The Better Liar: Tanen Jones

★★★

Tanen Jones’ The Better Liar is a deceptive, edge-of-your-seat domestic thriller about a woman who will go to great lengths to claim her inheritance.

Thank you to Random House for the free advanced copy!

Leslie has been searching for her sister, Robin – she doesn’t want to find her, but she has to if she wants to claim the inheritance her father left them, with a stipulation that the sisters reconcile. When Leslie finally finds Robin, she’s dead of an overdose. The young woman Leslie meets as she flees the scene may look just enough like Robin to help her claim the inheritance. Of course, things aren’t always as they seem and plans don’t go quite as expected.

Content Warning

Please take caution while reading The Better Liar if any of the following topics may trigger you:

  • Abuse
  • Violence
  • Death / dying

My Thoughts

Domestic suspense is such a great genre, and it’s hard to come across one that absolutely blows your mind. The Better Liar didn’t fully blow my mind, but I found it very entertaining and didn’t call the twists – a sure sign of a great thriller!

Untrustworthy characters are all the rage right now, and why not? They keep you on your toes and provide all kinds of red herrings. But The Better Liar pushes this to the limit – no one can be trusted, and so much more than the untrustworthiness of the characters is revealed for quite a big shock, if I may say so myself.

The chapters are short – which I always love in a thriller – and shift often between each narrator. I particularly enjoyed that Robin, the dead sister, had some narration time – it allowed for a really interesting, omnipresent perspective.

At times, I couldn’t put the book down because I just had to know what was going on, why it was going on, and what everyone’s deal was! This is a quick, solid read if you’re looking for a fast-paced, fascinating domestic thriller with lots of twists and turns.


Thank you so much for taking the time to read my thoughts on The Better Liar. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the novel in the comments or at my Instagram, @bookmarkedbya!

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