts a richly rewarding psychological portrait, combining a heart-wrenching family drama with high-stakes suspense, as the lives of three characters intertwine in an unforgettable story of fury, fate—and redemption.

Praise for The Liar’s Child

“Surprising and rewarding . . . Ms. Buckley does what only the best suspense writers can do: She makes you care about what happens to her characters, provoking your emotions as well as your curiosity.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“Buckley has crafted a complex and compelling story. The nuances and dynamics at play in The Liar’s Child will take the most jaded reader on a heartfelt and emotional journey.”—Associated Press
 
“A wonderfully complex and multilayered drama complete with the suspense that keeps the pages turning. Fans of Kate White and Diane Chamberlain will be asking if it’s possible for a child to leave the past behind long after the book ends.”Booklist
 
“Carla Buckley’s superb psychological thrillers are always emotionally wrenching but The Liar’s Child packs a visceral gut punch that knocks the wind right out of us . . . Emotive writing that packs a wallop to both the heart and the mind.”Book Trib

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101887127
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 314,926
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Carla Buckley is the author of The Good Goodbye, The Deepest Secret, Invisible, and The Things That Keep Us Here, which was nominated for a Thriller Award as a best first novel and the Ohioana Book Award for fiction. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Wharton School of Business, and lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and three children. She is currently at work on her next novel.

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Sara

They’d assigned her a man and a woman—the woman was there to accompany Sara into the restrooms and motel rooms along the trip from St. Paul to the Outer Banks, places where the man couldn’t go. Nicole, her name was. His was Luis. Or so they said. Sara didn’t care. She’d been playing this game longer than they had.

They rode in a dark sedan with tinted windows. They followed a circuitous route, driving west, then south, and finally east, stopping along the way in small towns to change vehicles—pulling into an empty parking lot, Luis getting out rst to walk around and check the new car, shining a light beneath the undercarriage and passing a hand- held device along the dashboard before Nicole would let Sara climb out of one backseat and into the next. e vehicles were exactly alike, the differences among them being the way each smelled. The first had reeked of popcorn, and the second, a sharp pine scent. is one, stale coffee.

When they stopped for the night, Nicole would check out the motel room while Luis waited in the car with Sara. Then Nicole would wave Sara out of the car and inside the room, closing the door quickly behind them and sliding the chain. Then it was lights-out—no TV, no reading, no chitchat. Sara was skilled at getting people to talk about themselves, but she didn’t even try with these two. What was the point?

Where have you always wanted to live? the Director had asked, back at the beginning, when they first started talking about using her instead of prosecuting her. California, Sara said, instantly, maybe Seattle. They picked North Carolina. e Outer Banks was filled with vacationers who came and went, they explained, and permanent residents who wanted to keep to themselves. No one would pay Sara the least bit of attention. As long as she kept her head down, she’d be okay.

It had been a long journey conducted mostly in silence, leaving behind sleety avenues and overcast skies before winding through serrated mountains and emerging into a land transformed by greenery and flowers. When at last they drove onto the long, narrow bridge soaring over the ocean, Nicole rolled down the windows. “Smell that air.”
Sara said nothing. It wasn’t California or Seattle.

The Outer Banks was a strip of land hanging out in the Atlantic, accessible only by bridges at the northern and southern tips, studded with magnolia trees and palms. Signs bristled. Peaches, barbecue, fresh boiled peanuts. Churches and Brazilian waxes.

Luis slowed the sedan and flicked on the turn signal. Sara glanced at the strip mall opposite, the faded placards taped to shop windows. This was an area in transition, though whether it was trending up or down, she couldn’t tell. She’d usually spent her time in neighborhoods that had already decided.

They bumped into a courtyard. The Paradise, the sign said. It didn’t look like paradise. The grubby building in front of her rose four bleak stories connected by stark concrete walkways. e roof was patched. Beach towels sagged over railings; miniblinds dangled over every window. The parked cars were older models with sagging bumpers and decaying panels. The only thing running in the stone fountain were rivulets of rust beneath the spigots. Three teenage boys and a girl stopped to let them drive past, all four dressed in black. Making a statement. Clueless, Sara thought.

Luis braked to a stop.
“This is it?” Sara couldn’t keep the horror out of her voice.


Luis glanced back at her. Of the two, he’d turned out to be the friendly one. He and Nicole had probably flipped a coin, deciding who would play good cop. “It’s on the ocean.”

Maybe he was afraid she’d refuse to get out of the car. The Paradise was a full block from the ocean, a line of private residences standing between it and the water. She could hear the ocean and smell it, but she couldn’t see it.

Sara got out to talk to the building manager. Luis and Nicole waited in the car. Inside, a circulating fan beat the humid air. The guy behind the counter glanced up. Bald, fat, sweat prickling his upper lip. “Help you?”

“I’m here about an apartment.”


“Name?”


She didn’t even stumble. “Sara Lennox.” It was her first time using it.

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The Liar's Child: A Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
TheGrumpyBookReviewer 5 months ago
I read The Liar’s Child, by bestselling author, Carla Buckley, at the request of the publisher, Penguin Random House. This heart-wrenching tale of the near loss of a child, neglected children, and the mystery of a missing parent tugs at your heartstrings. Soon Sara, a woman in witness protection, moves in next door to this family in crisis. These evocative characters are woven into a complex storyline, and keeps readers wondering how the husband and children’s sanity will survive the mom — before she goes missing, that is. Then there is Sara, the not-totally-honest-accountant-and-daughter-of-a-con-man, who has a choice to make: go to prison or testify against another white collar criminal. The story shows us, yet again, how most parents will suffer anything to protect their children. Much of the story is set against a hurricane that devastates the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Ms. Buckley makes note of the increase in destructive weather patterns has increased with global warming. For that I applaud her. I am still trying to figure out who is The Liar’s Child. There were several liars in this beautifully written, and haunting tale. It is one of those books that will stay with you long after you have turned the last page. What Makes this Reviewer Grumpy? Only the usual things: • singular/plural inconsistencies; • incomplete sentences; • sentences beginning with conjunctions; • and guess what? Not a single split infinitive!
Anonymous 9 months ago
A good, solid story line that is well worth the time I spent reading it. A woman trying to hide from her past meets two children with no future. Does she help them and worry about the consequences later or should she just keep hiding? The choices she makes take her life and the children's lives in directions that we did not see coming.
marquis784MA 9 months ago
The Liar’s Child by Carla Buckley March 2019 Random House Fiction, psychological drama I received a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley and Random House in exchange for an unbiased review. This story is told from multiple POV with alternating narrators with questionable reliability. Based near North Carolina’s Outer Banks, several lives are devastated and not just from the impending hurricane. The Liar’s Child is just about anyone’s child given the complicated family histories and differing perspectives of reality. It seems most families have secrets or untold truths which ultimately get retold or misrepresented over the years. The Nelson family live in an apartment complex called the Paradise which coincidently is anything but a paradise. Life is difficult for 12-year old Cassie and her 5-year old brother, “Boon” primarily due to their ineffective parents. It seems that as much as the parents express their love for their children they lack the mental and physical ability to protect them. It’s no wonder that Cassie is acting out and hanging with high school hooligans and Boon sucks his thumb, wets himself and considers his stuffed animals his friends. The father, Whit Nelson, seems to spend most of his time compensating for his wife’s mental instability while working as a full time hotel manager to keep CPS from taking his kids. While it seems that he has good intentions, he clearly spreads himself too thin trying to placate his parents who live an hour away and Thompson his demanding boss. As if this isn’t enough, Paradise becomes the home for Sara Lennox, a con artist forced into Federal protective custody to avoid prison. As much as she tries to remain uninvolved with the tumultuous family living next door, she gets drawn into their lives reminding her of her own childhood. Unfortunately, her story only feels partially explored with an unsatisfactory ending. As the hurricane approaches, Sara is compelled to do the right thing by rescuing the 2 kids next door when their father doesn’t return from an errand. Trying to escape the elements they eventually end up at a motel where they encounter more people trying to escape their past. Hank is a retired sherif still grieving the loss of his wife and son many years prior. Due to his own denial and feelings of regret he focuses his energy on “all” the missing children in the news. Honestly, I wasn’t sure where his storyline was going as his obsession is rather creepy! I enjoyed the pace of the story and the twists and turns but didn’t feel like the story was complete at the end. I felt like it “skipped” parts and just put a bow on it leaving many questions unnecessarily up in the air.
Nanna51 More than 1 year ago
This book turned out to be a gang buster read for me, after a very slow start. Cassie and Boon are two children living in the same apartment complex as Sara. Sara notices that they are left alone a lot once their mother disappears one night, so she takes an interest in the welfare of the children. Cassie is sullen and withdrawn while Boon is innocent and needy. The first half of the book was very slow, as the author laid the groundwork for the spine-tingling conclusion. Whit, the father, is doing the best he can to raise his children alone, but he has to go to work and leaves a reluctant Cassie in charge of Boon. Sara enters the picture at just the opportune time because she also has secrets, so she certainly understands this secretive family. There are a lot of very important characters who seem to be minor until I got to the end of the book. I think that my favorite character was Sara because she was not beyond redemption. I also liked Hank who needed a happy ending to his sad story. Readers of suspense will enjoy the story provided they stick with it until the exciting parts start.
LuvSnoop42 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this! The characterization is excellent and the story is told from several different POV's. It is a very good mystery and the chapters are easy to read with most leading to more twists. All that keeps this from 5 stars is, I still had a few unanswered questions.at the end......but, no spoilers here, just read this book! Thank you NetGalley for the ARC!
KimMc More than 1 year ago
Parents can really mess a kid up, even when they have the best intentions. The lives of a family and a woman on the run intersect and intertwine in this plot that is based on manipulation and humanity. The beginning was slow, but set up the events to come, and there are some twists that I didn’t see coming. The characters are realistic; messed up people trying not to be. In all, a good read. *I received an arc from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review
nookerCB More than 1 year ago
Took me a minute to get into this book. I wasn’t sure where it was headed, what with all these seemingly random characters in an apartment complex in the Outer Banks. But it soon became clear how one little act, one little lie, one little mistake and one big hurricane could intertwine all these people. Sometimes good people do bad things, even by accident and vice versa. But underneath it all, people care what happens to their fellow man, or in this case, children. If given the situation to do the right thing, will you? Even if doing so might cause you trouble? Just read it already!
Ratbruce More than 1 year ago
An interesting story line but so many despicable characters that it was almost overwhelming. No really likable characters and I never fully understood the motives behind the characters' surliness. Add to that a less than satisfying ending. Disappointing
Caroldaz More than 1 year ago
This is a story with non-stop excitement and lots of emotional tension and drama. Sara is in the Witness Protection Program, although she is always scheming to escape from it. She ends up in an apartment building called The Paradise, but which in reality is far, far from paradise! The Paradise is on the outskirts of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a fairly remote area, very small, so seemingly perfect for Sara. But she soon becomes aware of the whispers of a tragedy next door. Her neighbor next door is Whit Nelson, and his two children Boon and Cassie. He is married but his wife, Diane, is anything but a good mother. A hurricane is on its way and Sara discovers Boon and Cassie are on their own. Does Sara rescue them? If so there will be consequences as she is now on the run, having outwitted the Feds. I felt it was a great psychological thriller and will look for more books by this author. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
LlamaJen More than 1 year ago
Huge fan of Carla Buckley. I read all of her books and loved them. I hate to say that this was not one of my favorites. I usually love books that I alternate between characters but not this one. At times I was confused and wondered what that person had to do with the story. That person would be Hank. He shows up in the beginning and his purpose isn’t fully explained until much later on. The story seemed interesting at first, with Sara being in the Federal Witness Program. Unfortunately, Sara was not very likable. I never got to really know her and didn’t feel like I would want to. I felt horrible for Boon. He’s such a lovable little boy, with his scruffy Wolf always in his arms. He’s gone through so much in his short life and is lucky to be alive. I kept hoping someone would get that rash looked at by a doctor. Cassie was just screaming for help, but no one was listening. I still can’t believe she was only twelve. Their mom had mental issues and their dad left them alone all hours to work, I knew something bad would happen. There were so many storylines going on plus a hurricane. The Nelsons could have been a separate book with all the issues that family had. The ending was so disappointing. Nothing was resolved for me. What happened to Sara? I recommend the book, it just wasn’t for me. I didn’t hate it, but also didn’t love it like the author’s previous books. Thanks to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine and the author, Carla Buckley, for a free electronic ARC of this novel.
bookluvr35SL More than 1 year ago
I am generally a fan of Carla Buckley's books but I have to say that I did not enjoy this one very much. The first half was so depressing, with the mom who left her son Boon in the car and was arrested for it, and for the general neglect that was shown to Cassie and Boon. I had to take a lot of breaks reading it to keep from getting too down. The second half was not nearly as depressing and was a lot more fast-paced, but it seemed all over the place. The ending left me puzzled and dissatisfied. It didn't really give you any closure, or let you know what happened to the kids or to Sara. I can't personally recommend this book for those reasons
kaitlynspet More than 1 year ago
Help from Unexpected Sources Carla Buckley's The Liars Child was written in such a way that several of the characters had a lot in common. A 12-year-old girl going on 16 and her 5-year-old innocent brother whose mother has disappeared are left alone. Their neighbor is in witness protection and befriends them (much to her surprise) when a hurricane threatens their homes. As the story unfolds the lies become more evident, misconceptions abound and life comes crashing down on them all. Choices must be made. Do you continue with what you thought you wanted or will you be part of other's lives? I would recommend this book for those that enjoy a good mystery.
Momma_Becky More than 1 year ago
The Liar's Child was a middle of the road read for me. It definitely has its moments - the kids are spot on with their dialogue and actions, including a very sullen teen who desperately needs some parental guidance, and the prologue sets a suspenseful tone. However, that suspense is short-lived, especially since we don't get back to that character for quite some time. Once the hurricane hits, the pacing picks up, and there is some excitement as we wait to see who will get out of the danger zone, but it seems to take a very long time to get there. Other than the youngest child, I can't say that I particularly cared for any of these characters. Boon is a sweet six-year-old who has had more than his fair share of hard knocks, and it's impossible not to fall for this child. As for the rest, let's just say that I'm still wondering which character the title refers to because almost everyone else in this story is a liar of some kind, either by word or omission. As far as the promised thriller's pace from the blurb, I can't say that I found that here. It is certainly a domestic drama, and there is a murder, which is way too easy to figure out, but I would not call this one a thriller of any sort. I think I may have enjoyed it more had I not been expecting that thriller. That, and the less than satisfying conclusion. There were some things not addressed in the end that I wanted answers to, which led to some disappointment on my part. In the end, this one was just okay for me, an okay read, but not something I would read again.
IrishEyes430 More than 1 year ago
I found this book very fascinating as each character was well developed and interesting. Trying to figure out how they would all come together in the story kept me from putting it down! Whit is struggling to keep his family together amidst the disappearance of his unstable wife. His daughter Callie is beginning her teenage years with a bang, and his son Boon just wants to be loved. Sara is unhappily in witness protection and moves in next door to the family. Hank is a widower, retired sheriff and father of a boy that was kidnapped at a young age. Finding out how all these characters come together and the mystery that all are involved with is a fascinating story.
IrishEyes430 More than 1 year ago
I found this book very fascinating as each character was well developed and interesting. Trying to figure out how they would all come together in the story kept me from putting it down! Whit is struggling to keep his family together amidst the disappearance of his unstable wife. His daughter Callie is beginning her teenage years with a bang, and his son Boon just wants to be loved. Sara is unhappily in witness protection and moves in next door to the family. Hank is a widower, retired sheriff and father of a boy that was kidnapped at a young age. Finding out how all these characters come together and the mystery that all are involved with is a fascinating story.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
The Liar's Child by Carla Buckley is a highly recommended novel of suspense. Set mainly at the dilapidated Paradise apartment complex on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, The Liar's Child follows a handful of characters: Whit, Sara, Hank, and Cassie. Sara Lennox is in the witness protection program, awaiting her testimony in an upcoming trial. Her FBI handlers have set her up in an apartment at the Paradise and she's got a cleaning job. Sara has noticed the children who live next door, rebellious twelve-year-old Cassie and needy five-year-old Boon, and the social worker who has been by asking her what she knows about the family. Boon is taken by Sara and finds her fascinating. Sara knows there is more going on after their father, Whit tells her about his wife leaving them. When a hurricane approaches, Sara is supposed to be evacuated by her handlers, but she has other, secret plans put into place that she is going to carry out now. As she is leaving the Paradise, she looks up to see Cassie and Boon, out on their deck, apparently left alone by Whit. She loads them into her car at the last minute to get them off the island to somewhere safe too. Now Sara has the two children under her care and needs to find some place to leave them so she can carry out her own plans. Buckley uses an omniscient narrator to tell the story of these damaged individuals - and they are all very damaged, hurting, troubled, and have secrets. All of the characters, are flawed and well-drawn and their misdeeds and troubles are slowly revealed, leaked out bit by bit, as the story unfolds. They all keep things to themselves, even Cassie and Boon. It is nice to see that Cassie and Boon are portrayed as characters representative of their ages. Sara is a complex woman, with a life of secrets, and she is clearly unfamiliar with children. Whit is stressed out and doing the best he can. Hank's role in this drama won't be known until much later in the narrative. In this well-written novel, the approaching hurricane adds an element of danger and increases the sense of urgency, but the story is found in the characters and their interactions. While there are surprising twists, the real plot is in the interaction of these people and the role of fate in their actions. Pay attention to the brief descriptions of objects found randomly between chapters as their importance will become clear later. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Penguin Random House.
Monnie777 More than 1 year ago
This book is not what I expected. The book builds up for a long time before the hurricane hits. Everyone has messed up lives and in this case Sara and Whit's lives clash. I was disappointed with the ending. The overall of this book is okay nothing special to write home to. I was hoping for more but it was just out of reach in this book. *I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.*
MonnieR More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars, actually. Five primary characters - three adults, two kids, some related to each other, some not - are at the center of this well-written, engrossing story that's full of twists. Just when I thought I had a handle on one character, poof - that handle came unglued, shattering my perspective on what was happening (or had happened previously). The exceptionally well-developed characters really drive this complex but easy to follow story; chapters shift from person to person, with each revealing a little more about their past and present lives and how they're all intertwined. The grown-ups include Whit, the father of young Boon and his older sister Cassie. There's Sara, a mysterious young woman with a past she's trying to escape (or is it return to?) by way of the Witness Protection Program; and Hank, a retired law enforcement chief who tries to follow the disappearance of children amid nearly debilitating emotional issues of his own. Even more interesting to me is that most of the action takes place on the North Carolina Outer Banks where my husband and I spent time just about every summer for 27 years (someone down there once told me that Ohio visitors there rank second only to North Carolinians in number, and even if that's not true, I know we've had plenty of Buckeye company). Cassie is what I'd not so affectionately call a little snot, sassing her parents and, most times, bullying her timid little brother. Whit and his wife, Diane, are ostracized by their community because of something Diane did that put him in the hospital. They're living at The Paradise, the same motel in which Sara has been placed by the Feds to start her new life (and clearly isn't happy about it). Hank lives next door to the motel and pops in now and again. Suddenly, all their lives are threatened by an oncoming hurricane - a regular occurrence in this neck of the woods to be sure, but this time it's rolling in amid dire predictions and a rush to evacuate. Whit heads for the mainland to help his aging parents, with the intent of returning in a few hours to pick up the kids. But the storm takes a nasty turn, putting the motel squarely in its sights. Feelling sorry for the kids, Sara - who's also eyeing a possible escape - puts them in her clunker of a car and heads for the bridge to the mainland - becoming the last car to be allowed to cross as the wind picks up steam and the water rises. Electricity and cell phone service are sketchy at best, so communication is virtually impossible (for Sara, a good thing; for the kids and their dad, not so much). From this point on, I can't say more without spoiling things for others - so you'll just have to read it for yourself. The epilogue, I admit, left me with too many unanswered questions for my liking, but that didn't take away from the rest of the story. Highly recommended, and I thank the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy.
Jolie More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read this book. I had read the blurb and thought “This could be a good book”. And guess what, it was a good as I thought it was going to be. I am going to come straight out and say it, this book was amazing. It was everything that I thought it was going to be and then some. The book is slow to start and I would hate it but in this case, it was needed. There was so much background that the author needed to build up before the story got going. And when the story got going, it didn’t stop. Family dynamics were a huge focal point in The Liar’s Child. Cassie and Boon had a dysfunctional family. By the descriptions given, it seemed like she was bipolar at the least. She was also known to take off with the kids. Hank, their father, was the only stable person in their lives but he worked a ton of hours. He was never around. I had no doubt that this was the reason why Cassie started hanging around with the kids that she did. I also don’t doubt that was the reason why Boon was the way he was. Sarawas an enigma. The author made it a point of not releasing a ton of information about her background. Heck, even her name was fake. She was in the Witness Protection program because of a case that she had no choice but to testify in. It was that or jail. Sara was at The Paradise under duress. To be honest, I didn’t like Sara very much during the book. She was always scheming, seeing who could get her what. She formed friendships to get things. Take her friendship with her boss. She used it to get to her computer and to steal booze from the customers. Let’s not forget to add that she used her boss’s boyfriend to get laid and get a car. I also wanted to know why she was so hot to get out of the Witness Protection program. I understand that she chafed at being watched but hello, she got involved with human trafficking. Which is a bad thing. I did feel bad for Cassie. She was acting out, hardcore. At 12, she shouldn’t have had to step into her mother’s shoes. While I didn’t agree with how she rebelled (sleeping around, doing drugs, skipping school) but I definitely could understand why. She did love Boon and she did try to protect him. But she also resented him. There were times in the book where I thought that she was going to need a good therapist. Hank came across as a pushover. He allowed his wife to do whatever she wanted and chose to turn a blind eye to what she was doing. Even when she almost killed Boon, he still coddled her. It should have been a relief when she left. But it seemed to add more stress to him. I didn’t understand exactly why he was so stressed out until the end of the book. That’s when I did an “aha“. But, even that wasn’t what it seemed. The plotline with the hurricane was almost anti-climatic compared to what was going on with the people. I liked that it didn’t take over the book but instead was the background for everything that happened after the middle. I am still trying to figure out why Sara decided to take the kids. It wasn’t because she wanted to rescue them or felt bad for them. She felt that they were a pain in the butt and told them so. So why did she? I know that she saw a lot of herself in Cassie. So maybe that called to her. Who knows. The book wrapped up on a happy note. I was happy to see everyone was thriving and doing well. I wasn’t happy to see that Hank was where he was but I understood why he did it. Never underestimate a parent’s love for their child.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars The Liar’s Child is a well-written and compelling thriller. This story grabbed my attention and kept me engrossed until the very end. Sara didn’t want to go to jail. So, she struck a deal with the FBI and played by their rules. Mostly. She took on a new identity, relocated to the Outer Banks, made herself invisible, and promised to testify in court. She found the FBI’s monitoring of her every movement, however, irritating and restricting. Sara stretched the FBI’s leash on a regular basis trying to find a way to break free. When a category three hurricane hit the Outer Banks, Sara found her escape. But just as she was putting her plan into action, she spotted her neighbor’s kids, stranded. Sara tried to convince herself that having kids with her would work to her advantage, and throw the FBI off. It soon became evident, however, to Sara, that Cassie and Boon were more of a liability to her escape than anything else. She had a decision to make. Does she save herself or the children? The Liar’s Child is a captivating psychological thriller, crafted with fascinating, complex characters, a clever plot, and lots of twists and surprises. This is the first book that I’ve read by this author, but it won’t be my last. Very well, done. Thank you, Ballantine Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.