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The Liar’s Daughter

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  20 reviews
No one deserves to be taken before their time. Do they?

Joe McKee – pillar of the Derry community – is dead. As arrangements are made for the traditional Irish wake, friends and family are left reeling at how cancer could have taken this much-loved man so soon.

But grief is the last thing that Joe’s daughter Ciara and step-daughter Heidi feel. For they knew the real Joe –
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Expected publication: January 23rd 2020 by Avon
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Irena BookDustMagic
This was really good book that talks about important topic called pedophilia. It could be triggering to some readers.

The only downside to the story is it's predictability.

Full review to come in January.
Mandy White
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
All of Claire Allen’s psychological thrillers have been absolute page turners, keeping me up way into the early hours to finish... The Liar’s Daughter was no different. This is dark and twisty look at a family with secrets and motives. I read this in 2 sittings and could not get enough. Although it deals with some tough subjects and is not always easy to read you will want to keep reading.

Joe McKee is dead. The pillar of his community. But his daughter Ciara and stepdaughter Heidi know
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joe McKee is dead. But grief is the last thing his two daughters feel. Only they know - Joe is not a good man, as everyone seems to believe. And now there’s doubt that he might’ve been murdered...and Heidi and Ciara have the perfect motive for killing him.

Claire Allan is an expert at evoking emotions in readers. That is what made this book stand out. I’m not sure whether I’m now obsessed with or afraid of Claire’s storytelling as I stayed up late at night finishing this book in one sitting
Amanda Evans
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read all the crime thrillers released by this author so far and have thoroughly enjoyed them. With each new book, I say it is the best, but honestly, The Liar's Daughter has now taken its place at the top of the list. It's a masterpiece that I will be recommending to everyone.

The Liar's Daughter is a dark read that had me feeling so many different emotions from start to finish. Anger, disgust, terror, pity, and all the uncomfortable emotions that come with reading dark fiction. It also
Veronika Jordan
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read Her Name Was Rose I was already a fan of Claire Allan. However, I didn't like this book as much as I hoped I would. Like is a strange word to use as it's the harrowing tale of Joe McKee, a paedophile, who was loved and admired in his community, except by his daughter and step-daughter who both hated him. When he is dying they are asked to come and look after him but neither of them are understandably keen. What makes this book stand out though is the relationship between the two ...more
Diane Merritt
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over all was a good read. Twisty and family drama included. Wasn't I can't put down but kept me interested enough to see who and why.
Thanks to the publisher and net galley for an early release of this book.
Helen Leecy
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m really excited to have been asked to be part of the blog tour for this book. The kindle version will be released on the 23rd January 2020. My blog will be published on the 8th of February 2020 at
I received a copy of the book in advance via NetGalley in return for an honest review as part of my blog.
I have read all of Claire Allan’s previous thrillers, and all have been different in their own way. This is no exception, even though it is quite a gradual progressive story,
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved all of Claire Allan's previous books, so I was really excited for this one. I did find "The Liar's Daughter" really disappointing though, and a difficult read - this is not my kind of book at all, and I only finished it because it was an ARC copy I'd offered to read in exchange for an honest review. It's not that it wasn't well-written - Claire Allan is a talented writer, and I love her writing style and character development. It's more that the marketing on this one is ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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After getting an ARC of this book I thought the name of the author sounded familiar. Turns out I have bought two of her books in recent months but just not gotten around to reading them yet. Now that I have read The Liar's Daughter and enjoyed it thoroughly I will move those other two books up on my to read list.

This was another psychological thriller, but with a heavier subject of abuse, more specifically child abuse. It is scary how kids are affected and damaged long after the act of abuse is
Kelly-Jo Sweeney
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest book from Claire Allan is another edge of your seat, can't put it down read. Told from the point of view of various different characters as the story unfolds, this book deals with child abuse and paedophilia. As the story progresses, we're left trying to guess what really happened in the past and who is to blame for the events of the present.
I have to admit that I did guess where this one was going. It didn't really matter though, although there are twists and turns in the plot and
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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When Joe McKee beloved husband, father, step-father, brother and much respected pillar of the community dies of natural causes arrangements start to be made for his burial but as the grieving process starts so does a criminal investigation. Perhaps things are not all that they seem? Shadows start to be cast on Joe’s life and the secrets he was trying to take to his grave, which make his daughter and step-daughter the most obvious suspects for killing him...

This is definitely a dark psychological
Eloise Robbertze
The Liar’s Daughter by Claire Allen is a taut, completely believable psychological thriller. It centres around the death of a man the community revered, but whose daughters despised him.

It’s an emotionally disturbing read with very sensitive themes that are all too real in our society. Mrs. Allen has written with clarity and compassion and the heartache in these pages is keenly felt. Redemption and forgiveness always comes with a price.

All the characters were well developed. Even the supporting
Morag Murray
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘The Liars’ Daughter’ is another highly readable offering from Claire Allen, who has provided some top titles this year.

I found this novel to be her darkest yet, quite a slow paced read and more of a ‘whodunnit’ than the psychological fiction to date.

Heidi and Ciara are 2 women brought together during the terminal illness of their father/stepfather. The relationship between the 2 is fraught, with their history unfolding through the novel. Neither character I found myself warming to, but given
Simonne Lambert
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joe McKee dies at his home and, although he was dying of cancer and close to death, the police were suspicious and murder was confirmed by the coroner. Five people were in the house at the time two of whom hated him because Joe was not a nice man, not a nice man at all.
This is a great whodunnit. I had my eye on one person who I thought had sneaked in and done the dirty deed but I was way off. The author weaves a crafty tale that leaves us guessing until the end. But this is more than just a
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is now the third book by Claire Allan and my favourite so far. I was hooked by the storyline from the start and raced through last two thirds of the book in a day.

This is a mixture of thriller and whodunit as there are only five possible suspects for the murder of Joe McKee. Anyone of them could have done it and it would have been a credible ending. I did find the ending slightly anti-climactic after the build up but found the book enjoyable nonetheless.
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow ! A powerfully written , emotional book that is much more than your average thriller. Told from the viewpoint of the main characters , switching from present to past, it is compelling reading. I got very involved with the characters and couldn’t put the book down. At times it made for uncomfortable reading due to the past events but I had to know what happened. Highly recommended.
Morgan Schulman
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review

This one was pretty twisty- some more obvious than others but still an enjoyable ride. You really do you fall in love with the main female character. Solid four
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glad I found this author. Immediately looked up her other books and starting them now.
Emily Yolland
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Her darkest yet.
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