The Perfect Liar-Brenda Novak

The Perfect Liar

Brenda Novak

Mira, Sep 2009, $7.99

ISBN:  9780778327240

At Travis Air Force Base in California, Captain Luke Trussell mourns the death of his bestf friend who died in Iraq with alcohol and love making with Sergeant Kalyna Harter of his flying squadron.  He knows both were mistakes, but the latter proves ugly when two military police enlisted NCOs arrive the next morning informing him that Sergeant Harter accused him of rape; she spent several hours at Northbay medical Clinic and has bruises all over her body; none life threatening.  He says she lies.

Kalyna follows that up with asking victims’ rights advocate Ava Bixby to help nail Luke with further evidence of his abusing women.  Ava’s inquiry proves Luke has no bad marks or hints of such until the rape accusation while Kalyna has a history.  The advocate soon believes he is the victim and works to prove her theory although she hopes she is not rosy coloring the facts because she is falling in love with the captain.  Kalyna is outraged when she perceives the betrayal and the look of love in Aava’s eyes.

This is an exhilarating romantic suspense with the obsessed villainess stealing the show from the lead couple as THE PERFECT LIAR.  Readers will be fascinated with the obviously troubled Kalyna as she loves Luke, but her method to his heart may seem on the surface an odd approach; the audience will understand why the psychopath made the rape accusation..  Fans will enjoy Brenda Novak’s latest Last Stand thriller.

Harriet Klausner

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