The Liar's Room
ONE ROOM. TWO LIARS. NO WAY OUT...
Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a counsellor and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe.
But everything changes when Adam Geraghty walks into her office. She's never met this young man before - so why does she feel like she knows him?
Here's a brief glimpse into that:
And that's not even considering the different currencies, since Lelic is not American. He is likely getting his payments in Euro, which means he could be getting less of a cut within his own country. Not to mention Amazon often does sales or gives ebooks out for free often enough to not guarantee generating a large profit from them.
Charging more than the printed version would have been a scummier move. But the same price? Makes sense.(less)
One Heck of a Nail-Biter!
Susanna is an overprotective mother to 14 year old Emily. More than anything Emily just wants a little freedom. Yet, all they have is each other. Susanna however, has her reasons for keeping tabs on her daughter - Emily just doesn’t know what they are.
When Emily meets Adam - an older guy who pays attention to her, she is immediately interested. Who can blame her? Little does she know, Adam’s interest is not in her. It’s in her mother.
When Susanna’s patient arri ...more
Wow! This was one thrilling verbal ping-pong match! An intense game full of thrills, chills, secrets, and lies! I felt as though I was on high alert this entire book, there is a definite sense of impending doom throughout this entire story... two liars, one room, and one fantastically disturbing tale!
Susanna is a counselor, and the book starts out with Adam a new patient entering her office for the first time... t ...more
Wow! Suspense on steroids!
Susanna has managed to rebuild her life. She’s a counselor now, raising her 14 year old daughter Emily, on her own. She has finally left her past...far, far behind. At least that’s sure what she believed.
That’s precisely the moment a new client showed up at her office. Adam.
He demands the truth from Susanna or promises to hurt the one person Susanna loves the most...Emily. So who is this maniacal new client? And why is he bent on destroying Susanna?
This is the secon ...more
THE LIAR’S ROOM by SIMON LELIC is an engaging, intense, mysterious and haunting psychological thriller novel that was quite the immersive and thrilling book to read. Right from the very beginning this book had me stumped and wondering who’s the liar here and what secrets are going to be uncovered, making this quite the compulsive page-turner.
SIMON LELIC delivers an excellent, thought-provoking, entertaining and well-written read here with an i ...more
A compelling thriller that sees Susanna, a therapist, take on a new teenage client. It soon becomes apparent, however, that Adam knows her, knows all her dark secrets, things she's been running from for years. But how? He is a complete stranger to her. Yet he has a photo of her daughter...And a knife...
As Susanna tries to figure out what it is that Adam wants from her, he becomes increasingly erratic and angry. Clearly ...more
Several years ago, Susanna was in danger, and she had to leave her old life behind to keep her daughter, Emily, safe. She becomes a therapist and starts over.
A new client, Adam, comes to his first session with Susanna and begins asking questions that instantly make her uneasy. He says he is a danger to others, and he needs her help. Then, he begins to act aggressive and irrational, and I could feel Susanna’s heartrate rise. She is trappe ...more
I was as trapped in the story as Susanna was in her Consultantancy room with Adam. I didn’t even want to get out unlike her!
I read The House by this author and loved it.
I’ve now read this and am going to follow him on social media so I won’t miss out each time he produces a book.
Talk about “edge of your seat”. I was on the edge I almost fell off.
This is a verbal cat and mouse that will have you turning your head to Susanna, to Adam, back to Susanna, just like watching a ...more
A counselor's new client seems to know everything about her, but who is he?
Susanna must be thinking at this point that this appointment is turning into an utter nightmare and fast. Adam is a new patient and he has lied and turned the tables on her fast. Can Susanna depend on her training to get her out of this?
A perfect, edge-of-your seat beginning with a intriguing story line that promises some bits and pieces from their past. Adam knows things about her that he shouldn't, but ho ...more
I wondered how it would feel to be in this position! Though nearly the entire book takes place in either flashbacks or a single room, the plot moved lightening fast as Susanna’s entire life and past unraveled before our eyes. With two incredible books by him that were top reads for me, Simon Lelic is officially a favorite author for me. I’m looking forward to more ...more
That’s the way it is for everyone. Where we come from, our secret pasts—we can’t escape them. They define us. Control us. Trap us even, sometimes.
Susanna is a counselor and Adam is her new client. It’s his first session with her. He’s a bit strange. He said he needs help but he frightened her from the beginning.
There’s something I want to do.
He gave her a picture and she saw her daughter looking back at her in the photograph…
Who is Adam, really? What does he want? What ar ...more
Susanna is a therapist and mother to 14-year old Emily. Years ago she ran away from her old life after a devastating incident, hoping no one would find out. For 14 years her old identity stayed hidden, until a session with a new client named Adam threatens to destroy everything.
This was a fast-paced, enjoyable (yet disturbing) book that put me on edge. Who is Adam really? What is Susanna is hi ...more
What happens when you put two liars in a room together especially when they might be lying to themselves. Well, that made for an intense fast-past story here with our liars. I love the dialogue here that seemed like they were sparring with each other. I thought this lead to some very interesting dynamics between the characters. I was entertained yet pleasingly disturbed as the lies and secrets are reveale ...more
This is a page turning thriller that is predominantly set in one room, the consulting room. Consultant Susanna and Adam are trapped together in the room trying to outsmart each other. Susanna is worried because her teenage daughter Emily is not where she said she would be and isn't answering her mobile. Susanna has always gone to extreme lengths to protect Emily including fourteen years ago, d ...more
The Liars Room is a considered, intelligent and claustrophobic thriller set for the most part in a single room where two people face off in a psychological battle of wills heading inexorably towards their own hidden truths…
When Susanna welcomes new client Adam into her office it isn’t long be ...more
Susanna is raising her 14 year old daughter Emily on her own. She is a counselor and has left her past behind her.... or she wants to believe.
Susanna has a new client Adam that shows up for therapy. Adam starts disclosing things to Susanna that are about her own life. How does he know all this and how does he know about her daughter Emily? Talk about creeeeepyyyy!!
Adam starts become a bit manic and demands the truth from Susanna and threatens ...more
She meets a new teenage patient named Adam who comes to her seeking help. It becomes apparent that the appointment is a ruse and he is there to uncover Susanna’s past. She struggles to keep her composure as he bombard ...more
This story unfolds during the course of a day. When Adam arrives to Susanna's office, she begins the session as she normally would with a new patient, but things soon change. It is clear Adam has another reason for being in Susanna's office, and his t ...more
I like Simon Lelic's creativity in how he chooses to tell his stories. They're a bit different, tension-filled, and definitely page-turners. I might have had a few problems with the story but overall it was a good read.
Susanna Fenton wanted to move on from her past and keep her daughter safe so she got a new identity and found work as a therapist. She has an appointment with a new patient, a young man named Adam Geraghty, but this isn't going to be your typical therapy session. While it ...more
The Liar's Room by Simon Lelic takes place in really just the course of a few hours, but this book still managed to blow me away!
What it's about: Susanna Fenton is a counselor, but that's not what she always was, and she is running from a past she wishes she could forget. Enter Adam, who makes an appointment with her to help himself, but really only wants to talk about Susanna's past. What exactly does Adam want from her? I guess we are about to find out....
The Liar's Room ended up ...more
Susannah a counsellor has a new client, he is called Adam and is a teenager. Susannah thinks he looks vaguely familiar. Adam talks about wanting to hurt a girl and shows Susannah a photo of the girl, but the photo is of Emily her 14 year old daughter. How does he know her and why would he want to hurt her?
This book is brilliant. What happens next is a cat and mouse game bet ...more
The main story takes place over the course of five hours with just two people mainly in one room.
Susanna has started a new life for herself as a counsellor, she glad to leave the past behind until the day that Adam walks into her office.
Adam knows her secret.
I loved how enclosed and tense this story was, aside from a few flashbacks ...more
This book is literally chock-full of lies, manipulation and misdirection which added to the tension and kept the suspense building steadily throughout the story. Well written, accessible and easy to ...more
Well this was quite an intense book! It follows this woman named Susanna who is a psychologist and she’s taking on a new patient named Adam and the entire story mostly takes place in one day.
There were two good plot twists that I didn’t see coming, some of the ending got to be a bit predictable though but overall I thought this was a very well-written thriller. This is my first time reading this author but I’ve seen his books around and I’m definitely interested in reading more from him ...more
3 ⭐️’s for this thriller that wasn’t as thrilling as I’d hoped.
I read this book as my first Buddy Read...which I really enjoyed (the BR)! The book—not so much. I didn’t consider it real thrilling. It was well-written and kept my attention, but wasn’t as good as I expected.
I didn’t identify with most of the characters, which makes for a slower read. Some of their actions were appalling—and some were just confusing. A lot of the book wasn’t very realistic or believable, ...more
NO WAY OUT
Misconceptions - This is a twisty,gripping story about misconceptions,secrets,lies,redemption and forgiveness.There is a hell of a lot more to this book than the synopsis leads you to believe.Yes,the main story is Susanna and Adam`s intense battle of wits as they try to outsmart each other during the hours that they are trapped together in Susanna`s tiny,claustrophobic consulting room.Who is Adam? why does Susanna feel like she knows him even though she has never set ...more
Flashing back and forth to Susanna's past, Adam and Susanna's lives intertwine together in a way that surprises us all. There's a tension that is built from the first page throughout the read that is palpitating. It's truly hard to discuss much of anything withou ...more
A new client arrives in a counsellor's office and quite quickly it emerges that he is there to torment the counsellor with her past and with other threats. Both have been untruthful in many ways – hence the title – and the ensuing dialogue is a battle of wits between them as some ghastly t ...more
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