We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Published by: Allen & Unwin
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance
Date Read: 19/09/2014
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.
We Were Liars is about a girl named Cadence Sinclair who is the heir to the Sinclair family island. The Sinclair’s are beautiful, blonde, rich and at first glance, their family seems perfect. Every summer, the family travels to their island. Cadence and three others are known throughout the novel as the Liars.
We Were Liars offers a unique, suspenseful, enthralling thrill ride for the reader. It will reach out and grip you with it’s poetic writing, the gripping suspense, and then make you feel agonising pain when the shocking, tragic truth is revealed.
The writing is so beautiful and this book is worth reading for that reason alone. The way the author describes human emotional pain is dramatic, poetic, and powerful.
I can see why We Were Liars isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. While some of us enjoy reeling in shock and then having the pieces fall into place at the end of the book, it’s kind of vague and hazy throughout, with a loose plot. The writing really is a matter of preference, as sometimes it’s filled with really strong imagery that is meant to be metaphorical.
The plot outline is purposely vague as the less you know the better as the plot can be easily spoiled. I loved the style of the writing and the continuous foreshadowing lurking in the background. The story is beautifully woven together and is a pleasant read with an unforgettable twist. I really enjoyed this book.