We Were Liars by E Lockhart
Review by M
There’s been a lot of pre-publication hype around this novel and it deserves it. We Were Liars is a small book (just over 200 pages) and it’s a quick and thoroughly entertaining read.
We Were Liars is narrated by Cadence, the eldest teen granddaughter of the Sinclair family. An old New England family, they spend their summers on their private island. And then Cadence has an accident.
From the get go, we know that this is unreliable narration. The writing is stylised and interweaves all sorts of clues and red herrings to create a tragic modern day fairytale.
I highly recommend it and think there’s every chance of awards, commercial and cult success. Book groups will love it too.
Liar, liar, liar, liar.
PS. There’s a strong language content warning on the book. The f expletive appears a few times.
Hot Key Books is hosting a We Were Liars live read on Saturday, 17 May 2014 on Twitter. Starts 1pm UK time. #liarsliveread
Publication details: Hot Key Books, May 2014, London, paperbackThis copy: received from the publisher for the live read