May 23, 2014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

The Sinclair family is rich and privileged. Harris Sinclair made his fortune with his wife Tipper. They had three daughters whom they loved dearly. On Beechwood, a private island, Harris has built each one of his daughters a home. The Sinclair family meets at Beechwood every summer...

The Liars; Cadence, the eldest grandchild and heiress to the Sinclair fortune, her cousins Johnny and Mirren, and Johnny's friend, Gat, met every summer on Beechwood...until Cadence's accident. An accident so horrific that she has no memory of it, and her family won't speak of it. She has terrible headaches and fits of depression. Her mother is overly protective of her. She has missed her sixteenth summer on the island, and misses the Liars. She can't understand why they haven't written or called. Her mother relents, and allows Cadence to go back to Beechwood for her seventeenth summer. Cadence hopes that she will rekindle her relationship with the Liars and help her remember what happened that fifteenth summer.

"Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE." (from the publisher) is an apropos quote here. Lockhart has built a suspense tale that is well written and unfolds slowly. But have patience. The ending is well worth it. For mature readers.

Reed Reads Score: 4