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Download ☆ The Good Liar By Nicholas Searle – ➺ [Reading] ➼ The Good Liar By Nicholas Searle ➯ – This is a life told back to front This is a man who has lied all his lifeRoy is a conman living in a small English town about to pull off his final con He is going to meet and woo a beautiful woman an This is a life told back to front This is a man who has lied all his lifeRoy is a conman living in a small English town about to pull off his final con He is going to meet and woo a beautiful woman and slip away with her life savings The Good eBook î But who is the man behind the con What has he had to do to survive a life of lies And who has had to pay the priceWhen Roy meets a wealthy widow online he can hardly believe his luck Just like Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley Roy is a man who lives to deceive—and everything about Betty suggests she’s an easy mark He’s confident that his scheme to swindle her will be a success After all he’s done this beforeSure enough Betty soon lets Roy move into her beautiful home seemingly blind to the web of lies he’s woven around her But who is Roy really Spanning almost a century this stunning and suspenseful feat of storytelling interweaves the present with the past As the clock turns back and the years fall away long hidden secrets are forced into the light Some things can never be forgotten Or forgiven.

10 thoughts on “The Good Liar

  1. Dita Dita says:

    What the what??Roy is a slimy geriatric con artist who meets an easy mark on an internet dating site but maybe he's not uite as crafty as he thinks as he is

  2. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    I recently saw the movie trailer based on this book and so was interested in reading it The movie is due this winter with Ian McLellan and Hellen Mirren in the leading roles and definitely want to see it The book unfortunately did not engage me Roy is a dapper well dressed and spoken long time conman He is now in his 80s and is a misogynist a selfish psychopathic schemer He meets Betty online where he looks for lonely wealthy women with whom to establish a relationship and then abscond with all their money He has lead a life of clever criminal deception and his recent financial fraud with a group of older men I found boring Betty seems like an easy target like so many women he has defrauded but is she? We go back in time and learn some things which contributed to Roy's character I did not find him a compelling character and found the writing rather dull flat and moved at a slow pace Betty was the interesting character but we didn’t learn much about her background and personality until later in the narrative The plot should have kept me enthralled and in suspense but I regret to say I skimmed parts I realize I am in the minority as many critics and readers had high regards for the story and writing style There was a very good and twisted plot in there but the manner in which it was presented didn’t work for me I will await the movie

  3. Joanne Sheppard Joanne Sheppard says:

    It seems from other reviews both by readers and professional critics that most people have enjoyed Nicholas Searle's first novel The Good Liar That puts me in a minority while I felt The Good Liar was a confident debut I found much of the story rather flat and even dull I'd be hard pushed to find much wrong with Searle's actual prose his sentences are well crafted and his descriptive details well observed and well chosen but I found it impossible to really immerse myself in this book right up until the last uarter of it when the plot takes an abrupt and surprising turn Frustratingly that last uarter did give some real glimpses of how good the novel could have been The book begins with Roy an eighty something man meeting Betty a woman perhaps five or so years younger but still full of zest for life for a pub meal arranged through an internet dating site We're told almost immediately that Roy is a con man and looking for a well off widow whose money he can make off with and after that there are alternating chunks of narrative dealing with the relationship between Roy and Betty after he has moved into her home and flashbacks to incidents from Roy's past Where the present day sections become interesting is the point at which we start to realise that Betty might know about Roy than he thinks How does Betty know Roy is a serial fraudster and which of the pair will win their battle of deception?This strand of the plot is for me the most successful Betty is a smart wily woman yet there is something insidiously manipulative and sinister about Roy that almost makes him seem like an elderly Tom Ripley at timesUnfortunately the flashbacks to Roy's earlier years are for the most part infinitely less engaging Beginning with one of his most recent scams and working backwards to earlier and earlier snapshots of his criminal life they simply didn't hold my interest The detailed mechanics of how Roy cheated a bunch of other tedious middle aged men in a shady investment scam were utterly dull as were his brief relationship with a woman in the 1970s whose bank account he empties the Soho sex shop he tries to open with a non existent loan and even the incident in the 1960s in which he assumes another man's identity altogether Clearly these episodes are intended to build a picture of the type of man Roy is callous misogynist cunning wholly selfish and disdainful of others and in this regard they succeed but we could have learned these things about Roy in half the time and indeed could simply have guessed most of them The fact that Roy is a manipulative psychopath is obvious very early on but this alone is not enough to make him an interesting character and frankly that's all there is to him for most of the book Only when we get right back to Roy's early twenties and finally his teens in the 1940s do we learn anything genuinely revealing about him and even then we only learn what he was as a youth rather than whyBetty whose past is also addressed in this final uarter of the book is infinitely fascinating than Roy and it's a great pity her character plays second fiddle to his for most of the story I was gripped by Betty's part in the story than Roy's interested in what made her the woman she became As I finally reached the last couple of chapters I had high hopes for a confrontation to end all confrontations but even after the one truly gripping section of the story the actual ending left me with a distinct sense of anticlimax I wanted so much to like this book as the premise of it is fascinating and I enjoyed seeing two older characters leading a novel in this way particularly Betty; there are frankly not enough heroines in their eighties But while it did show some promise I had to force myself to keep reading and was overall left dissatisfied Not a book for me sadlyDo read some other reviews though as I'm far outnumbered by people who loved this book and it's perfectly possible that you will tooMany thanks to the publisher for providing me with advance copy of The Good Liar via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  4. Gary Gary says:

    This is a very good debut novel by Nicholas Searle who I am sure we will hear a lot ofI enjoyed this story of an elderly con man who is planning his last money making scheme only things aren't what they seem to be The book goes backwards and forwards in time as his life story unfolds and gives the reader plenty of food for thought to the real RoyThere were large periods in this book when I was completely absorbed in the story and found it very difficult to put it down But overall I felt it was slightly let down by the slow build up and otherwise would have rated it higher The novel becomes a lot clearer approximately half way through the book and builds up slowly to the climax I really enjoyed this book and will look out for further books by this new author in the future I would like to thank Net Galley and Penguin books for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review

  5. Susan Susan says:

    This is a very interesting and assured debut novel In a way though it is a little difficult to review without giving away the plot and I have no wish to do that The story begins with Roy who is an elderly con man who has a blind date with Betty As the novel unfolds we gradually learn about Roy’s past and his string of escapades which have left him financially comfortable Still he cannot resist the opportunity to pull off one last con and intends to rob Betty of her life savings This is something we are aware of from the very beginning of the book so that is certainly not a plot spoiler As we read the flashbacks of Roy’s life we also gradually learn that Betty is not necessarily the easy target that Roy has assumed Before long he has moved in – much to the disapproval of her grandson Stephen – and is dispensing Betty with advice about how she should invest her money However all is not what it seems and there is a real twist to this story which sets the book off in a different directionOverall I enjoyed this book It is clever amusing and I really liked the characters of the smart assured Betty protective Stephen and the seedy Roy The build up though is uite slow so you need to bear with it and let the characters unfold I feel this would be a good choice for a reading group as there is so much to discuss I really was impressed by this and once I got into the book I was invested in the storyline and characters; but it did take a while to grab me Lastly I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for review

  6. Liz Barnsley Liz Barnsley says:

    Loved The Good Liar A clever and winding tale looked at all the wrong way round and upside down but so brilliantly addictive with a dry yet compelling styleWe start with Roy meeting Betty for the first time on a blind date I was immediately hooked due to the way this was presented by the author and I knew right there that this was going to be one that would engage me Saying anything else on the plot bar the fact that it moves backwards in time in our learning curve about Roy whilst moving forward on how their relationship develops would necessarily spoil things so lets just leave that thereThe Good Liar managed to often surprise me My main reason for liking it so much is how Nicholas Searle blurs the lines so whilst he doesn't hide anything you really have no clue what is going to happen until it happens A really excellent construction something that not many can do well this is assured plotting and compelling stuffIt is not perfect it does ramble on occasion sometimes you would like things to just get on but overall this was a terrific debut one that messsed with my head and gave me pause for thought Character wise it is just simply terrific Excellent job Really really interested to see what this author comes up with next

  7. ☮Karen ☮Karen says:

    I wasn't sure what to think of this at first Was uite intrigued by the con artist and his prey but then the timeline kept changing to his past transgressions to make us aware what a truly bad man he was A real creep Those parts were not as interesting to me as current times so my mind may have wandered But lo and behold those boring parts all came together for a rather perfect ending making me sooo glad I stuck with it Now I know whether I'm interested in seeing the film and the answer is yes Rather amazing that this is a debut The audio is uite good tooUpdate June 13 2020 I just watched the movie on HBO and it in my opinion was ten times better than the book Much less confusing because of the way the plot was laid out And such excellent actors

  8. Roger Brunyate Roger Brunyate says:

    A Lifetime of Deceit uick inspection Immaculate white shirt yes Creases of grey flannels perfect Spit shined shoes gleaming Regimental stripe tie well knotted Hair combed neatly Blue blazer off hangar and on Fits like a glove Glance in the mirror he'd pass for seventy sixty at a pinch In fact Roy Courtnay is eighty but meeting an online date for the first time he must make a good impression Establish a persona in fact There is something a little slick in everything he does as slightly false as his British old buffer diction But he knows it will work; it always hasClearly this is no romantic date but a con And the woman he goes to meet Betty seems the perfect dupe an attractive widow perhaps once intelligent now sweetly fluttery driven to the rendezvous by an attentive grandson She is touchingly grateful for the attention of a personable gentleman of her own generation Both have used false names of course but both confess this early thus bonding their relationship Only a dozen pages in and the date is going perfectlyToo perfectly? Well yes Because it soon becomes clear that this is a game that two can play The chapters in the present begin to alternate with flashbacks to Roy's earlier schemes going back a year or each time He is indeed an inveterate liar living on his wits But the person who began to interest me most is Betty Searle tells us nothing about her former life but clearly there is to it than the sweet old lady will admit We find ourselves reading and eagerly looking for clues I will not say except that from the midpoint on I was hooked waking up in the middle of the night in order to finish itWithout giving away the plot I find it hard to explain why my rating is four stars rather than five Searle manages a stunning reversal at the climax of the book which has already happened before you realize you have been had Five stars at that point and then some But after that the texture changes Instead of watching Roy in action as we had been up to now we move to a long section of delayed exposition in which the remaining back stories are filled in—told rather than shown Searle is very adept in switching sympathies from Roy to Betty who turns out to be a truly interesting character But there is enough material in those last chapters about her to have made a full novel on their own I was sorry not to have been able to live through them fully especially in comparison to the facile Roy All the same Searle is an insightful writer with an inventive feel for plot This is a brilliant start that promises even for the future

  9. Blair Blair says:

    20 August 2015 included in my 'catching up' blog postReviews of this are supposed to be embargoed until close to the release date so I'll be publishing a detailed write up later For now I'll just say that I'm not surprised this is being talked about as one of Penguin's big debuts of 2016 it's got that 'unputdownable' uality in spades It starts as the story of Roy an ageing conman who after a series of dispiriting dates in gastropubs appears to have found his perfect mark Betty elegant widowed and most importantly wealthy We know Roy has nefarious intentions from page one; things get interesting when it becomes apparent that Betty has a hidden agenda too But what is it? The Good Liar will keep you guessing as it slowly unpacks Roy's character and tells his life story in reverse taking several surprising turns along the way This is a thriller in an old fashioned sense comparisons have been made to Patricia Highsmith a book I think will appeal to readers of historical fiction classic suspense and crime

  10. Kari Kari says:

    The Good Liar is a debut novel that involves lies lies and lies The story goes back and forth between the past and the present In the present 80 something Roy is looking for his last big con He hopes to find it with Betty She seems to have her own motives as well The rest of the book takes you back through Roy's past in reverse order in which you find out about him and his life as a con man I'm not sure this book really worked for me I wanted to like it than I did For me the writing was a bit flat and not engaging enough to hold my interest for long periods of time I found myself skimming parts of the book I had a hard time connecting with the characters because none of them were very likable The ending did have an interesting twist but it just took too long to get there The story itself was kind of depressing I'm just going to have to chalk it up to not being for me

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