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Book Review: Liar, Liar, by James Patterson & Candice Fox

Detective Harriet Blue is on the opposite side of the law, hunting a serial killer but this time she intends no mercy. Harry, a good cop gone really bad and is determined to be the one who pulls the trigger.

If you’re a fan of the Harry Blue series penned by James Patterson and Candice Fox, you’ll know that something terrible happened to Harry at the end of the second novel in the series. Now, in Liar Liar, Harry is mad and out for revenge.

This fast-paced thriller sees detective Harriet (Harry) Blue on the opposite side of the law. She’s again hunting a serial killer, but this time she intends no mercy. He’s taken the most important person in her life away from her and he deserves to die. Harry, a good cop gone really bad, is determined to be the one who pulls the trigger.

The Georges River killer, who has taunted Harry throughout the series, has his own plans however. He sees Harry as a prospective playmate. In a game of cat-and-mouse where the killer lures Harry across country, revisiting painful memories from her past and inflicting even more misery, can Harry escape her police comrades who want her to surrender, and catch a vicious killer? Or is this the end for Harry Blue?

Liar Liar, the third novel in the Patterson/Fox partnership delivers on the high tension, big action and even bigger stakes that the series is renowned for. Harry is pushed to both her physical and emotional limits as a killer tries to peel away her layers of humanity.

Never one to play by the rules, this is Harry’s deepest foray into breaking the rules for a defendable cause. Along for the ride are her former partners Ed ‘Whitt’ Whittacker, ‘Tox’ Barnes ,and her parent-like police chief boss, ‘ Pops’. This team of good guys fight hard and dirty for Harry, each of them battling their own demons in the forms of addiction, injuries and insubordination. Basically, no-one has it easy in this book. The bad guys are really bad, and so are the cops! The bounds of credibility are pushed at times, but that’s what Patterson does best.

Strap yourself in for one hell of an adrenaline ride. And hang on for the ending, you won’t see this series twist coming!

Reviewed by Samantha Bond
Twitter: @SamStaceyBond

Rating out of 10:  8

Distributed by: Penguin Random House Australia
Released: July 2018
RRP: $32.99 trade paperback

Editor’s Note: Glam Adelaide was also provided with a copy of the audiobook of Liar Liar, released on standard and MP3 CDs through Bolinda Audio for $49.95 and once again narrated by the magnificent Federay Holmes. Visit the Bolinda website for more details and to hear a sample of this excellent audio recording of the novel.

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