Review: “The Liar’s Daughter” by Rona Halsall

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Hands down one of the best thrillers I’ve read so far this year, “The Liar’s Daughter” by Rona Halsall will have your heart racing, your palms sweaty, and your breath stuck in your throat.

About the Book

“The Liar’s Daughter” by Rona Halsall

The call comes on an ordinary Sunday afternoon to say your sister has been admitted to hospital with a serious head injury. But you don’t have a sister… do you?

You’ve never doubted your parents. You’ve loved them without question your whole life. But your stepmother is uncharacteristically speechless, and your father isn’t well enough to understand.

So you get in your car.

Turn the key in the ignition.

Knowing everything behind you is a lie.

Not knowing what lies ahead: the truth… or something far darker?

My Review

Raised as an only child, Eva grew up with her father and stepmother. They’re not a perfect family, but they’ve always loved each other. That’s why Eva didn’t hesitate to give up her career and move back home to help take care of her father who suffers from dementia. She’s happy to be there to help her mom and enjoy time with her dad while she can.

But one day the phone rings and changes everything. Eva’s told she has an older sister Nancy who nobody ever mentioned. Nancy is in the hospital and needs her care. Stinging from the realization that her parents lied to her, she rushes to her sister’s side. Nancy seems open to bonding with Eva and telling her the truth about her parents’ secret past. But as they settle into Nancy’s farmhouse, Eva senses danger looming. Is the danger coming from someone outside, or is Nancy hiding some dark secrets of her own?

Hands down one of the best thrillers I’ve read so far this year, “The Liar’s Daughter” by Rona Halsall will have your heart racing, your palms sweaty, and your breath stuck in your throat. The suspense gets that overwhelming. Wear a neck brace when you read this one! Ominous and dark, it’s a twisty roller coaster ride through a house of horrors. Just when you think the story is going in one direction, another sudden, unexpected twist jerks it in another.

Well written, but also perfectly framed by the setting, “The Liar’s Daughter ” mainly takes place in an old, outdated farmhouse set so far in the middle of nowhere that getting cell phone service is nearly impossible. It’s creepy from the start, especially when shadows seem to haunt the farm and things start to go missing. Eva wants to run home, but she’s determined to care for her sister until she returns to health.

However, as Eva soon finds out, discovering an unknown or long lost relative can be like opening Pandora’s box. While you hope to bond and begin a close relationship, the person is still a stranger. You know nothing about them or who they really are. What they tell you might not be the truth. Eva needs to watch her back while staying with her sister, and you need to read this book before taking a DNA test to search for unknown relatives. There’s more than one dangerous secret lurking around Nancy’s farm.

Told from either Nancy or Eva’s point of view depending on what’s being revealed, “The Liar’s Daughter” is as frightening as it is addictive. It’s everything I always hope a psychological thriller will be with plenty of darkness, tension, and suspense. But where most psych thrillers fall down for me, this one stands up. The ending is brilliant! It’s not all tied up with a pretty pink bow like so many are. Instead, it leaves at least a few raised hairs on the back of your neck from the last bombshell twist.

Some books claim to be unputdownable. “The Liar’s Daughter” truly is!

Thank you to Bookouture and author Rona Halsall for the gifted eARC of this book.

About the Author

Rona is the author of Best Selling psychological thrillers published by Bookouture. She loves puzzles and her challenge is to find domestic storylines with twists that her readers will never guess.

She was born in Nottingham, grew up near Blackpool and went to college in Leeds. She then moved to Snowdonia, North Wales where she brought up her family while working as a business mentor. She now lives on the Isle of Man with her husband and two dogs.

She is an outdoorsy person and loves stomping up a mountain, walking the coastal paths and exploring the wonderful glens and beaches on the Island while she’s plotting her next book. She has three children and two step-children who are all grown up and leading varied and interesting lives, which provides plenty of ideas for new stories.

To find out more about Rona and her novels, visit her website:

One Comment

  1. Sheri Dye says:

    Wow. Fantastic review! This sounds really good!


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