Nothing Is What It Seems in Nora Roberts’ ‘The Liar’ [REVIEW]

Her dead husband left behind nothing but a web of lies. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Her husband didn’t tell her the truth. In fact, he fabricated his entire existence. In an effort to rebuild her life, a widow takes her young daughter and retreats to the safety of her hometown. But the web of lies he spent years spinning has yet to completely unravel and she may never be safe again. In fact, home may be the most dangerous place of all in Nora Roberts’ The Liar.

Nora Roberts' THE LIAR

The Liar is a story about turning one’s life around and learning to rely upon family and friends when times are tough. And it’s hard to believe they can get much tougher for Shelby Foxworth.

Her husband, Richard, has just drowned in the Atlantic Ocean. Then she learns that all he has left her with is $3 million in debt and a safe deposit box filled with cash, a gun, and several pieces of identification.

Shocked to learn that she never really knew her husband, her mind is whirling with questions. How could he have failed to provide for her and their daughter? Did he ever really love her? Why did he even marry her at all?

As she struggles to make sense of the chaos, she now realizes just how important it is for her and her daughter, Callie, to surround themselves with family. Therefore, she packs up what’s left and travels from their ritzy Philadelphia home to the town in Tennessee where she grew up. Hopefully there she will be able to sort through the lies and rebuild her life piece by piece.

In The Liar, Roberts expertly builds heart-pounding tension with deft skill and unflinching emotion. The result is a plot that takes so many twists and turns, readers may feel like they’re catapulting down a curvy mountain road without any brakes.

Roberts flexes her storytelling muscles as she crafts a story located in a picturesque Southern town, populates it with plenty of complex characters. And as she has done so often in the past with books like Carolina Moon and The Villa, she reminds us just how beautiful and complicated family can be. The Liar is destined to be another sure-fire hit with longtime fans and new readers alike!

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Nora Roberts is the number one New York Times bestselling author of more than 225 novels, including The Collector, Whiskey Beach, The Witness, Chasing Fire, and many more.

She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently, The New Yorker called her “America’s Favorite Novelist.”

Roberts lives in the small town of Boonsboro, Maryland with her husband, Bruce Wilder. She invites readers to visit her home on the Web at, and follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts
(Photo by Bruce Wilder)

By Nora Roberts
560 pp. Berkley. $12.

Purchase The Liar direct from Jathan & Heather Books or from one of these fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, Target, and Walmart.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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