Crime Fiction · Legal Thriller

Book Review – The Liar by Steve Cavanagh

Goodreads Synopsis:



Leonard Howell’s worst nightmare has come true: his daughter Caroline has been kidnapped. Not content with relying on the cops, Howell calls the only man he trusts to get her back.


Eddie Flynn knows what it’s like to lose a daughter and vows to bring Caroline home safe. Once a con artist, now a hotshot criminal attorney, Flynn is no stranger to the shady New York underworld.


However, as he steps back into his old life, Flynn realizes that the rules of game have changed – and that he is being played. But who is pulling the strings? And is anyone in this twisted case telling the truth…?

My Opinion:

He has done it again! Steve Cavanagh has created another captivating legal thriller! Over the past couple of months I have been playing catch-up on this series and this is my favorite to date!

Eddie Flynn is a former con man turned lawyer who can’t quite help but dive into his former ways from time to time. He loves his job, but does regret some of the decisions he has made. He has become increasingly frustrated that these decisions have put his estranged wife and daughter at risk. He would love nothing more than to have his family back.

Doing something illegal, so long as I believed it was right, normally didn’t bother me. This bothered me. If I came out of this in the next ten minutes without being arrested I promised myself I would take a step back for my own good.

From the very opening sentences I was hooked. This book has a dual timeline, although most of it is set in present day. I knew these two timelines must somehow connect, but had no idea how. Then, out of the blue, voilà – the connection is revealed. I did not see that coming and was intrigued to see how it would play out with the remainder of the story.

Now I thought I had the ending of this book all figured out. I was sure of it! Bravo Steve Cavanagh for throwing in a most unexpected twist at the end and proving me wrong.

This is a fantastic book with a few little twists along the way to keep you on your toes! I cannot recommend this series enough. Each book reads well as a standalone, but I highly encourage you to start with book one, The Defense, trust me you won’t regret it!

Book Details:

My Rating: 5/5
Genre: Crime Fiction
Series: Eddie Flynn, #3
Publisher: Orion
Pages: 336 (Paperback)

* Eddie Flynn series:

Book One: The Defense
Book Two: The Plea

*Book 2/20 in the #20booksofsummer reading challenge.

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