Book Review | We Were Liars

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Long time no book review, and yeah it honestly has been a while, practically four months -that's insane. Anyway in an attempt to get back into the swing of things I picked quite a few novels on a recent trip to Chapters. It will most likely last me until the end of the month but until then happy reading. One of the novels I picked up was this one by E. Lockhart, a quick read I must say but we'll get to that. On to the review.

We Were Liars is about a wealthy diplomatic family who every year vacations on a private island off of Martha's Vineyard. There, on the island, is where the root of the family's biggest secrets take place. The story is told by sixteen year old Cadence Sinclair Eastman, the eldest of seven grandchildren, and who is in line to inherit the most from the family patriarch, Harris Sinclair, also known has her manipulative grandfather. Throughout the novel Cadence takes us, the reader, through her previous summers on the island where she spends the days with her family. During one of her previous summers, summer eight as she refers to it, on the island she is introduced to one of her cousin's good friends, Gatwick (Gat) Patil, a passionate political city boy from New York. You guys can probably figure out what takes place next, yes the do in deed start to fall for each other. The first grandchild, set to inherit the majority of the family's fortune, and the outsider.

Throughout the summers the eldest grandchildren, Cadence, Johnny, and Mirren as well as Gat are as close as can be, the foursome, usually referred to as "the liars" find themselves in all sorts of trouble as detailed through summers eight to fourteen. Summer fifteen tragedy strikes as Cadence is involved in a horrible accident that not only lands her in the hospital for several days but leaves her with a serves case of  migraines as well as a laps in memory, that leaves her with no recollection of the events that took place that summer leading up to her injury. In an attempt to restore her tattered memory of the summer that changed it all she heads back to her family's island in search of answers.

The thing about this novel, despite it's choppy, stop and go writing in the beginning, is that you know something is seriously up with this family from the get go and you know that something huge happened that summer and that Cadence is sure to uncover a bombshell. I wasn't prepared for the twist at all, and I'm impressed that the author chose to go that route with the story, considered it was pretty risky. Oh don't worry I'm not going to spoil the end for you, if you didn't know by now I'm a lot of things but I am no book spoiler. Anyway, I'm not quite sure how I feel about this book. On one hand I think I liked it but I honestly didn't start to get fully into until the end leading up to the climax. Not to mention the entire story felt sort of rushed. I mean a lot of information was crammed into this little 225 page book, as well as a lot of characters who could have used some more detail and development.

What do you think of this book? Are you left wanting to find out what happened during summer fifteen? Let me know in the comments below and as always feel free to share any recommendations for what book to read next.