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The perfect liar : a novel
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9781250128218
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1st ed.
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279 pages ; 22 cm.
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Susannah, a young widow and single mother, has remarried well: to Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her fifteen-year-old son out of New York City and to a quiet Vermont university town. Strong-willed and attractive, Susannah expects that her life is perfectly in place again. Then one quiet morning she finds a note on her door: I KNOW WHO YOU ARE. Max dismisses the note as a prank. But days after a neighborhood couple comes to dinner, the husband mysteriously dies in a tragic accident while on a run with Max. Soon thereafter, a second note appears on their door: DID YOU GET AWAY WITH IT? Both Susannah and Max are keeping secrets from the world and from each other --secrets that could destroy their family and everything they have built. --
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"A taut, well-written thriller...The pace is crisp, the surprises keep coming, and there are two big ones that readers are unlikely to see coming." - Associated Press

A seemingly perfect marriage is threatened by the deadly secrets husband and wife keep from each other.

Susannah, a young widow and single mother, has remarried well: to Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her fifteen-year-old son out of New York City and to a quiet Vermont university town. Strong-willed and attractive, Susannah expects that her life is perfectly in place again. Then one quiet morning she finds a note on her door: I KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

Max dismisses the note as a prank. But days after a neighborhood couple comes to dinner, the husband mysteriously dies in a tragic accident while on a run with Max. Soon thereafter, a second note appears on their door: DID YOU GET AWAY WITH IT?

Both Susannah and Max are keeping secrets from the world and from each other--secrets that could destroy their family and everything they have built. Thomas Christopher Greene's The Perfect Liar is a thrilling novel told through the alternating perspectives of Susannah and Max with a shocking climax that no one will expect, from the bestselling author of The Headmaster's Wife.


Author Notes

THOMAS CHRISTOPHER GREENE is the author of five previous novels: Mirror Lake; I'll Never Be Long Gone; Envious Moon; The Headmaster's Wife; and If I Forget You. His fiction has been translated into 13 languages. In 2008, Tom founded Vermont College of Fine Arts, a top graduate fine arts college, making him the youngest college president in the country at the time. He lives and works in Vermont.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

After a whirlwind romance, New York gallery assistant Susannah Garcia weds charming artist Max Westmoreland, but each of them hides a history that threatens their idyllic marriage, in this riveting novel from Greene (If I Forget You). With Susannah's 15-year-old son, the couple move from New York City to a grand old house in the hills above Burlington, Vt., where Max has landed a plum university position and, as his profile rises, they enjoy their new affluence. Then Susannah discovers a note on their door that reads, "I know who you are." As subsequent notes follow, she learns that her husband isn't the person she believed him to be-but he doesn't know everything about her, either. With adroit pacing, Greene reveals the decisions that shaped them both, brought them together, and now jeopardize their future. Shifting perspectives illuminate the gap between how they perceive themselves and how they view each other. Despite a rushed climax, fans of domestic suspense will be well satisfied. Agent: Marly Rusoff, Marly Rusoff & Assoc. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Greene, author of five previous novels, including the best-selling The Headmaster's Wife (2014), returns with another high-stakes puzzler. For both the protagonists and the reader, the trick is to figure out just who is the perfect liar. Greene leads readers (and his protagonists) down some very twisty avenues of reasoning that abruptly end. He begins with a depiction of a seemingly perfect couple but introduces a tinge of dependency and anxiety on the wife's part that later amps up the tension. Widow Susannah has married Max, whose innovative art work has landed him a faculty position at a small university in Vermont. Cue to-die-for house in idyllic setting disrupted by a note on the door that says, I KNOW WHO YOU ARE. Then a colleague of Max's comes to dinner and turns up dead the next day, and another accusatory note is left on the couple's front door. The steadily shocking tone could be more varied, but this stands as an absorbing mystery about who is predator and who is prey.--Connie Fletcher Copyright 2018 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Widowed Susannah and her teenage son Freddy are living a seemingly perfect life. Her marriage to Max, an acclaimed artist, speaker, and professor, has taken them from New York City to a quiet university town in Vermont. However, both Max and Susannah harbor their own secrets, which could ruin their marriage and the life they've built together. The first warning comes in the form of a note Susannah finds taped on their door, stating, "I know who you are." As Max and Susannah try to decipher the meaning, more messages follow, and mysterious accidents occur around them, raising suspicions even higher. Greene (The Headmaster's Wife) returns with a psychological novel that will keep readers riveted. Told in alternating perspectives between Max and Susannah, it considers mental illness and fear, and a sense of panic sets the pace, as Susannah suspects Max of lying to her, while he remains dismissive. VERDICT For fans of twisty stories and domestic suspense, this novel creates a slow burn with not one but two shocking climaxes, causing readers to wonder who is safe.-Erin Holt, Williamson Cty. P.L., Franklin, TN © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.