The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard


The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howards, grabbed my attention straight away, I was interested in reading a book that focused on the girlfriend of the killer.


10 years ago Alison Smith life took a dramatic turn, when her Best friends is murders and her Charming and attractive boyfriend Will Hurley is charged and imprisoned for her murder as well as four other girls. Will is now known as the Canal killer.

Now 29 years old Alison has a life in the Netherlands, a life that has no connection to the canal killer. Than a knock at her door and two Garda detective are at her door, another girl has been murdered, they have tried to speak to Will but he has told them, the only person he will talk to is his ex girlfriend Alison.

Alison is stuck between a rock and a hard place, but she makes the decision to go back to Ireland as she doesn’t want another death on her concussion. Now Alison has to find out what truly happened 10 years ago and is it connected to todays murders.


The Liars Girls starts off as a slow burn and speeds up as the book progressess, I was quickly caught up in Alison story and interested what she would do next. The story flips back and forth between the past and the present, which I found interesting to read, it was glad to know what happening than and how it connects to the now. The Liars Girl has a great twist that took me by surprised it was a very clever twist as well.

I admired the way the story was written, which has you questioning if Will is the murderer or not. It was also interesting that Catherine has one of the Garda questioning if Will is the killer and the other believing Will did kill those students. This story is more about Alison coming to terms with what happened with the current cases being the motivation to do it.

Alison is an intriguing character, as you read the book you start to realise that Alison hasn’t moved on from what happened.  She has been running from her past for so long, that it has finally caught up and she is now having to deal with it.

Great book and an author I will be looking out for in the future.

I give this book 4 out of 5.


Thanks for reading

Gem x

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