by Nicholas Searle
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Goodreads: This is a life told back to front.
This is a man who has lied all his life.
Roy is a conman living in a small English town, about to pull off his final con. 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?
What has he had to do to survive a life of lies?
And who has had to pay the price?
Kritters Thoughts: At the heart a con story, but beyond that an interesting story about how one's past informs their future. Roy has been a con man since an early age and even in his old age he is ready for one last con and has found an older woman who he thinks he can completely con out of her money. Betty the woman he has found to con has more than meets the eye and as the story unfolds I fell more and more in love with her.
Once the story establishes itself, the chapters start to alternate between the present con and through Roy's history in reverse almost from one con to another. For the longest time I was wondering why it went in reverse and it almost bugged me til the end and I understood why and I finally liked how it was formatted. Can't tell you why!
As this book totally hinges on the reveals, I can't talk too much about it, but I can say keep reading because it starts slow and you stay confused for a long time, but it is so worth it. There were actual moments in this book where I almost shut it and gave up, but stay til the end.
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.