Tuesday, April 2, 2019

How Well Do You Know Your Friends?

In The GoodLiar by Catherine McKenzie, the author explores how a dramatic event such as nine-eleven effects three different women.  What would happen if the woman you thought you knew as a friend is someone else entirely?  How would your relationships be impacted by the loss of a loved one?  Who can you really trust?

“When an explosion rips apart a Chicago building, the lives of three women are forever altered.
A year later, Cecily is in mourning. She was supposed to be in the building that day. Instead, she stood on the street and witnessed it going down, with her husband and best friend inside. Kate, now living thousands of miles away, fled the disaster and is hoping that her past won’t catch up with her. And Franny, a young woman in search of her birth mother, watched the horror unfold on the morning news, knowing that the woman she was so desperate to reconnect with was in the building.
Now, despite the marks left by the tragedy, they all seem safe. But as its anniversary dominates the media, the memories of that terrifying morning become dangerous triggers. All these women are guarding important secrets.”(Amazon)

I liked this novel.  I thought it was intriguing using an event such as nine-eleven as a setting.  The author fictionalized the event by changing the setting to Chicago. The story is driven by three characters that are women:  Cecily, Franny, and Kate.    I thought that each woman’s story was interesting and left me guessing who they were towards the end, of the story.  Cecily’s story left me feeling good about her choices.  Kate and Franny left me with a little bit of a mystery as to who they really are. 

I highly recommend this novel The Good Liar and look forward to the next Catherine McKenzie novel I’ll Never Tell.