The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene

The Perfect Liar

A seemingly perfect marriage is threatened by the deadly secrets husband and wife keep from each other, for fans of B.A. Paris and Paula Hawkins.Susannah, a young widow and single mother, has remarried well: to Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her fifteen-year-old son out of New York City and to a quiet Vermont university town. Strong-willed and attractive, Susannah expects that her life is perfectly in plac...

Details The Perfect Liar

TitleThe Perfect Liar
Release DateJan 15th, 2019
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreMystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Fiction, Suspense

Reviews The Perfect Liar

  • Melissa
    I know who you are. Those five simple words—forming a single ominous line in a note, taped to a front door—set the tone. Thomas Christopher Greene draws readers in with a compulsively readable and magnificently manipulative storyline that teeters on the rudimentary line drawn between literary and contemporary fiction. This being the third of his books I’ve read and what I would consider the darkest and most suspense-heavy yet.Max and Susan...
  • Meredith
    3.5 starsEntertaining psychological thriller constructed around a skillful game of cat and mouse between husband and wife. Max and Susannah have a seemingly perfect marriage--but their marriage is built on a web of lies. Max, a rising star in the art world, has a secret past that he has worked hard to bury. However, the more famous he becomes, the greater the chance of exposure. Max is willing to quash any threat, no matter what it takes. Susann...
  • Holly B
    All consuming and wonderfully crafted story! I was hooked from the beginning and it just became more intense as the the author laid out all the clues that would lead to the haunting conclusion.The more I read, the more invested I was in the characters and it just became unputdownable at some point. The kind of addictive writing that causes you to stay up past your bedtime! There are anonymous notes, like ticking time bombs, left on the door of th...
  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    2.5*After being widowed in her 20’s, Susannah is bringing up her son Freddy on her own. Into her life waltzes Max. And oh, he’s everything she could want in a man! Handsome, caring and only has eyes for her. The topper? He will fit into her 'artsy' world perfectly. Sure, they met under less than honest circumstances, but maybe she can just shove that little issue aside. When other odd, unexplainable incidents continue popping up, Susannah doe...
  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    "The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our souls" - Edgar Allan Poe3.5 Twisty, love is blind stars ⭐ for The Perfect LiarAfter being widowed in her 20s with a young son, Susannah meets Max at a work party. Max lies about who he is to gain access to the exclusive event. He is handsome, charismatic and knows how to read/work people. He instantly charms his way into Susannah's heart and they are married within six months of that fat...
  • Debra
    3.5 starsA perfect marriage between two imperfect people - both are artists, and both have secrets.Susannah, a young mother and widower met Max W, an artist and popular speaker, at a party. They soon married and eventually they moved to Vermont when Max gets a job there. Max, Susannah and Freddy like it in Vermont. Life is easy there. They are comfortable and happy until one day a note appears on their door. A note which reads I KNOW WHO YOU ARE....
  • Susanne Strong
    2.25 Stars* (rounded down)Susannah thinks she has met the perfect man and is immediately swept off of her feet. Could it be? When Max W. meets Susannah there is an intense attraction and and a whirlwind romance. Mere months later they are married. Susannah had no plans to get remarried after losing her first husband Joseph but Max W., fulfilled something in her she thought she’d never find. Now she and Max, her successful Professor/Artist husba...
  • Katie B
    I was hooked on this book right away. How could you not want to find out why someone is leaving anonymous notes on a couple's door saying things like "I KNOW WHO YOU ARE"? Totally creepy, but it made for a really entertaining read.The pacing in this book was excellent as the chapters were short and alternated between the husband, Max, and his wife, Susannah. As the story unfolds, you learn bit by bit about each of their pasts. The book definitely...
  • Kendall
    Wow... that was a twisty ass story to the max!!The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene is a fast paced, dysfunctional, and gripping story that will leave your mind blown (insert emoji here ;)You know how you start reading a story and have the theory all lined up in that perfect brain of yours... and that moment the author steers you clearly wrong? Well.. that was me in this multiple times.I read this story in a day my friends! That tells yo...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 stars- I like Thomas Christopher Greene’s style!Susannah and Max are married. It’s the second marriage for Susannah. Her first husband passed away. Max is charming and the life of the party. He is now stepfather to her fifteen-year-old son. Susannah thinks the past is behind her and her new life is idyllic when she receives a note on her door one morning. The note says, “I know who you are.”Max is not worried in the least about the note...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    FIVE STARS Just a simple story of a simple American couple. NOT!!!!! There is nothing simple about the couple featured in Thomas Christopher Greene's latest novel of psychological suspense. Husband and wife both have more than their share of secrets and lies. Which one is the perfect liar? Hmmmm. This is a sexy, modern tale of murder and revenge. Only one-half of this couple is left standing in the end. Who will win out? I can't tell you. All the...
  • Tziggy
    There are two times I say WOW! when I finish a book. The first is "WOW! How did that even get published"? The second is "WOW! That was sooo goooodd. I wish I could make the words flow that well". The Perfect Liar was definitely the second of the two. It didn't have me on the edge of my seat at every chapter, but each chapter was always only a few pages, at the most. Which I like in books, because I tend to read them faster and the characters and ...
  • Jayme
    I feel like I read a different book from everyone else! If I said that I enjoyed anything about this book, then I would be “The Perfect Liar”! The chapters were long and never ending.The characters were all unlikable. The writing was VULGAR (language, sex) And, the reveal of “WHO” left the note, (and why now?) pretty anticlimactic. Honestly, I could not wait for this book to end! First time reading this author...apparently I am not the ri...
  • Nazanin
    4 Solid StarsWe all have light, and we all have dark. Sometimes it’s up to us which side wins. And sometimes it is not.This was an unexpected read, one of the good ones! At first, I thought I know it but then I found out I knew nothing! It was my first read by this author and definitely won’t be my last. Told in multiple POV (mostly in dual), 3rd person. It’s a standalone novel, fast-paced with well-developed characters (albeit not likable ...
  • Shannon
    Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for gifting me a copy of The Perfect Liar. I recently read The Headmaster’s Wife by Greene and it was fantastic. While browsing edelweiss I found The Perfect Liar was being published early 2019 and I knew I had to get my hands on it.Susannah, a young widow and single mother, has found love again, with Max W. They are both artists from NYC but have moved to Vermont to live that family life. While Susannah is out fo...
  • Carrie
    The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher is a thriller that follows a couple as they receive threatening notes. The story is told by alternating the point of view between them in each chapter giving a reader a look at both sides of the story. Susannah had gotten herself into a relationship with a much older man which led her to becoming a widower with a young son. When Susannah met Max he seemed the perfect man for her seeing that he was also an a...
  • Darinda
    Max and Susannah seem to have a great life. When a mysterious note shows up on their door, they want to ignore it, but then a second note appears.Told from alternating points of view, Max and Susannah both have secrets they don't want getting out. When Susannah met Max, they seemed to fit together perfectly. They met in New York City, but with the success of Max's career have moved to Vermont. Everything is going well for them, until the mysterio...
  • Linda Strong
    Susannah and Max are considered the perfect couple. This is her second marriage (her first husband died) and brings son Freddy with her. They seem to have it all .. a beautiful home, a great job, plenty of money to live comfortably.Susanna finds a hand-written note on her front door .... I KNOW WHO YOU ARE. She immediately calls her husband who dismisses it as a prank. A few days later they invite a couple to their house for dinner. Days later th...
  • Kim ~ Traveling Sister
    Now this folks is a psychological thriller. The Perfect Liar is quite frankly the perfect title because I didn't know who was lying and what they were lying about. I had it figured out about four different times and then well, I was wrong. I was in the dark all the way until the end. Which is my kind of book!Susannah and Max seemed to have it all. The perfect family, marriage, careers. Or was it all a facade? It is amazing how someone can create ...
  • marilyn
    If we could give 1/2 stars, I would rate this book a 3.5. The main characters in the book are Susannah and Max. From Susannah's relationship and later, marriage, to her therapist, who was 49 to her 21 years of age, when they first started seeing each other, we know that Susannah is strong willed and actively rebels against authority and conformity. Later, after her first husband dies, she eventually meets Max, an up and coming "artist" whose tale...
  • Dennis
    The Perfect Liar is the type of story that you really need to go in blind. The synopsis already tells you too much and I recommend skipping it. It's a domestic suspense, and someone is lying. That's really all you need. I'll keep this review light and sweet, but it's books like this that get me creeped out about my engagement. Who exactly am I reeeeaallllyyy marrying?! Susannah is a newly married mother and her husband Max has salvaged her from t...
  • Selena
    I received a free e-copy of The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene from NetGalley for my honest review.Susannah is a single mom and a widow who lives in New York. She has fallen in love again with an artist, Max, who uses words not art. They decide to move to Vermont where they can live a nice quiet life. One day she finds a note on her door that says "I know who you are".She shows it to Max who tells her it is probably just a silly prank....
  • JuJu (Julie)
    A chilling tale of hidden secrets that surface and threaten a married couple’s new life together. The tension builds as lies are revealed and we’re left to decide who “The Perfect Liar” is. So many delicious we’re lead to an unexpected and impressive ending! Susannah and Max are a new couple that married after a brief courtship...and each have secrets from their past that they haven’t shared with their new partner. Susanna...
  • Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
    I guess I’m in the minority here, because I wasn’t a fan! I felt like the characters actions had zero explanation - there was no elaboration on anyone’s motives, so I had a hard time connecting with any of them or understanding why they were doing what they were doing. I also found it pretty boring. I felt like there were no twists and turns, and the ones that did exist were so minor and anticlimactic that I kept thinking *something* had to...
  • BookGypsy
    Susannah is a single mother. She meets Max and he seems to be everything her and her son need. Everything bliss until both Max and Susannah's secrets start to unravel.. When suddenly a strange note appears on their door saying I KNOW WHO YOUR ARE, As things spiral out of control so does Max and Susannah and her son is keeping a secret he has carried for years. I read this straight through. The characters so deeply twisted. The plot is unique and ...
  • Elizabeth
    Tl;dr: Short, taut domestic thriller that poses a lot of interesting questions, definitely for fans of psychological suspense.The Perfect Liar is the perfect title for this book because, in the end, who is the perfect liar?This one is sort of like The Talented Mr. Ripley meets Gone Girl with no one being what they seem and it leaves (or at least left me!) really intrigued by the way that central question--who is the biggest liar, are they perfect...
  • Christine
    The Perfect Liar wasn’t a good fit for me. I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it- it just fell somewhere in the middle, 3 stars. I found it hard to relate to any of the characters or even find them mildly likable which kept me from really enjoying the book and getting lost in it. Thomas Christopher Greene’s writing was strong and I would definitely read another book by him in hopes that the characters were more my speed, I’ll even take a c...
  • Lindsey Gandhi
    This rating is really between 3 - 3.5 stars.The first thing I would like to point out is this book has the perfect title. Who exactly is the perfect liar? The book will have you guessing the answer to this several times throughout the story. I loved how the book grabs you in the beginning with Susannah coming home to a note on her door - 'I know what you did'. Does that not give you the chills? The plot is intriguing, though it fell a hair flat f...
  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    It is refreshing getting a story that is well written and very consuming. Thomas Christopher Greene's characters are so real to life. The protagonist, Max, with his flaws gave the story the special pulse that makes it the page-turner that it is. The story flows in an effortless manner, as does the plot. The author had me anticipating more, I couldn't stop reading and read this in one sitting. This classic mix of good characters, insightful plot, ...
  • Laura Rash
    While I guessed one of the main twists in this book very early on, it was still really well written and flowed very easily. A few little twists at the end were a pleasant surprise as well. Thanks to St. Martins Press for this early copy:)