Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
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. (Goodreads)
This book threw me through a loop. It follows the Sinclair family mainly during their summer stays on a private island near Martha’s Vineyard. Cady Sinclair narrates her summers and talks about the secrets of her family. Cady’s grandfather is the patriarch, who owns the island and built in additional to his own home, 3 additional homes, one for each of his daughters. The story centers around Cady, 2 of her cousins, and Gat. They are the “Liars”. Cady retells of her summers on the island with the Liars and dares to keep digging to find all the secrets her family hides from her. After a terrible accident of “Summer 15” Cady digs to find the truth and what she finds you will not expect.
Lockhart weaves in additional fairy tales, mostly about three beautiful daughters, a king, and misfortune. While they were not my favorite bits they were nice additions while the reader tries to figure out what actually is going on. It’s a portrayal of a shattered family and the desperate consequences of silence and greed. It’s a mystery with an ending most readers won’t see coming.
Characters-5 Plot-4 Setting-5 Purpose-5 Resolution-5
Liars site: www.wewereliars.com