The Better Liar


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About the Author: Tanen Jones grew up in Texas and North Carolina. She has a degree in American history and spent several years editing law and criminal justice textbooks. She now lives in New York with her partner, where she writes from her apartment window. THE BETTER LIAR is her first novel.

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Domestic Thriller

Synopsis: When a woman conceals her sister’s death to claim their joint inheritance, her deception exposes a web of dangerous secrets in this addictive new thriller for fans of Megan Abbott, Gillian Flynn, and Paula Hawkins.

“Like most of the dead, I want to be remembered.”

Robin Voigt is dead. If Leslie had arrived at her sister’s cramped Las Vegas apartment just hours earlier, this would have been their first reunion in a decade. In the years since Robin ran away from home as a teenager, Leslie has stayed in New Mexico, taking care of their dying father even as she began building a family of her own. But when their father passed away, Leslie received a rude awakening: She and Robin would receive the inheritance he left them together—or not at all. Now her half of the money may be beyond her grasp. And unbeknownst to anyone, even her husband, Leslie needs it desperately.

When she meets a charismatic young woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Robin—and has every reason to leave her past behind—the two make a reckless bargain: Mary will impersonate Robin for a week in exchange for Robin’s half of the cash. But neither realizes how high the stakes will become when Mary takes a dead woman’s name. Even as Mary begins to suspect Leslie is hiding something, and Leslie realizes the stranger living in her house, babysitting her newborn son, and charming her husband has secrets of her own, Robin’s wild, troubled legacy threatens to eclipse them both.

An electric, twisted portrait of sisterhood and the ties that bind, The Better Liar is a stunning debut with a heart-stopping, twist-after-twist finale that will beg the question: How far would you go to get what’s yours?


This book was sent to me in ebook form by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. As always with NetGalley, the cover and description are what really drew me to this book!

First, let's start with the ending. I didn’t expect the twist at the end. In fact, the ending threw me for a loop and shook me to the core. Did I suspect that Leslie had postpartum depression? Yes. Did Robin's POV throw me for a loop sometimes? Yup. Did I think Mary was carrying around a shocking secret? Yes. Did I suspect that shocking twist at the end? No. Nope. Nada. NEVER SAW IT COMING!

This book is told in multiple points-of-view (which if you keep up with my reviews you know I like) and it was amazing. There was suspense, curiosity, emotion, and plenty of bombshells to keep your interest. And so many questions! What is Mary really after? Why does Leslie need the money? What happened to Robin and Leslie’s mom? Is Dave cheating? I think what I liked best was how unpredictable it was. Just when I thought I had something figured out, something else would happen that I wasn't expecting at all.

For a debut author, this was a job well done and a book I not only plan to buy but also recommend to others. I can't wait to read what Tanen writes next!

P.S: Seriously though, the shocking twist at the end made me want to learn more about that person. Like that person needs to be in a mental institution locked away somewhere and clearly has more going on internally then she's letting on. I was sitting in bed like 'WAIT. SHE DID WHAT?!'

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This novel releases January 14, 2020.


The Better Liar: A Novel
By Tanen Jones