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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  11,032 ratings  ·  960 reviews
How far would you go to protect your family?

Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children alone, with the help of his devoted mother Judi. Life isn’t easy, but Judi’s family means everything to her and together, they manage.

Then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben but Judi isn’t sure … there’s just something about Amber that doesn’
Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published June 16th 2017 by Bookouture
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Doreen Vasquez Nope...not even for a minute!
Though I thought Amber might be related to the Jukes' somehow, but then...that would be gross because that would mean she…more
Nope...not even for a minute!
Though I thought Amber might be related to the Jukes' somehow, but then...that would be gross because that would mean she was sleeping w/ a relative, LOL!(less)
Sarah I thought exactly the same - finished the girlfriend last month but I wanted to read this as I really love K.L Slater's previous books. I'm about 30% …moreI thought exactly the same - finished the girlfriend last month but I wanted to read this as I really love K.L Slater's previous books. I'm about 30% into this one and I have to say, it's completely different. The mum hating the girlfriend and vice versa is only part of the story in this one - there's a whole other thing going on (wont say too much!). Would defo read this one as well :) (less)

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May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Overbearing mother or the obtrusive new girlfriend. The ultimate battle for control of a family.

Recent and lonely widower Ben starts dating beautiful and mysterious Amber. He feels like his life is finally getting back on track. He’ll have more stability for his 2 young sons and thanks his lucky stars. But if it seems too good to be true. Well…you know. Does Amber have an ulterior motive for inserting herself into Ben's life and creating a rift within his family? His mother Judi sure as hell thi
Susanne  Strong
5 Stars. A Psychological Thriller Like No Other!

Families are complicated. Judi has always been the matriarch of her family. It has always been her way or the highway. Her son Ben has relied on her heavily in caring for his two sons since the loss of his wife Louise. Caring for her family is her reason for living. One day, Ben starts dating a beautiful, vivacious and extremely mysterious young woman named Amber. He falls head over heels. Things move quickly. Judi is not pleased.

You see, Amber is
Jill McGill
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just Wow! This was absolutely insane, twisted, and completely mind-blowing… I loved it!
Liar by K.L. Slater is an outstanding psychological thriller that I just couldn’t put down - I was hooked right from the start! This book is about the deep and disturbing hatred between a controlling and proud mother/grandmother and the beautiful and conniving new girlfriend.

How far would you go to protect your family?

Ben is raising his 2 young boys by himself with the help of his loving and dedi
Dash fan
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
10☆ Utterly Fantastic! One killer twist!

I have been eagerly waiting for Kim's next book after reading her fantastic thriller Blink!

Just when I thought Kim's books couldn't  get any better....she writes Liar and I'm simply blown away.

Extremely clever piece of writing, I was so hooked I stayed up all night reading it.
I was left completely spellbound.
Left me gripped, enthralled.and frantically turning the pages desperate to uncover what I thought was the truth!
But wow oh wow, how wrong was I!!!

Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An Easy 5-Stars

Another superb thriller from Bookouture! This is a must-read for thriller lovers. Wow! Just so utterly mind-blowing. There are lots of twists and turns and one crazy twist at the end. K.L. Slater has written a masterpiece of a psychological thriller and I loved it. Right from the get-go you will have great difficulty putting it down so I advise you to clear you diary and spend some time with this winner of a novel. There are many 5-star reviews such as mine on Goodreads and Amazon
Holly  B
WARNING.....Very Addictive Read!!

I loved every second of it. Very clever from start to finish. A twisted battle between a mother in law and a soon to be daughter in law. We have a controlling and obsessive mother named Judi who wraps her own life around her son Ben and his 2 boys. Ben is a widow and enjoys the comfort Judi gives to him and his sons. That is until he meets Amber. Amber is the new conniving girlfriend who wants Judi out of their lives.

Who is the liar?? Ben is being torn between h
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
4.5 stars for Liar by K L Slater, a book that once I started reading, I was simply unable to put down.

Liar starts at THE END, and then goes back to THE BEGINNING. But don't worry, it gives nothing away. You know what happened, but not to whom, or who was responsible. I kept changing my mind, as I read the book, as to who was the killer and who was the victim.

Told from multiple POV, Liar is very well written and very clever. It is simply written, which only adds to the suspense.

Judi's beloved
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well this was a twisted story, if ever I read one! What an ending! I think people will be torn between loving and hating this book, because of the ending, but I enjoyed it:-) The story moved quickly, and I do think with a psychological thriller, pace is really important. I also enjoyed that it was told from two POVs. Again, something some people love and others hate, but I fall firmly into the former category. I did feel the male characters were not very strong, however, this could be intentiona ...more
Sarah Joint
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book starts out bloody. You're not sure who is hurt, and how they got to that point. My curiosity kept me reading. I went back and forth several times trying to figure it out. While some of my suspicions were correct, I'm starting to think K.L. Slater is a master of surprises. I never figure quite everything out until she clues us in. Her short and snappy chapters are another thing I love about her writing. Just one more chapter never fails to turn into another four or five... or just finis ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LIAR by K.L. Slater is a gripping psychological thriller with a shocking twist. I have read all her other novels and knew I was in for another special treat. Well, all I can say is WOW…for me, she blew it out of the ballpark! This was one amazing twisted read, that while I raced ahead to find out how it was going to end…I didn’t want this book to end. It was that good, and I was totally involved in the story line.

This story explores the lengths a devoted grandparent might go to protect her famil
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well this author has done it again, shes written unputdownable psychological thriller that has kept me on tender hooks all the way through and although I got a whiff of dirty misdemeanours, some were never confirmed by the author leaving [me] the reader totally in awe and captivated long after I read the last page.

Judi was a likeable person. I admired how close her grown son Ben was to her, and of course, she helped him look after his two sons after his wife died. Cleaned house, did the washing
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finished Liar by K.L Slater last night & I must say I loved it , I could feel the tension start to buold early on & it didn't stop, the characters were well written yet flawed but again it made the premise that bit more interesting.

Judi was an over bearing mother who wanted to control her son Bens life as well as her 2 grandsons she was happy until Ben meets Amber then everything changes forever, things start going missing, Her grandson Noah ends up in
Angela Marsons
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Most definitely one of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read. I have enjoyed this author's previous two books and in my opinion her work goes from strength to strength. I picked this book up at 10% on Sunday afternoon and resurfaced only once I had devoured every last morsel of this brilliant story. The novel is full of twists and turns and expertly drawn complex characters that you won't be able to decide if you love or hate. The writing is, as ever, evocative, tense, tight and acco ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Judi has been doing what any devoted mother would after her son's wife passed away two years prior, helping raise his two young sons and take care of them all. But when Ben meets a new woman, Amber, and brings her home to introduce her to his parents Judi can't help but feel there is just something a bit off with Amber and wonder of her intentions.

Ben doesn't understand why Judi dislikes Amber but feels that it is time for him to move on with his life. Shortly after the meeting though Judi find
Adrian Dooley
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Ah! Nearly a very good read. A book of two halves. 2.5 stars from me.

Ben is a widower with two young sons having lost his wife to cancer a couple of years previously. He still calls around to his parents every Sunday for Sunday lunch and his mother Judi plays a huge part in his life, does the house work in his house, his washing, collects his kids from school and looks after them when needed. She loves her grandkids to bits and of course her son Ben. Her only child now after his brother died in
Erin Clemence
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review
“Liar” is the third novel by British novelist K.L Slater. In “Liar”, single dad Ben is raising two children on his own, with the help of his doting mother Judi. When Ben starts dating Amber, Judi begins to doubt her son’s new lover. As Judi’s doubts and paranoia grow, she begins to delve into Amber’s past and slowly, hidden secrets begin to reveal themselves. Judi is now faced w
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Single Dad Ben has been bringing up his two young boys on his own since his wife died two years ago. He's close to his Mum Judi who helps a lot, popping in to clean his house and do the laundry and looking after the boys after school. But when Ben meets and falls in love with a beautiful young girl called Amber all that changes. The two women do not like or trust each other and Amber gradually pushes Judi out of their lives, preventing her from seeing Ben and the boys. Judi is not prepared to le ...more
This story was filled with the thoughts of a fifty-something year-old woman who experienced anxiety issues, loved reminiscing about her earlier years in motherhood, and who was dealing with menopause-related discomfort on a regular basis. But ultimately? Judi was a nag and an attention demon. She desperately fed off the complimentary commentary from her husband, son, and grandsons in order to feel whole. When they stopped focusing on her, she created other ways to draw them back and there was in ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a an excellent psychological thrillers and having enjoyed the authors previous books I can honestly say they are well worth reading. Excellent twists and turns, strong believable characters and expertly paced.

The story features two women, Judi is a proud mom to single dad Ben and grandmother to his sons, Noah and Josh. She's been taking care of all 'her boys' since Ben's wife died three years earlier.
But then Ben meets Amber, the perfect woman for him, everyone is happy that Ben has fou
“There’s a point at which you may might realise the journey isn’t really for you any more. But every time you get a chance to change paths, you just stay put because it’s easier".
― K.L. Slater, Liar

Liar is a perfectly fine book. The problem is I have read it already.

I have read it in "The girlfriend". I have read it in "the perfect roommate". I have read it in "the perfect girlfriend". I have read it in "the mother-in-law". Shall I go on?

I used to love this type of story. But it's been done so m
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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Back when I read Slater’s second book, Blink I said that her novels should come with a warning label and I still think this is true! Liar was every bit as addictive, engrossing and twisted as her previous books and Slater is quickly becoming one of my favorite psychological thriller writers and her books are total must reads for me.

The beginning of the book is sharply clever as it starts with The End, as in the first page is labeled as such.
Joanne Robertson
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG I have to say that I couldn’t personally have chosen a better week to read this chilling third book by Kim Slater! I’ve loved both of her other books but this one shocked the hell out of me and has now become my most favourite book of hers so far! It had some totally unexpected plot twists and that ending! I defy anyone to see that coming!! 

I devoured this book like I devour chocolate at the moment, greedily and very quickly indeed!! I couldn’t put it down, no scrap that…..I was TOO SCARED t
Bill Kupersmith
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
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Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Menacing, intense and eerie!

This story focuses on the unique relationship between mother-in-laws and daughter-in-laws and highlights the friction, discontent, competition, and rivalry that can exist between the two.

It is, ultimately, a story about control, power, manipulation, deception, obsession, and revenge.

The writing is fluid and smooth. The characters are desperate, devious, damaged, and consumed. And the plot, although a little predictable, does a good job of creating tension, suspense an
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
After his wife’s death, single dad Ben has been doing his best to raise his two young sons, Noah and Jake, alone. When Ben meets Amber, he’s immediately enamored with her. She could be everything that’s been missing in his life, and it appears she feels the same way about him. The only problem is Ben’s mother, Judi. Judi feels confident that something is off about Amber. Things are moving too quickly, and Ben only sees what he wants to see. In order to protect her son and grandchildren, Judi wil ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Judi lives a pretty quiet and not very exciting life as she hits the trial of her menopausal years. She has a job at a doctors' office which takes her away for a time from the loveless marriage she's in. But her biggest joy is her son and grandchildren. After losing her first son David many years ago, all her energy has been thrown into the lives of her widowed son Ben and his two boys. Not having any attention at home, she thrives on every part of her life with them. Until Amber.

All of a sudden
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really loved this one! Family based thriller with plenty of twists to keep you guessing. Loved the speed of the writing, I never got bored or skipped bits with this one. Doesn't mean it doesn't draw you in though because it does. Well written, interesting story and good characters. Thanks netgalley for the free copy ...more
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K L Slater is one terrific author. Her uncanny ability to use people around us to instill fear in our hearts is exceptional. Judi is a grandmother whom we know.Someone who loves helping her son and grandchildren, some one who wants to feel useful and needed especially at an age where she is also enduring menopause, suffering from unknown emotions and imbalances. The equation of mom-in-law and daughter-in-law is very tricky, some of us are lucky to find the perfect balance while others mostly los ...more
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well twisted, well written. 4 stars.
Not one dull moment, this book keeps your attention full on from the beginning till the very end.

Ben is widower with two sons. He is lucky to have his mom and dad nearby, who adore the boys and always happy to help.
Ben is even luckier when he meets Amber. She is pretty and smart and she is great with kids. Is Ben starting to feel life in full again?

Judi, Ben's mother, is always there to look out for her son and her two grandchildren.
Is she right to be on guar
May 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Devoting herself to her family has always been the most important thing to Judi. When her son Ben’s wife Louise dies from cancer, she is only too happy to take over the reins and look after her two young grandsons Josh and Noah whenever required, as well as help with Ben’s household chores. Every Sunday, her “boys” gather around Judi’s table to eat the sumptuous feast she cooks for them. This is all Judi has ever wanted – to spoil her loved ones and to feel needed. But life is about to change wh ...more
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