We Were Liars


By E. Lockhart

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11 reviews

Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, this title is utterly unforgettable. It is a story of love and romance. It’s a tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth?


10 Apr 2018

Amazing, full of memories and not everything is how it seems

08 Aug 2017

Pretty darn good

13 Jul 2017


Apologies for the shortness of this review but this is one of those books where you can't really say much without giving away the plot of the book and I would hate to spoil it for anyone!

Everyone had managed to finish the book as it was a really quick read and relatively short, however most people came away from it not feeling it had been that great a book. Many of the book club members were unsure as to the point of the book as they were reading it, and this feeling was not alleviated by the plot twist at the end.

This story hinges around one big secret hidden by multiple little secrets that are used by a particular family to ensure that their lives continue in the way they have become accustomed to. As a reader you don't know what that large secret is until almost the very end of the book at which point everything is revealed. Then you can look back at the rest of the story to see all the little secrets that were being used as well. We think this might be part of the reason why the book is called we were liars, although we're unsure of why a small group of the youngsters called themselves liars in the years preceding the larger lie.

We talked about the lives that this family lives, with them having a private island and each daughter having their own large house. They have servants on the island that the family don't even know the names of. Even with all this privilege the daughters and squabbling over whose house is larger and who should get what when their father and mother die. The father isn't much better as he plays the daughters and his grandchildren off each other to make them do what he wants while promising them each other houses and inheritances. All in all it's a pretty ugly family situation.

This book is aimed more at younger people, maybe mid teens, so we wondered if this was a book that is more suited to them rather than us and this is why we didn't enjoy it quite as much?

Overall we gave this book 5 out of 10.

21 Aug 2016

it was an interesting book with a surprising plot twist

08 Aug 2016

This book is quite complex and has you confused at the beginning but the more you read it the more you will understand.
All I can say is the ending really is a shocker.

01 Aug 2016

This book was great a real thriller you never know what would happen next. The end has a massive shocker but I won't spoil it. The reason I gave it only a four was that sometimes the book can get a little confusing. But overall a great book.

13 Aug 2015

So great. This book says a lot about life. I loved the characters, especially Miren. She has such a fervid personality.

23 Dec 2014

This book was dark and disturbing, but I loved it. The writing style was truly unique, which served the mystery of the narrative brilliantly.

24 Oct 2014

Such a brilliant book, had a little cry at the ending but i would recommend to everyone!!!

28 Jul 2014

This is really extraordinary. I loved it and it has become one of my favourites. It is about the rich and prestigious Sinclair family. The book is narrated by Cadence who is remembering all her summers at the family island. She is one of the liars: the three oldest grandchildren, Cadence Mirren and Johnny and their friend Gat. But this is not your average summer story. This is a story with a dark and shocking twist and it is unforgettable. It will change your life, no kidding read it!! But i would recommend 12 or 13+ because it is quite grown up and u need to understand it all to get how brilliant it is. To conclude it is simply breathtaking

22 Jul 2014

such an unexpected ending! loved the writing style and its such a quick read! i will certainly be reading this again in the future

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