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The Liar’s Girl

By Catherine Ryan Howard
Narrated by Alana Kerr Collins, Alan Smyth & Gary Furlong / 10 hours 25 minutes
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The Liar’s Girl

“I've been on a thriller kick lately and my entire life I've had a particular love of books set in Ireland. I saw this book in the Sale list and it looked really good so I decided to give it a chance. I loved the book so much that it's now going to be a part of our "Books to read for St. Patrick's Day display." (Which will obviously be more than thrillers). The narration is brilliant - the Irish brogues of the narrators are easy to understand, but important to the entire experience of the story. Allison is ten years removed from being a first year student at St. John's College in Dublin. That year a serial killer was targeting female students and dumping their bodies in the canal. She's created a life in the Netherlands, but is called back to Ireland for the first time because the killings have started up again and her then boyfriend (who confessed to the crime and is serving time in the Central Psychiatric Hospital) will only talk to her. Allison soon gets sucked in to investigating the crimes - desperately trying to find the truth.”

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2019 Edgar Award nominee for Best Novel

Will Hurley was an attractive, charming, and impressive student at Dublin’s elite St. John’s College—and Ireland’s most prolific serial killer. Having stalked his five young victims, he drowned them in the muddy waters of the Grand Canal. Sentenced to life imprisonment when he was just nineteen, Will is locked away in the city’s Central Psychiatric Hospital.

Freshman Alison Smith moved to the Big Smoke to enroll in St. John’s and soon fell hard for Will Hurley. Her world bloomed … and then imploded when Liz, her best friend, became the latest victim of the Canal Killer—and the Canal Killer turned out to be the boy who’d been sleeping in her bed. Alison fled to the Netherlands and, in ten years, has never once looked back.

When a young woman’s body is found in the Grand Canal, Garda detectives visit Will to see if he can assist them in solving what looks like a copycat killing. Instead, Will tells them he has something new to confess—but there’s only one person he’s prepared to confess it to.

The last thing Alison wants is to be pulled back into the past she’s worked so hard to leave behind. Reluctantly, she returns to the city she hasn’t set foot in for more than a decade to face the man who murdered the woman she was supposed to become.

Only to discover that, until now, Will has left out the worst part of all …

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