Robert Gold: Eleven Liars

This review is written with thanks to Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read and review Eleven Liars.


Journalist Ben Harper is on his way home when he sees the flames in the churchyard. The derelict community centre is on fire. And somebody is trapped inside.

With Ben’s help the person escapes, only to flee the scene before they can be identified. Now the small town of Haddley is abuzz with rumours. Was this an accident, or arson?

Then a skeleton is found in the burnt-out foundations.

And when the identity of the victim is revealed, Ben is confronted with a crime that is terrifyingly close to home. As he uncovers a web of deceit and destruction that goes back decades, Ben quickly learns that in this small town, everybody has something to hide.


I enjoyed reading Twelve Secrets last year, so I was excited to see what the second book in the series would bring for Ben Harper. Eleven Liars is even better and I felt the writing and the plotting was on another level. In Twelve Secrets, the investigation was very personal to Ben; this time it’s close to home for PC Dani Cash. The personal element to it makes it more interesting and much easier to get lost in and I was hooked from the first page to the last. 

Eleven Liars is set in Lower Haddley and I loved how the small village mentality plays out in this novel. There are so many characters who have connections to each other and they are all hiding secrets from each other. The central characters are all described in immaculate detail and developed really well so it helped me to think about who was involved in what and make some guesses as to what had happened. 

There are so many layers to Eleven Liars. I loved how there was so much going on and it was interesting to try and piece it all together. I’m not sure that the intricate plotting lends itself to the Pigeonhole format as there is a lot to keep track of, which can be difficult if you take regular breaks. Personally, I could have read the book in a few sittings if I’d had access to the full book – it’s definitely engaging! I love the twists and turns and reveals which took me by surprise the whole way through! 

The ending sets us up perfectly for a third book in the series and I can’t wait! 

Eleven Liars is available from Amazon.

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