Review: The Liar’s House (Detective Gina Harte #4) by Carla Kovach @bookouture

liar's houseSamantha stumbled out of the party and on to a busy street only ten minutes away from her home. But she never made it home…

Seven years after Samantha’s disappearance, on what would have been her thirty-fifth birthday, her best friend Diane is shocked to find a letter addressed to Samantha on her doorstep.

Opening the envelope, Diane pulls out a birthday card and a finger nail painted in dusky pink nail polish. The same shade Samantha always wore. The same shade she was wearing the night she went missing.

When police analyse the nail, they don’t get the result they expected. Instead of linking them to Samantha, the nail belongs to another woman, Jade Ashmore. And Jade was murdered the night before the envelope was delivered….


The Liar’s House is the fourth book in the DI Gina Harte series by Carla Kovach. I absolutely love this series. The books keep getting better, the cases more interesting, the entire narrative more compulsive and Gina Harte continues to be one of my favorite lead detectives.

In this case, Samantha goes missing when walking home from a party. Years later, Jade ends up dead while walking home from another party. Events occur to link the cold case with the current happenings. I was so captivated and couldn’t wait to find out how the two cases connected.

Let me just say something about Gina Harte. She’s a unique kind of detective, different from any of the others that I have encountered in other crime thrillers. I especially like that she is portrayed as being flawed but also quite vulnerable. She is human, not some hard-core robotic fictitious character. Nope, our Gina has been through experiences that most women can identify with. In this book, she’s trying to date and ends up with the same dating drama that touches on her work. I just enjoy reading about Gina and can’t wait to find out what happens to her character as the series progresses.

As always with this series, I couldn’t guess the identity of the unsub in this one. I had a few suspects but my guesses were so not right. I like how the tension escalated through the pages. It made me feel the pressure that Gina and her team had to deal with. They needed to catch the perp but this wasn’t an easy case to crack.

The Liar’s House is well-written, thrilling and totally riveting with plenty of red herrings that had me guessing up to the last page.  The case maybe new but to better enjoy the characters, I’d suggest reading the entire series in order. It is one of the best police procedural series out there. Definitely worth checking out!



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15 thoughts on “Review: The Liar’s House (Detective Gina Harte #4) by Carla Kovach @bookouture

    1. Haha you did better than me. For some reason, I suspected everyone apart from the real culprit. The reveal had me going like, ‘wait..who dat? Huh? A fun read though.

    1. Gina is so relatable and human. I find her portrayal to be very realistic. Her private life is messy but she is a great detective. Thanks Meggy.

    1. Thanks Jennifer. This is one series that I strongly recommend. It keeps getting better with each installation. I agree with you about the beautiful covers.

  1. I have to mention how much i love how all these covers match each other so nicely ❤ 🙂
    I had this series on my radar ever since the first book came out. Didn't realize it's been out for a while and here we are at book #4…

    Great review!

    1. Thanks Norrie. Whoever does these covers is on another level. I also love how they match and the mix of pictures and artwork. They are way better than the woman in a red coat cover 😀

      Its is a wonderful series so I hope that you will get a chance to check it out someday.

  2. Wonderful review! I’m definitely regretting not starting this series when the first book came out… All books sound so good!

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