#BookReview • Liars By Anita Waller @AnitaMayW& Patricia Dixon @pbadixon @bloodhoundbook #Liars

May 11, 2020     Ami-May     Book Reviews

LiarsLiars by Anita Waller, Patricia Dixon
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Publication Date: May 11, 2020
Pages: 306
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Genre: Crime, Crime Fiction, Fiction, Pyschological Thriller, Suspense
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One Fatal Night. One Deadly Secret. One Huge Regret.
Wendy and Nell have been best friends since childhood but when someone threatens to ruin their relationship, tough decisions must be made. Nell leaves for France while Wendy embarks on marriage and motherhood.

Both keep in touch, sending letters baring all, or are they?

They hide the truth that homesickness, violence, loneliness and murder form the backdrop of their lives.

Some truths are too hard to face and, as time goes by, shame and fear keep Wendy and Nell apart.

But when a twisted, deceitful face from the past turns up, obsession and heartbreak wreak havoc on their lives. Someone is seeking revenge and recompense. And someone is a killer.

It’s time for Wendy and Nell to face their demons and the truth. But can the bond that has held them together for three decades survive or, will the seismic repercussions of buried secrets break them forever?

Liars is a collaboration between bestselling authors Anita Waller and Patricia Dixon. An unmissable psychological thriller, it will appeal to fans of authors like C.L. Taylor, Fiona Barton and B A Paris.

Happy Publication Day to Anita Waller & Patricia Dixon!!

Well, they absolutely smashed the fuck out of two authors working concurrently. They have set the standards extraordinarily high and wholly showed how co-writing should be.

Rating Report
Plot/Narrative

Best Friends from childhood, Wendy and Nell. Nell leaves to travel the world. While Wendy settles down into married life with her husband, Mike. They keep in contact with old-fashioned letter writing. They set this in Sheffield but also across many countries to over 30 years.

Although they try to keep their friendship strong through letter-writing both are keeping many secrets and emotions to themselves only telling each other what they thought they wanted to read.

The Authors have created a thoroughly creative and intelligent plot full of secrets, lies, deceit, friendship, love and murder. It is told from Wendy and Nell's point of view with letters and through alternative chapters. They split the book into two parts. This is a tremendous book with twists and turns, suspenseful, emotive, heart-wrenching and tear-jerking.

10 stars
Characters

Nell is carefree, free-spirited, who is strong and compassionate.

Wendy is a love-hate kinda character.

All the characters in this book are written so in-depth that you instantly connect with them all completely, whether that is love, indifferent and hate. The authors have written the characters so well that you honestly feel you are in their head and living their life.

10 stars
Writing Style/Pacing

Two authors who have written a book so flawlessly. Two authors become one. Although in some bits you can see who wrote what to be honest it shows how incredible the authors are in their writing skills individually and as a collaborative team. The authors have brought us a unique partnership, plot, themes and an overall fucking brilliant book. Once I started I could not stop or put it down because it's bloody remarkable!. The Authors did the pacing faultlessly.

10 stars
Themes/Settings
10 stars
Cover
10 stars
Overall Thoughts

This is a tremendous book with twists and turns, suspenseful, emotive, heart-wrenching and tear-jerking. The authors have brought us a unique partnership, plot, in-depth characters, themes and an overall fucking brilliant book.

10 stars
Final Rating 10 stars

five-stars

About Anita Waller

Anita Waller was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. She married Dave in 1967 and they have three adult children.

She has written and taught creative writing for most of her life, and at the age of sixty-nine sent a manuscript to Bloodhound Books which was immediately accepted.

In total she has written seven psychological thrillers and one supernatural novel, and uses the areas of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire as her preferred locations in her books. Sheffield features prominently.

And now Anita is working on her first series, the Kat and Mouse collection, set in the beautiful Derbyshire village of Eyam. The first in the series, Murder Undeniable, launched 10 December 2018, and the second in the series, Murder Unexpected, launched 11 February 2019.

The collection has four books available, following the success of the first book; she is currently working on book five, Murder Unjoyful. This will be launched in November 2020.

May 2020 will see the launch of two books. The first one, Liars, will launch on 11 May, and was co-written with a fellow author from Bloodhound Books, Patricia Dixon. The second book is called Gamble, a standalone novel, and will launch 25 May 2020.

She is now seventy-four years of age, happily writing most days and would dearly love to plan a novel, but has accepted that isn’t the way of her mind. Every novel starts with a sentence and she waits to see where that sentence will take her, and her characters.

In her life away from the computer in the corner of her kitchen, she is a Sheffield Wednesday supporter with blue blood in her veins! The club was particularly helpful during the writing of 34 Days, as a couple of matches feature in the novel, along with Ross Wallace. Information was needed, and they provided it.

Her genre is murder – necessary murder.

About Patricia Dixon

Patricia Dixon lives in Manchester and is the best selling author of eight novels.
She has written stories set in her home city and the Loire, a place to close to her heart and from where she gathers inspiration for her characters and tales.

In May 2018 she signed with Bloodhound Books, leading crime and thriller publishers.

Recently Patricia was long-listed for The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize and has been nominated in the Crime Fiction Addict Readers Choice Awards. Her books regularly appear in the top slots for readers and bloggers book of the year.

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