REVIEW – The Liar’s Child by Carla Buckley

The Liar's Child

Published March 12, 2019 by Ballantine Books


I’ve read a few books from this author and have really enjoyed them. The description for “The Liar’s Child” intrigued me and I was excited to start reading.

Whit Nelson, his wife Diane, and their two children, twelve-year-old, Cassie and five-year-old, Boon live in an apartment complex called “The Paradise” which is on the outskirts of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It’s the kind of place people don’t stay long. A place where people keep to themselves.

Whit’s wife, Diane recently made a horrible mistake. Whit’s feelings about his wife are complicated, but he wants to keep his family together. He says eventually people will forget what happened. “It was a mistake! It could have happened to anyone!”  Unfortunately, it happened to them.

And now, Diane is missing. But she’s done this type of thing before, going off on what she calls “Adventures”. The police say there isn’t much they can do. Diane is an adult. Adults are allowed to leave their lives. Now Whit is in a bind. He works long hours and doesn’t have a lot of support.

Where is Diane?

Whit’s daughter, Cassie is one of the first characters we meet. Cassie is angry. Dealing with what her mother did hasn’t been easy.  And now that her mother is missing she doesn’t know where to turn.

Newcomer, Sara Lennox has recently moved to “Paradise” to start fresh. A new life and a new name. The apartment complex seems like the perfect place to lay low…at least for now.  Sara really wants to keep to herself, but it’s hard not to notice the kids who live next door.  She knows the family recently made the news after a near tragedy. Sara starts seeing them everywhere.

And now, a storm is coming, a hurricane that could destroy everything in its path. Sara wants to use the storm to her advantage. She has a plan.

Unfortunately, plans change.

Once again, Carla Buckley has written a story about secrets, lies, redemption, and courage that I found very entertaining and satisfying. I thought the characters were well-developed and I enjoyed getting to know them, flaws and all.

Told from multiple points of view, the intense storyline kept me intrigued with its surprising revelations. I really liked how things came together and thought the epilogue was excellent.

In my opinion, this was a very good psychological family drama. I am already looking forward to reading more from Carla Buckley.


I’d like to thank Ballantine Books for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions stated are my own.