The day has come! It is time for me to spill the beans on Liar by K.L. Slater! Thank you to Bookouture (Hi Kim!) for offering me the opportunity to take part in this blog tour. This unbiased review is my thank to both publisher and author!
Author: K.L. Slater
Date of publication: June 16th 2017
Format: Digital Review Copy
Number of pages: 303
How far would you go to protect your family?
Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children alone, with the help of his devoted mother Judi. Life isn’t easy, but Judi’s family means everything to her and together, they manage.
Then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben but Judi isn’t sure … there’s just something about Amber that doesn’t add up.
Ben can’t see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn’t want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.
The further Judi delves into Amber’s personal life, the closer she gets to shocking secrets that could change everything. And Judi must make a decision that could lead to the most disastrous consequences.
Even the more seasoned book bloggers can be surprised, can’t they? I mean, I’m not one of them, but I knew what I was getting into when I picked Liar and yet…
When you pick a book from an author who blew your mind away with a crazily-well plotted story that won your Best Plot Twist Award, you know you are in for a really good reading time. Your expectations are high, your mind is on red alert and your finger can’t turn the pages fast enough.
Then… Bam. You are hit again! Just as hard as the first time, as the author proves you she had you right where she wanted from the very beginning.
Family is a precious and fragile unit. We crave for one, we create it, we watch it grow, we protect it. Family is to be cherished and cared for. I agreed with Judi on this and picturing her family was as easy as putting on my slippers. A lovely grandmother, a widower son with two adorable sons, a busy grandfather. A nice portray to hang above the mantelpiece. Love and sorrow glued those people together in a strong balance.
At the beginning, I couldn’t see any flaws in this picture. I was given enough to be curious about them, to warm to them, to care for them. Almost as if they were my own family. The cracks and flaws only started to show the moment the balance was destabilized when a new weight was added in the form of Amber, seemingly the perfect piece to be attached and finish the picture.
Because Liar is a portrayal. Or rather, this story is a family album the reader must decipher, replacing old and yellow pictures where they belong, discovering the stories behind them, carefully attaching brand new and shiny frozen moments, figuring out a way to see beyong the smiles and sunny days.
Judy was fascinating in every way. You don’t think grandmothers are boring, do you? Because if so, meet her and you’ll have a better idea of the strength and life a women in her fifties can be full of! Fifty is the new thirty! Sort of… I must admit it was very clever from the author to have one of her narrations told through the eyes and body of such a woman. Kim Slater explores different sides of her character that created doubts, talked to my softer side, and had me worried. Worried it wouldn’t be enough to fight the battle named Amber.
Amber. Beautiful, caring, fantastic with children, with a sad past and the features to reflect it perfectly when necessary. I was biased from the start. Judi was already in my heart and Amber stood for the bad stepmom. She never stood a chance as I had my fair share of bad stepmoms growing up! So I was leery, I was once again reminded men don’t always think right when blonds are around, and I was craving to protect Ben’s sons from any harm. But there was more to the story than just the usual despicable new mommy.
Ben, the nice and gullible man hoping to offer his sons the best life still has to offer after the loss of his wife... He was the perfect example of a woman’s power on the weaker sex! Without absolutely wanting to ruin his relationship, I found myself wanting to shake him more than once, I wanted him to put his sons first, to open his eyes and ear all sides of the argument! Men never learn!!
As for the grandfather… I loved how he and Judi’s marriage was defined, how it was a nice reminder that no matter how many years are behind you, you musn’t lower you guard, and that older couples are just like any couples.
The family dynamic evolved so fast and was so intense it was painful at times to read how quickly your loved ones can make assumption and you can lose the connection you have. Feeling a gap growing between you and your own family is one of the purest and saddest form of loneliness, as they are the people you are supposed to rely on, the ones who are supposed to listen and understand. Those issues only brought me closer to Judi and reinforced our bond.
What I did not know was that there was more than just one battle in this book. The past fights the present, the mother-in-law fights the new girlfriend, the grandfather fights boredom, the widower fights loneliness. The sons fight life without their mother. Mix it, shake it, dance with it, and you have an explosive family, an intense look at the limits you are ready to cross, the exploration of control and what you must resort to to keep or gain it.
Reading Liar was like watching everyone play a game of tug of war, the tension rising with every pull, every step taken by a side, as you are frenetically waiting for that last blow that will make everything tumble down. The more I waited, the shorter my nails became…
And before I knew it, K.L Slater struck me with another of her gob-smacking twist, leaving me staring at the screen, rereading the same sentence. I’d read every twist and turn from an angle, and believe me, they were a fair amount of them, when suddenly the camera changed and the light was slightly moved and I was not sure of anything anymore. I was doubting every word I had read. I was shockingly numb!
I grant K.L. Slater a Best Plot Twist Award (again!), and I’m off to push the brilliantly gripping and unputdownably fascinating Liar on everyone I know!
Don’t forget to check the other stops on the tour! And don’t say you will if you don’t, I recognize Liars when I see them!!!