We Were Liars – book review

We Were Liars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is the hauntingly beautiful book that will stay with you long after the final page.

Cadence hasn’t been able to remember much about the accident that happened on summer fifteenth at Beechwood. Beechwood is a private island owned by Cadence’s family. Each year, their family spends the summer on the island. This year, Cadence is determined to find out what happened two years ago. Suffering from migraines having to cope with her fractured memories of the event, can Cadence uncover what really happened? But more importantly, will she be able to live with the truth?


I completely loved reading We Were Liars. The writing flowed beautifully and I loved the way this story was told. It grabbed me right from the start and I couldn’t put this book down. Even though We Were Liars is quite a short book in size, it has a great depth to it and feels a lot longer than it really is. E. Lockhart manages to condense the story into around 200 pages, however it flows beautifully and doesn’t feel rushed at all. Although the writing style might not suit everyone, I completely loved it. The use of imagery was stunning and it made me feel as though I was living the story.

Another part I loved about this book was that I couldn’t stop thinking about what the ‘lie’ was going to be. As the title is ‘We Were Liars’, I knew there was going to be something unexpected at the end; a big twist. I soon learnt that the rest of her family are liars too. Even though their family is rich and goes to a private island every summer, their family is less than perfect. This book shows the different sides to a seemingly perfect family and how everyone has secrets and things they want to keep hidden.

I felt really close to the characters in this book. I really enjoyed getting to know all of the characters. There was Cadence Sinclair, her cousins Johnny and Mirren, as well as Gat, their friend. The four of them collectively were referred to as the Liars. The Liars meet up every summer at Beechwood. But this year, Cadence is trying to piece together what how she heart her head and lost her memory two years ago. I loved finding out piece by piece what really happened that summer. I really enjoyed spending time with the three other Liars and the times the four of them had were fun to read about.

The things that were going on with the Liars didn’t seem very important until towards the end, however there were little hints dropped and kept me interested. The thing I loved most about this book was its haunting and mysterious feel. This book also reminded me a lot of the Mara Dyer books, because I didn’t know if I could fully trust everything Cadence was saying.

I suspected from the beginning that there was going to be a huge twist at the end, so I was guessing all throughout the book. This book is incredibly suspenseful, whether you work out the twist early on or not. The writing flowed beautifully and every sentence was delicately woven to make it both moving and heart-stopping. The end of the book was outstandingly brilliant and I know I’ll be rereading this book again soon! I’d give We Were Liars by E. Lockhart a score of 9 out of 10. I definitely recommend this one!

A huge thank you to Allen & Unwin Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

11 thoughts on “We Were Liars – book review

  1. This book sounds excellent, I love this kind of story line. Currently downloading this onto my kindle. Thanks for a great book review!

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