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Call Me a Liar

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  23 reviews

A new standalone psychological thriller from Colette McBeth, whose dark, twisty and hugely compelling novels are beloved of writers like Paula Hawkins, Clare Mackintosh and Marian Keyes.

You could say it started with vanity. We believed we were special. But the truth is we were simply vulnerable.

One of them is lying.
One of them is guilty.
No one is safe.

Months after lan

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published April 18th 2019 by Headline
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Liz Barnsley
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m the biggest fan of Colette McBeth, she writes some of the best psychological character drama out there at the moment and Call Me A Liar only confirms that.
The group dynamic set up in this novel is utterly gripping, young friends and work colleagues on a retreat, but this is no ordinary retreat and everyone has at least one thing to hide…
This author writes the characters we love to hate to love, all of them very human, incredibly authentic and entirely engaging. Then she sets them into a twis
⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

Call Me a Liar by Colette McBeth is one of those books that kept me wanting to read it as fast as I could to see how it was all going to end, and I can tell you it definitely did not disappoint.

What it's about: Five young people are selected for a high paying job straight out of college. They think it only has to do with how smart they are and how good they are at hacking. And while that is partially true, it is not the whole truth. A few months after starting the job they go on a remote
Jane Isaac
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tense and darkly addictive.
A delicious web of lies and deceit that'll keep you on your toes until the very last page.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Libby,Joe,Tess,Will and Asha - five brilliant,young technical minds who manage to land themselves a dream job,simply by cracking a code on the internet. They foolishly believe that they are special when in reality,they are the pawns in the greedy plans of some dangerous individuals quest for money,power and control. Things take a sinister turn after the group are sent to a remote retreat,when one of them goes missing,the group start to question why they have been brought there in the first place ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Call Me A Liar is a wonderfully twisted novel that really kept me on my toes. Libby, is in relationship with Joe and they have both just graduated from university. She is thrilled, when Joe helps her get a position with a new firm alongside him and three others. One of these is Tess, who Libby has a fractured relationship with straight away. As the pressure increases at work, and Libby struggles with Tess more it isn’t long before things start to fall apart.

And it is here where the twists start.
This book is a tangled web, or shall I say mess, of lies and twists, told by multiple narratives. For the first half I did not know where the story was heading. I was a bit confused what was going on for most of the time. Then I felt that the story was taking a turn into a direction I did not expect. And unfortunate it was a topic which is not very high on my list of interests. So it is my personal problem that I did not enjoy the storyline. But there is still more I did not like. The writing wa ...more
Nicola Smith
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've really enjoyed Colette McBeth's writing in the past, in particular An Act of Silence which I thought was brilliant. Call Me A Liar has a different feel to it, probably due to the subject matter, but it's still a great read.

Joe and Libby met at university and soon formed a relationship. On looking for a position post-studies, Libby stumbles across a newspaper advertisement which simply asks candidates to crack a code. Whatever the job is, it requires the best, young, technical minds. Joe and
Karen Mace
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
5 brilliant young minds. 1 remote retreat... what could possibly go wrong?! In this twisty thriller you'll get to find out and let the mystery unravel in front of your eyes - trust nobody is my advice!!

When these young people are brought together to work for a secret company using questionable methods to undertake hacking, you really get a sense of them feeling proud that they've been chosen in such a way to do this kind of work, but slightly unnerved as to what the main purpose of this company
Lel Budge
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anne-cater
When Libby sees a poster, advertising ‘Can you crack the code’, her and boyfriend Joe get started, eventually they manage….Will they get a job now?

Libby’s Uncle has told her his business is struggling, so feeling a little responsible, she really needs a job. So when Freetech offer her and Joe a position they jump at the chance…..

They find themselves, using social engineering to gain security information from various sources…..Kyle, the boss confirms the companies are their clients and the intent
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Call Me A Liar is a terrifyingly modern tale: part mystery, part thriller, part conspiracy theory and all gripping.

This is the first book I have read by Colette McBeth – bar her excellent short story in the first Killer Women anthology – but I doubt it will be the last.

The book keeps you intrigued and wrong-footed from the start, keen to find out how the prologue and initial chapter fit into the overall story. After the strong opening, it does briefly settle down into a more sedate pace but this
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Suspend your disbelief and just go with the flow on this book. It's a tangled web of lies and deceit and some really unlikeable characters. Cleverly treading a fine line between the idea that graduates feel entitled to a six figure salary when finishing university, yet encouraging sympathy towards their naivety, this book really kept me on my toes trying to guess if their job was too good to be true and who exactly was the bad guy. Initially it seems as if it is a mere case of office politics an ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: won-or-blagged
Call me a Liar is a psychological thriller about a group of graduates who go to work for a start up tech company.

It's well written and builds up slowly, with chapters told from the points of view of different characters. 

However the plot is just too far-fetched for my taste, and that makes the characters somewhat unbelievable (I know graduates can be naive and idealistic but they are also experienced hackers so would they really be THAT gullible?). Having said that, psychological thrillers aren'
Gillian Nolan
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Call Me A Liar by Colette McBeth 🖤
Thanks @netgalley @colettemcbethauthor and @headlinebooks for my ARC
Publication date is 13th June 2019
‘When you hide the truth no one is safe’.
This book was really gripping right from the get go. I really enjoyed the alternating chapters, focusing on joe and Libby from past to present. The story revolves around five university graduates who land their dream job together, but is it too good to be true? Well yeah of course it
Kirsty Hutchison
So Colette McBeth’s new psychological thriller Call Me A Liar was published just a few days ago (13th June 2019) and crikey – it’s intense. It’s so topical it’s chilling! Focusing on the theme of ‘ethical’ hacking, this is a novel that is truly scary as you can really imagine it happening in today’s society. It is fast paced, character driven (something I always love) and full of twists. But for me, the truly petrifying thing about this novel is that in toda
Bucks, Books & Beyond
The whole way through this book I got the sense that something untoward was going on but I was never quite sure what it is was exactly. I started to lose interest a little way through but I was still intrigued enough to want to read to the end to see how it all worked out. There are a few sections which were a bit far fetched for me, but I really liked the concept and the book had a really satisfying ending.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never read anything by this author before so didn't know what to expect. i'm really glad i have now!
A fantastic read. Complex characters that you can really get your teeth into. A great story line and lots and lots of twists and turn that really keep you on your toes.
You never really know what to trust and just when you think you might it throws you again.
A great read.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant. A novel that draws you in from the very first page and only spits you out when it has wrung every bit of tension from you. A psychological drama that will have readers rushing out to buy it. Taut and full of the kind of suspense that will have you reading in to the wee hours.
karen cameron
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book . So much so that I read it in 5 days ! Quite a few twists and turns which was why I couldn't put it down . Off to the library today to look for more books by Colette McBeth.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so excited to have been given the chance to read and review another fantastic book from Colette McBeth.
From the first chapter I was totally hooked and couldn't wait to find out what had happened to the characters. Libby and Joe are a young couple just finished uni and ready to travel the world but they get an interesting job offer that’s to good to turn down. The web of lies that follows them makes it hard to know who to trust and which way to turn. This book kept me enthralled from Cornwal
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very timely ,very original novel .
Jon marrs new novel has some similar themes ,different characters who each have their side to tell,the love story that u invest in but dread to follow as you know that there is a threat to that ahead a very real threat ,and yes it’s psychological but it’s difffirent in its concept ,the subject of this book will become more of a theme in the future and Jon mars has also just written about this in a diffirent way ,I’m will refrain from saying wat the theme is in
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Colette McBeth had been a BBC News reporter for 10 years when she won a place on the Faber Academy Writing a Novel course and started her first book, Precious Thing. She lives in London with her husband and three children but dreams of being beside the seaside.
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