Today I am so thrilled to be sharing my review on its publication day for Liars by Anita Waller & Patricia Dixon, published by Bloodhound Books.
Liars by Anita Waller & Patricia Dixon
Release Date: 11th of May 2020
Print Length: 296 pages
Genre: Psychological Fiction
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
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One Fatal Night. One Deadly Secret. One Huge Regret.
Wendy and Nell have been best friends since childhood but when someone threatens to ruin their relationship, tough decisions must be made. Nell leaves for France while Wendy embarks on marriage and motherhood.
Both keep in touch, sending letters baring all, or are they?
They hide the truth that homesickness, violence, loneliness and murder form the backdrop of their lives.
Some truths are too hard to face and, as time goes by, shame and fear keep Wendy and Nell apart.
But when a twisted, deceitful face from the past turns up, obsession and heartbreak wreak havoc on their lives. Someone is seeking revenge and recompense. And someone is a killer.
It’s time for Wendy and Nell to face their demons and the truth. But can the bond that has held them together for three decades survive or, will the seismic repercussions of buried secrets break them forever?
Liars is a collaboration between bestselling authors Anita Waller and Patricia Dixon. An unmissable psychological thriller, it will appeal to fans of authors like C.L. Taylor, Fiona Barton and B A Paris.
What do you get when you put Anita Waller and Patricia Dixon together? A writing match made in heaven that’s what! When I heard that these two fabulous authors were teaming up to write a book together, I thought all of my Christmas’ had come at once! Liars is one brilliant read, and there is no question that this will be part of my best books for 2020!
One Fatal Night. One Deadly Secret. One Huge Regret.
Anita & Patricia have created a story that is fundamentally at its core about friendship. It follows Wendy and Nell who have been best friends since their childhood and who know each other better than anybody else. Or so they think. Each hides a secret, that when revealed threatens their friendship and changes the course of their lives.
The characters of Wendy and Nell are beautifully written and through writing that is so vivid, they come to life and shine through the pages perfectly. Each brings their own to the story, both in the highs of their lives and also the lows. As the story progresses, the cracks start to form and as the secrets that have been hidden are revealed, the effect that is has on their friendship is really quite heartbreaking.
I really enjoyed how the book is structured. The story is broken up into two parts, that spans multiple timelines over the course of three decades. For the most part, each chapter begins with a letter which I really enjoyed and is a point of difference that makes it standout above others. The story is also narrated from both Wendy and Nell, which gives the reader great insight into each of their points of view.
Anita and Patricia both have such a flawless and similar writing style, that I could not pick out who wrote what. They are so in sync with each other with this book, that they have become one voice. With their combined skills, they really have created a beautifully written story and I hope there will be more collaboration’s from them to come.
When I started reading Liars I could not tear myself away from it and raced through it in one sitting. It is highly emotive, compelling and deep and if I could give it more than five stars I most definitely would. It is a first class read from two very talented authors and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It was my absolute pleasure to be able to read and review Liars which I mentioned at the start of this review is part of my best books for 2020.
Thank you to Anita Waller & Patricia Dixon for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Liars which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Anita & Patricia
Anita was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and has lived all her life there. She has three adult children and seven grandchildren ranging in age from 9 months to 21 years. Anita and Dave have been married almost 49 years!
She wrote Beautiful in 1985 and had it accpted for publication. They were the contract stage when the publishing house went into liquidation.
Like many another book it ended up in the loft until two years ago when she resurrected it, retyped all 100,000 words (it was orginally written on an Amstrad 8256 and all she had was a hard copy!) and sent it off to Bloodhound Books.
She is now retired from my life of being a Patchwork Tutor and HGV driver’s wife and concentrates on patchwork for the pleasure of it and writing. She started writing at around the age of 8 – she clearly remembers writing ‘novels’ at that age which were actually short stories split into chapters!
Anita’s genre is murder – but murder with a good reason behind it!
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Patricia Dixon was born in Manchester where she still lives with her husband. They have two grown up children and one grandson, plus the company of a lazy bulldog.
Ignoring her high school reports and possibly sound advice from teachers, Patricia shunned the world of academia and instead, stubbornly pursued a career in fashion. Once the sparkle of London life wore off she returned north and embarked on a new adventure, that of motherhood.
Now, almost thirty years later she has acquiesced to the wise words of her elders and turned her hand to writing. Patricia has written five novels set in the Loire and then, in complete contrast, a much darker story of psychological suspense.
if she’s not at her desk Patricia loves to read historical fiction or attempts recipes that look great on television but not necessarily her plate. And when the penny jar is full she cashes in her coins and heads to France, the lure of red wine and escapism equalled only by the pursuance of her dream job, writing for a living.
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