The Better Liar

Ballantine. Jan. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9781984821225. $27. SUSPENSE
DEBUT Leslie’s search for her estranged sister Robin comes to a disappointing end when she discovers her dead body, clearly the result of a drug overdose. A clause in their father’s will requires that both sisters appear in person in order to claim their inheritance, and Leslie is desperate for the money. On her trip back home to her husband and baby, Leslie runs into Mary, a waitress who bears a striking resemblance to Robin. Leslie makes Mary an extraordinary offer: to pose as her sister and claim Robin’s half of the money. Recently fired from her job, Mary has nothing to lose and agrees to help Leslie, but she quickly discovers that Leslie is not telling her the truth, though Mary has secrets of her own.
VERDICT Debut author Jones has created a taut psychological suspense with surprising developments and a shocking, jaw-dropping ending. Sure to be popular with fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn.

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