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The Liar’s Child

A quick, easy and entertaining family drama with well-drawn characters.



Sara Lennox is escaping her complicated and dangerous past. She just moved to Paradise, an apartment complex on the beach of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She is trying to keep to herself, but she can’t help but hear the fighting coming from the apartment next door. The kids that live there, twelve-year-old Cassie, and five-year-old Boon, seem to be left on their on most of the time. Sara has also heard the rumors about a recent tragedy that is tearing the family apart. When a category three hurricane, complete with heavy wind and torrential rain bears down on the coast, Sara decides to evacuate, and makes a quick decision to take Cassie and Boon with her. Their parents, Whit and Diane are once again nowhere to be found. Sara’s decision to help the kids escape the storm will certainly have consequences that she may come to regret.


Read in a day! THE LIAR’S CHILD is a quick, easy and entertaining read. Well drawn and troubled character’s propel the story as their lives intersect with one another. Sara has got so much going on in her life, you are amazed when she chooses to rescue the stranded kids. You may not like Cassie, but you’ll fall madly in love with Boon. You will also feel sorry for Whit, who is doing his best to keep his family together.

CARLA BUCKLEY’s writing is smooth and the story is skillfully told from four different points of view. Buckley has woven an intriguing tale that seems to end all to soon. While the ending itself was satisfying, I would have loved more closure for the various characters that were so well-developed. The Liar’s Child is Buckley’s fifth novel. Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Ballantine Books

Published March 12, 2019

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