The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard


Will Hurley was an attractive, charming, and impressive student at Dublin’s elite St. John’s College-and Ireland’s most prolific serial killer. Having stalked his four young victims, he drowned them in the muddy waters of the Grand Canal. Sentenced to life imprisonment when he was just nineteen, Will is locked away in the city’s Central Psychiatric Hospital.

Freshman Alison Smith moved to the Big Smoke to enrol in St. John’s and soon fell hard for Will Hurley. Her world bloomed … and then imploded when Liz, her best friend, became the latest victim of the Canal Killer-and the Canal Killer turned out to be the boy who’d been sleeping in her bed. Alison fled to the Netherlands and, in ten years, has never once looked back.

When a young woman’s body is found in the Grand Canal, Garda detectives visit Will to see if he can assist them in solving what looks like a copycat killing. Instead, Will tells them he has something new to confess-but there’s only one person he’s prepared to confess it to. The last thing Alison wants is to be pulled back into the past she’s worked so hard to leave behind. Reluctantly, she returns to the city she hasn’t set foot in for more than a decade to face the man who murdered the woman she was supposed to become.

Only to discover that, until now, Will has left out the worst part of all …


Allison is only 19 when she falls in love with Will. And she falls hard and fast. Then girls begin to die. They find them in the canal, head injury and drowned. Then Will is arrested and Allison’s world completely changes. She moves out of the country to live her life away from the stigma of her boyfriend’s past. Then, cops show up and her door and she is pulled back in.

Allison is tougher than she comes across. I enjoy that about a character. You never know exactly what she is feeling when it comes to Will. Is she falling under his spell again? I like to be kept guessing! And Will, he is an enigma as well. Did he do it? If he didn’t, how did he spend 10 years in a psyche ward?

This started slow but then the mystery hooked me. I love how the author keeps the reader guessing all the way till the end. I did figure part of it out, but not all of it.

There are a few storylines not completed so I am thinking there may be a sequel in the works.

I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.

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About fredreeca

I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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2 Responses to The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard

  1. That has got to be one of the most spectacular book covers I’ve seen recently. Keep up the good work!

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