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The Good Liar

Roy, a deceptive man who could be likened to an elderly Tom Ripley, meets a wealthy widow named Betty online. Believing her to be an easy target for a con, he can hardly believe his luck.

The story spans more than half a century, exploring the way their futures and difficult pasts combine – a story of cruelty, resilience, and kindness. As Roy’s sins collide with Betty’s burdens, it becomes a tale of salvation and survival, culminating in a reckoning as his crooked plot reaches its endgame.

The Good Liar has been adapted into a 2019 film starring Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McKellen. You can watch it HERE.


Praise for The Good Liar

“A superb thriller and a truly engrossing read.”—Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10

“Searle paces the twists and turns of the plot admirably well…. Increasingly engaging and poised.” — The Independent (London)

“What a clever and menacing novel The Good Liar is. I was gripped and horrified in equal measure and the ending knocked me sideways! I can’t wait for everyone to read the book so I can talk about it.” — Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina

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