We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (review copy received via NetGalley)
The Sinclair family has everything anyone could ever want and dream of. On the surface they’re a powerful family full of old money, prestige, and respect. But just below the surface lies dark family secrets and brewing family feuds. But every summer, when the entire family travel to their private island just off of Martha’s Vineyard, those secrets and feuds are buried deeper and deeper.
It’s those summers spend on the island that the Liars – Cady, Mirren, Johnny, and close family friend Gat – live for. The youngest Sinclair’s just love soaking up the summer sun, spinning tales so tall their friends back home could hardly believe, and stepping into lives that they can call their own.
That is, until their fifteenth summer. Everything seems wrong … all wrong. And Cady can’t seem to figure out why this summer is any different from any other summer. Gat’s interest in her is feigning. Mirren is a shell of her former self, choosing to sulk rather than soar. And Johnny simply doesn’t care. It’s up to Cady to figure out what’s wrong.
Days pass seamlessly into weeks. And as they do Cady starts to remember bits and pieces of the puzzle that is her worst nightmare. Without realizing it, bits and pieces of a terrible accident become clearer and clearer. The details are frightening. But then again, the truth always is.
We Were Liars, written by author E. Lockhart, is a textured and layered story full of mystery and intrigue. This smart book will keep readers guessing and their mouths agape.
Lockhart’s writing is simply stellar. The words she’s penned on paper are evocative. The story that she’s created is as twisted as it is smart.
Readers will easily fall in love with the setting that’s so lush readers will feel as if they’ve been transported to that small island off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. They will easily identify with characters so flawed and layered it’s hard to not mistake them for real people. They will get so caught up in the story that Lockhart has spun that they will feel as if they are a part of it themselves.
We Were Liars is the kind of books that readers – whether faithful fans of Lockhart’s or newcomers – will devour! Never wanting to put it down until every last page is consumed, readers will instantly want to re-read this book. Not just because it’s that great of a story, but because when finished minds will be reeling. And I mean that reeling in the best way possible. This book will leave readers with so many questions, so many lies, and so many truths just waiting to be uncovered.
There is so much more I could say about this book, but in all honesty I can’t in fear that I will give too much away. Readers, you will have to trust me on this one! We Were Liars is an amazing book that will leave a lasting impression on you. Seriously, I read it in January and it’s still a book I think about, nearly four months later. You will NOT be disappointed!