I have not as yet read this but it has gotten very good reviews as you can see below. Kirkus comapres the author to two of my favorites, Steiner and French which has to be a good sign.
“[A] taut, psychologically twisted debut . . . Readers will root for the spiky Kinsella, with her emphatic center, and hope to see more of her in future books.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Cat’s evolution from one-dimensional sad sack to complex, honest adult is both believable and welcome, putting her on par with Susie Steiner’s and Tana French’s female detectives. A truly satisfying—and gritty—mystery.”
(Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“Frear has fashioned a remarkably rich and sympathetic character in Cat, and her portrayal of dysfunctional families, especially their mix of world-weary dialogue interspersed with cutting comments, is cringingly realistic. . . . Impressive. . . will also work as a way of keeping Tana French fans happy while waiting for French’s next book.” (Booklist)
“An assured debut . . . All the characters–minor or lead, living or dead–are well crafted. Frear also makes an impression with her vivid dialogue and prose . . . It’s no secret that Lies is an engrossing read.”
This may be a good one for long winter nights as it is over 900 pages long. I have not yet read it but am putting it on my TBR pile.
From Library Journal
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