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"Readers of Paula Hawkins, Tana French, and Ruth Ware will love this exceptionally well-crafted thriller."—Library Journal (starred review)

"A very satisfying and twisty tale."—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Edgar Award nominee for Best Novel

Her first love confessed to five murders ... but the truth was so much worse.

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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"A very satisfying and twisty tale."—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Edgar Award nominee for Best Novel

Her first love confessed to five murders ... but the truth was so much worse.

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...

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"Readers of Paula Hawkins, Tana French, and Ruth Ware will love this exceptionally well-crafted thriller."—Library Journal (starred review)

"A very satisfying and twisty tale."—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Edgar Award nominee for Best Novel

Her first love confessed to five murders ... but the truth was so much worse.

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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        "A very satisfying and twisty tale."

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      • source: Cleveland Plain Dealer (Grade A)
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        "A twisty read in which the tragedies extend beyond the murders. Has a man's life been ruined by a crime he did not commit? If so, why did he confess?"

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        "The Liar's Girl takes us back to the canals of Dublin in a story packed with psychological trickery and playing on the theme of the bad boy, and a very bad boy indeed. What do you do when you realize your boyfriend is a killer?"

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        "[A] sophisticated psychological thriller...Howard's portrait of Alison as a bright girl full of hope starkly contrasts that of the woman whose light has been dimmed by tragedy. The exploration of the characters' inner lives—their jealousy, guilt, misguided chivalry—is as riveting as the crime."

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      • source: Holly Seddon, USA Today bestselling author
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        "Slick, smart, and stylish suspense. Characters so real I felt I knew them personally, a plot so taut it squeaked, and deeply poignant nods to the loss of innocence that every teenager craves and despairs. Really clever."

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      • source: Eric Rickstad, New York Times bestselling author of The Names of Dead Girls
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        "A meticulous, devious plot, superb writing, and vivid, sympathetic characters would be enough to make The Liar's Girl a stand-out read, but its dark, sad, inevitable ending makes it a triumph."

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      • source: A. J. Banner, USA Today bestselling author
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        "Read The Liar's Girl with the lights on. A thrilling whodunit with a shocking final twist."

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      • source: Jo Spain, Irish Times bestselling author
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        "Catherine Ryan Howard is such a skilled storyteller—every setting was evocative, every hook well-placed, every twist expertly timed. I flew through it! Astonishingly good."

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      • source: Gillian McAllister, Sunday Times bestselling author
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        "An absolute belter of a book...[A] stand-out book in the thriller genre. Real and sympathetic characters, a flawlessly paced plot, and a genuinely original premise. I finished it at 2:00 a.m. last night, my heart pounding!"

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      • source: Irish Examiner
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        "The author grabs the reader by the scruff of the neck and she never lets go. She transforms Dublin into a sinister city of shadows, building the tension until breaking point...The plotting is faultless and the writing assured. Catherine Ryan Howard is as good as the early Val McDermid."

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      • source: Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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        "[In] this exceptional thriller...Howard keeps the reader turning the pages right through to the shocking and satisfying resolution."

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        "Readers of Paula Hawkins, Tana French, and Ruth Ware will love this exceptionally well-crafted thriller."

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        "The convergence of survivor guilt, emotional insecurity, naiveté, and strange coincidences that bridge the past and present make this a taut psychological crime thriller from a young Irish writer who bears watching."

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        "Although Howard meanders a bit through the streets and shops and pubs of Cork and Dublin, she picks up the pace when it most matters—and tosses a lovely curveball at the end, too."

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      • source: Jo Furniss, author of the bestselling All the Little Children
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        "The Liar's Girl is an addictive page-turner that asks, would you stand by someone you loved if he was accused of murder? The set-up is horribly believable as we toggle between the past and present lives of two adults reconciling themselves to the consequences of their teenage immaturity. Catherine Ryan Howard ladles out the suspense like spoonfuls of sugar, building to a heady rush of tension—and a heartbreaking final twist in the tale."

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      • source: David Bell, author of Bring Her Home
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        "The Liar's Girl is a haunting thriller about one woman's attempt to escape a horrific past...and her inability to...

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      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        Starred review from December 11, 2017
        Alison Smith, the narrator of this exceptional thriller from Irish author Howard (Distress Signals), is a student at St. John’s College in Dublin. After a friend of Alison’s becomes the latest victim of a serial killer who knocks women on the head and drowns them in Dublin’s Grand Canal, Alison’s boyfriend, 19-year-old Will Hurley, confesses to the crimes. Alison flees to the Netherlands to escape the shame she feels over not knowing the “true” Will. Ten years later, two women are found in the Grand Canal, killed in the very same way as those before. At the request of two detectives, Alison reluctantly returns to Dublin, where the imprisoned Will claims to have information pertaining to the murders that he will tell only her. Thrust back into the nightmare of her past, Alison assists the police in their effort to uncover whether a copycat killer is at work—or whether Will was unjustly convicted. Howard keeps the reader turning the pages right through to the shocking and satisfying resolution. Agent: Jane Gregory, Gregory & Company (U.K.).

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      • source: Booklist
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        February 1, 2018
        Ten years earlier Alison Smith, a first-year student at St. John's College in Dublin, fled her past for a new life in the Netherlands. Five young Dublin women had been murdered, with their bodies found in the Grand Canal, the last of them being Alison's best friend from childhood, Liz. When Will Hurley, Alison's first real boyfriend and inseparable companion for months, confessed to being the Canal Killer, Alison desperately needed to escape the label of the girlfriend who suspected nothing. But when apparent copycat murders begin again in Dublin, and police want assistance from Will (who's confined to a psychiatric hospital), they need Alison's help, for Will refuses to talk to anyone but her. Alison reluctantly gives up her anonymity when she returns to Ireland, assuaging guilt about giving testimony that incriminated Will by turning investigator as she tries to sort through her emotions and revisit her complex relationship with Liz. Howard (Distress Signals, 2017) toggles smoothly between past and present, and between Alison and the perpetrator, revealing the extent of the lies only in the final pages. Another impressive writer to watch in the thriller genre.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

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