[590]: The Liar by Nora Roberts

23281906-1 The Liar by Nora Roberts
Penguin Publishing Group | Hardcover, 501 pp.
April 14th, 2015
Adult Fiction | Romantic Suspense
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions …

The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn’t just dead. He never really existed.

Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows—and threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning …

Whenever I feel the onset of boredom from whatever book I’m reading, I tend to turn to Romantic Suspense to jump start my waning interest. Now, my conventional drug is Sandra Brown, but I’ve always been interested in other authors who are a household name in this genre. Like, Nora Roberts, for example. I haven’t had much experience with her books. Aside from a couple of her In Death books (which I loved), I’ve not had the chance to read anything from her extensive library. This week, I finally decided to check her out for myself.


Shelby Foxworth has a lot to learn about the man with whom she married. It’s a shame that she had to learn all about him posthumously. Recently widowed, the once prosperous life that she’d grown accustomed to was apparently nothing but a sham. As it didn’t take long for all the debtors to come knocking on her door a few days after her husband “drowned” in a boating accident. In debt to the tune of a couple of million dollars, Shelby meticulously planned out how she would be able to pay all the debts her husband incurred. Little by little, she’d find out that the man she married lived a duplicitous life.


Shelby was one of those women who has the admirable trait of being able to pick herself up no matter how far she’d fallen. The two-million dollar debt should’ve been debilitating to some, but that didn’t deter her from wanting to move on and build a life for her and her daughter. After finding out that Richard was a con-man who victimized the wealthy, she high-tailed it back to her hometown and into the welcoming arms of her family. Here, she tried to bridge the rift between her and her loved ones when she decided to marry Richard. Because Richard was a controlling husband; one who preferred their wives to be docile and alone.

For the first time in her life, she was able to see that there could be a future for her and Callie, her daughter. Surrounded by family, old friends, and new acquaintances. She also meets Griffin; a man determined to help her see that she could trust a man to take care of her and Callie without having to incapacitate her independence.

The novel is long and arduous, unfortunately. I am not that familiar with her method of storytelling, but I felt like it could’ve used a chunk of trimming. Since this book was supposed to be Romantic Suspense, it was neither romantic nor suspenseful. In fact, the mystery was so transparent that a reader could see the twist from the get-go.


This book is not in the speed of her In Death series. It was slow – as slow as molasses in the winter. In my opinion, the story could’ve been told in 300 pages or less. But I suppose Roberts wanted to show Shelby go through a reborn of sorts.


  • Like Jenna, I haven’t read anything from Nora Roberts either but I know she is a popular author. It sounds like this one was kind of long-winded! Hope your next read is better.

  • I haven’t read anything by Nora Roberts but this sounds like a book with an interesting premise. I’m sorry that the slow and draggy pace was a let down though. I don’t really enjoy reading suspenseful books, but when it’s categorized as suspense, it should be mysterious and not transparent!

  • I absolutely love her In Death books and have read most of them. I have only read a few of her other books. I think I would have taken one look at 500 pages and said, No Way! And then to be slow on top of that? Yeah, I won’t be trying this one! Thanks for the honest review 🙂

  • Slow as molasses, now that is slooooow

  • Aw, I’m sorry that this book was so disappointing : Slow and boring books are never good. Sigh. You are awesome for reading it, though 🙂 I’m sorry it wasn’t awesome. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about it sweetest Joy. <3 I hope the next book you read will be much better 😀

  • RO

    After not reading Nora Roberts for quite some time, I did pick this one up and “sort of” got into it more than I expected. The reason that I stopped was because the stories were starting to sound similar. Her earlier books are fantastic, and I’ve stacked them up for re-reading one day. (lol) Loved your review and hope all is well! Hugs…Ro

  • I’ve never really been much for the way she writes. It always drags!

  • I’ve seen alot of bloggers reviewing this one, mostly positive, but I don’t know, I just can’t bring myself to pick up any of her titles. One of my older cousins has a shit ton of her books and wants me to try them but . . . something is holding me back.

  • Why is it slow? I don’t get it when contemporary romance-y novels get slow, like what’s the hold up?

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I have to agree with you about the lenght, but overall I think I liked this one more than you did. I much preferred her The Collector, which is also a recent release. I always fall right into her stories so they somehow end up working for me. Still, there’s nothing like Eve and Roarke.

  • Oh no! I wanted to try a Nora Roberts book after I have heard several bloggers I trust going on about how good they are so I bought this one DD: And now I am finding out that it is pretty slow moving. I do like character driven books so I will probably like that aspect of it but oh… no… DD:

  • kindlemom1

    For some reason other than her In Death series and then her fantasy ones, I really struggle with her books and I have no idea why other than maybe they are such a slower pace I can’t take it. I don’t know. Glad you did like this though.

  • At some point, I will pick up a nora roberts book – she’s such a prolific author, I really have no excuse for not sampling some of her work!

  • A two million dollar debt and she wanted to then hold onto her independance? I think it’s a bit late for that love.
    Sometimes I have this issue with romance authors of a certain age. I’m no spring chicken myself, but so many of them tend to craft these women as these poor, downtrodden southern belles that feign independance but are really waiting for a man to rescue them. I love romantic suspense, thanks to your reviews, but this sounds far too slow for me to even attempt. Sorry you couldn’t have enjoyed this one more Joy, but wonderful review nonetheless <3 <3

  • shootingstarsmag

    Sorry this one was slow and not all that exciting! I haven’t ever read anything by Nora Roberts.


  • Nick(Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite

    I really don’t enjoy slow books myself. Especially not with a genre like romantic suspense. I expect fast, romantic and furious with the genre. I haven’t read this book by Roberts, but I doubt I will. Hope your next read is better, Joy!

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I’ve only ever read her In Death books Joy (which I loved as you did), so I know I would enter into this one expecting that kind of pacing and romance which would likely make this one more of a chore to read since it’s so slow. I can deal with slow if the mystery ends up blowing me away, but the fact that it was transparent as well has me thinking I’ll give this one a pass:) Thanks for your thoughts

  • Ugh. I was really excited about this one when it first came out, but then I’ve seen a lot of meh reviews that have turned me off. I really don’t like overly long drawn out books at all. Thank you for your honest opinion!

  • Jazmen

    Man I was like liars–yes! Then I saw two stars and read the review. SO skipping this one. Hope your next read is way better. I cannot stand a slow moving book!

  • Ugh, slow books. They begin so well, then you’re bored. I’ve had my share of slow books, and all pretty much sucked. Well most of them did. :/

  • Melliane

    it’s always difficult when it’s slow like that… Too bad it isn’t as good as her other novels