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You Can't Catch Me

by Catherine McKenzie

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list price: $22.00
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published: Aug 2020
publisher: Simon & Schuster

A riveting new novel of suspense about a disgraced young journalist caught up in a grifter’s game, and the trail of identically named victims she uncovers, from the instant bestselling author of I’ll Never Tell and The Good Liar.

Assumed identities. A con game. Unwitting victims.
After being fired from her investigative journalism job for plagiarism, Jessica Williams is looking for a break from the constant press coverage. She decides to escape for a week to a resort in Mexico boasting no connections to the outside world. While waiting at the airport for her flight, she encounters a woman with the exact same name, who she dubs Jessica Two. Drawn together by the coincidence, they play a game of twenty questions to see what other similarities they share, and exchange contact information.
A week later, Jessica returns home and discover that large cash withdrawals have been made from her bank account. Security footage from the bank confirms her suspicions—Jessica Two has stolen her money. She goes to the police, only to be told that the crime is a low priority. Frustrated, she meets up with a trusted old friend, Liam, who is an investigator. When the two Google “Jessica Williams,” they get thousands of hits—Jessica was the most popular girl’s name in 1990 and Williams is almost as ubiquitous as Smith. Convinced that this isn’t the first time this scam has been run, Jessica is determined to catch the imposter, and writes a Facebook post hoping to chase down some of Jessica Two’s other victims. When she gets a number of responses, she sets a plan in motion to catch the thief, encountering a string of identically named victims along the way.
Then, the threatening messages start arriving.
Filled with incredible twists and turns, You Can’t Catch Me is a tantalizing, character-driven exploration of how far people will go to get revenge.

About the Author
Catherine McKenzie’s I’ll Never Tell and The Good Liar were national bestsellers. Her previous novels have been translated into multiple languages. A graduate of McGill University, Catherine practices law in Montreal, Quebec, where she was born and raised. Visit her at CatherineMcKenzie.com or follow her on Twitter @CEMcKenzie1 or Instagram @CatherineMcKenzieAuthor.
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Contributor Notes

Catherine McKenzie’s I’ll Never Tell and The Good Liar were national bestsellers. Her previous novels have been translated into multiple languages. A graduate of McGill University, Catherine practices law in Montreal, Quebec, where she was born and raised. Visit her at CatherineMcKenzie.com or follow her on Twitter @CEMcKenzie1 or Instagram @CatherineMcKenzieAuthor.

Editorial Reviews

 “McKenzie serves up a riveting tale of stolen money, stolen identities, and stolen childhoods. First a victim of a cult, and now the victim of identity theft, Jessica undertakes a harrowing search for justice and healing. . . . A breathtaking journey.”
— BRYN GREENWOODNew York Times bestselling author of The Reckless Oath We Made and All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

You Can’t Catch Me has a saucy female narrator and an intriguing plot. If that’s not enough to lure you in, there’s also intelligent action and great characters. . . . one of Montreal lawyer Catherine McKenzie’s best novels. . . . If you haven’t already discovered McKenzie, start here and then try I’ll Never Tell and The Good Liar.”
 The Globe and Mail

“The lives of three women become entangled in a single tragedy. With her compelling characters, whip-smart dialogue and edge-of-your-seat pacing, McKenzie asks how well we know those around us—even the people we love the most.”
— PAULA TREICK DEBOARD, author of Here We Lie and The Drowning Girls

“Catherine McKenzie has done it again. . . . In yet another page-turner, three women, linked by trauma, transform from images seen through the camera’s lens into human and relatable characters as their layered lives come into focus. As you settle in for this tense and compelling ride, you’ll start to question who ‘the good liar’ really is—Cecily, Kate, witnesses, the media, friends, family or maybe even Catherine McKenzie herself.”
EMILY BLEEKER, bestselling author of Wreckage and When I'm Gone

“With twists and turns, the lives of three women intersect in the most unexpected ways during the aftermath of a tragedy. Thought-provoking, suspenseful, and mysterious, The Good Liar is a true page-turner that explores the ways stories are connected and created, and what can be hidden underneath. This is a book you won’t be able to put down!”
MEGAN MIRANDANew York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger

“McKenzie weaves a rich tapestry of flawed, untrustworthy characters, challenging the reader to solve the crime . . . a not-so-easy, but spell-binding task.”
— ROBERT DUGONI, New York Times bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite series

“McKenzie never disappoints, and this is her best book yet. Her writing is fluid and absorbing; the characters are fully realized; the plot twists and turns with expert precision; and underlying it all is a growing sense of dread that I couldn’t shake until the book’s terrific denouement. Highly recommended for fans of psychological suspense.”
— CRISTINA ALGER, New York Times bestselling author of The Banker’s Wife

“[McKenzie] specializes in mining people’s inner darkness, particularly the inner darkness of women living superficially happy lives. . . . [her] books coolly imagine what it’s like to doubt your own memories, to be written off as dead, or to watch your own neglected child become a monster.”
The Globe and Mail

“Secrets and lies swirl on these pages, intermingling with guilt and doubt. For readers who love experiencing one event from multiple perspectives, this is a gripping novel. . . . A Spring 2018 Must Read Book.”
— Bookish

“One of the Best Books of April [2018].”
— Goodreads

“A riveting story. . . . The twists are shocking, the characters are well-drawn but unpredictable, and the conclusion is as poignant as it is surprising. The Good Liar is thrilling, captivating, and not to be missed!” 
KATE MORETTI, New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Year and The Blackbird Season

“A cleverly crafted, heart-wrenching tale of obsession, regret and the devastating effects of keeping secrets for far too long.” 
A. J. BANNER, #1 USA Today bestselling author of The Good Neighbor and The Twilight Wife

“Catherine McKenzie isn’t just a talented storyteller; she has a knack for asking the questions every woman secretly asks, and answering with a story that expresses our collective dreams and fears. . . . Far more than a first-rate page turner; it’s an exploration of the cost of keeping secrets, how the bonds between women both chafe and comfort, and how in the midst of the terror and beauty that is life, we find grace.”
— ALLISON LEOTTA, author of The Last Good Girl

“[A] complex, thought-provoking psychological thriller. . . . Who the good liar may be, and what that phrase might actually mean, are questions that will resonate long after the book is finished.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A riveting thriller.”
— Entertainment Weekly

“McKenzie proves once again she is a master of the psychological sleight-of-hand. Reading You Can’t Catch Me is like being blindfolded and spun around so many times so that when you finally see straight you can’t tell who’s good, who’s bad, or who holds the cards. Unputdownable.”
— LOUISA LUNA, author of the Alice Vega novels

“How does tragedy shape our lives? Catherine McKenzie tackles this question—with no shortage of twists and turns—through the perspectives of three captivating women in The Good Liar. This is THE thriller of 2018.”
— CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train

“An atmospheric thriller that takes the reader on a harrowing journey through one family’s quest for the truth no matter the cost. McKenzie’s characters leap from the page in this compulsive, riveting tale filled with twisty family secrets, suspect loyalties and deadly encounters. . . . Will keep you guessing until the very end.” 
— HEATHER GUDENKAUF, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Not A Sound

“You can never go wrong with a Catherine McKenzie novel. Consistently superb suspense that doesn’t disappoint.” 
— J. T. ELLISON, New York Times bestselling author of Tear Me Apart and Lie to Me

“Readers will marvel at the author’s inventiveness as the action builds to a surprise-filled showdown. . . . McKenzie knows how to keep the pages turning.”
— Publishers Weekly

Praise for You Can't Catch Me

“One of the Best Thrillers of Spring 2018.”
— Bookbub

“Takes the nostalgic Canadian experience of summer camp and turns it upside down. . . . explores dangerous family secrets, loyalty, and tragedy.” 

“[McKenzie] builds suspense in steady, page-turning steps all while drawing the reader into the lives of her characters. Recommended.”
Library Journal

“For many years, Catherine McKenzie has been writing some of the best thrillers around. She’s outdone herself with The Good Liar, the powerful and heartbreaking story of the painful aftermath of a national tragedy. It’s sharply written with engaging characters and twists and surprises up until the very last page. A smart, fast-paced, and riveting thriller!”
— DAVID BELL, author of Bring Her Home

 “A deft domestic noir.”
— Toronto Star

“McKenzie is at the top of her game when a former cult member finds herself mixed up in a dangerous, high-stakes case of identity theft.  Addictive and fast-paced, You Can’t Catch Me proves that sometimes revenge is sweet. McKenzie’s best book yet!”
— MARY KUBICANew York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl and Pretty Baby

“Give this to fans of seemingly benign characters with dark inner lives like those in Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies.” 
— Booklist

“If you’re always up for a good murder mystery, reach for I’ll Never Tell.”
— Good Housekeeping

“The questions raised . . . accumulate with every plot twist. . . . McKenzie has effected something of a Trojan Horse: The Good Liar is a novel of ideas in the convincing guise of a page-turner.”
— Montreal Gazette

“Should be at the top of your list.”

“A sharp and engrossing novel of suspense . . . the latest title by bestseller McKenzie is sure to delight her fans.”
— 49th Shelf

“With its blend of can’t-put-it-down suspense and sharp psychological insight, I’ll Never Tell compels as both whodunit and family drama. As much as I wanted to solve the mystery at the heart of the book, I was sorry to reach the end and say goodbye to the characters—a fascinating, complicated family whose heartbreak, regret, and love leap off the page. This might be my favorite of Catherine McKenzie’s books yet.”
— LEAH STEWART, author of The New Neighbor and What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw

“Slick, smart, and ultimately heart-wrenching. McKenzie’s at the absolute top of her game in this suspense that takes the cat-and-mouse genre to a whole new, mind-bending level.”
— EMILY CARPENTER, bestselling author of Every Single Secret

Praise for I’ll Never Tell

“McKenzie does a brilliant job of gradually reconstructing the last day of Amanda’s life, mapping each sibling’s whereabouts on the campgrounds while also revealing their own potential culpability in the crime.”
— Chatelaine

“When it comes to psychological thrillers, lies and dark family secrets are the very best kind, and Catherine McKenzie handles them both with skill in I’ll Never Tell, a riveting story of siblings linked by long-ago tragedy. Suspicions swirl, and the truth is revealed in steady, page-turning increments that culminate in a whopper of an ending.”
KIMBERLY BELLE, bestselling author of Three Days Missing and The Marriage Lie

“Equal parts creepy murder mystery and juicy family drama.”
— The Kit

“Lines will be crossed and secrets revealed when tragedy intersects three women in The Good Liar, a guilty pleasure you won’t be able to put down until the very last page. A Must Read!”
— LIZ FENTON AND LISA STEINKE, authors of The Good Widow

“Secrets are the coin of suspense and Catherine McKenzie spends them better than anyone. I’ll Never Tell builds incredible tension in a braid of a family’s past with its present, and what five siblings, set against each other by their father’s last will and testament, will do to secure their future. Twisty and brilliant!”
— JAMIE MASON, author of Three Graves Full and Monday's Lie

“In her latest, Catherine McKenzie continues to prove she’s a master at crafting psychological thrillers. . . . The story is layered with superb twists and expert pacing, deftly building in suspense until its stunner of an ending. A compulsive read that kept me guessing!”
— KERRY LONSDALEWall Street Journal bestselling author of Everything We Left Behind and Everything We Keep

“[A] riveting novel of suspense . . . Twists and turns and plenty of red herrings keep the reader guessing. McKenzie once again delivers the thriller goods.”
Publishers Weekly

“Grabs you fast and simply won’t let go. With break-neck pacing, a cast of compelling characters, and razor-sharp intelligence on every page, this puts all of McKenzie’s skills on full display.”
— MATTHEW NORMAN, author of Last Couple Standing

Praise for The Good Liar

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