Title: Liar Liar
Author: James Patterson & Candice Fox
Published: July 30th 2018
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Crime, Thriller
Rating: 4 stars
Detective Harriet Blue is clear about two things. Regan Banks deserves to die. And she’ll be the one to pull the trigger.
But Regan – the vicious serial killer responsible for destroying her brother’s life – has gone to ground.
Suddenly, her phone rings. It’s him. Regan.
‘Catch me if you can,’ he tells her.
Harriet needs to find this killing machine fast, even if the cost is her own life. So she follows him down the Australian south coast with only one thing on her mind.
Revenge is coming, and her name is Harriet Blue …
The dynamic writing duo of James Patterson and Candice Fox, return with the bold third addition to the Harriet (Harry) Blue series, titled Liar Liar. In this thrilling new chapter of Harriet Blue’s life, she transforms into quite the outlaw as she frantically works to ensnare a dangerous serial killer. This is also the same man she deems responsible for her brother’s death. It is a life and death fight to the bone for Detective Harry Blue in Liar Liar.
Detective Harriet Blue is sure in her determination to hunt down Regan Banks, a vicious serial killer, who Harry holds personally responsible for the recent shock loss of her brother Sam. Harry takes a dangerous route in pursuit of Regan, she is AWOL from her law enforcement position in the sex crimes department. Harry feels that in detaching herself from the police force, she has the best chance possible to capture and end Regan’s life. But Regan is an elusive figure, who is always one step ahead of Harry. Harry knows what is at stake in her hunt for Regan, but she doesn’t care. But, this unstoppable murderer is will make Harry work hard and it is a chase that has the potential to end in deadly circumstances.
The third book in Harry Blue series, Liar Liar, proved to be my favourite so far of the series. I really enjoyed the fact that Patterson and Fox decided to place Harry on the wrong side of the law. Her walk on the wild side, in her vengeance fuelled pursuit of Regan Banks, her brother’s killer, was explosive. This is a full narrative, defined by plenty of action, twists and violence. The pace doesn’t lag at any point at all, thanks to the Patterson style format of short and sharp chapters. It certainly ensured that I zipped through the pages of Liar Liar in record time, I read it in just one sitting! Liar Liar is one of those thrillers that induces the response of ‘just one more chapter’. It doesn’t take long before you realise that you have finished the book! Liar Liar is a compulsive and extremely fast read.
In this instalment, we get more of Harry, which I liked very much. As I settled into Liar Liar, I developed a stronger attachment to Harry character; her determination, girt, fearless nature, loyalty and sense of retribution. In Liar Liar, we see a deeper side to Harry as she spends time musing on her own upbringing, relationships, personal flaws and decisions. This is standout feature of the book and if you are a fan of Harry Blue, Liar Liar will leave you with a satisfied feeling. Likewise, I found myself even more interested in the supporting cast of Liar Liar. I speculated over the state of Whitt’s relationship with Harry. Then there is Tox and Pops, loyal supporters of Harry’s cause. Most of all, Harry’s connection to the villan of the tale, Regan Banks, throws up plenty of questions and hidden facts, especially linking to Harry’s brother Sam. Liar Liar is also a story of grief, as Harry’s relentless pursuit to hunt down Regan and personally put an end to this deranged psychopath’s life defines this novel.
The setting has shifted in Liar Liar, while the previous two books in this series were based in remote Australia, Liar Liar is based in the city and along Australia’s coastline. I think it works for this novel, as this is more about Harry’s cat and mouse chase with Regan. The cat and mouse chase itself was played out well in Liar Liar. Patterson and Fox serve up plenty of shocks and violent scenes. There was darkness about this book that I appreciated, which I put down to the influence of Fox. A few times I cast my mind back to Fox’s first book Hades. There were definitely echoes of the Archer/Bennett series in this book. Fox’s propensity to examine the dark side of human nature and the psychology of the mind is always illuminating. I consumed the scenes that fleshed up Regan’s background and the conditions that helped give rise to the despicable man he becomes.
So I come to the cliff-hanger of Liar Liar and wow, the end issued the book with a complete flip over. I’m going to admit that I didn’t predict this direction at all. But, I think it is a wise and open choice made by both authors, as it allows for Harriet’s future to be explored in another facet.
I recommend Liar Liar and the Harry Blue series to all crime fiction and thriller fans.
Liar Liar by James Patterson & Candice Fox was published on 30th July 2018 by Penguin Books Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.
To learn more about the author of Liar Liar, James Patterson, visit here.
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*I wish to thank Penguin Books Australia for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.
Liar Liar, is book #90 of the Australian Women Writers Challenge
*Book ‘P’ of the a-z author challenge 2018