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The Better Liar

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,537 ratings  ·  584 reviews
When a woman conceals her sister’s death to claim their joint inheritance, her deception exposes a web of dangerous secrets in this addictive new thriller.

“Like most of the dead, I want to be remembered.”

Robin Voigt is dead. If Leslie had arrived at her sister’s cramped Las Vegas apartment just hours earlier, this would have been their first reunion in a decade. In the
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Ballantine Books
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Wendy Robin was a vindictive, unlikable character in a book with a dishonest premise: Robin is dead. She took the money and ran, and her plot sentenced her…moreRobin was a vindictive, unlikable character in a book with a dishonest premise: Robin is dead. She took the money and ran, and her plot sentenced her sister to an unhappy life of mental institutions.(less)
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Mayka I think it is meant as the person she was is dead -and now she is free become a new person , who's identity is longer tied to Leslie.
and yes the cops…more
I think it is meant as the person she was is dead -and now she is free become a new person , who's identity is longer tied to Leslie.
and yes the cops are dumb .(less)

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Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Happy release date
Finally this delicious thriller is out there to be devoured!
Are you ready for a mind-bending, psychological, surprising new novel that full of lies, brain storming exhaustion, WTH just I read, what kind of end this themes!

Come on I slap the characters but instead of characters slapped me this time because I was way too naïve and lost my spider senses for consuming too much stress nails (They weren’t my own thankfully but paramedics who pumped my stomach had different
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
I loved this book! Wow! All the stars for this fantastic debut. This book puts the W in WTF!!! I mean this is one twisted domestic thriller. Honestly one of my favorite books I have read this year.

Your sister Robin has been missing for 10 years. She ran away from home when she was 16 and is now living in Las Vegas. Leslie is the "good sister"- staying with her ailing father until he passes away. Catering to his every need as your sister Robin is in sin city doing god knows what. You also find
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dita by: Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Shelves: netgalley
Did I stay up half the night last because I was unable to put this down? Yes!

Do I regret it? Nope!

Would I read any book that Kim ~ It's All About The Thrill recommends to me? Yes! (Follow her, friend her, and follow her blog...she's awesome!)

This book is full of twists, turns, red herrings and misdirection; and even as I was able to work out the biggest one there was still so much to gasp over as this awesome story climbed and climbed to it's satisfying conclusion.

Thank you to Tanen Jones,
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Icy Cold Game of Cat and Mouse

One desperate woman lures another into impersonating her dead sister in order to receive her inheritance.

Leslie takes a trip to Vegas to bring her sister home to Alburquerque. Sadly, she discovers her sister, Robin, is dead. When she bumps into a woman named Mary who bears an uncanny resemblance to Robin, she coaxes her into coming to Alburqueue to impersonate Robin. With the promise of collecting Robin’s half of the inheritance, Mary decides to come along for the
Elyse  Walters
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a great book to go in blind!!!!

Names change like a revolving cake walk!!!

...Leslie meets Mary in ...
...Leslie brings Mary home to Albuquerque.
...Mary becomes Robin (Leslie’s pretend sister whom she hadn’t seen in 10 years until finding her dead from overdose)...
...Mary who is pretending she is Robin, ( still pretending to be Leslie’s sister)... meets Billy and tells him her name is Alice.

Alice’s name might change again...

Names that ‘aren’t revolving are:
...Leslie is
Holly  B


Two sisters entangled in a web of lies and hidden agendas...

The debut of an author that I will surely keep an eye on!

An intriguing premise about estranged sisters, Leslie and Robin. Their father has recently died and Leslie can't collect on the estate until she tracks down sister Robin.

The first half of the book had me on the edge as Leslie hit road blocks, curves and full blown speed bumps as she searched Las Vegas to find Robin. What happened was just, wow...

The next half was close
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Alive sister - Leslie. Dead sister - Robin. Fake sister - Mary.

They all have a voice in this story. What I loved most about this book is the feeling of unease that exudes from the pages especially as there isn't really much happening at all BUT you just know that something explosive is going to happen. One or more of these ladies is unreliable. One or more of these ladies is lying. It all becomes such a tangled web and to watch it unravel was very satisfying.

Kudo's to the author for writing a
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
.... and the Oscar goes to ....... Mary, for her winning performance, skilful chameleon like adoption of personas at the drop of a hat, her methods of acquiring and using information to her advantage, her resourcefulness, her survival, her mirror faced beauty, her intelligence and disingenuousness. You snooze, you lose Leslie, you caught a tiger by the tail. So, what’s that all about? Leslie’s sister Robin ran away from home twelve years ago. In order to secure an inheritance from their father ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Thank you, Random House/Ballantine Books for the gifted copy.

If you don’t mind suspending disbelief a little at times, step right up to my new favorite thriller! Twist after twist, after oh-my-gosh twist!

Leslie’s runaway sister, Robin, is unexpectedly dead. Their father has also recently passed away, and there’s an inheritance- but for both of them, not just one. So what does Leslie do? She conceals her sister’s death.

Compulsively readable, I lost sleep thanks to this book. I loved the author’s
Mandy White
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Better Liar was a book that I went into with high expectations after hearing so many great things about it. For that reason it was bumped up my to be read list and I am really glad that I did. This book was clever, twisty and addictive. Definitely a “ just one more chapter “ book. I really wanted to see how it was all going to play out and the ending was brilliant. This book will be big in 2020.

Leslie and Robin are sisters, who have not seen or spoken to each other for more than 10 years.
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I would not put Tanen Jones on par with Gillian Flynn, but I will admit that there is definite appeal there for that audience if the reader is inclined to be forgiving. THE BETTER LIAR is a debut novel, and with comparisons to authors such as Megan Abbott and Gillian Flynn in the blurb, seems to be setting itself to some pretty high standards, which can sometimes lead to disappointment. I personally thought the story was more reminiscent
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW this book has literally kept me up all night, I couldn’t put it down!! What a rollercoaster of a ride I have been on. Deep breathe!! How can I give this great book the justice it deserves without giving anything away!!! Here goes,

Leslie needs her sister Robin, so that she can claim their joint inheritance, she hasn’t seen her sister for years. She discovers Robin sadly is dead from a drugs overdose. Along the way she meets Mary who is hiding from an ex and convinces her to pretend to be her
Babydimps (Suzy)
3 stars!

Lots of great reviews for this one, but unfortunately, this one was kinda dull. I enjoyed the first half and then it went downhill.

I’ve been pretty open about the fact that I can’t do slow burn thrillers. I like fast paced with some jaw drops. This book had neither for me.

The story is told from 3 POV’s: Leslie, Mary and Robin. Leslie and Robin are sisters. Their father dies and leaves them a chunk of cash. In order to claim it, they both must be present. Unfortunately for Leslie,
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found myself thinking about this book a lot over the weekend, so I just bumped my rating up to 5 stars. This one sticks with you!

If you like:
-Unreliable characters
-Clever, unpredictable story lines
-Twisty, psychological suspense

Then this debut by Tanen Jones is a must read!

Enjoyed every delicious, dark and well written page! Looking forward to what this author will come up with next.

ARC provided by NetGalley
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: upcoming, thriller
The Better Liar is about a woman, Leslie, who inherits a large sum of money from her father. In order to collect her half of the insurance, she must appear before the lawyer with her sister Robin. It takes Leslie three months to track Robin down, and by the time she arrives at her sisters apartment, her sister has OD’d and died. On her way back to Albuquerque, Leslie chances across a woman (Mary) who looks a lot like her sister, and hatches a plan to collect her inheritance anyway, using Mary as ...more
Just when I thought psychological and domestic thrillers were dead, Tanen Jones emerges to take back the throne of one of my favorite genres. I legitimately could not put this book down, and I was sneaking in reading sessions around work and skipping out on post-work errands to get in more chapters. The Better Liar has Robyn Harding and Ruth Ware vibes, so if you enjoy reading novels by those two authors, you'll devour this debut. I loved the characters, I loved the mystery, and I loved how ...more
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For a long time while reading The Better Liar by Tanen Jones I wasn't sure what to think. Once I hit the last few chapters though I was all in and they raised me to a solid 4-star rating.

Reading The Better Liar was like peeling an onion, the more you read the more layers that are pulled away until everything is revealed. It was predictable in some ways for me, and not in others but overall it's a slow burn that ends with quite the reveal. The last few chapters really got me and there is
Aga Durka
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Better Liar surprised me with its unpredictable plot and layered characters. Based on the synopsis, which I read before requesting this book from the publisher, I expected a psychological mystery read but I got a lot more than that. The author digs deep into family relationship issues and explores the subject of postpartum depression. What sounds like another psychological thriller book, turns out to be a thought-provoking story with a less than perfect main characters. This was a ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways-arcs
Leslie’s sister Robin left home more than ten years ago and has been nothing but a nuisance from afar since. When Leslie’s ailing father finally passed, a condition of receiving his inheritance is bringing the sisters back together. But when Leslie tracks down Robin in Las Vegas and finds her a mere few hours too late (heroin OD), what can she do to ensure she still receives her piece of the pie? Panicked and stressed, Leslie flees her dead sisters apartment to collect her thoughts. That’s where ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Makin' deals with the devil.

But is it the devil of your own making?

Leslie arrives in Las Vegas on a mission. She's looking for her long lost sister, Robin, who exited their home town of Albuquerque ten years ago. No buh bye note, no quick hit-or-miss phone calls, not even a post-it note on the mirror.

After that much time, Leslie had no interest in knowing Robin's whereabouts. Good riddance, Sistuh. But the stakes have been ratcheted up as of late since their father died. There's $100,000 in the
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller fans
Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Better Liar is a captivating thriller with an engaging plot that gradually unfolds as secrets are revealed and lies are uncovered, building tension slowly until you have no choice but to keep reading through to the end. It features a pair of female protagonists who couldn’t be more different. You’re not sure who to root for or who you can trust.

Tanen Jones writes from a first person
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

"If I tell you how it happened, maybe you’ll remember me as well."

The Better Liar is a quick, clever, mind-bending thriller about a young woman who must reunite with her sister in order to claim their joint inheritance, only when she arrives at her apartment, she finds her sister...dead.

The book starts with this main perturbation, continues with slow-building suspense, which relies on providing the reader with intrigue and curiosity regarding two girls' ridiculously insane plan, all the
Frank Phillips
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read... All the way up until the very end. I did not expect this type of ending and left me reeling feeling like I I was misled. This book kind of reminded me of one of Peter Swanson's twisted works or another dark Thriller with an unreliable cast, and I fully expected an amazing twist at the end but did not get one. Or at least the type of one I thought I would get. Everything else aside this is a story about family, two sisters to be specific, and depression..that is as much ...more
Elle Rudy
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
There’s nothing worse than a boring thriller. Luckily, Tanen Jones’ The Better Liar isn’t one of those books. There’s something about the two main characters, Leslie and Mary, that hold your attention with a vice grip. I couldn’t read anything else until I finished this one.

Apart from the literal first and last chapter, not much actually ‘happens’, per say. Leslie finds her sister dead, befriends a local woman in Las Vegas and they both go back to her hometown in New Mexico. But from the first
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

So much meh for this one, it had me hooked until the last half and then it went off the rails. Blah
Louise Wilson
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Suzanne thebookblondie
The Better Liar by Tanen Jones (#122 in 2019)

Thank you to@randomhouse for my gifted copy of this book (PUB DATE: 1/14/2020)

Leslie arrives in Las Vegas to find her sister, Robin, has died. In an effort to still receive the inheritance from their father, Leslie covers up her sister's death and enlists a stranger to pose as Robin for when they meet with the lawyer to claim the money left behind in their father's estate. What neither woman expects is the string of secrets and lies that unravels as
Katherine Elizabeth
As someone who’s not the biggest fan of mysteries and thrillers, this one was quite good! So please look at 3-stars as “good” rather than “average” because that’s what I’m going for. Also, thank you to NetGalley for this ARC!

The Better Liar is about a woman, Leslie, who conceals her sister’s death to claim their joint inheritance (this is literally written in the synopsis, so it’s not a spoiler!) and all the drama that comes along with it. There's a lot more side-stories too, for example with
hands down one the best debut i've ever read!
Andrea Arterbery
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, thrillers
Holy thriller! What a windy, twisty, calculating read this is. I will admit that it did start out kind of slow, but once it took off, I couldn't put it down. I just had to know what was going to happen next. While reading, I kept getting the nagging feeling that I was missing something that would help me to piece together what was really going on and I was so proud of myself for figuring it out before the ending. (Don't worry, I won't spoil it for you!)

The story centers around two women: Leslie
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Tanen Jones grew up in Texas and North Carolina. She has a degree in American history and spent several years editing law and criminal justice textbooks. A queer author, she writes from the perspective of women who are also queer. Her work is a modern take on the genre, exploring what makes a woman mad, bad, or dangerous to know. She now lives in New York with her partner, where she writes from ...more