Mystery and Romance in The Liar by Nora Roberts

Although Nora Roberts (who also writes under the pseudonym JD Robb) is a best-selling author of more than 200 novels, I hadn’t read any of her work before The Liar. And, while mystery romances are not my usual genre, I have to say that I enjoyed this easy, pacy read.

The story begins about 2 months after gutsy heroine Shelby’s husband has disappeared. Shelby is left high and dry with a mountain of debt. Before long she is faced with the stark realisation that her erstwhile husband was a liar. Worse still, his nefarious activities could jeopardise Shelby and her daughter’s future.

When Shelby sets out to repay the debt, she uncovers more details of her former husband’s life.  The trail that he has left places her  in considerable danger. Luckily, she has a strong and supportive family. And, when she returns to her childhood home, it’s not long before love comes knocking at her door.

But despite the goodwill of the handsome Griff and her family connections, Shelby is determined to solve her own problems. She is resourceful and capable and which makes her a likeable and engaging heroine.

The Liar is a fast and satisfying read and should appeal to anyone who likes a strong story line with a bit of romance along the way.

[Disclosure: An advance copy was made available by the publisher via Netgalley for the purpose of this review.]