Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Genre: YA Contemporary Mystery
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.
I promise I’m not going to start every review I write with ‘This is a book that should just be read’ but I have read a couple of that ilk recently. We Were Liars is definitely one.
It’s a deeply uncomfortable book. All the way through there is a heavy sensation of something bad, but it’s never quite obvious enough for you to figure out why. It was definitely a ‘Fight Club’ moment, of wanting to go back and find all the clues once you knew what they were clues for.
But apart from the ending, which will inevitably be the main talking point of this novel, the writing was beautiful. A little – necessarily – disjointed, but beautiful once you got into the rhythm of it.
And the portrait of a family driven mad by money was disturbing and real and made me glad I’m not materialistic. The way everyone in the Sinclair family manipulated each other, driving each other apart, was both tragic and horrific.
I raced through this in less than a day. Would have only been an afternoon if I had the time – I didn’t want to put it down. The narrative drags you along with the anticipation of the reveal, but also the dread of it. The thought of how horrible it could be makes you want to keep reading to find out, just so the anticipation is over.
Hugely recommended, and I’ll be looking out for more E. Lockhart books!