The Better Liar

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Ballantine Books
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6.4 X 9.5 X 1.1 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Tanen Jones grew up in Texas and North Carolina. She has a degree in American history and spent several years editing law and criminal justice textbooks. A queer author, she writes about queer women in dark spaces. Tanen now lives in New York with her partner, where she writes to the sound of her neighbor's piano. The Better Liar is her debut novel.


"A darkly complex relationship between two sisters lies at the heart of Jones's debut psychological thriller. . . . A blistering debut from a promising new talent."--Kirkus Reviews

"A taut, twisty thriller. . . . Jones arrives with an undeniable splash."--Publishers Weekly

"A fast-paced read that will leave you thinking long after turning the final page."--Christina Dalcher, bestselling author of Vox

"The Better Liar just kept getting better and better and better."--Chandler Baker, New York Times bestselling author of Whisper Network

"I can hardly believe The Better Liar is a debut novel--it has three unreliable narrators and a twisty plot, and it dives deep into complicated family relationships."--Jennifer Hillier, author of Jar of Hearts, ITW Thriller Award winner

"The Better Liar is a knockout--a stunner of a debut that left me in awe of this new writer's talent."--Karen Dionne, author of the international bestseller The Marsh King's Daughter

"Tanen Jones shifts effortlessly between narrators and story lines, and delivers one hell of a twist. I couldn't wait to finish but did not want it to end. This is the best kind of thriller!"--Wendy Walker, internationally bestselling author of The Night Before

"All great thriller writers have to be good liars, and Tanen Jones absolutely is. Her debut is a scorching, fascinating read about a dark relationship that will make you turn the mirror to yourself. The Better Liar is binge-worthy all night long."--Julia Heaberlin, internationally bestselling author of Paper Ghosts and Black-Eyed Susans

"A gorgeously dark tale of twisted sisterhood--and a gutsy spin on the psycho-thriller . . . Nicely done, Tanen Jones!"--Debra Jo Immergut, author of The Captives

"Jones has written a compulsively page-turning story. She cleverly drip-feeds nuggets of information, each more surprising than the last, until the final shocking revelation."--Claire Fuller, author of Bitter Orange and Swimming Lessons

"This dangerous story of sisterhood and inheritance will make you question how well you really know those closest to you."--Madeline Stevens, author of Devotion

"A dark, intriguing exploration of family wounds and the fragility of identity."--Caite Dolan-Leach, author of Dead Letters and We Went to the Woods

"Jones expertly ramps up the tension and then delivers twists and turns at breakneck speed."--Elizabeth Klehfoth, author of All These Beautiful Strangers

"A brilliantly claustrophobic thriller with a gasp-inducing sting in the tail--tense, controlled, and masterly."--Christobel Kent, author of What We Did

"A masterclass in mystery and suspense."--Book Riot ("Best Winter New Releases")