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The Liar's Girl

Written by: Catherine Ryan Howard
Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins,Alan Smyth,Gary Furlong
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Will Hurley was an attractive, charming, and impressive student at Dublin's elite St. John's College - and Ireland's most prolific serial killer. Having stalked his five young victims, he drowned them in the muddy waters of the Grand Canal. Sentenced to life imprisonment when he was just 19, Will is locked away in the city's Central Psychiatric Hospital.

Freshman Alison Smith moved to the Big Smoke to enroll in St. John's and soon fell hard for Will Hurley. Her world bloomed...and then imploded when Liz, her best friend, became the latest victim of the Canal Killer - and the Canal Killer turned out to be the boy who'd been sleeping in her bed. Alison fled to the Netherlands and, in 10 years, has never once looked back.

When a young woman's body is found in the Grand Canal, Garda detectives visit Will to see if he can assist them in solving what looks like a copycat killing. Instead, Will tells them he has something new to confess - but there's only one person he's prepared to confess it to.The last thing Alison wants is to be pulled back into the past she's worked so hard to leave behind. Reluctantly, she returns to the city she hasn't set foot in for more than a decade to face the man who murdered the woman she was supposed to become.

Only to discover that, until now, Will has left out the worst part of all.

©2018 Catherine Ryan Howard (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Story is amazing. Gets you hooked instantly

This is the second book I’ve listened to by this author but she does incredible work. The story lines the smooth transition between past and present.
The details to really in-vision the characters.

Big fan

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Great read

This was a good read and I didn’t predict the ending at all. I love when books can trick me like that. Least favorite character is Alison’s mom who is basically the reason it’s a 4 star and not a 5 star. Maybe it’s not realistic for every character to be likeable but she always just spoke to Alison in a judgy shrill tone kind of way, over and over and over (even if she’d start to talk calmly she’d go right back to the same as before) and Alison had to beg her to cooperate and just talk to her and answer questions every single time they talked, or every little question sent her mom into a worrisome whirlwind she’d never come out of. Her conversations never lead to any story progression and I’d just be annoyed at everything she said. Besides her, it was a great read! Also some people are really just like that in real life, so it’s believable for sure. It’s just simultaneously boring and frustrating to read the same conversation multiple times. You want to just shout at her to cooperate and focus! Alison was likeable though, as well as the other characters, even the “bad” ones. Well written overall.

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Pretty good.

It wasn’t my favourite Catherine Ryan Howard book. I have a hard time believing both the plea and the conviction. I’m sure the family would have involved lawyers who could easily have challenged the evidence (or lack thereof).
And so, for me, the whole story falls apart.

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Great Read!

As far as “mysteries” or “thrillers” go, this one was really good! It popped up as included in my membership for free.. but I would have used a credit for it! Great narrators, great imagery, great story. It took me right to the end before I could guess the twist!

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Enjoyed very much!

The narrators were great and the storyline was very captivating. Kept my interest all the way through.

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Fantastic

Better than I could have expected! The plot really kept me guessing and kept me listening!

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The plot thickens

The Liars Girl captive, keeps you on your toes, suspense at every turn, excellent narrations.

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Brilliant

Absolutely captivating book. It took me just a few days to get through this book, I couldn’t put it down. The twists and turns in the plot are amazing. There are multiple actors narrating the book, it’s a great production. Definitely would highly recommend.

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I should have paid more attention to the title!

I did not figure out who dunnit at all! Loved the twist at the end! Wonder what will become of Allison? I enjoyed the characters and their relationships. The story by Catherine Ryan Howard was well done, and so was the narration by Alana Kerr Collins, Alan Smyth, and Gary Furlong. There was some difficulty with the recording that the editors missed, which I why I gave a 4/5 stars for performance. Otherwise, I'm on to the next one: The Nothing Man.

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If a suspect IS guilty, there are NO discrepancies!!!

Overall, this is a well-written book, well-plotted, and interesting.
HOWEVER, the main, senior detective in the criminal case states something that is the OPPOSITE of truth. He says that “There are always discrepancies.” in evidence gathered against actually GUILTY suspects. As a Criminologist, I can tell you that it’s NOT true. As proven in so very many cases of wrongful conviction (of which there are vastly more than most people realize), discrepancies in evidence against a suspect = the suspect is NOT guilty. It’s rather a huge DUH.

Additionally, in a criminal case, once investigators are convinced that a particular suspect IS guilty, those investigators NEED to do all they can to find evidence that the suspect is NOT GUILTY. If none is found, then there is a much lower chance of criminally charging an innocent person. Not a zero chance, but a much lower one. Unfortunately, it is systemic that police and other criminal investigators embody “confirmation bias”: once they believe that a suspect is guilty (or even that a person SHOULD be a suspect), they tend to interpret evidence as proof that person is guilty, and to ignore evidence that suggests that person is NOT guilty. Also, it is EXTREMELY systemic that, once police and other criminal investigators believe that they have found the guilty person, they put a halt to enquiries that had been in process. That is VERY sloppy investigating, and VERY likely to leave IMPORTANT evidence (including re connections between victims and/or suspect[s]) undiscovered. OBVIOUSLY, this = evidence showing that the “confirmed guilty” suspect is NOT guilty, and/or that a specific someone else very likely IS guilty.

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