Alice and John MacDonald, both running from pasts that were too traumatic to face, meet by chance and stay together in a fragile world that’s rife with lies and secrets. The only thing they have in common is the love for a seven-year-old child, Beatrice, whom they have raised since she was a baby.
When an escaped murderer triggers a series of events that will significantly change the lives of John and Alice and jeopardize the life of their darling daughter, they must take drastic action to protect the welfare of the child. Follow John and Alice as they are forced to leave the wilds of Labrador for an isolated future in Holyrood, Newfoundland, only to have their world turned upside down when they must face the consequences of the lives they lived.
As the reality of their past unfolds with disastrous outcomes, will it mean they lose Beatrice forever to the mother who has longed for the child—a child born from a vicious assault and given away by a cruel stepmother—and is now eager to make her part of her new family?
Ida Linehan Young does well-researched well-paced melodrama well.-- The Telegram --
There is no doubt that she is amongst the best of the best of Newfoundland’s storytellers...If you like good historical fiction stories told in a similar vein to Genevieve Graham’s, then you’ll enjoy this trilogy of turn-of-the-last-century novels from the prolific pen of Ida Linehan Young.-- Miramichi Reader --
I’ve known North Harbour and its people all my life. Good thing or I’d be afraid to go near the place after reading of the sleveens, reprobates and hard tickets Ida Linehan Young brings there in her latest book. the Liars is a page turner with more twists than the foolish turn. (You need to know North Harbour to get that one.) It’s a swashbuckler rambling from primitive northern Labrador to gritty urban St. John’s to pastoral St. Mary’s Bay. An abundance of nasty characters litters the landscape all the way. The meticulous research that Ida Linehan Young puts into her writing is evident throughout. It’s a splendid read. Buy it.-- Harold Davis --
The storyline of mystery, intrigue and plot twists that Linehan Young expertly crafts in The Liars is the result of true events that occurred in the late 1800's in Newfoundland. Her ability to formulate a fictitious story by intertwining the results of her research with that of the plot details conceived in her mind is brilliant. While keeping the reader on the edge of their seat until the very end, Linehan Young highlights "some of the not-so-pleasant histories that make up the foundation of our beautiful province, Newfoundland and Labrador". The Liars is another compelling read for those who enjoy history, suspense and wonderfully descriptive writing. The female characters are strong, simple but complex individuals, who reinforce the theme that there is no greater warrior than a mother protecting her child. Kudos to Ida Linehan Young in creating a work of art that will leave you wanting more-- Stephanie Collins - Fireside Collections --
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