The fictional memoir of Katrina Klain.
How true are the family histories that tell us who we are and where we come from? Who knows how much all the beautiful liars have embargoed or embellished the truth?
During a long flight from Europe to Sydney to bury her mother, Australian expat Katrina Klain reviews the fading narrative of her family and her long quest to understand her true origins. This has already taken her to Vienna, where she met her Uncle Harald who embezzled the Austrian government out of millions, as well as Carl Sokorny, the godson of one of Hitler’s most notorious generals, and then on to Geneva and Madrid. Not only were her family caught up with the Nazis, they also turn out to have been involved with the Stasi in post-war East Germany.
It’s a lot to come to terms with, but there are more revelations in store. After the funeral, she finds letters that reveal a dramatic twist which means her own identity must take a radical shift. Will these discoveries enable her to complete the puzzle of her family’s past?
Inspired by her own life story, Sylvia Petter’s richly imaginative debut novel, set between the new world and the old, is a powerful tale about making peace with the past and finding closure for the future.
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All The Beautiful Liars is a well written, intriguing story that reads like an actual memoir which I thought very clever.
The story follows Katrina across Europe as she tries to discover more about her roots. I found it fascinating to follow her on her journey and loved the vivid descriptions of it which helped me to envision perfectly what she was doing. I really liked that each character got to tell their side of the story as it helped me to understand the events more clearly.
I thought this story was very well paced and I found it surprisingly gripping as I didn’t want to put it down. There is always lots going on and the historical details in the book were fascinating to learn about. There are a few twists toward the end which I wasn’t expecting but made the book very enjoyable.
Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Australian in Austria. Writer of short, long, serious, sexy and fun. The story collection, The Past Present, was published in 2000/2001 in paperback and ebook formats by IUMIX, UK. Back Burning won the IP Picks Best Fiction Prize and was published in 2007 by IP, Australia. Mercury Blobs was published by Raging Aardvark, Australia in 2013, and stories appear in German translation in Geflimmer der Vergangenheit in 2014. Stories also appear in the charity anthologies, 100 Stories for Haiti, 50 Stories for Pakistan, A Pint and a Haircut – True Irish Stories, 100 Stories for Queensland, New Sun Rising: Stories for Japan, and Refugees Welcome. Writing as AstridL, erotic tales may be found at amazon.com/author/astridl And here´s what a reader in France says in a 4-star review of Mercury Blobs: “You can’t take one without the other! Some stories remind us that everyone leads two lives. Mix and match Sylvia Petter’s ‘Mercury Blobs’ with AstridL’s ‘Consuming the Muse and you’ll see why. A Home is a Home and nice to get back to even after a Picnic at Niagara. The Christmas Goose may not seem as exciting as a Cherry Strudel but it can sometimes help you get over what was Just Lunch. Giggles? Laughter? The odd tear or two? I am now sure that The Ways of Love and The Wages of Bliss are the two sides of the same coin.”