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The Liar's Girl

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  10,909 ratings  ·  1,149 reviews
Will Hurley was an attractive, charming, and impressive student at Dublin's elite St. John's College-and Ireland's most prolific serial killer. Having stalked his four young victims, he drowned them in the muddy waters of the Grand Canal. Sentenced to life imprisonment when he was just nineteen, Will is locked away in the city's Central Psychiatric Hospital.

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Hardcover, 330 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Blackstone Publishing
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Chelsea Humphrey
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Irina Humphrey
I feel really lucky that I was able to buddy read this book with my sister Irina; not everyone shares similar tastes with family members, but thankfully we both love to read the same novels! I don't think we expected to fly through this one so quickly, but neither one of us could put it down. The Liar's Girl is truly a compulsive, addicting read, the type where it doesn't even matter if the big twist(s) fool you because the journey to the end was so much more important than the conclusion of the ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
“The Liar’s Girl” was my introduction to Catherine Ryan Howard. The description of this novel really had me intrigued.

Alison Smith was a student at St. John's when she met Will Hurley. They had been dating for nine months and she was very happy with him....until the day he was arrested for killing four women. One of them was Alison’s best friend, Liz.

Alison left Ireland right after Will was arrested, and hasn’t been back since. She put that time in her life out of her mind. So she’s completely s
I was so pleased to be given the opportunity to read this advanced arc by Catherine Ryan Howard! I heard raving reviews about Catherine's debut novel... so I was excited to be able to experience this author.

The Liar's girl is a slow building psychological thriller that grabs you by your feet and keeps you running ;). The premise of this novel is what any mystery/suspense fan LIVES for. Allison is a freshman at Dublin University where she meets her handsome and charming boyfriend Will Hurley. Wi
3.5 ⭐️

I discovered this author’s work in 2019, when I read and loved “Rewind”.

And, in 2020, I enjoyed “The Nothing Man” even more! ❤️

So, I wanted to read her earlier work, “Distress Signals” and this.

Although “The Liar’s Girl” ended up being my least favorite, it’s still better than many other books that you can pick up, but a couple of things pushed my rating down.

Chapters titled, “Alison, then” explore how a young woman in love for the first time, falls for fellow student, Will Hurley, lat
Elle (ellexamines)
This book… exists. And that is fucking it.

Okay. Here’s the blurb of this book:
When a young woman's body is found in the Grand Canal, Garda detectives visit convicted serial killer Will Hurley to see if he can assist them in solving what looks like a copycat killing. Instead, Will tells them he has something new to confess-but there's only one person he's prepared to confess it to. Reluctantly, ex-girlfriend Alison returns to the city she hasn't set foot in for more than a decade to face the
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 clever, intriguing stars to The Liar’s Girl! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The Liar’s Girl has an original premise. Will Hurley is a serial killer who has been placed in a psychiatric hospital instead of a prison. One of his victims was his college girlfriend’s best friend. A copycat murder occurs ten years later, while he’s in the hospital, and Will will only tell what he knows to that ex.

I found The Liar’s Girl addictive, engaging, and slowly building. No huge twists were thrown at me, but it managed to hold
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
EXCELLENT! Truly loved it!
"Liar's Girl" is an absolutely fantastic read that I found compelling, intriguing and suspenseful. There's nothing to not like about in this book, I found everything perfect from start to finish written by an incredibly talented author whose future books I will most certainly be reading. So many books are flooding the market at the moment with over the top marketing hype but this one deserves any it receives, I feel it's by far one of the best psychological thrillers t
Diane S ☔
Allison hadn't been back to Dublin ever since her best friend was killed and her boyfriend convicted of her murder and others. The press called him the canal killer, and all the girls had been students at St. Johns, where Allison and Will were young students in love. Now though, girls from the school are one again being murdered and the Garda contacts Allison, bringing her back to Dublin, asking her to talk to Will, and see if he has any information to share.

A slow moving storyline, but that was
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 stars

This was an intriguing and entertaining psychological thriller with a suspenseful storyline and interesting characters. I enjoyed the layout of the novel which was told in Past and Present timelines. The pacing of the story was on the slow side and some parts started to drag, but overall, it kept me intrigued all the way through.

A big thank you to NetGalley, Blackstone Publishing and Catherine Ryan Howard for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Sarah Joint
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book begins slowly, but stick around. Slow-building but gripping with a little bit of a creep factor, it leaves you guessing the entire read. I was expecting to be surprised by the ending, but had some theories... I was wrong. I love being wrong! The story shifts from the past to the present... the present Alison is a woman who has tried her best to leave her past behind. She moved to the Netherlands from Ireland ten years ago, desperate to escape public scrutiny and judgement. She never re ...more
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I give this book 4 out of 5 Thrilling Stars! I really liked this book and thought it had major potential to be a 5 star in my opinion. The issue I had with this book it felt like it was really slow in the beginning and felt like it took forever to get to the thrilling stuff and meat of the story.

Once we get through atleast the first 60 pages or so it was quite suspenseful and thrilling. The plot was great and the characterisation was good as well. I also liked how unique the twists and turns of
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Liars's Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard was an excellent psychological thriller. Alison Smith is a student at St. John's College in Dublin. Her best friend and fellow student is found dead in the Grand Canal and Alison's boyfriend has confessed to the crime. Ten years later another girl is found in similar circumstances and now the police are doubting that they have the right man. I really enjoyed this book and the characters were believable. I will certainly be looking to read more from this ...more
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
“The Liar’s Girl” by Catherine Ryan Howard is a 2019 Edgar’s award nominee and a freebee on audible plus (at least for me). Alana Kerr Collins, Alan Smyth, and Gary Furlong narrate this suspenseful thriller. I was absorbed in the story for the full 10 ½ hours.

Alison Smith is pulled back to her hellish college freshman year when her ex-boyfriend, who was convicted of being a serial killer in Ireland, tells the police that he has information on recent homicides that are exactly like the murders he
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2018-uno, netgalley
The truth was, I'd never stopped loving Will. I'd just accepted that the Will I'd known and loved was dead. Ten years later, I was still trying to come to terms with the fact that he'd never really existed in the first place.

Let me start out by saying, this is not a fast-paced, twisty thriller - but it doesn't masquerade as one. Instead, we're treated to a story about love, loss, and moving on, along with a side order of slow burning suspense and intrigue. I loved it.

The blurb was what drew
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
This was one of those stories that had quite a very slow burn and a work up to a somewhat puzzling conclusion.

Alison Smith and her best friend, Liz, have been accepted into the college of St John's in Dublin, Ireland. The girls are anxious to begin their college life and start to participate in all things college oriented, classes, drinking, partying, and being carefree nineteen year old girls. Alison even meets a young man she is drawn to, Will Hurley. He is cute and charming and Alison become
Diana | Book of Secrets
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars → Poor Alison Smith. She couldn’t wait to move to Dublin and attend St. John’s College with her best friend Liz, but her happiness was short-lived. Will, the charming boy Alison fell in love with freshman year, turned out to be a serial killer, and worse yet was that his last victim was Liz. A decade passes with Will locked up and Alison trying to forget that terrible time, when a copycat killer strikes. Will has new information to share that may help police, but the only person he’s ...more
Jun 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries, 2021-goal

Overall, a pretty good mystery/thriller. A young woman haunted by the past and what may or may not have been the truth of a tragedy and string of killings.

I’ve been reading new to me authors and Catherine Ryan Howard has been on my to read list for a few years now.

While it was a page turner, it lost a star for an ending that wasn’t the surprise I’d hoped it would be. Quite frankly, I’d been waiting for that twist for the whole book.

My other disappointment was characterization— the lead cha
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
this was everything that i love about mystery/thrillers! this had such a captivating and engaging plot that made me second guess what i thought about everything, and bonus points for a conclusion i didnt predict! my only critique was that i wanted more - i feel like there could have been so much exploration into the past/backstory. and i didnt get nearly enough of will as i would have liked. but very exciting book nonetheless!

4 stars
Guinness topped with champagne. A crime against both substances. 

The Liar's Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard

My review:

I was up mostly all night reading this book last night.

It really has everything I look for in a good and well written thriller.

And I so wish GR had 1-10 stars. Because 1-5 ratings are so vague. I mean..they could mean anything. In this book's case it means.......

I could not tear my eyes away.

Plot was all consuming.

Characters fully developed and interesting.!

Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free electronic copy of The Liar's Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

An amazing story about one very small lie and how it changed her life and affected the people in her life. Great characters with tons of emotion and lots of twists. This story hooked me in and kept me in it's grasp till the very end. A thrilling ride!
Rachel Hall
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Liar’s Girl is the second mystery thriller from Irish author Catherine Ryan Howard and is a thoroughly engrossing and multilayered work of crime fiction. Intelligently recounted, a slow-burning suspense runs throughout the novel, builds to a satisfying resolution and features a protagonist who is portrayed with insight and sensitivity. In a riveting and well-rounded examination of facing one’s past this story will appeal to crime fiction readers who value the realistic procedural aspects of ...more
3.5 stars

This book was a solid four-star read for me up until the halfway point. I loved the writing style, enjoyed the shifting POVs, and really liked how the flashback scenes were well balanced with the pacing of the present-day scenes. Ali's character was likable and I found myself rooting for her throughout the story, even though she was a bit of a doormat as a teen. But when Ali began morphing into a super sleuth halfway through the book and the idea was suggested by Will that his confineme
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
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Release Date-27/2/18

The Liars girl tells the story of Alison Smith who when we catch up with her is living and working abroad after the events that occurred at Dublin's elite St. John's College.
Alison's First love Will Hurley was arrested and incarcerated as the prolific serial killer terrorising the college campus.
His last victim being none other than Alison's best friend Liz.
Causing young Alison to flee in distress and disbelief abroad.
She hasn't set foot over here
Nicole Chinnici
Upon reading the blurb for The Liar’s Girl, I was immediately intrigued. The story of the woman who dated a serial killer without realizing it and a decade later finds herself being pulled back into the case, I was so curious to know more about this character and her journey.

Imagine my disappointment when the first few chapters were not at all what I anticipated and didn’t draw me in right away. But as I pushed through and the momentum increased, my engagement level continued to grow until I sim
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
College freshman, Alison, can't wait to attend college with her best friend Liz. Shortly after starting school, Alison meets Will, a charming, handsome man and they quickly start dating. Alison is enamored by Will, and hates being apart from him, even though it's caused some strain with Liz. 

When women from the college start turning up dead, the campus is in a frenzy, and the police are on the hunt for the Canal Killer. When Liz ends up being one of the murdered women, Alison's life changes fore
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, library-reads
3.5 backlist stars

Much like my friend Jayme, I first found this author with “Rewind” and “The Nothing Man.” We buddy read “Distress Signals” and now “The Liar’s Girl” is the final from Catherine Ryan Howard. It feels good to have them all checked off!

This one is set in one of my favorite places, Ireland, and features what sounds like a lovely college – St. John’s College. Alison is having a wonderful time her freshman year with childhood friend Liz there as well. All going well until girls are f
Lori Lamothe
Alison and Liz have been best friends since grade school so when they both get into St. John's College everything seems perfect. After years spent in a backwater town, they can finally begin their real lives in Dublin. But things don't turn out the way they planned. Within a few weeks of their arrival, Alison falls in love with the gorgeous Will Hurley and everyone else fades into the background, including Liz. Not long afterward, female college students start turning up dead—students they know. ...more
For my third "Reading Ireland Month" selection I have chosen "The liar's girl".  Set in the city of Dublin, it seemed a good choice, and an excellent opportunity for me to read my first novel by Catherine Ryan Howard.

"They call him the Canal Killer"

The story began back in 2007 when the protagonist, Alison Smith was in her freshman year at St. John's College, Dublin.  She was away from her home in Cork for the first time, her best friend Liz was at college with her, and she had met a boy and fall
Daniel Balici
Last year I was one of those readers who found themselves engaged and engrossed altogether in Catherine Ryan Howard's debut, Distress Signals, a cruise-themed thriller packed with twists, gory scenes, and abounding information on the workings of the maritime law. Needless to say, that novel deservedly gained a 5-star rating from me and you can imagine the sheer excitement I was overwhelmed with at the prospect of reading a brand new Ryan Howard publication in advance.

The Liar's Girl is an enthr
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ten years ago, Alison’s boyfriend Will was arrested for the murders of four young women. Embarrassed and unable to deal with the fact that she didn’t realise she was sleeping with a killer, Alison moves to the Netherlands. But now, there is a new spate of murders. Since Will has been locked up in a psychiatric institution for the past ten years, it obviously can’t be him this time around. Is there a copycat? Or was Will innocent all along? Alison is forced to return to Ireland and face her past ...more
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Catherine Ryan Howard is an internationally bestselling crime writer from Cork, Ireland. Her debut novel, DISTRESS SIGNALS, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey/New Blood Dagger. THE LIAR'S GIRL (2018) was shortlisted for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. REWIND (2019) was shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year and is currently being developed for screen by Clerkenwell Films (Misfits, Lov ...more

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