by Brenda Novak

September 2009
ISBN: 978-0778327240
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

If we were to be honest with ourselves I think we would all admit to having told a lie to get ourselves out of trouble. To what extent would we go to shift the blame to someone else? I believe thatís debatable, but that a truly honest person would eventually suffer enough guilt to, if not tell the truth, at least stop spreading the lie.

That is not the case with Kaylna Harter. She is obsessed with Luke Trussell, and it seems as though nothing will stop her from having an exclusive relationship with him. Luke is an Air Force officer, and is truly a gentleman, and unfortunately plays right into Kaylnaís trap.

As the story unfolds it seems as though Luke is being tugged deeper and deeper into Kaylnaís life, with no hope for escape. He is not as worried about his own future as he is concerned about the safety of not only his loved one, but of Ava Bixby, a victim advocate who once believed that Kaylna was the victim of a crime committed by Luke. As the story develops and Kaylnaís true character begins to develop, she realizes she was also taken by The Perfect Liar.

Once again Brenda Novak has given readers a wonderful cat and mouse story in The Perfect Liar. We know who the main villain is, but reading how Kaylna got to be the way she is makes for a fascinating story. The thriller aspect is well written and will keep you turning pages late into the night, but more than likely will not result in nightmares.

Ms. Novak surely did her research, and talked to people who are victim advocates, because the angst and doubt suffered by Ava certainly couldnít have come from one writerís imagination alone. I could feel how she wanted to believe Kaylna, but knew that she must put her resources to good use, and as Kaylnaís life comes to light she still wants to believe, but does reach a point where she must make hard decisions.

The only problem with The Perfect Liar is that when I closed the last page, I didnít have the final book in the trilogy to immediately turn to.

Reviewed in August 2009 by Sandi.

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