My rating: 5 of 5 stars
We were liars is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. It is full of troubled characters, suspense and surprise. The plot centres on a New England family, the Sinclair’s, who are wealthy, beautiful, flawed and terribly manipulative. We are also told that ” No one is a criminal. No one is an addict. No one is a failure.” But these three lies are just the first of many. The Liars of the title are three teenage cousins, Johnny, Mirrin, and the narrator, Cadance – together with an outsider, Gat Patil.
The characters of the story are made up of a group, mostly related, who spend an annual summer holiday on the Sinclair family’s private island. The Sinclair family tree consists of a controlling patriarch, his three useless daughters and their brood of children. The liars belong to this third generation and as the Summers pass and the mothers drink, bicker and squabble over possessions and future inheritances, the liars begin to upset traditions by falling in love with the wrong people, refusing to vy for granddad’s affections and denouncing the manipulations of their mothers.
The plot revolves around a mysterious accident that has left the teenage narrator, Cadance, with amnesia. The accident happened during her seventeenth Summer on the island and no-one will talk about what actually happened. Two years late, Cadance returns to the island to try and uncover/remember what actually happened. Although pieces of the puzzle are slowly revealed, Lockhart keeps the reader in suspense right up till the last chapter. This well-written book is a great read and is highly recommended.
Some of the quotes I love from the book are:
“Do not accept an evil you can change.”
“There is not even a Scrabble word for how bad I feel.”
“He was a person who couldn’t fake a smile but smiled often.”
“I suffer migraines. I do not suffer fools.”
“Be a little kinder than you have to.”
― E. Lockhart