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Author: Nicholas Searle Narrator: Matthew Brenher Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9780062444875
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Spinning a page-turning story of literary suspense that begins in the present and unwinds back more than half a century, this unforgettable debut channels the haunting allure of Atonement as its masterfully woven web of lies, secrets, and betrayals unravels to a shocking conclusion.

Veteran con artist Roy spots an obvious easy mark when he meets Betty, a wealthy widow, online. In no time at all, he’s moved into Betty’s lovely cottage and is preparing to accompany her on a romantic trip to Europe. Betty’s grandson disapproves of their blossoming relationship, but Roy is sure this scheme will be a success. He knows what he’s doing.

As this remarkable feat of storytelling weaves together Roy’s and Betty’s futures, it also unwinds their pasts. Dancing across almost a century, decades that encompass unthinkable cruelty, extraordinary resilience, and remarkable kindness, The Good Liar is an epic narrative of sin, salvation, and survival—and for Roy and Betty, there is a reckoning to be made when the endgame of Roy’s crooked plot plays out.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I was engrossed…As deceiver and deceived move towards each other with hypnotic predestination, the plot unfolds to a payoff as inevitable as it is shocking. A superb thriller and a truly engrossing read.”

    Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author

  • “As the tension mounts, the reader is kept guessing…The final denouement is a real cracker…Added to the fiendishly clever plot, Searle’s writing is both drily amusing and elegantly crafted.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “[A] compelling premise…Elegant writing.”

    Times (London)

  • “[A] fantastically assured debut…The Good Liar makes you want to experience Nicholas Searle’s next trick.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “One of 2016’s most intriguing debut novels.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Engrossing…An elegantly structured long con. The pace is almost maddeningly deliberate, with details about the characters and their schemes doled out like a controlled substance, but patient readers will be rewarded with devastating third-act twists and a satisfying denouement.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A gut-clenching cat-and-mouse game…This debut novel is a well-crafted, complex tale that will appeal to fans of psychological thrillers.”


  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for February 2016
  • Longlisted for the 2016 CWA New Blood Dagger

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About the Author

Nicholas Searle grew up in Cornwall and studied languages at the University of Bath and the University of Göttingen, Germany. He worked as a senior civil servant for many years before leaving in 2011 to write fiction.

About the Narrator

Matthew Brenher, originally from London, is an award-winning actor of stage, film, and television and an accomplished voice-over artist. His theatrical background includes many Shakespearean productions. For his role as George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, he was awarded best performance by a lead actor/drama by Stage Scene LA 2009–2010.