We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockheart 
Pages: 227 
Publisher: Delacorte Press 
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)

A beautiful and distinguished family. 
A private island. 
A brilliant, damaged girl; 
A passionate, political boy. 
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. 
A revolution. An accident. A secret. 
Lies upon lies. 
True love. 
The truth.

My Summary: Cady is the first born grandchild - the heir to the throne - in a family where money is everything and secrets lay just beneath the cracked marble surface. Every summer, Cady and her extended family congregate on a private island owned by their grandfather. Every summer, Cady spends the warm months lazing around with her cousins Mirren and Johnny, and Johnny's best friend Gat. Life is perfect in every way, because they are Sinclairs and they are beautiful and it was meant to be that way for them.

Then, in the middle of their fifteenth summer on the island, Cady hits her head hard. She wakes up in the hospital with no memory of the days leading up to the accident, or what could have led her to the beach that night. It is decided that because of her splitting migraines - a repercussion of the fall - she won't be returning to the island next summer. Maybe not ever. 

The next year - her seventeenth summer - Cady is determined to return to the place where it all began, and to figure out the truth behind her accident. Her mother and aunts seem to be hiding a lot more than their drinking and financial issues, and with nothing left to lose, Cady knows she has to get to the bottom of things. 

But what if the truth is better left unsaid? 

My Thoughts: My initial reaction after finishing this novel included a lot of colourful swearing and some staring at the ceiling trying to work it all out in my head. E. Lockheart takes you on an incredible ride with We Were Liars - I was so immersed in Cady's world that it was hard to come up for air. 

I loved the writing. I haven't read anything of E. Lockheart's since The Boyfriend List, but I'll definitely be picking up more of her novels as soon as I can. The mixture of contemporary writing and almost-prose really added to the  atmosphere of the novel. The mystery element was wonderfully done, and I loved every minute of it.

The plot was slow to develop in the best way possible, and I couldn't help but get some Shutter Island / And Then There Were None vibes. I think fans of those novels will really enjoy this standalone from E. Lockheart.

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to anyone looking for a great contemporary YA mystery with a twist.

1 comment:

  1. I have been seeing this book around a lot. Your review puts a lot of things into perspective and now i'm very interested to read what this is about.

    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex


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