Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Every now and then you come across a book that sneaks up on you slowly and it is not until it’s over that you feel the impact of what you have just read. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart has been popping up everywhere on my Instagram feed and Facebook page and now I know why…

“Welcome to the beautiful Sinclair family” the protagonist begins. The Sinclair’s are a privileged, wealthy ‘old-money Democrat’ family who spend their summers on Beechworth Island, a private property off the coast of Massachusetts, USA. Early on the reader is introduced to Cadence, Johnny, Mirren and Gat – the four Liars whom the story revolves around.  It is a tale of a family divided by power, money and greed. It is a story that slowly reveals the layers underneath what appears to be a perfect life. Beneath the surface there is pain, love and a web of feelings hidden behind a smiling façade. There are lies and truths and it is it up to the reader to decide what they believe.

I was not immediately taken with this book. It took me a while to warm to the writing and I did not connect with the characters at all. But somewhere around the halfway point I realised I was in deep. I was intrigued with how the story was playing out and I wanted to know what the big secret was. I had all sorts of theories playing out in my mind and for once, I wasn’t even close! I love the way the author has blended a ‘fairytale’ in between some of the chapters and the way they reveal more about the characters lives. I love how Lockhart keeps you guessing right up to the end.

It is a dark and tragic tale but one that I will be recommending to everyone!


7 thoughts on “Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

  1. You make every book sound so good, has this one been released yet? Couldn’t find it on my local library catalogue. Bookworld doesn’t have it yet. But it sounds like something I would like – families, secrets etc.


  2. Sounds like a really interesting book. Your review is a good one and reminds me of a book that I read many years ago. It was Leon Uri’s epic called Trinity I had to read and re read the first 100 pages 4 times without interruption, then it clicked and I couldn’t put it down. I thoroughly recommend that if you can find a copy. It is the story of the Irish and some families under English rule. It will move you and stay with you forever.


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