Publication Date: April 19th from Trapeze
Source: Review Copy
Seventeen years ago Martha said goodbye to best friend Juliet on a moonlit London towpath.
The next morning Juliet’s bike was found abandoned at the waterside.
She was never seen again.
Nearly two decades later Martha is a TV celebrity, preparing to host a new crime show… and the first case will be that of missing student Juliet Sherman. After all these years Martha must reach out to old friends and try to piece together the final moments of Juliet’s life.
But what happens when your perfect friends turn out to be perfect strangers…?
Little Sister was one of my favourite books of last year – so twisted yet so insightful so I was SO HAPPY to see “Beautiful Liars” land on my doorstep and it was, if anything, even more compelling. I loved it.
This is a story about friendship torn apart by a traumatic event. Once again Isabel Ashdown layers her characters beautifully, with their true nature slowly coming out over the course of the read. We see two main points of view – Martha, the successful t.v. star still haunted by the disappearance of one of her closest friends and Casey, a lonely and odd woman who becomes caught up in the new investigation by accident and immerses herself into a different life.
I was totally riveted by their story – and that of Juliet, the missing girl and Liv the third friend in the trio. The author plays with concept of time and memory here in a wonderfully compelling way as Martha revisits that time and finds things long forgotten. But can she finally solve the mystery and find Juliet? Well that is the question and you will be hooked until the very last page..
It is a gorgeous piece of plotting, clever and unexpected, the writing is imaginatively spot on to bring these women to life, the reality tv show element works so well within the narrative adding an edgy modern feel to the age old story of personal relationships and how they affect our lives.
Overall utterly marvellous. A banging good read, like a favourite flavoured pot of Pringles – once you pop you can’t stop. One sitting read.