We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
(Delacorte Press, 2014, 240 pages)
There has been buzz about this book for a while now so I was glad I got a chance to pick it up. We Were Liars focuses on the wealthy Sinclair family who summers each year on their private island off the coast of Massachusetts. The three Sinclair daughters each bring their families and each has their own house on the island. Three of the cousins, Cadence, Johnny, and Mirren are so close in age they’ve always spent their time together. Their small band expands when Johnny brings his friend, Gat, to the island and he becomes something of a regular. This band of 4 calls themselves The Liars.
You can’t really give much of a summary beyond what the book jacket provides because you don’t want to risk giving anything away:
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
We Were Liars kept my interest but I found myself guessing at some of the “mystery” elements early on. That didn’t have an effect on the story because things don’t become clear until the very end. If you’re curious I’d suggest picking it up 😉