Book Review

Call Me a Liar by Colette McBeth

call me a liar

I loved Colette McBeth’s previous novel, An Act of Silence, and I was thrilled to receive an early copy of her latest novel ahead of its publication next month.

You could say it started with vanity. We believed we were special. But the truth is we were simply vulnerable.

Months after landing their dream job, five brilliant young minds are sent on a remote retreat.

But when one of them disappears, they’re forced to question why they were brought there in the first place.

And for the first time in their lives, they realise too much knowledge can be deadly…

One of them is lying.

One of them is guilty.

No one is safe.

Leaving university and finding that first job – often the first step in a career – can be difficult, but for the five first class honours students in this novel, it’s quite straightforward.  They answer a (slightly unusual) job advertisement, and begin working for Freetech, a new start-up company.  It’s a dream job, and they are immediately entrusted with their own clients and a healthy starting salary.  I don’t want to say too much about what the work involves as it’s pivotal to the story, but it’s extremely topical right now, and I found this novel to be extremely thought-provoking.  However, it soon becomes clear that some of the five may have something to hide, and more questions are raised when one of them goes missing during a team-building event.  I don’t want to say any more about the plot than this, but my interest was piqued by the initial set up, and maintained throughout.

The novel is told from multiple points of view.  Initially from Libby and Joe’s perspectives, two of the five new starters at Freetech, although other characters get to have their say later in the novel.  Each chapter is clearly signposted, so there’s no confusion as to whose perspective you’re getting at any time.  It’s a structure that works well for a novel like this, and I enjoyed seeing the events from different perspectives, which may give quite a different view on what you’ve just read.  I have to admit that none of the characters are particularly likeable, but my sympathies did lie with some characters more than others, and I found them all to be believable.

Call Me a Liar has a twisty plot, and while I guessed at certain elements of the how the story would work out, other parts took me completely by surprise.  I certainly didn’t expect it to end as it did, but I loved the ending.  Recommended for those wanting a modern and complex thriller.

Call Me a Liar is available as an eBook, and will be published in paperback on 13 June.  Many thanks to Jennifer Leech and the publisher, Wildfire, for the early review copy.

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