Eighteen years ago Martha said goodbye to best friend Juliet on a moonlit London towpath.
The next morning Juliet’s bike was found abandoned at the waterside.
She was never seen again.
Nearly two decades later Martha is a TV celebrity, preparing to host a new crime show… and the first case will be that of missing student Juliet Sherman. After all these years Martha must reach out to old friends and try to piece together the final moments of Juliet’s life.
But what happens when your perfect friends turn out to be perfect strangers…?
This book’s strength lies in the characters. Yet again, this author has created a good mix of characters that are well developed. I especially liked Casey, who I was very much intrigued by, not knowing what she was going to do next. The characters are believable, and the situation convincing, as if it really could happen. I had my suspicions, but I didn’t solve the case myself, so it was good to get a couple of unexpected surprises, and discover that perhaps I didn’t know some of the characters quite as well as I thought.
I didn’t get on quite as well with the style this book was written in though. It felt a little slow to start and I struggled getting to grips with what was happening at first. It felt like I had to really concentrate, but some of this may be my own fault, as I did start it late one night while really tired, so didn’t read a lot, and when I came to it the next night, I was struggling to remember who was who. I also have a bit of an aversion to police procedural crime novels, and even though this isn’t police procedural, as it is actually a television celebrity who is trying to solve the cold case of a missing teenage friend from her past, it did have a police procedural feel to it, in that she was delving into the past, looking for evidence, circumstances around the time, potential suspects and reasons for the disappearance of her friend.
Although this style of storytelling didn’t float my boat, I know a lot of readers who absolutely love that style of mystery solving, so I think this book will be very much enjoyed by crime fans and those who enjoy cold case television programmes. If you enjoy realistic crime and mystery solving novels with strong characters that will keep you guessing until the end, then I would definitely recommend Beautiful Liars. Also, if you haven’t read Little Sister, I highly recommend you add that to your pile of books to read too.
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