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The Perfect Liar

A Novel

Thomas Christopher Greene


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"A taut, well-written thriller...The pace is crisp, the surprises keep coming, and there are two big ones that readers are unlikely to see coming." - Associated Press

A seemingly perfect marriage is threatened by the deadly secrets husband and wife keep from each other.

Susannah, a young widow and single mother, has remarried well: to Max, a charismatic artist and popular speaker whose career took her and her fifteen-year-old son out of New York City and to a quiet Vermont university town. Strong-willed and attractive, Susannah expects that her life is perfectly in place again. Then one quiet morning she finds a note on her door: I KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

Max dismisses the note as a prank. But days after a neighborhood couple comes to dinner, the husband mysteriously dies in a tragic accident while on a run with Max. Soon thereafter, a second note appears on their door: DID YOU GET AWAY WITH IT?

Both Susannah and Max are keeping secrets from the world and from each other—secrets that could destroy their family and everything they have built. Thomas Christopher Greene's The Perfect Liar is a thrilling novel told through the alternating perspectives of Susannah and Max with a shocking climax that no one will expect, from the bestselling author of The Headmaster’s Wife.

Praise For The Perfect Liar: A Novel

“A beautifully crafted thriller, The Perfect Liar keeps on twisting and turning until the very last page. Tense, dark and compelling – I couldn’t put it down.” - TM Logan, author of Lies

"Keeps readers riveted. . .This novel creates a slow burn with not one but two shocking climaxes." - Library Journal

"[A]n absorbing mystery about who is predator and who is prey." - Booklist

"Beautifully written and sharply insightful, The Perfect Liar is a captivating, stay-up-late thriller about dark secrets, dangerous passions, and the perilous pursuit of a picture-perfect life." Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia and Where They Found Her

" of domestic suspense will be well satisfied." - Publishers Weekly

"A taut, well-written thriller...The pace is crisp, the surprises keep coming, and there are two big ones that readers are unlikely to see coming." - Associated Press

"A page-turner of a domestic thriller that fans of the genre will absolutely want to devour." - Criminal Element

"Thomas Christopher Greene...brings the requisite politics, popularity, and power plays (which are not mutually exclusive) to a riveting tale of people behaving badly to protect one another—and themselves—at any cost. Like works of art that inspire conversation and debate, you may not fully appreciate or understand them, but you won’t be able to look away, either—which is a complex truth that buttresses The Perfect Liar." - The Strand Magazine

"A surprising and sinister story, The Perfect Liar propels the reader on a journey that ends with two sentences that chill the blood and spark admiration for its talented wordsmith." - The Free Lance-Star

St. Martin's Press, 9781250128218, 288pp.

Publication Date: January 15, 2019

About the Author

THOMAS CHRISTOPHER GREENE is the author of several novels, including Mirror Lake; I'll Never Be Long Gone; Envious Moon; The Headmaster's Wife; and If I Forget You. His fiction has been translated into 13 languages and has won many awards and honors. In 2008, Tom founded Vermont College of Fine Arts, a top graduate fine arts college, making him the youngest college president in the country at that time. He lives and works in Vermont.