Review of Liar, Liar

Posted August 11, 2016 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 5 Comments

Review of Liar, Liar

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Liar Liar Genres: Crime, Detective, Mystery
Published by Penguin Pages: 440
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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Detective Helen Grace gets caught in an inferno of death and destruction in the red-hot new thriller from the author of Eeny Meeny, Pop Goes the Weasel, and The Doll’s House
Detective Helen Grace has never seen such destruction. Six fires in twenty-four hours. Two people dead. Several more injured. It’s as if someone wants to burn the city to the ground...
With the whole town on high alert, Helen and her team must sift through the rubble to find the arsonist, someone whose thirst for fire—and control—is reducing entire lives to ashes.
One misstep could mean Helen’s career—and more lives lost. And as the pressure mounts and more buildings burn, Helen’s own dark impulses threaten to consume her…


What I thought of this book.

The DCI Helen Grace series is one of my favorite because it’s really kind of a dark British crime novel about a very complex policewoman. She deals with her problems in a very different way that one might not suspect.

Contains minor spoilers in the next paragraph as it is a series but not anything real bad.

In this installment, we have a new Superintendent and if you have read the other one before this you will know why. This time, it’s a man and to Helen, he seems a bit more attentive than he should be and even embarrasses herself by asking him about it because that is just how Helen operates.

This novel is about  an arsonist, and they are doing a bang up job. Several places are a blaze in only a few days and they have no clue who is doing it. They are not just fires they are murder scenes because several of the fires have killed those inside. Helen wants nothing more than to find the perpetrator and goes after anyone she thinks did it hard.

Liar Liar, is another great book by Arlidge and I enjoyed it a lot. I love the subplot that weaves throughout all the books. Helen is such an interesting character and has had many things go wrong in her life. She is pretty much a loner but like most people she still kind of wants that sense of family. I am glad that in this one she kind of lets her guard down and takes what little bit of family her only real friend on the force gives her.

Charlie is another one of my favorite characters and she and Helen had a rough start of things when they first were put on the same team. They were not always friends and she has had a rough go of it (she has a rough time in the first book) and they haven’t always seen eye to eye but they have grown beyond that and formed a friendship of sorts.

I was a bit surprised at who was committing the arson, but then it really made a lot of sense too.

If you like British crime novels then you really need to try this series. I can’t wait to get my hands on Little Boy Blue the next book that comes out in October! 🙂

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5 responses to “Review of Liar, Liar

  1. I have no idea why I haven’t started this series. It sounds exactly like something I’d love! I like that the relationships are progressing as the series goes on and it’s not a situation where the main characters’ lives aren’t just getting grimmer and grimmer. I’ve read a few of the darker than cozy series where that seems to happen and it ends up just getting depressing.

    • Stormi

      It’s really hard to talk about how different this character is without giving away something I think readers should just discover for themselves…lol. I think if you read and like book one then you will like the series. 🙂 So give Eeny Meeny a try. 🙂

      I can’t wait for the next one in the series cause it seems like her dark secret my come to the surface. I am curious to see how she handles it…lol.

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