The Liar by Nora Roberts (Amazon link)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Description: Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions...
The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn't just dead. He never really existed.
Shelby takes her three year old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows - and threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning... (from Goodreads)
Genre: Romance - Contemporary
Why I Picked This Book: It's a new Nora Roberts. I can't resist!
My Impression: By my calculation I've been reading Nora Roberts for about 15 years. Early on I binged on her books and with the exception of her early books which are just a bit too dated I loved them all. Lately, I've felt a little more meh about them. I've enjoyed them because a meh Nora Roberts is still a pretty good read (with the exception of her early books of course) but the ability to hook me and pull me into the story was definitely diminished. That was not the case with this one. From pretty much the first page the story grabbed me and pulled me in. It was the kind of read that I was almost reluctant to pick back up because I knew it'd be next to impossible to put it down.
I loved Shelby. I was a little worried because I know a Shelby pretty well and sometimes it can be hard to separate the book character from the person in real life. However, Nora's Shelby was so well drawn and fully fleshed out that from the beginning she held her own. She's an interesting character. She's bent but not broken from a bad marriage and still recovering from having her world drop out from under her when her husband dies and she discovers that nothing was what it seemed. The emotion behind her homecoming and reuniting with her family was so real it almost brought tears to my eyes.
One thing to keep in mind while reading this is that it's not just a romance. Yes the relationship between Shelby and Griff is a major plotline but it isn't the only one. To me this was the story of Shelby really discovering who she was and finding her home. I loved all the side characters especially Emma Kate and Shelby's brothers. I really wish this was a series because I'd love for Forest to get his own story. Shelby's daughter Callie is a smidge too perfect but she's cute enough for that to be forgivable and I loved her and Griff together.
The mystery aspect of the story is interesting and I really enjoyed the hints and unraveling of it all. While everything did kind of happen at the end it worked for me and I enjoyed the journey. At 500 pages it does feel a little long but it was a super fast read. I enjoyed this more than any Nora Roberts I've read in a really long time and I'm really looking forward to seeing what she's got next!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Oh definitely! I've got several books of hers to catch up on and I'm looking forward to her new series.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes! If you like Nora Roberts and/or enjoy a homecoming 2nd chance type romance with a good dash of suspense I think you'd enjoy this one.