Friday, February 22, 2008

The Liar's Diary

I read this book on a recommendation from Tim Maleeny's book blog (he's the author of Stealing the Dragon). Patry Francis's first novel follows the story of Jeanne Cross, a young mother of a teenage son, married to a doctor, and a school secretary. Her life begins to change when she meets Ali Mather, the school's new music teacher, a fascinating woman who draws everyone around her close. The book's secrets are slowly revealed all the way up to the devastating ending. I was not entirely convinced by that ending, but the characterization is truly believable. While it may not be a thriller per se--it's more a literary thriller--I'd recommend it to anyone who likes suspense and is willing to suspend disbelief for the sake of a good story and good characters.


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