Liars by Anita Waller and Patricia Dixon

July 2, 2020

 

The Blurb:

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.

 

About Anita Waller:

 

Anita Waller was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. She married Dave in 1967 and they have three adult children. 

She has written and taught creative writing for most of her life, and at the age of sixty-nine sent a manuscript to Bloodhound Books which was immediately accepted.

In total she has written seven psychological thrillers and one supernatural novel, and uses the areas of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire as her preferred locations in her books. Sheffield features prominently.

And now Anita is working on her first series, the Kat and Mouse collection, set in the beautiful Derbyshire village of Eyam. The first in the series, Murder Undeniable, launched 10 December 2018, and the second in the series, Murder Unexpected, launched 11 February 2019.

The collection has four books available, following the success of the first book; she is currently working on book five, Murder Unjoyful. This will be launched in November 2020.

 

About Patricia Dixon:

 

Patricia Dixon lives in Manchester and is the best selling author of eight novels. 
She has written stories set in her home city and the Loire, a place to close to her heart and from where she gathers inspiration for her characters and tales. 

In May 2018 she signed with Bloodhound Books, leading crime and thriller publishers.

Recently Patricia was long-listed for The Guardian's Not The Booker Prize and has been nominated in the Crime Fiction Addict Readers Choice Awards. Her books regularly appear in the top slots for readers and bloggers book of the year.
 

 

My Review:

 

This is a story of a friendship established since early childhood, but is it a true friendship, or is it as the title may suggest the complete opposite, with devastating effects?
Wendy and Nell, went their separate ways around the time that Wendy got married, to what Nell knew to be the worst kind of man. Nell, young, spirited and carefree, travelled Europe, but the two women kept up their friendship by correspondence.
I'm a fan of Anita Waller's writing, but this has been an introduction to Patricia Dixon for me. The flow of the book was seamless and the narrative was full of surprises, most of them unpleasant, but made for good reading. All I will say about this is people often appear as they would they would wish to be seen, no matter how well you think you know them.
A superb writing partnership which I hope will continue, and I'll certainly be looking up Patricia Dixon.

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