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The Perfect Liar

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  2,682 ratings  ·  638 reviews
A seemingly perfect marriage is threatened by the deadly secrets husband and wife keep from each other, for fans of B.A. Paris and Paula Hawkins.

Susannah, a young widow and single mother, has remarried well: to Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her fifteen-year-old son out of New York City and to a quiet Vermont university town. Strong
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Thomas Greene There are actually chapters and they are short. I think for early readers who are reading on netgalley there was a snafu that somehow eliminated these…moreThere are actually chapters and they are short. I think for early readers who are reading on netgalley there was a snafu that somehow eliminated these and unfortunately changes the experience for readers. St. Martin's Press is working on fixing it. My apologies. (less)

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I know who you are.

Those five simple words—forming a single ominous line in a note, taped to a front door—set the tone. Thomas Christopher Greene draws readers in with a compulsively readable and magnificently manipulative storyline that teeters on the rudimentary line drawn between literary and contemporary fiction. This being the third of his books I’ve read and what I would consider the darkest and most suspense-heavy yet.

Max and Susannah—along with her fifteen-year-old son—have relocate
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars

Entertaining psychological thriller constructed around a skillful game of cat and mouse between husband and wife.

Max and Susannah have a seemingly perfect marriage--but their marriage is built on a web of lies.

Max, a rising star in the art world, has a secret past that he has worked hard to bury. However, the more famous he becomes, the greater the chance of exposure. Max is willing to quash any threat, no matter what it takes. Susannah, Max’s loyal wife, has secrets of her own. W
Holly  B
All consuming and wonderfully crafted story

I was hooked from the beginning and it just became more intense as the the author laid out all the clues that would lead to the haunting conclusion.

The more I read, the more invested I was in the characters and it just became unputdownable at some point. The kind of addictive writing that causes you to stay up past your bedtime

There are anonymous notes, like ticking time bombs, left on the door of the happily married couple- Susannah and Max. One
Mar 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Men fear death, she told herself, while women fear something far worse: losing their minds. And fear, when you got right down to it, was the most natural thing in the world.

This story would have worked out much better for me if it had no sex at all and just more exciting aspects to it. Since it's such a short book, half of the pages consisted of the sex Susannah and Max had. Aside from that, there were, of course, the secrets they kept from each other and the daily lives they lived.

Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
"The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our souls" - Edgar Allan Poe

3.5 Twisty, love is blind stars ⭐️ for The Perfect Liar

After being widowed in her 20s with a young son, Susannah meets Max at a work party. Max lies about who he is to gain access to the exclusive event. He is handsome, charismatic and knows how to read/work people. He instantly charms his way into Susannah's heart and they are married within six months of that fateful meeting.

Susannah and Max are in love and h
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
After being widowed in her 20’s, Susannah is bringing up her son Freddy on her own. Into her life waltzes Max. And oh, he’s everything she could want in a man! Handsome, caring and only has eyes for her. The topper? He will fit into her 'artsy' world perfectly.

Sure, they met under less than honest circumstances, but maybe she can just shove that little issue aside. When other odd, unexplainable incidents continue popping up, Susannah does her best to squash her fears and trust the man she l
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars

A perfect marriage between two imperfect people - both are artists, and both have secrets.

Susannah, a young mother and widower met Max W, an artist and popular speaker, at a party. They soon married and eventually they moved to Vermont when Max gets a job there. Max, Susannah and Freddy like it in Vermont. Life is easy there. They are comfortable and happy until one day a note appears on their door. A note which reads I KNOW WHO YOU ARE. An honest person might think "I know who I am too
Katie B
I was hooked on this book right away. How could you not want to find out why someone is leaving anonymous notes on a couple's door saying things like "I KNOW WHO YOU ARE"? Totally creepy, but it made for a really entertaining read.

The pacing in this book was excellent as the chapters were short and alternated between the husband, Max, and his wife, Susannah. As the story unfolds, you learn bit by bit about each of their pasts. The book definitely takes some interesting turns and while I wouldn't
Susanne  Strong
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
2.25 Stars* (rounded down)

Susannah thinks she has met the perfect man and is immediately swept off of her feet. Could it be? When Max W. meets Susannah there is an intense attraction and and a whirlwind romance. Mere months later they are married.

Susannah had no plans to get remarried after losing her first husband Joseph but
Max W., fulfilled something in her she thought she’d never find. Now she and Max, her successful Professor/Artist husband and her son Freddy, live the quiet life in Burlin
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I Know WHO You Are!

Oh what a tangled web we weave... Imagine you find a note taped to your front door and all it says is: I know who you are! Would you assume they had the wrong house? Assume it was for your spouse? Your child? Or would you know you have something to hide and it was meant for you? This is the note that Susanna and Max found taped to their front door one morning, the note that changed everything, the note that they both thought was intended for them. Two people with many secrets
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow... that was a twisty ass story to the max!!

The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene is a fast paced, dysfunctional, and gripping story that will leave your mind blown (insert emoji here ;)

You know how you start reading a story and have the theory all lined up in that perfect brain of yours... and that moment the author steers you clearly wrong? Well.. that was me in this multiple times.

I read this story in a day my friends! That tells you something.... and the writing is plain addicting
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 stars- I like Thomas Christopher Greene’s style!

Susannah and Max are married. It’s the second marriage for Susannah. Her first husband passed away. Max is charming and the life of the party. He is now stepfather to her fifteen-year-old son.

Susannah thinks the past is behind her and her new life is idyllic when she receives a note on her door one morning.

The note says, “I know who you are.”

Max is not worried in the least about the note; however, just days after having dinner with Susannah and
j e w e l s

Just a simple story of a simple American couple. NOT!!!!! There is nothing simple about the couple featured in Thomas Christopher Greene's latest novel of psychological suspense. Husband and wife both have more than their share of secrets and lies. Which one is the perfect liar? Hmmmm.

This is a sexy, modern tale of murder and revenge. Only one-half of this couple is left standing in the end. Who will win out? I can't tell you. All the fun is in watching these two crazy characters
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Have mercy......

I feel like someone just smacked me alongside the head. I took the full brunt of it and my mind is reeling. Loved it/ Not so much/ Then Loved it again/ And Everything in between.

If you've skimmed over the reviews, you're gonna see a wavy mixture from intensely salty, to bland, to Five-Alarm Chili flavored. It's all in how deeply mired you become in the tilting CRAZY going on in these pages. If you have a tendency to lift the lid off the pot and re-read the recipe, this one may no
Nov 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
I feel like I read a different book from everyone else!

If I said that I enjoyed anything about this book, then I would be “The Perfect Liar”!

The chapters were long and never ending.
The characters were all unlikable.
The writing was VULGAR (language, sex)
And, the reveal of “WHO” left the note, (and why now?) pretty anticlimactic.

Honestly, I could not wait for this book to end!

First time reading this author...apparently I am not the right audience for his work.

Thank You to Netgalley, St. Mar
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Thomas Christopher Greene’s The Perfect Liar was so hard to put down, because it is so fluidly written! But I also wanted to savor it, because its such a fantastic story and his writing drew me into the book in a way that I can’t quite think of another book in this genre does. This is truly domestic noir at its finest–filled with secrets and darkness, in a picture-perfect family with a picture-perfect life.

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A seemingly perfect marriage is threatened by the deadly secrets husband and
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Solid Stars

We all have light, and we all have dark. Sometimes it’s up to us which side wins. And sometimes it is not.

This was an unexpected read, one of the good ones! At first, I thought I know it but then I found out I knew nothing! It was my first read by this author and definitely won’t be my last. Told in multiple POV (mostly in dual), 3rd person. It’s a standalone novel, fast-paced with well-developed characters (albeit not likable ones, at least not for me) and the twists that I couldn’
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
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If we could give 1/2 stars, I would rate this book a 3.5. The main characters in the book are Susannah and Max. From Susannah's relationship and later, marriage, to her therapist, who was 49 to her 21 years of age, when they first started seeing each other, we know that Susannah is strong willed and actively rebels against authority and conformity. Later, after her first husband dies, she eventually meets Max, an up and coming "artist" whose talent lies in words and manipulating those who pay to ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for gifting me a copy of The Perfect Liar. I recently read The Headmaster’s Wife by Greene and it was fantastic. While browsing edelweiss I found The Perfect Liar was being published early 2019 and I knew I had to get my hands on it.

Susannah, a young widow and single mother, has found love again, with Max W. They are both artists from NYC but have moved to Vermont to live that family life. While Susannah is out for a run she comes home to find a note that states “I K
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher is a thriller that follows a couple as they receive threatening notes. The story is told by alternating the point of view between them in each chapter giving a reader a look at both sides of the story. 

Susannah had gotten herself into a relationship with a much older man which led her to becoming a widower with a young son. When Susannah met Max he seemed the perfect man for her seeing that he was also an artist and fit into Susannah and her son's life perf
Max and Susannah seem to have a great life. When a mysterious note shows up on their door, they want to ignore it, but then a second note appears.

Told from alternating points of view, Max and Susannah both have secrets they don't want getting out. When Susannah met Max, they seemed to fit together perfectly. They met in New York City, but with the success of Max's career have moved to Vermont. Everything is going well for them, until the mysterious notes start to arrive.

The plot was interesting.
Elyse  Walters
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Who is the ‘who’ in “I know who you are”......
‘Who’ is getting away with what?
‘Who’ saw what ‘who’ did?

Two disreputable characters are running the show in this novel.
And we, the reader, are running along side of them
tuning those pages pretty fast.

Being the loathsome people, that Susannah and Max are hindered my reading enjoyment somewhat... yet there’s a page turning addictive quality.

Most likable character is the state of Vermont.

The title of this book is perfect....
The ‘perfect’ li
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scintillating writing, robust characters and brilliantly plotted.

Susannah, a young widow and single mother has remarried. She married Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her 15-year-old son out of New York City to a quiet Vermont university town. Strong-willed and attractive Suzanne believes her life is perfectly in place again.

Then one morning she finds a note on their front door. “I know who you are.” Max dismisses the note as a prank. But days afte
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Now this folks is a psychological thriller. The Perfect Liar is quite frankly the perfect title because I didn't know who was lying and what they were lying about. I had it figured out about four different times and then well, I was wrong. I was in the dark all the way until the end. Which is my kind of book!

Susannah and Max seemed to have it all. The perfect family, marriage, careers. Or was it all a facade? It is amazing how someone can create a persona for the public and yet they are entirely
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Perfect Liar is the type of story that you really need to go in blind. The synopsis already tells you too much and I recommend skipping it. It's a domestic suspense, and someone is lying. That's really all you need. I'll keep this review light and sweet, but it's books like this that get me creeped out about my engagement. Who exactly am I reeeeaallllyyy marrying?! Susannah is a newly married mother and her husband Max has salvaged her from the struggles of being a single parent. Max and Sus ...more
Linda Strong
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Susannah and Max are considered the perfect couple. This is her second marriage (her first husband died) and brings son Freddy with her. They seem to have it all .. a beautiful home, a great job, plenty of money to live comfortably.

Susanna finds a hand-written note on her front door .... I KNOW WHO YOU ARE. She immediately calls her husband who dismisses it as a prank. A few days later they invite a couple to their house for dinner. Days later the man is killed in a tragic accident. The next not
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene from NetGalley for my honest review.

Susannah is a single mom and a widow who lives in New York. She has fallen in love again with an artist, Max, who uses words not art. They decide to move to Vermont where they can live a nice quiet life. One day she finds a note on her door that says "I know who you are".

She shows it to Max who tells her it is probably just a silly prank. But then a partner of Max's dies in an accident a
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
I guess I’m in the minority here, because I wasn’t a fan! I felt like the characters actions had zero explanation - there was no elaboration on anyone’s motives, so I had a hard time connecting with any of them or understanding why they were doing what they were doing.

I also found it pretty boring. I felt like there were no twists and turns, and the ones that did exist were so minor and anticlimactic that I kept thinking *something* had to be coming down the pipeline, but nope. All in all, this
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very fast read! It’s under 300 pages so it didn’t drag out at all. I love this author’s writing style and this book had me hooked from the first page. I highly recommend this one!
Julie (JuJu)
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A chilling tale of hidden secrets that surface and threaten a married couple’s new life together. The tension builds as lies are revealed and we’re left to decide who “The Perfect Liar” is. So many delicious we’re lead to an unexpected and impressive ending!

Susannah and Max are a new couple that married after a brief courtship...and each have secrets from their past that they haven’t shared with their new partner.

Susannah met the charismatic artist at a NYC party, when he first mad
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Thomas Christopher Greene was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts.In 2006, Tom founded the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a top New England arts college, making him the youngest college president in America at that time. The Perfect Liar is Tom's sixth novel, following IF I FORGET YOU and the national bestseller, THE HEADMASTER'S WIFE. He lives in Vermont and can be contacted at www.thomasc

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