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Every family has a secret… When Rachel Porter’s estranged mother dies, she returns to her family home filled with dread about having to face her past, and the people who populated it. Little does she know that there are dead bodies waiting to be discovered, and a lifetime of secrets are about to unravel.


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Every family has a secret… When Rachel Porter’s estranged mother dies, she returns to her family home filled with dread about having to face her past, and the people who populated it. Little does she know that there are dead bodies waiting to be discovered, and a lifetime of secrets are about to unravel.

30 review for My Mother, The Liar: A chilling thriller to read with the lights on

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kylie D

    Rachel Porter has been called back to her hometown after her mothers death and in the process of cleaning the old house out finds the mummified remains of a baby in a closet. Another body is soon found on another part of the estate and the ensuing tale of lies, jealousy and revenge ensures you don't want to put this book down. I read this book in one sitting as I kept having to turn the pages to find out if anyone was telling the truth in this tangled mess. Every now and then I'd stop and try to Rachel Porter has been called back to her hometown after her mothers death and in the process of cleaning the old house out finds the mummified remains of a baby in a closet. Another body is soon found on another part of the estate and the ensuing tale of lies, jealousy and revenge ensures you don't want to put this book down. I read this book in one sitting as I kept having to turn the pages to find out if anyone was telling the truth in this tangled mess. Every now and then I'd stop and try to figure out what every ones real relationship to each other was, who had the opportunity and motive to murder and just what had gone down in the house over the years. A couple of details I did work out but as for the big picture I had no idea. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good "whodunit" and wants to try to fit the jigsaw pieces of a fractured family together.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: 'So Roy got killed and stuffed in a box in the shed. What about the other one, Rachel? Has your family found an even more effective way of disposing of their unwanted children? Rather than just abandon them without a word, kill them off and hide the bodies? Gruesome but efficient I must say. ' THE BLURB: Every family has its secrets… From the author of The Lost Child, and The Forgotten Room. Perfect for fans of The Secret Mother and Linda Green. Two dead bodies. A lifetime of secrets. When EXCERPT: 'So Roy got killed and stuffed in a box in the shed. What about the other one, Rachel? Has your family found an even more effective way of disposing of their unwanted children? Rather than just abandon them without a word, kill them off and hide the bodies? Gruesome but efficient I must say. ' THE BLURB: Every family has its secrets… From the author of The Lost Child, and The Forgotten Room. Perfect for fans of The Secret Mother and Linda Green. Two dead bodies. A lifetime of secrets. When Rachel Porter’s estranged mother dies, she returns to her family home filled with dread about having to face her past, and the people who populated it. Little does she know that there are dead bodies waiting to be discovered, and a lifetime of secrets are about to untangle. Secrets kept by her mother, the liar. MY THOUGHTS: I loved the cover of My Mother the Liar by Ann Troup, and the premise of the story. Unfortunately, that was all. I abandoned this book at the 37% mark, finally unable to force, bribe or cajole myself to read one more page. I didn't like the writing style. It was 'heavy handed' and riddled with cliches. Repetitive. Disjointed. I, personally, don't like to be 'told' what is happening. I want to feel like I am right there, in the midst of it all, the fly on the wall. I certainly didn't have that experience here. I don't like to dnf books, because I appreciate all the effort, the emotion, the sacrifice that goes into writing one. But My Mother the Liar defeated me. Just becauseI didn't enjoy this book, doesn't mean that you won't. If you enjoyed the excerpt and like the sound of the blurb, please go ahead and get a copy to read. You may well be one of the many who love My Mother the Liar. It just wasn't for me. Thank you to HQ Digital via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of My Mother the Liar by Ann Troup for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the 'about' page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    My Mother the Liar is the second book I’ve read by Ann Troup and unfortunately for me instead of an improvement in the positives I had for the first book this one seemed more towards my negatives. The story is a bit of a family drama with a bit of murder thrown into the mix that was only slightly suspenseful to me. The book starts out following Rachel who has been estranged from her family for years but when her mother passes her sister summons her back to the family home. The sister had been hav My Mother the Liar is the second book I’ve read by Ann Troup and unfortunately for me instead of an improvement in the positives I had for the first book this one seemed more towards my negatives. The story is a bit of a family drama with a bit of murder thrown into the mix that was only slightly suspenseful to me. The book starts out following Rachel who has been estranged from her family for years but when her mother passes her sister summons her back to the family home. The sister had been having a huge clean out not leaving much for Rachel to do but when two bodies are found on the property the police get called in. At that point of the story is really where it begins to fall apart for me. The biggest problem I believe is simply the style in which the author writes as I think for the most part I connect to first person narratives a lot easier and without that the story needs to be a lot more focused than this one is. After the early pages it begins to hop around from character to character and do a ton of just telling instead of showing which to me leads to a disconnect. Also, while there are tons of secrets and lies buried within this family anywhere from incest to murder as the story went on it began to feel a bit repetitive running down the who did what to whom. Everything is a bit jumbled and hard to keep track of as it was but with so much to keep going through I just wanted to rush to the end. In the end I just found that this one isn’t my cup of tea leaving me to rate it at 2.5 stars although it did again have some interesting ideas within. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  4. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Every family has its secrets… This book took me some time to get the hang of it. I really didn't enjoy the book until well after the halfway mark. The story was good enough to keep my attention, but there were quite a few characters with quite a bit of issues and it was hard to keep track of everyone. Plus, they are all a pack of liars! WHEW! Plus, I think the switching from character to character made things confusion. I had a hard time keeping track of who was who, how are they related to this Every family has its secrets… This book took me some time to get the hang of it. I really didn't enjoy the book until well after the halfway mark. The story was good enough to keep my attention, but there were quite a few characters with quite a bit of issues and it was hard to keep track of everyone. Plus, they are all a pack of liars! WHEW! Plus, I think the switching from character to character made things confusion. I had a hard time keeping track of who was who, how are they related to this person or that person, etc. As the blurb tells us Rachel Porter's estranged Mother has passed away. Rachel goes home with trepidation knowing her past will be dredged up. She will have to face those she has left behind and that will not be an easy task. To make things worse, a shocking discovery has been made . Stressful!?! You betcha! Family secrets and lies are just a few of the things touched on in this book. Unfortunately, it was just good at best for me. As I stated this book was hard to get into but once I got past the half way mark it was an okay read. Everything does seem to fall together in the end, but it didn't blow me away. Some may call this predictable. I wished the characters had been fleshed out more. I don't really feel like I knew any of them and that also hinder my ability to enjoy this book. I received a copy of this book from HQ Digital and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

    I had a really really hard time following this one. There were a lot of characters with too many issues and it was super hard for me to keep track of everyone. I felt like I was getting whiplash trying to keep up! Unfortunately, it didn't feel like a story unfolding naturally and it just felt so rushed to me. Just wayyyyy too much going on and not in a good way at all. And honestly, I'm tired of the same story about lies and who trusts whom etc etc. I've heard some great things about this author I had a really really hard time following this one. There were a lot of characters with too many issues and it was super hard for me to keep track of everyone. I felt like I was getting whiplash trying to keep up! Unfortunately, it didn't feel like a story unfolding naturally and it just felt so rushed to me. Just wayyyyy too much going on and not in a good way at all. And honestly, I'm tired of the same story about lies and who trusts whom etc etc. I've heard some great things about this author but unfortunately this wasn't a great thriller in my opinion. Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digitial for an arc in exchange for my honest review. Published to GR: 3/4/18 Publication date: 2/12/18

  6. 4 out of 5

    BAM Endlessly Booked

    Netgalley #17 Many thanks go to Ann Troup, HQ Digital, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. this book turned me inside out! I’m still processing all of the twists and turns. Troup did a superp job of connecting the dots while constantly thrown repeated spanners in the works.i have no idea how she kept it all straight in her head. The story introduces us to three sisters: Frances, Stella, and Rachel. Valerie, their mother, has died, and they have to gut Netgalley #17 Many thanks go to Ann Troup, HQ Digital, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. this book turned me inside out! I’m still processing all of the twists and turns. Troup did a superp job of connecting the dots while constantly thrown repeated spanners in the works.i have no idea how she kept it all straight in her head. The story introduces us to three sisters: Frances, Stella, and Rachel. Valerie, their mother, has died, and they have to gut the house to put it on the market. But they don't get along at all. Oh, and there's a dead body on the property. That's just the beginning. Oh is that just the beginning. Rachel we learn has epilepsy and left her husband many years ago. So there's that. I honestly cannot tell you Reading this right now anything else because the plot is that convoluted. I don't want to give anything away. I couldn't put this book down. Just when I thought Troup had resolved a plot twist, I was gobsmacked. It was like that until the very last page. In fact, I had to stop reading and text a friend I became so frustrated at one point only to find I was being ridiculous a few pages later. I was really impressed with the writing style. It must have taken a lot of story mapping to have this turn out so smoothly complete. I'm very interested in Troup's other writings.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This is a story of a completely dysfuntional family. Rachel left her family home many years ago and lost touch with everyone. When her estranged mother dies, one of her sisters calls her home to deal with the estate. The house is hiding secrets and bodies are found whilst they finish clearing the house. You are left to wonder just who knew what was happening and who might be responsible and whether the seemingly more normal characters might be just as depraved as all the others. The horrific child This is a story of a completely dysfuntional family. Rachel left her family home many years ago and lost touch with everyone. When her estranged mother dies, one of her sisters calls her home to deal with the estate. The house is hiding secrets and bodies are found whilst they finish clearing the house. You are left to wonder just who knew what was happening and who might be responsible and whether the seemingly more normal characters might be just as depraved as all the others. The horrific childhood is revealed and each character seems to be seriously flawed. The police are investigating but having to deal with missing witnesses, family and others that end up in hospital It keeps you reading wondering what else is going to be uncovered, who might be vulnerable and who knows what secrets were being kept and why. I thought I might have guessed who might be behind the actions- but kept changing my mind and thinking maybe the people I'd mentally filed as 'safe' might actually be part of the danger zone! a REAL PAGE TURNER

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gemma

    Thank you Netgalley for the advance copy of My Mother,The Liar! This is the first book I’ve read in 2018, I read quite quickly as it’s one of those stories that draw you in and you need to know what it’s all about. It centres around a family, a very odd family in my opinion! The mum dies and the sisters come back to sort out the family Home etc. But clearing the house, secrets come out and we read he story (or stories) of all of different family members. Very very twisty, and you cannot guess wh Thank you Netgalley for the advance copy of My Mother,The Liar! This is the first book I’ve read in 2018, I read quite quickly as it’s one of those stories that draw you in and you need to know what it’s all about. It centres around a family, a very odd family in my opinion! The mum dies and the sisters come back to sort out the family Home etc. But clearing the house, secrets come out and we read he story (or stories) of all of different family members. Very very twisty, and you cannot guess what’s going on at all! Suppose it has a little hint of Virginia Andrews books, not the writing style but in the way the story unfolds. Definitely worth a read!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Fenton

    Unfortunately nowadays it doesn’t take much to confuse me so I’ve no doubt this is all me and not the book. That said, I struggled with all the characters, got confused with all the back stories and secrets and finally gave up at 55%. I did try, but unfortunately it just wasn’t a book for me right now. Perhaps I will try again in the future. I won’t rate the book purely because I didn’t finish it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Badly executed, could have been a fantastic read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    My Mother The Liar is a mixture of domestic noir and murder/mystery. The story starts off with the shocking discovery of two bodies. This opens a whole can of worms for Rachel Porter and her estranged family. Rachel hasn't spoken to any of her family for nigh on twenty years. Going back home certainly opens some old wounds. It is obvious from the start that this family has a lot of secrets and family life at The Limes was not a happy one. I enjoyed the mixture of finding out more about the family a My Mother The Liar is a mixture of domestic noir and murder/mystery. The story starts off with the shocking discovery of two bodies. This opens a whole can of worms for Rachel Porter and her estranged family. Rachel hasn't spoken to any of her family for nigh on twenty years. Going back home certainly opens some old wounds. It is obvious from the start that this family has a lot of secrets and family life at The Limes was not a happy one. I enjoyed the mixture of finding out more about the family as well as the police investigation into the deaths. It gives you a better understanding of what life was like back when Rachel was at home, though I had no clue as to who was responsible and enjoyed each revelation as they came. My Mother The Liar is an intriguing read full of mystery and suspense. It certainly kept me guessing up until all is revealed and kept me turning those pages. If you love a story packed full of family secrets and lies, you are really going to enjoy this one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I did find the book to be a good thriller and I couldn’t put it down. I had to keep reading until I found out what was going on. And it was one surprise after another. However, I found the paragraph structure to be confusing at times. Sometimes the breaks between the characters wasn’t clear enough and I had to go back to re-read. Also, there’s numerous mistakes throughout the book (where the word was broken up, eg. g one I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I did find the book to be a good thriller and I couldn’t put it down. I had to keep reading until I found out what was going on. And it was one surprise after another. However, I found the paragraph structure to be confusing at times. Sometimes the breaks between the characters wasn’t clear enough and I had to go back to re-read. Also, there’s numerous mistakes throughout the book (where the word was broken up, eg. g one instead of gone; Motherwouldn’t instead of Mother wouldn’t; r elatives instead of relatives). I’m not sure if it’s just the way my copy read or if the editing hasn’t been completed yet, but it was distracting. Overall though, a really good thriller, great story line and characters. 3.5 Stars.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fictionophile

    They weren't kidding when they said a "lifetime of secrets".  The family in this novel puts the 'Dys' is the word dysfunctional. "a family of felons and sycophants" There are more damaged characters in this novel than any other I've ever read. A mother and three sisters who had no love for each other, or, it would seem, anyone else. The family retainer, housekeeper Delia Porter, was also an enigmatic woman. The reader wonders why she worked there for so many years... Rachel Porter, an epileptic, wa They weren't kidding when they said a "lifetime of secrets".  The family in this novel puts the 'Dys' is the word dysfunctional. "a family of felons and sycophants" There are more damaged characters in this novel than any other I've ever read. A mother and three sisters who had no love for each other, or, it would seem, anyone else. The family retainer, housekeeper Delia Porter, was also an enigmatic woman. The reader wonders why she worked there for so many years... Rachel Porter, an epileptic, was a pitiable character. She has been estranged from her family for almost twenty years. Her return to the house where she grew up brings about more trauma in what has already been an over-traumatic life. Her estranged husband, Charlie Jones, was my favourite character in the novel. "The Limes", the house which the family calls home, is a vast, damp, cold, and gloomy house. The perfect setting for a family that was cold, loveless, and downright psychopathic. The police officers in the novel were interesting characters. We meet Detective Sergeant Mike Ratcliffe and Detective Constable Angie Watson.  Angie was a character that I didn't warm to at all. Though she was very smart and had been 'fast-tracked' into her position as Detective, I found her personality quite cold. Ratcliffe was more personable, but only just.. The book could have done with some editing. I lost count of the dozens of times words were combined (eg. "His conviction for the murder Rachel knew hehadn't committedhad made Valerie's day.") or separated (eg. "taking h  er time in constructing an answer" - "There are no r  elatives, and no friends. - "She took anot her deep breath") Also punctuation was often incorrect or the spacing of the punctuation was off. This greatly ruined the flow of the read for me and did the author's story a disservice. "Men like to put the sinners out of their misery; women like misery to put out the sin." This novel, despite its lesser qualities was indeed a 'page-turner'. The writing was compelling and the pace fast. It contained several plot twists that I quite enjoyed despite the fact that I could see them coming. The myriad deceptions, poisonous lies, bitterness, malicious betrayals, revenge, abject cruelty and abuse, were just the tip of the iceberg.  In fact, there was enough dysfunction within the plot that it could have been spread throughout several novels. The bottom line - I did enjoy the novel enough to want to read more by this author. Recommended, but with some reservations. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from HQDigital via NetGalley.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karen Mace

    I love the way the author captures the dysfunctional family element so well in her books, and this story is another one of those that is full of family secrets and feuds, lots of characters to distrust and twists and turns galore to keep you turning those pages until the end! Rachel is returning home after the death her mother. She doesn't want to be there, and even missed the funeral, as there was very little in the way of 'love' between them, but she is needed for filling in some forms and on h I love the way the author captures the dysfunctional family element so well in her books, and this story is another one of those that is full of family secrets and feuds, lots of characters to distrust and twists and turns galore to keep you turning those pages until the end! Rachel is returning home after the death her mother. She doesn't want to be there, and even missed the funeral, as there was very little in the way of 'love' between them, but she is needed for filling in some forms and on her return the ill feeling from the past is still very much on show between the children left behind, and even more so when a gruesome discovery is made at the family home. It's up to DC Angie Watson to try and get to the bottom of the identity of those found, and to sort out this mess of a family who all seem to have questionable pasts and don't seem the most trustworthy of people. The past really captures up with Rachel as her fits return and she is reunited with her ex, who is still smarting from the way their relationship ended - and another character with a dodgy record! The more that is revealed during the story, the more I was hooked! There was so many twists and turns, secrets and lies that I would have sympathy for a character one minute, and despise them the next! I found it to be really cleverly put together with new revelations littered throughout that would leave you questioning the various versions of what went on in the family home 'The Limes' all those years ago. Really fast paced and full of intrigue - really recommend it if you're looking for a great story to savour!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Inn Auni

    A great story that touched on a dynamic of a dysfunctional family. At one time I felt sorry for them. At another, I was annoyed. I also like that some minor character got a little story for them even though not enough to identify them other than a passing through character. After three books, I'm convinced that Troup is capable of giving readers twist after twist and some of the twist were just red herring to misled readers from the real outcome. And she added characters in the last minutes just A great story that touched on a dynamic of a dysfunctional family. At one time I felt sorry for them. At another, I was annoyed. I also like that some minor character got a little story for them even though not enough to identify them other than a passing through character. After three books, I'm convinced that Troup is capable of giving readers twist after twist and some of the twist were just red herring to misled readers from the real outcome. And she added characters in the last minutes just so if readers decided to read the last chapter first, then they'll be confused. Be aware that some of the characters borderline of annoying and I almost stop because of it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leonie Hinch

    Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and Ann Troup for my ARC of The fantastic thriller; My Mother the Liar. I'm sat here taking a few deep breathes now, I've sped through this book because it was literally such a page turner! I couldn't put it down. It is creepy, thrilling and exciting from start to finish! Rachel returns back to her childhood home after the death of her mother, she's doesn't want to go, having had no contact with her family since they fell out decades ago. She plunges into he Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and Ann Troup for my ARC of The fantastic thriller; My Mother the Liar. I'm sat here taking a few deep breathes now, I've sped through this book because it was literally such a page turner! I couldn't put it down. It is creepy, thrilling and exciting from start to finish! Rachel returns back to her childhood home after the death of her mother, she's doesn't want to go, having had no contact with her family since they fell out decades ago. She plunges into helping her older sister Frances with clearing the house, but what she didn't expect was the unearthing of two bodies which lead to a chain of events which unveil many secrets, Lies and terrible betrayals. This was so intriguing, I really have to applaud Ann Troup for her ability to weave so many shocking secrets and lies into one story. It honestly took me ages to work out who was doing what and even then I had no clue as to the motive before it was all explained in the end. The characters were perfect, and Rachel made a particularly good conflicted protagonist wrapped up as she was in the webs of deceit. I really liked Charlie as a character too, he was a cool guy! I loved this book so much that 33% of the way through, I popped over to Amazon and bought The Forgotten Room another Book by Ann Troup. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves slow burn thrillers, particularly fans of Kate Morton.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jantine

    I received a free book through Netgalley, in return for an honest review. The story has a good amount of creepy, combined with personal characters. It certainly is worth reading. It would have even been way better if it was written less 'telling'. TBH I was a little disappointed about that, since I loved another book of Troup, also for it's writing style. I received a free book through Netgalley, in return for an honest review. The story has a good amount of creepy, combined with personal characters. It certainly is worth reading. It would have even been way better if it was written less 'telling'. TBH I was a little disappointed about that, since I loved another book of Troup, also for it's writing style.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julie Lacey

    This is a great read and had me hooked from the first few chapters. Rachel is asked by her sister to go back home to clear the family house after their mother dies. It’s clear that Rachel despised her mother but her sister gives her no choice in the matter. While clearing the bedroom Rachel finds the body of a baby, then hears screams and shouts from outside, where a man’s body has been found in a shed. The Police start their investigations and it’s soon clear that this family had countless secr This is a great read and had me hooked from the first few chapters. Rachel is asked by her sister to go back home to clear the family house after their mother dies. It’s clear that Rachel despised her mother but her sister gives her no choice in the matter. While clearing the bedroom Rachel finds the body of a baby, then hears screams and shouts from outside, where a man’s body has been found in a shed. The Police start their investigations and it’s soon clear that this family had countless secrets and they are all slowly unravelled. Rachel suffers from epilepsy and the stress of her discovery brings more and more epileptic fits so she has to return to London to get her medication sorted. Someone she’s not seen for nearly twenty years is there to help her but their reunion has a shocking effect on someone close to them. I can’t reallt say too much more as I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you but this is a really good book and I loved the ending. Thanks to NetGalley and HQ Digital for giving me the opportunity to read this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    I found this a really confusing read. The first chapter sets the scene brilliantly but then it gets somewhat convoluted and I had to keep checking back and re-reading to make sure I'd really understood who/what/where/how events interrelated. This actually made it hard going and I ended up not finishing it twice. I've kept it on my kindle and will try again in case it was just me who was in the wrong frame of mind to enjoy escaping into this disturbing story! I think it will be one of those stori I found this a really confusing read. The first chapter sets the scene brilliantly but then it gets somewhat convoluted and I had to keep checking back and re-reading to make sure I'd really understood who/what/where/how events interrelated. This actually made it hard going and I ended up not finishing it twice. I've kept it on my kindle and will try again in case it was just me who was in the wrong frame of mind to enjoy escaping into this disturbing story! I think it will be one of those stories that you either love or get confused by and, at the moment, I'm sorry to say I'm definitely in the latter group!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sofie Hern

    I received this ARC via NetGalley. The summary of this book is vague –Every family has a secret… A chilling thriller to read with the lights on. Needless to say, it intrigued me which then caused me to request this ARC. I am a big fan f thrillers and suspense. This book had a bit of everything. The story follows Rachel, Frances and Stella. Three sisters dealing with resentment towards their diseased mother, Valerie. From the beginning of the book you can feel the tension between the sisters and i I received this ARC via NetGalley. The summary of this book is vague –Every family has a secret… A chilling thriller to read with the lights on. Needless to say, it intrigued me which then caused me to request this ARC. I am a big fan f thrillers and suspense. This book had a bit of everything. The story follows Rachel, Frances and Stella. Three sisters dealing with resentment towards their diseased mother, Valerie. From the beginning of the book you can feel the tension between the sisters and it pretty much stays consistent throughout. To say that this story was out of my comfort zone is a huge understatement. It’s a twisted story with plenty of incestuous relationships, betrayal, lies and family. The creepiness is on another level and isa good thing the description tells us to read with the lights on. If you are a fan of American Horror Story then this book is for you!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    My Mother the Liar is a thriller that left me more than pleased that my own family isn't quite so creepy. When their mom dies, sisters return to their family home to sort out the meager belongings that are left. Rachel is one sister, Stella is another and Francis is the other. They are all dysfunctional, brought on by their mother, who surely takes the cake for worse mom ever. This book is filled with incestuous behaviors, lies, humiliation and a mother who wants to rule and ruin her children. The c My Mother the Liar is a thriller that left me more than pleased that my own family isn't quite so creepy. When their mom dies, sisters return to their family home to sort out the meager belongings that are left. Rachel is one sister, Stella is another and Francis is the other. They are all dysfunctional, brought on by their mother, who surely takes the cake for worse mom ever. This book is filled with incestuous behaviors, lies, humiliation and a mother who wants to rule and ruin her children. The creep factor is high in this book and it is not for the faint of heart. I like to read outside my genre to refresh my mind ( I am a cozy mystery addict) and this book certainly did the trick. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)

    All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com I don't even know where to begin with this review! There is so much of the storyline which I could comment on, but due to the fact I may end dropping a spoiler, I am having to contain myself!  Let me just get this out of the way first - I struggled with the first part of the story. Yes there was a lot of 'dundundun' moments, but it seemed to take a little while for the storyline to actually go anywhere with the informati All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com I don't even know where to begin with this review! There is so much of the storyline which I could comment on, but due to the fact I may end dropping a spoiler, I am having to contain myself!  Let me just get this out of the way first - I struggled with the first part of the story. Yes there was a lot of 'dundundun' moments, but it seemed to take a little while for the storyline to actually go anywhere with the information. So, for that reason, I really do think that the pace of the book could have been a lot faster. I wasn't too keen on the hanging around waiting for things to happen, even though it was quite clear that the characters had already made things happen - I had to stop myself from saying 'get on with it!'. However, when the pace finally picked up, I found myself enjoying the nitty-gritty moments A LOT more! The entire storyline was laced with secrets, drama, psychological issues - you name it, it had it. And, weirdly enough, despite the being more jam-packed than a jam and cream scone, I wasn't at all confused and relished the busy story as there was just so much for me to sink my teeth into. Of course, like usual, there were a couple of characters who tugged on my heart-strings a little (naming no names!) - I wanted the truth to come out for their piece of mind, even though by the time it came to the book finishing, I was a little bit confused as to what the truth actually was. Part of me thought that the ending was a left a little open, and part of me felt like something was missing. Had something happened in the storyline which I had missed? I had gone back several pages to check, but I did still feel like there was a little gap in the storyline itself.  personally, 'My Mother, The Liar' held a lot of promise. The storyline has everything there to reel its readers in and keep them guessing; I just felt that the delivery could have done with a little more tweaking. I am sitting on the fence where this book is concerned because, whilst I was gripped by all of the eventualities, something for me was still missing. Overall, I was impressed by the content and how the author had thought about each individual character, crafting them into someone you wouldn't really want to come across down a dark alley (not all of them, just some). It is such a promising book, and an addictive one at that! I'm looking forward to seeing what the author comes up with next.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Gillan

    Take a moment to think of the most screwed up family you can imagine - real or fictional. Now multiply that times 10. That is who the Porters - the stars of this novel - are. And it was deliciously entertaining. As I said, the novel revolves around a screwed-up family, the latest generation of which is made up of three sisters, Frances, Stella and Rachel. Rachel hasn't seen her family for nearly 20 years, but is summoned to return to the family home when her mother dies. But once there, bodies beg Take a moment to think of the most screwed up family you can imagine - real or fictional. Now multiply that times 10. That is who the Porters - the stars of this novel - are. And it was deliciously entertaining. As I said, the novel revolves around a screwed-up family, the latest generation of which is made up of three sisters, Frances, Stella and Rachel. Rachel hasn't seen her family for nearly 20 years, but is summoned to return to the family home when her mother dies. But once there, bodies begin to appear, and they raise more questions than answers. And when those answers emerge, Rachel may wish she never asked those questions. This novel reads like a soap opera, told from the points of view of the sisters and the various people surrounding them. It had all the elements that make a great family saga come together: murder, sex, lies and betrayals. I really enjoyed all the chaos; it was a good guilty pleasure. But when I say this family is screwed up - I mean they are SCREWED UP. Some of it was not easy to imagine as it showed the worst of humanity. But I could not look away. I gave it four stars,however, because even though I really enjoyed the melodramatic plot, those looking for more of a thriller or a mystery may find themselves disappointed. There is some mystery and thriller elements - but I wouldn't classify it as that.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christina McDonald

    An intriguing book with a solid premise focusing on family secrets and lies and set around a past murder. It begins with Rachel, who is estranged from her family, returning home when her mother dies and her sister asks her to help clean out the house. While doing that, they find two bodies. You really have to suspend your disbelief on this one, and I did have a hard time following it in places, as there were a lot of characters to keep track of. But it's a fun story to read with lots of twists to An intriguing book with a solid premise focusing on family secrets and lies and set around a past murder. It begins with Rachel, who is estranged from her family, returning home when her mother dies and her sister asks her to help clean out the house. While doing that, they find two bodies. You really have to suspend your disbelief on this one, and I did have a hard time following it in places, as there were a lot of characters to keep track of. But it's a fun story to read with lots of twists to keep you guessing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nessa

    Having enjoyed Ann's previous book, I was very keen to read this, her new one. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book but come the second half of the book, I have to be honest and say that I got a bit overwhelmed by all of the characters, their links to each other and each of their individual backing stories. I got a little bit lost and did have to reread parts of the story. There was just so much happening, from past events to present events, it's a lot to take in and keep track of esp Having enjoyed Ann's previous book, I was very keen to read this, her new one. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book but come the second half of the book, I have to be honest and say that I got a bit overwhelmed by all of the characters, their links to each other and each of their individual backing stories. I got a little bit lost and did have to reread parts of the story. There was just so much happening, from past events to present events, it's a lot to take in and keep track of especially given the fast paceness of the story. Despite that, I thought it was a well crafted story plot, very cleverly done. I do think I would have appreciated this book more if I'd had the chance to read it in one whole sitting (should have taken a day off work lol).  But I still thoroughly enjoyed it, loved getting to know each of the characters and was very much captivated by the story and eager to get to the finish to discover how it all ended. Please don't be put off by some of my comments, little tip, perhaps just write down little notes of all the characters and how they relate/link to one another. I wished I done this myself now.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Peggy Jaeger

    Rachel Porter hasn't been home in almost 2 decades. She left behind a dysfunctional family and more buried secrets than even she knew about. Then her estranged mother dies and she's called back to her childhood home by an older sister who despises her. From the moment Rachel walks back into the house she vowed never to see again a series of events begins that threaten the tenuous hold she has on her sanity and her health. The Porter family puts the dysfunction in the term dysfunctional. Three sis Rachel Porter hasn't been home in almost 2 decades. She left behind a dysfunctional family and more buried secrets than even she knew about. Then her estranged mother dies and she's called back to her childhood home by an older sister who despises her. From the moment Rachel walks back into the house she vowed never to see again a series of events begins that threaten the tenuous hold she has on her sanity and her health. The Porter family puts the dysfunction in the term dysfunctional. Three sisters who never got along and who for various reasons, their "mother" Valerie tortures psychologically and physically throughout their lives. Woven into a tale of sexual abuse, death, and insanity is a tale of multiple murder and greed. I have to admit this book was hard to get thru at many points because I had a hard time believing most of the characters were simply awful as they were being portrayed. But they were, and because of a history of secrets and abuse, their motivations and personalities were explainable. As a murder mystery this book was excellent. As a tale of family abuse, neglect and terrifying secrets, it was exceptional. Thanks to Netgalley for an arc.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    I found the overall story to be good but I didn't feel the author presented it in a manner that kept me intrigued. I found it difficult to really care about any of the characters. I probably would not have finished the story had I not felt obligated to do so. I just felt like the story plodded along. It didn't feel to me as though there was any suspense. Yes there were questions and a mystery but nothing compelled me to continue reading. There was a build up in action at a few points but I felt I found the overall story to be good but I didn't feel the author presented it in a manner that kept me intrigued. I found it difficult to really care about any of the characters. I probably would not have finished the story had I not felt obligated to do so. I just felt like the story plodded along. It didn't feel to me as though there was any suspense. Yes there were questions and a mystery but nothing compelled me to continue reading. There was a build up in action at a few points but I felt it missed it's mark. I think this story had the promise of a good novel that just didn't follow through. It wasn't a bad novel, it just wasn't a good one either. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for offering a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Vivien Brown

    A horribly dysfunctional family with so many secrets. There were lots of twists and turns but the story is very joyless. A little light among the shade would have lifted it. Perhaps a bit too much explaining in the last few pages. I did like Rachel but oh boy what a lot of pain and angst the author put her through!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Greta Halliday

    I was quite confused during parts of this book. Moments of not liking it and then I did. I found the story quite confusing and had to re-read a few times to get things clear. Overall though it was a really good thriller and well worth a read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Davies

    Good start to the storyline and great to see the family relationship evolve through the book. Good concept though the story did feel lacking and slightly predictable. Doesn't feel as if this will be a memorable read. Good start to the storyline and great to see the family relationship evolve through the book. Good concept though the story did feel lacking and slightly predictable. Doesn't feel as if this will be a memorable read.

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