we were liars by E. lockhart
All of my connections on Goodreads started reading this and I had to see what it was about… And what a quirky and twisted story! This is really something different than what I have read before (and I have read a lot!) Like many others say, I will not reveal too much about the plot of the book. It’s better left unsaid. The back cover clearly speaks for itself:
”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.
This is not much to go on, but it’s still enough to get intrigued as a reader. E. Lockhart really has a specific and interesting writing style. There are so many things left unsaid and the reader is really working to explore whatever is going on. The book keeps on being a mystery; it jumps in time and this accident that we never hear enough about is slowly revealed. There were fairy tale-parts during the entire story, where the main character, Cadence, reveals things about her life (this was a nice gimmick!)
“Silence is a protective coating over pain.”
While reading the book, there was a strange tension-filled setting. I felt as if something was never quite right, but in a good way. It was obvious that the atmosphere was dark and that the main character, Cadence, was in a bad place. To me, it’s always been interesting to hear of the so-called “perfect” family, where everything is perfect on the outside, but quickly, the mirror shatters. There is always something going on that we don’t know, and this fact is very well-described.
“We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken.”
All in all, this was a good reading experience. After reading this book, I still wonder about it. It was a great mystery until it in the end revealed itself. It’s obvious that the author has created a brilliant reflection of how things are never as they seem. I liked the fact that the story had been a completely different one if we had seen it through someone else’s eyes…
If you are interested in reading a book that will make you feel strange and as if there is something left unsaid, then read this one!