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Review: Liar, Dreamer, Thief by Maria Dong

Liar, Dreamer, Thief is one of those audio books which I had to finish. Like I was close to the end and I just lay on my couch to finish listening. It’s one of those mystery books that becomes impossible to put down. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


Katrina Kim may be broke, the black sheep of her family, and slightly unhinged, but she isn’t a stalker. Her obsession with her co-worker, Kurt, is just one of many coping mechanisms—like her constant shape and number rituals, or the way scenes from her favorite children’s book bleed into her vision whenever she feels anxious or stressed.

But when Katrina finds a cryptic message from Kurt that implies he’s aware of her surveillance, her tenuous hold on a normal life crumbles. Driven by compulsion, she enacts the most powerful ritual she has to reclaim control—a midnight visit to the Cayatoga Bridge—and arrives just in time to witness Kurt’s suicide. Before he jumps, he slams her with a devastating accusation: his death is all her fault.

Horrified, Katrina combs through the clues she’s collected about Kurt over the last three years, but each revelation uncovers a menacing truth: for every moment she was watching him, he was watching her. And the past she thought she’d left behind? It’s been following her more closely than she ever could have imagined.


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I fell in love with Liar, Dreamer, Thief. Everything from the main character, Katrina who – at times you wanna shake your head – but I loved her determination. Her cleverness, her obsession, and her narration style. Liar, Dreamer, Thief is a book about obsession, but it’s also about mystery and family. I cried when I was introduced to Katrina’s family past, but also the depth of her family’s feelings. The ways they felt as Korean Americans in smaller towns.

At the beginning, I was intrigued about the kitchen door world. For me, Katrina’s obsessions fell into two categories: Kurt and this other world. Almost like Katrina, I wanted this kitchen door world to be real. But as the mystery ramped up and things began to stop adding up, I became obsessed with the mystery. With Katrina unraveling the pieces of her life and Kurt’s.

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It became this sort of high octane, action packed urgent story. One that balances family connections and action. And honestly, just writing this review makes me want to listen to it all over again. Hannah Choi does an amazing job of potraying Katrina. Of portraying that hint of doubt in your voice. That feeling of having the world not believe you and what that’s like. If you’re looking for a mystery that has a core of heart, family, and character – this is it! Find Liar, Dreamer, Thief on Goodreads, Storygraph, Amazon, Indiebound,, The Book Depository,, and Google Play.


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