Published by Delacorte Press on May 13th 2014
Genres: Mystery & Thriller, New Adult
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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.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
This book review is part of The Book Geek’s Genre Spotlight. It’s where we explore and choose one of the myriad genres. We’ll showcase it by having each Book Geek read and review at least one, but possibly a few books belonging to that month’s chosen genre.
As we fall into September, our spotlight is on Mystery & Thrillers!
I love a good mystery, and by good I mean one that truly makes me think. I’m one of those smarty-pants readers who frequently figures out the secret long before it’s divulged. I pride myself on seeing plot twists coming a mile away. I start a mystery by throwing down the gauntlet to the author: okay, surprise me. E. Lockhart picked up my challenge. This book tested my intellect, kept me guessing, and had me on the edge of my seat until the end.
Every summer, Cadence and the entire Sinclaire clan live on their privately owned island off the coast of Nantucket. She looks forward to reuniting with her two cousins, Johnny and Mirren, and their friend, Gat, every year, and the four of them come to be known as the Liars. The friends grow up enjoying carefree summers on the island and all the benefits that a life of privilege has to offer. Everything changes the summer Cadence is fifteen. She has a horrible accident that results in memory loss and crippling migraines. The story alternates between the present—two years following the tragedy—and the past, as Cadence desperately tries to recall the events surrounding her accident.
Lockhart’s writing is beautifully poetic, if a bit choppy at times. The plot is imaginative, thought provoking, and entirely engrossing. I appreciated the way in which the story unfolds; however, the ending left me wanting. While there is no cliffhanger, there is—for me at least—a sense of unfinished business. To say more would be a disservice to would-be readers, but what I wouldn’t give to discuss this with a book club.