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Summary

Perfect for fans of Jo Nesbo and Mo Hayder, Liar Liar showcases all the hallmarks of Arlidge's taut and rapid-fire writing, including his protagonist, DI Helen Grace, and the Southampton based team.

Faced with yet another ruthless serial killer, one with a penchant for pyromania, DI Helen Grace is an unwilling participant in a race against this new sadistic combatant.

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Liar Liar

Oh my word, how I'm lapping up all of the Helen Grace novels one by one. This particular tome, concerning a spate of arson attacks across Southampton is compelling, yet rather unbelievable at the same time. Wouldn't DI Grace's body have been destroyed by now after she's seriously assaulted by pretty much every one of her suspects? Also, is the sleepy south coast port turning into Midsomer County?

Anyhoo ... I think that I'll give the series a bit of a rest for now.

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Helen Grace - the rebus of a new generation. Great narration from Elizabeth bowers

Love the Helen grace franchise. Flawed but lovable.
Great narration as well.
Can't wait for the next instalment. Charlie developing into a character as well as Helens sidekick

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Helen Grace continues to be of interest

Would you listen to Liar Liar again? Why?

I would not listen to Liar Liar again because I do not think it has any hidden depths - however, for me, that is not the point: it is an entertaining listen the first time around and it held my attention throughout.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that it dealt with an aspect of crime fiction I was not familiar with, namely arson, in an interesting way.

Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Bower’s other performances? How does this one compare?

The narration by Elizabeth Bower was consistently good throughout and just as good as in her other contributions to the Helen Grace books.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No - I tend to listen to audible books while I am washing up. This is the kind of book one can 'put down and pick up' and very quickly get back into the story again.

Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to listening to the next instalment of the Helen Grace books, as she is an interesting character and I am curious to find out how her relationship with her new boss progresses (especially as he has more than a professional interest in her).

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What made the experience of listening to Liar Liar the most enjoyable?

I think the narrator really brings these stories to life. You get a real sense for how the characters are feeling.

What did you like best about this story?

Slightly less gruesome than the earlier DI Grace stories, it's nice to see things taking a slightly different direction.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

None particularly stand out, I enjoyed it all!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No - the book starts strongly and this continues throughout.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait until the next in the series!

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Gripping!

If you could sum up Liar Liar in three words, what would they be?

Fast paced action!

What did you like best about this story?

The characters are so human.

What does Elizabeth Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Love her reading style and accents.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Gasp!

Any additional comments?

This is book 4 of the series and thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All very compelling, lots of interesting characters and superb narration.

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another belter!

thoroughly enjoying the series, have even got hubby interested in them! continuing the works of helen grace, it's good that these books follow on with a background story. I think you could read them as stand alone books, but have really enjoyed continuing the series. on to the next one!

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Liar liar.

Loved this book, kept me on edge the whole time I was reading. I haven’t been disappointed with any of MJ Arlidge books. Can’t wait to start the next one.

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Absolutely breathtaking

This is the fourth book in the D.I. Helen Grace series and I am yet again impressed. M. J. Arlidge writes in such a jaw dropping, breathtaking way that he never fails to get you sucked into his story within a matter of words! You are missing out if you don't read this series, it is now one of my must-reads and I recommend it to everyone. Moreover, Elizabeth Bower is one of my favourite narrators by far, alongside Stephen Fry; She's a compelling woman to listen to.

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brilliant easy listening.

different than the rest. still a good story line but liked the change in direction of sorry line. not the normal imprisonment which I normally listen to.

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not the best Helen Grace book

Maybe I am just getting a bit tired of this series but I did not find this book as enjoyable as others from the same series.
There is too much "back story" - and I managed to be one step ahead of the narrative which is always a shame.
I find the narration irritating in the extreme - too much emphasis on the wrong word, too much interpretation in the phrasing. Others seems to really like it though so maybe it is just me.
Finally, I hadn't noticed this in the other books but there seem to be a lot of "big words" squeezed into the story for not reason - so much so that they really stood out to me when listening. Think I need a break from these now.........

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Love DI Helen Grace

Great author, good series, authentic narrator does a really good job! Downloading book five now!

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