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In The Company Of Liars

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  520 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
In the Company of Liars is that rare animal - a truly original thriller, strikingly fresh and unpredictable. Told chronologically in reverse, from its enigmatic end to its brilliant beginning, it’s centered around a woman on trial for murder - Allison Pagone, who is caught between competing forces, each represented by someone who may not care if the pressure kills her in t ...more
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Published April 7th 2005 by Brilliance Audio
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Blake Crouch
Jul 02, 2016 Blake Crouch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Obsessed with this book! Has one of the coolest narrative structures I have ever experienced. Masterful.
Written completely in reverse chronological order. Cleverly written and skillfully put together, but required too much thinking on my part - always an issue - especially late at night. At one point I considered starting at the back of the book and reading backwards, or is that forwards? See what I mean? My head hurts! 3.5 stars
Armin Hennig
Dec 18, 2015 Armin Hennig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pks-justiz
Vierter und chronologisch rückwärts erzählter Teil der Saga um die namenlose Hauptstadt eines Staates im Mittleren Westen und ihre Anwälte bzw. Strafverfolgungsinstitutionen. Einen Haupthelden mit, wie auch immer gearteten Identifikationspotenzial gibt es in dieser Geschichte nicht, die Stars anderer Romane wie z.B. Paul Riley, der im Folgeband und insgesamt erfolgreichsten Roman Im Namen Gottes/Eye of the Beholder im Focus steht, spielen nur Nebenrollen. Die Hauptpersonen, - wie die wegen Morde ...more
Jan 18, 2010 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SO AMAZING! The whole book is backwards so you have to keep up with what happened the day before rather than the day after. Really fun, quick read. This is another that I listened to which was great because they used different voices for the male and female characters, making it slightly easier to keep up with who was speaking. When you think you have it all figured out, the book changes and you get floored about 4 different times!
Dec 28, 2010 DW rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with patience and mental fortitude
Shelves: fiction, i-own-it, 2007
This is a very unique book. It's written entirely in reverse. It's funny, I found myself reading a chapter, reading the next chapter, and then re-reading the previous chapter. It's thought intensive, but worth it and fun. Even though you read the last chapter first, more or less, you still have no idea until you get to the first (final) chapter. Give it a try.
Benjamin Thomas
This book is very hard to describe, much less evaluate. In essence, it is a legal thriller involving murder, terrorists, government intrigue, FBI operations, and courtroom drama. But Mr Ellis decided to tell the tale in a unique manner: backwards. He begins the book at the end of the story and every scene in the entire novel takes place one or two days before what you just read. Now, I am normally not a person who goes in for gimmics. Too often authors like to prove how smart they are by fooling ...more
May 26, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
In In the Company of Liars, David Ellis applies the unusual, though not unheard of, technique of telling his mystery in reverse chronological order. As the novel opens, what appears to be an open and shut case is presented, that of crime novelist Allison Pagone who is on trial for murdering her lover, a congressional lobbyist. Soon it slips back to a few days earlier, then a few days before that - well, you get the picture. Of course, all is not what it seems, and the reader is presented with th ...more
Aug 05, 2016 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first David Ellis book but definitely not my last. Finished this book last night and I'm still thinking about it. Those are the best stories, you know the ones that stay with you for awhile. Why am I thinking about it? Because I'm not 100% sure of the ending...what really happened to Allison? This would be a great series. I chose this book based on Blake Crouch's review, he sparked my curiosity and echoing his review I enjoyed the narrative style and the reverse chronology.
I guess my patience level just isn't what it used to be.

This is a novel written backward--and it appears to me that it is written backward simply for its novel...ty and the challenge of writing it in this manner. Contrary to the blurb on the cover ("smashes through the barriers of coincidence and credulity, leaving readers breathless"), I just found that I didn't want to do the work necessary to read it in the order written; 93 pages into it, I turned to the last chapter and then read it backwar
Jul 13, 2015 Mallory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book absolutely BLEW MY MIND. The reverse chronological storyline proved frustrating at times, but in the end it only adds to the overall integrity of the book. Extremely well-written, a fantastic read for anyone who appreciates a good crime novel.
Elizabeth Scott
Mar 08, 2010 Elizabeth Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like thrillers, and haven't read David Ellis, you are in for a treat. This is my favorite of his books, not just because it's wonderfully written and is one of those rare thrillers where you can't see what's happening from the first chapter or so, but because it is also written from the ending (yes, that's right--the end) back to the start. You wouldn't think you'd be able to pull of a successful psychological suspense thriller this way---I mean, you know what happens in the end, right?-- ...more
Shihab Azhar
Sep 04, 2014 Shihab Azhar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know, i just read six books by David Ellis in a row, and I am so glad that I saved this for last. The reason is, most of the author's books tend to fit into a nice but very similar graph if you consider the level of excitement/pacing/what have you. Generally, his books start off with a bang, then slow down somewhat as he introduces context and characters, and then pick up gradually until a final explosive twist at the end that, four times out of five, I could see coming, but I still couldn't ...more
A guy returned this today and just raved about it for 5 minutes. He said it was told backward like Momento, and I liked that movie, and really took him by surprise. He said, "if you read it, and ever see me in the library, let me know, because I'm dying to talk about the ending with someone!"

I pretty much will read anything a library patron raves about, unless it's really not my type of book, so I guess I'm going to read it.
Michelle Meckley
Dec 21, 2009 Michelle Meckley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fran,Chrsitine,Julie,Anica,Jean
AWESOME book the reverse chronilogical writing style is one of a kind
each chapter a day before amazing enough but the surprises of what you thought happened and what actually did is PURE GENIUS!!!!! This one is def flying under the radar with the critics and hyp I ABSOUTLELY loved it and would recommmend to all my friends DON't miss this one

Dec 07, 2008 Alissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This thriller is told in reverse chronological order. An excellent book. A little hard to get into at first, but the tight plotting, especially as what you thought you knew begins to unravel, it's gripping. Almost had to re-read back to front.
this book is completely below the radar screen and totally underrated. good read with unexpected twist at the end. i recommend it.
Dara S.
I think David Ellis is an excellent writer. It seems not many people are aware of him. I have enjoyed several of his books.
Janet Hammond
May 28, 2011 Janet Hammond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, book-club
Surprisingly good! Loved all the characters.
May 10, 2013 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say about this book other than it was absolutely fascinating, and brilliantly and uniquely written. In fact, I have never read a book before that was written entirely in reverse chronological order, and it took more work by Ellis than simply writing the book and re-collating the chapters, because they had to make sense and flow ... even backward. While I have read books that start in the present and then have sections entitled "a year earlier", or "a week earlier", they have always cu ...more
This is a murder mystery written backwards, which is as hard for the reader as the writer. The story line is very convoluted, involving terrorists, love affairs and family dysfunction. Pieces are added to the story as you proceed, but these are things that happened in the past leading up to the present, which you have to remember from before. Hmmmm. A tour de force, but memorable only for the technical skills and perhaps the fact that the beginning (which is really the end) left me hanging. I wa ...more
Doug Branscombe
I liked the story, but I did NOT like the format. The entire story was told in reverse chronological order with the first chapter being the end of the story. When I finished, I had to go back and read the first few chapters (fortunately only a few pages long each) again to remind myself what happened.) Even then I was disappointed because I felt there were still unanswered questions.
This was a mind-bending story. When I was done, I had to read the first few chapters again to make sure I understood what had happened, and even then, I wouldn't have bet my life on getting it right. I liked the book very much, but knowing how the story ended took away some of the suspense for me,
Aug 27, 2015 Caryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Actually couldn't finish this one. I have read many (almost all) of the books by David Ellis but this one I jsut could not get past the first few chapters. The stody is told in reverse order and i guess my brain doesn't work in reverse. I can't keep track of who and what is happening.
Ruth Quayle
Feb 03, 2015 Ruth Quayle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
keep reading it's worth it

A very difficult start to the book and one that I revisited at the end. An interesting concept working backwards but you do get into it and it's worth the effort. No spoilers here suffice to say that all is not as it first appears
Dec 13, 2014 Monique rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
This book is written from the end to the beginning. I found this technique confusing and had trouble keeping up with what was happening and in what order. I gave up after the first 100 pages as I could not be bothered to try and make sense of it.
Maneki Neko
Apr 26, 2014 Maneki Neko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes a lot of patience to really get into (+100 pages to get hooked) and it took me having absolutely nothing else to do to devote myself to it. Additionally, you need to swallow a very large pill to suspend disbelief into what is going on (no spoilers). That being said, it does pay off. It is engaging and vividly written. I'd definitely watch a film adaptation if one were ever able to be made.
Douglas Brown
Going backwards this book got somewhat confusing, and many time I figured to just give up. But plugging away to the end it was just an ok book. Not near as thrilling as the others I have read from Ellis.
Jul 13, 2014 AnnieM rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was good as an audio, it would have been better as a traditional read. It is hard to keep track of the timeline in the audio.

It has a good pace and entertaining.
Aug 24, 2016 Bianca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Het duurde even voor ik erin zat, dus ik dacht een hele tijd dat het boek drie sterren waard was. De ontknoping is echter verrassend, vandaar vier sterren.
Helene Slowik
telling story in reverse chronological order is an interesting twist - sometimes hard to follow - had to re-read section several times.
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David Ellis is a lawyer and the Edgar Allan Poe Award winner for Best First Novel for Line of Vision. Ellis attended Northwestern Law School and began his legal career in private practice in Chicago in 1993. He served as the House Prosecutor who tried and convicted Illinois Governor Blagojevich in the Impeachment Trial before the Illinois Senate. He was elected to the Illinois Appellate Court in 2 ...more
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