Liars Inc. by Paula Stokes

Summary: A dark and twisted psychological tale that will keep readers guessing, perfect for fans of I Hunt Killers and Gone Girl. Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money. So with the help of his friend Preston and his girlfriend, Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something, and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about it. But then Preston never comes home. And the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the killer….

Opinion: Pretty soon all populist fiction is going to start sounding the same – like plots were all manufactured using the same 3-D printer, with a super-contrived ending thrown into the mix to add something other books didn’t have. While a growing number of authors is competing to dazzle their readers with the one-from-under the-sleeve-ending that you honestly never saw coming, few are laying out the plots in meticulous fashion to lure the reader into the beating heart of a true mystery. Liars Inc succeeds where many similar genre books on the subject will decidedly fail. I like this book and have to say I enjoyed reading it and passing it on to friends who will be just as entertained as I was about trying to guest what happens next. –Lisa Stark

3 Stars

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