This is a man who has lied all his life.
Roy is a conman living in a leafy English suburb, about to pull off the final coup of his career. He is going to meet and woo a beautiful woman and slip away with her life savings.
But who is the man behind the con and what has he had to do to survive this life of lies?
And why is this beautiful woman so willing to be his next victim?
Kat's Rating: 3/5
Kat's Review: I finished this book with a real feeling of being on the fence. The main character Roy is a pathological liar. However, he isn't particularly that good at it. We begin seeing the layers of his life being peeled back starting at the present and slowly layering its way back to the late 1930s. When Roy (currently in his 80s, meets Betty, he feels like the ultimate con has been brought hook line and sinker by Betty, however she knows more than she lets on.
I think I may well be in the minority with this book as judging by the reviews, people are fawning over this debut novel by Nicholas Searle. I'm not saying they are completely wrong as the book was certainly engaging. However, for me I just didn't like Roy that much and found myself disinterested which is never a good sign. In all honesty although it was a reasonably enjoyable book, at times it felt laboured and it just wasn't something I wanted to carry on with. I'm not one to not finish books so I persevered, however that in itself is never a particularly encouraging sign.
Maybe this book just 'wasn't for me', although I would be hard pushed to be overly critical. Maybe I just didn't gel with the characters enough to care either way. Overall the book seems to have got an amazing reception and its clear that the author is talented, this just wan't my sort of book so will probably avoid his future books.