Tuesday Intro: Liar, Liar

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week I’m reading Liar, Liar by M. J. Arlidge, an author whose books I’m coming to love. This is the fourth in the Helen Grace series and is looking like a corker.  here’s what it’s about…


Detective Helen Grace has never seen such destruction. Six fires in twenty-four hours. Two people dead. Several more injured. It’s as if someone wants to burn the city to the ground…

With the whole town on high alert, Helen and her team must sift through the rubble to find the arsonist, someone whose thirst for fire—and control—is reducing entire lives to ashes.

One misstep could mean Helen’s career—and more lives lost. And as the pressure mounts and more buildings burn, Helen’s own dark impulses threaten to consume her…

And here how it starts…

Luke scrambled through the open window and on to the narrow ledge outside. Grasping the plastic guttering above his head, he pulled himself upright. The guttering creaked ominously, threatening to give way at any moment, but Luke couldn’t risk letting go. He was dizzy, breathless and very, very scared.

A blast of icy wind roared over him, flapping his thin cotton pyjamas like a manic kite. He was already losing the feeling in his feet –the chill from the rough stone creeping up his body –and the sixteen-year-old knew he would have to act quickly, if he was to save his life. Slowly he inched his way forward, peering over the lip of the ledge. The cars, the people below seemed so small –the hard, unforgiving road so far away.

He’d always had a thing about heights and, looking down from this top-floor vantage point, his first instinct was to recoil. To turn back into the house. But he stood firm. He couldn’t believe what he was contemplating, but he didn’t have a choice, so releasing his grip, he hung his toes over the edge and prepared to jump. He counted down in his head. Three, two, one …

What do you think? Would you keep reading?




  1. Oh, I’d definitely keep reading. I read the first in the series, EENY MEENY, and loved it. I need to continue because the series is beginning to get longer and longer. A good thing! Enjoy!


    • I don’t think you need to read in order but there are, as always, bits of the back story you won’t get, mainly around why Helen is how she is. I think you would still enjoy them though.


  2. Great intro! I didn’t realize the author was already to book 4! I’m a bit behind and still need to catch up with the third book but these are good thrillers aren’t they. Enjoy!


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