We Were Liars – E. Lockhart – Book Review

I devoured this book in a couple of days – and I actually re-read the last couple of chapters a few times just to take it all in, it left me stunned.

The story follows Cadence, a young girl of a wealthy family who all spend their summers on a private island off the coast of Marthas Vineyard in America. Evie is part of a group who name themselves ‘the liars’ – made up of her cousins and family friend Gat – who Evie soon grows close to.

The story starts with ‘Summer 15’ when Cadence having had an accident – wake up on one of the beaches with no recollection of what happened due to a bump on the head – an accident which leaves her crippled by migraines and bed bound for days.  The following year Cadence heads back to the island determined to learn what happened – with difficulty due to the reluctance of anyone to let her know.

The story also touches on the dynamics of adult relationships – the complicated nature of wealth and its distribution amongst families. There is also a young love story weaved in between Cadence and Gat – which is turbulent but the writing beautifully captures the nature of young love.

Overall it is also a story about mistakes, and the repercussions.

What I will say is this book is not what it seems – and I don’t’ want to write too much more without giving it away. I can’t recommend this book enough, it is easy to read and absorb and gives you just enough detail on situations for you to draw your own conclusions which I love.  A must read in my opinion!

Until next time xxx

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