January 29, 2008

The Good Liar: Review

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I had some preconceived notions about the spy/thriller genre: gadgets, guns, cars, machismo and bad puns. So I was pleasantly surprised when I read Laura Caldwell's The Good Liar.

Kate is devastated when her husband leaves her. After months of moping, Kate's friend Liza sets her up with a suave older man, Michael. Before she knows it, she's swept off her feet, married and living in Quebec. While Michael is busy opening his new business, the Twilight Club, Kate wonders how well she knows her new husband.

Michael is an assassin for a clandestine organization called the Trust. An organization dedicated to keeping the United States safe from terrorism by any means necessary. Michael is determined to leave his past behind and live a normal life with Kate, but can he ever really be out?

The Good Liar was an interesting departure for me. It was fast paced and an easy read. I found it hard to put down. I don't know if an organization like this exists but I found it eerie how easily an organization meant to protect people could become used by men for greed.

I had a few issues with too much backstory, but that didn't affect my enjoyment of the story. I also thought the end wrapped up a bit too quickly. Other than that it was a fun read.

3.5/5

6 comments :

  1. I read a couple of Caldwell's books back when she was writing chick lit. I thought those were some of the best in that genre which I don't really like any more. Anyway, I'll have to keep my eye out for this one. I'd be curious to see how she went from romantic comedies to spy/thrillers.

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  2. If you want to try another spy/thriller, pickup The Gun Seller, written by Hugh Laurie. It has quite a bit of humor in it as well.

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  3. Iliana- I hadn't read anything from her before so the romantic stuff would be different.

    Raidergirl- I'm watching Hugh Laurie right now. I'll have to check it out.

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  4. Sounds like a good book. Have you read Anne Stuart's the Ice series?

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  5. It sounds like it's right up my alley.

    Someone else wrote romance then switched to murder mysteries or did both. Gah. I can't think of her name.

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