THE LIAR’S GIRL by CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD
As a reader, I’ve been devouring crime fiction since I discovered Patricia Cornwell’s Postmortem when I was still in primary school and, really, way too young to be reading about serial killers and autopsies. The same two awards seemed to appear on all the About the Author pages of my favourite crime and thriller authors: the Dagger, awarded by the UK’S Crime Writers Association, and the Edgar, awarded by the Mystery Writers of America. When my debut, Distress Signals, was shortlisted for the John Creasey New Blood Dagger in 2017, I thought that it would surely be the highlight of my writing life. But last week, I got some even more amazing news that still hasn’t sunk in yet: my second novel, The Liar’s Girl, has been nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel.
The Edgars, named after Edgar Allan Poe, are awarded annually to ‘the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television’ and are widely considered to be the most prestigious accolade in the genre. If the Edgars are crime fiction’s Academy Awards, Best Novel is the equivalent of Best Picture. It’s been going since 1954 and boasts an impressive rollcall of winners: Elmore Leonard, John le Carré, Michael Crichton, Ian Rankin, Mo Hayder and Dennis Lehane, to name a few. Raymond Chandler won it for The Long Goodbye and in 2015, Stephen King took home the prize for Mr Mercedes. This year, a panel of 8 judges spent 12 months whittling down more than 500 entries to a shortlist of just 6 books which, amazingly, includes The Liar’s Girl, a novel set on the banks of Dublin’s Grand Canal, making me only the second Irish woman ever to be nominated for this award. (The first was Tana French for Faithful Place.)
The news still hasn’t sunk in, but planning for my trip to New York to attend the ceremony on April 25 has begun in earnest!
'Dark, yes, but tender too. The Liar's Girl is tightly plotted and crackles with suspense.' Ali Land, author of Good Me Bad Me
'A killer premise that totally delivers. A creepy, claustrophobic tale that never lets up on the tension while also managing to strike a truly tender note.' Caz Frear, bestselling author of Sweet Little Lies
Her first love confessed to five murders. But the truth was so much worse.
Dublin's notorious Canal Killer, Will Hurley, is ten years into his life sentence when the body of a young woman is fished out of the Grand Canal. Though detectives suspect they are dealing with a copycat, they turn to Will for help. He claims he has the information the police need, but will only give it to one person - the girl he was dating when he committed his horrific crimes.
Alison Smith has spent the last decade abroad, putting her shattered life in Ireland far behind her. But when she gets a request from Dublin imploring her to help prevent another senseless murder, she is pulled back to face the past - and the man - she's worked so hard to forget.