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The Liar's Diary (2007)

by Patry Francis

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Giving a 2.5 star as I listened to this on audio last year and darn if I can remember 1 good thing about it so.. until I hear it again.. it didn't leave a lasting impression so I can only assume it wasn't that great. ( )
  booklovers2 | Jul 14, 2013 |
This book started out promising, but half way through I just wanted it to end already. ( )
  cait815 | Apr 1, 2013 |
A compulsive, page-turning book, Patry Francis's assured writing style propels this, her first novel about truth and its consequences. ( )
  IvyAlvarez | Apr 1, 2013 |
Liar's Diary is a first class escapist read with great psychological suspense. ( )
  bhowell | Oct 8, 2011 |
I was wandering round Target, waiting for the pharmacy to fill my prescription, and had just reached the books’ section when I found it – bottom shelf, red and cream cover with an image of a woman in lacy apparel. I’d looked at several paperbacks already, and it wasn’t the picture that enticed me. But the title, The Liar’s Diary, was familiar, and underneath the “Bookmarked Breakout” sticker was a name I knew from Gather, Patry Francis. So I bought the book.
Actually I’d been planning to buy The Liar’s Diary for a while. It’s been on my “when I see it” list ever since I heard it was coming out in paperback. Patry’s articles on Gather convinced me long ago that I would enjoy her writing, though “seductive psychological thrillers” aren’t usually my thing.
The blurb on the back intrigued me. Suburban life falling apart, mutual vulnerabilities, long-held secrets, something darker… those are things I might expect to enjoy. Stunning, magnetic personalities less so.
The book began gently, with a character I quickly related to – married, insecure, low self-esteem, struggling with the conflicting responsibilities of wife and mother. Her son has problems of his own, and she tries to help and support, never sure where the line between enabling and ennobling lies.
The husband; is he as bad as the narrator paints, or are we seeing only through her eyes? The friend; is she really out of control or controlling; maybe just another flawed personality with hidden depths? The colleagues… the school… Patry paints relationships and gossip with a clear steady hand. I could hear the conversations and picture the scenes; felt I’d been there; felt like I knew exactly where she’d placed me.
And by the time I reached the top of the roller coaster ride, midway through the book, I realized I’d spent all my time listening to conversation without noticing it was too late to get away.
Actually, I might have put the book down then. I’d reached that point where I need to trust the writer; an advantage established writers have over newcomers, I suppose. I could see the written world falling apart ahead of me, and knew I didn’t want to watch dismay devolve into unmitigated disaster. But I’ve seen Patry’s writing on Gather, and I do trust her. In the darkest of places, she creates amazingly uplifting articles. So I knew her book wouldn’t leave me without hope, and it didn’t.
The reader begins to guess at secrets as the story speeds up. I found myself hooked, unable to stop reading, and wishing I could protect the character from making those so natural mistakes. I thought I knew exactly where I was going till the sudden shock that I didn’t guess, and the puzzle I hadn’t even realized would need to be solved.
The characters all stayed true to themselves, true to how I’d come to know them through reading. The dilemmas were resolved; sadness and pain leaving a path open to hope. And the clues all made sense. By the end I knew I’d read a really good book. Thanks Patry; I’ll look forward to your next one. And meanwhile, I’ll recommend The Liar’s Diary to anyone interested in well-developed suburban characters with dark secrets waiting to derail them. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525949909, Hardcover)

An accomplished poet with a keen eye for detail and the written word, Patry Francis has written a riveting debut novel that will thrill fans of Jodi Picoult and Sue Miller.

Answering the question of what is more powerful—family or friendship? this debut novel unforgettably shows how far one woman would go to protect either.

They couldn’t be more different, but they form a friendship that will alter both their fates. When Ali Mather blows into town, breaking all the rules and breaking hearts (despite the fact that she is pushing forty), she also makes a mark on an unlikely family. Almost against her will, Jeanne Cross feels drawn to this strangely vibrant woman, a fascination that begins to infect Jeanne’s "perfect" husband as well as their teenaged son.

At the heart of the friendship between Ali and Jeanne are deep-seated emotional needs, vulnerabilities they have each been recording in their diaries. Ali also senses another kind of vulnerability; she believes someone has been entering her house when she is not at home—and not with the usual intentions. What this burglar wants is nothing less than a piece of Ali’s soul.

When a murderer strikes and Jeanne’s son is arrested, we learn that the key to the crime lies in the diaries of two very different women . . . but only one of them is telling the truth. A chilling tour of troubled minds, The Liar’s Diary signals the launch of an immensely talented new novelist who knows just how to keep her readers guessing.

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"Jeanne Cross is an ordinary suburban wife and mother with a seemingly "perfect" life when Ali Mather arrives on the scene, breaking all the rules and breaking hearts. Almost against her will, Jeanne Cross is drawn to this powerfully seductive woman, a fascination that begins to infect Jeanne's husband as well as their teenage son." "Though their friendship seems unlikely and even dangerous to their mutual acquaintances, Ali and Jeanne are connected by deep emotional needs, vulnerabilities, and long-held secrets that Ali has been privately recording in her diary. The diary also holds the key to something darker. Though she can't prove it, Ali is convinced someone has been entering her house when she is not at home - and not with the usual intentions. What this burglar wants is nothing less than a piece of Ali's soul."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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