We Were Liars by E. Lockheart is an amazing book, a riveting, brutal and beautifully told story. It is about self-acceptance, family morals, and the possibly deadly consequences of one’s mistakes with elements of mystery and romance worked in. We Were Liars is one of my favourite books as the plot was unusual and very interesting. The plot twist towards the end was obviously unexpected but tied up many loose ends as every single detail fell together. I stayed up way too late in order to finish reading this book and the haunting ending left me thinking about it for days.
The book is centered around a privileged family, the Sinclairs who owned a private island and spent their summers there. The protagonist, Cadence Sinclair, got into an accident in Summer Fifteen and was found seriously injured in the water, near the beach. She suffered from migraines since then and was not able to remember much of Summer Fifteen except details of her accident. In Summer Sixteen, Cadence is told by her mother that she will be travelling Europe with her father. Despite resisting, Cadence goes and spends; next Summer, she returns to the island.
When she does return, just about everything on the island is different. Everyone, including the Liars, (the cousins and good friends of Cadence who also go to the island) acted nervously and secretively around Cadence; and one of the houses on the island was remodeled to a modern, sleeker aesthetic. Over time, Cadence remembered more and more about Summer Fifteen. The events of Summer Fifteen were not revealed until the end of the book and that element of surprise kept me interested.
I’d definitely suggest you read it but perhaps you might want to prepare tissues beforehand!
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Jocelyn Lim (3 Justice)