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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 story. That's ndown. The ...more
Deanna
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 min
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Kendall
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
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
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 m/>
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Miriam Smith
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readers-first
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
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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 my inter
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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,
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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 a
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Lindsay - Traveling Sister
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!
Pauline
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
Kaila
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-uno, 2018, 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 me
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Marialyce
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
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jessica
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Selena
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
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 since.
Fast forward ten years, all has been quiet since will's arrest until a new young
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Selene
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 confinement was based
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Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
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
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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
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Eva
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
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 enthralling myste
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Fictionophile
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 sh
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Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
There's just something about Howard's writing style that I just really LOVE. Neither of her books are those throat punch, make you gasp and go OH MY F*$(*%#$) GOD, WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!?! And I know we ALL love those, but hear me out because I do too, but The Liar's Girl is GOOD.

I started this last night and did NOT want to put it down. I was hooked in just 20 pages and the only reason I put it down was because I knew I had an early and long day at work today. I snuck reads in all day just to fi
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
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3.5 stars
The Liar’s Girl is a mystery novel, come psychological thriller, with a serial killer element that will get under your skin. Written by Irish author Catherine Ryan Howard, The Liar’s Girl is a novel that converges the past with the present, so that it all compounds into the one explosive read, complete with a final flooring twist.

Situated in Dublin, The Liar’s Girl follows Alison Smith, the lead of the
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♥ Sandi ❣
4 stars - Publishes 2/27/18 - Thanks to Netgalley for this ARC in return for a truthful review.

Pretty girl, Allison - handsome man, Will.

The setting is a college campus in Ireland. One day everything is bright and shiny for the young couple, the next tragedy strikes. Allison is beside herself and not inclined to believe it when Will is identified as the Canal Killer - a spree of several killings - including her childhood best friend.

After Will's conviction, Allison moves away. Then ten long y
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Maranda
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Catherine Ryan Howard has written a novel that explores the world of change and disappointments. In depth real characters that hurdle over trust and realize that those closest have been lying. Narrative that is physiological and tells of how events today have lasting future conclusions. Two long time friends Liz and Alison travel to St. John's University in Dublin. A serial killer terrorizes students which becomes personal to Liz and Alison. Crime drama full of suspense and surprises. "A copy of ...more
Laurie Anderson
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Started with terrific tension and mystery (plus, Ireland!), it sadly went off-track about a third of the way through. The main character repeated information that we already knew so often, it reminded me of a true crime podcast that only has enough material for two episodes, but gets stretched out to ten. Also, the flashback/flashforward sequences which started out so well written, fell apart.

Not my cup of tea. Your mileage may vary.
Liz Barnsley
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd been looking forward to this one after loving Distress Signals and it did not disappoint. A right proper page turner and an absolutely compelling narrative. Review to follow later. Note to author: We need more Malone.

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Catherine Ryan Howard was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1982. Prior to writing full-time, Catherine worked as a campsite courier in France and a front desk agent in Walt Disney World, Florida, and most recently was a social media marketer for a major publisher. She is currently studying for a BA in English at Trinity College Dublin.