Gripping, suspenseful & an extremely relishing read!
THE LIAR’S ROOM by SIMON LELIC is an engaging, intense, mysterious and haunting psychological thriller novel that was quite the immersive and thrilling book to read. Right from the very beginning this book had me stumped and wondering who’s the liar here and what secrets are going to be uncovered, making this quite the compulsive page-turner.
SIMON LELIC delivers an excellent, thought-provoking, entertaining and well-written read here with an intriguing murky storyline, a claustrophobic setting and compelling unreliable characters. (I absolutely love the voices of unreliable characters!) The intensity of the claustrophobic feeling definitely fills the reader with a sense of unease as the story progresses.
There is definitely some highly emotional & heartbreaking scenes that definitely made this reader sit back to empathize, reflect and ponder along with these characters as well as made me think of what I would do in a similar situation.
I wouldn’t necessarily say this was a spine-tingling thriller as the blurb suggests but there was definitely this sense of impending doom that permeates the narrative to unsettle and rattle the reader.
One room, Two Liars, No escape till someone starts telling the truth. Are you intrigued yet?
What happens when you put two liars in a room together especially when they might be lying to themselves. Well, that made for an intense fast-past story here with our liars. I love the dialogue here that seemed like they were sparring with each other. I thought this lead to some very interesting dynamics between the characters. I was entertained yet pleasingly disturbed as the lies and secrets are revealed. What really made it interesting was the way they were exposed with the sparring going on between them. I highly recommend!
Cover: Intriguing, unsettling, claustrophobic, suspenseful, foreboding, eye-catching and an extremely fitting representation to storyline. The cover and title of this book definitely piqued my interest and I was totally intrigued and fascinated in reading what happens in the room.
Title: I absolutely love the title and think it’s a fantastic representation to storyline.
Writing/Prose: Well-written, entertaining, engaging, fluid, believable and compelling dialogue.
Plot: Engrossing, suspenseful, palpable, interesting, complex, fast-paced, and entertaining.
Ending: This is where the book lost a star from me. I would have liked a different ending for this one as the climax definitely left me feeling a little unsettled with the direction it took although I was totally satisfied with how the novel wrapped up though. I’m not sure if another ending would have worked out as well though. Maybe that uneasy and anxious feeling was the intended reaction! Hmmmm
Overall: An excellent and riveting read that had me totally absorbed within this tale right from the very start, thoroughly enjoying the escape! Would recommend!
Thank you so much to Elisha at Berkley Publishing and Simon Lelic for providing us with an ARC to read and review.