The Liar’s Daughter by Rona Halsall

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

When Eva learns that her parents had been keeping away secrets from her, she embarks on a journey of finding the truth and at least understand why her parents would keep the truth from her.

That is how The Liar’s Daughter by Rona Halsall starts. Written in three parts, the story develops before the reader’s eyes from mainly two points of view. Eva and Nancy. Eva, who has been brought up by her father and her stepmother, and Nancy, Eva’s sister, who was presumed to have committed suicide after their biological mother’s death.

The decision taken by Halsall to award a part to each character was smart looking back at the story. Initially, as I was reading the story, I was a bit reticent because I was afraid that this might take away from the experience of discovering the story. But it wasn’t anything like that. It made perfect sense why Halsall chose to relay the story this way. If she had written it in any other way, I don’t think that the story would have been as enjoyable as it was.

The Liar’s Daughter is a thrilling read with many twists and turns that punch you in the gut, exploring how much one can rely on what you are being told versus what you are seeing is happening.

The story starts with Eva, who founds out from her stepmother that her sister had been admitted into the hospital and would require someone to take care of her. Eva agrees to go and help her out for a few days. On the road there, Eva struggles to understand why her stepmother had lied about her having a sister when she knew she was still alive. When she gets to the hospital, she meets her sister and takes her home to a remote, old farmhouse.

Strange things happen there. Food starts to go missing, windows are open, and the house seems alive with creeks and noises. Eva has a strong feeling that she is being watched, and as she explores the house and the surroundings, she has a strange feeling that something is not adding up. And when Eva discovers a body buried in the garden, she is convinced that she needs to go as far away as she can from this place. But before she can do it, she is caught by her sister and locked in a room. 

Then we get Nancy’s story, and we understand that after she ran away from home, she didn’t actually commit suicide but was actually taken in by a nice and welcoming woman. But appearances aren’t always what they seem, and the woman suddenly starts to manipulate her into believing that if she leaves, she would be arrested for the murder of her mother. Things spiral out, and in an attempt to escape the farmhouse, she knocks the woman out and leaves her behind.

Having read the first part as a reader, we know that the woman who says is Nancy isn’t actually Eva’s sister. But the woman who kept Eva’s sister hostage. I won’t spoil the ending, so if you want to find out how it ends, definitely check out the book.

The Liar’s Daughter is out today (26/04/2021) in e-book and paperback from bookouture. I would highly recommend this to fans of psychological thrillers and anyone who wants to dive into a story filled with twists and turns.