The Sinclair family owns their own private island off of Martha’s Vineyard. The entire family spends their summers on the island. The teenage narrator, Cadence, is suffering from amnesia after a terrible accident she can’t remember.
It’s hard to talk about the details of We Were Liars without ruining the surprise. Let’s just say when Cadence returns to the island, struggling with her amnesia, she deals with a dark family secret while finding out what happened to her.
E. Lockhart is, simply, a great writer. She’s already achieved acclaim and popularity with YA titles such as The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banksand The Boyfriend List, plus her novels aimed for the adult market. I enjoyed We Were Liars, especially the quality of the writing, although I figured out the plot twist within the first fifty pages. I never warmed to Cadence and struggled to see most of her family as anything more than shadowy cutouts versus strong, rounded characters. But the blurry feeling of the supporting cast adds to the Brothers Grimm and King Lear feel of the novel, making them stand-in for classic tropes.
This is a great novel for teens who love suspenseful novels with stellar writing.
Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Date Read: May 2014
Source: ARC given to me by a friend