We were liars

‘A gripping and heartbreaking story.’


In this story, we follow Cadence Sinclair Eastman, one of the children of the Sinclair family. This family consists of three families and grandparents. Cadence has been through tuff times, but can always enjoy the summer vacations on the private island of the Sinclairs. Together with her cousin Mirren, nephew Johnny and his half-brother Gat, Cadence forms ‘the Liars’. During their fifteenth summer, Cadence and Gat fall in love. Then something happens, which causes there to be a gap in the story. Cadence has had a concussion, but can’t remember what or how it happened. Throughout her summer, memories emerge, along with family secrets and lots of lies.


I can reveal that I had super high expectations for this book. This book had been on my TBR list for such a long time and I couldn’t wait to finally read it. I adore these kinds of detective books, in which the reader has to find out what has happened. Fortunately, I can tell you that I absolutely loved this book. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you too much about it, because then I would spoil the entire book, and I really don’t want to reveal the ending.

When I started reading I thought that the story was very confusing at first, partly due to the writing style of the author. Lockhart uses quite a lot of short sentences, which I had to get used to at first because I often read over them. As I got further into this story, I read the book really quickly and just couldn’t put it down.

Halfway through the story, I realized that I was not really attached to the characters. On the one hand, I was very happy with this because I knew the story would be heartbreaking, but on the other, I missed that I didn’t empathize with the characters. In the end, it turned out that I was more attached to these characters than I thought because I still feel the same pain that I had while reading the ending.

What I think I liked the most about this book is that I didn’t see the end coming at all. I had a few different scenarios in mind, but I really didn’t see this plot twist coming. While reading the last fifty pages, I immediately started bawling my eyes out and couldn’t stop either. I really didn’t expect that I would rate this book five bookies, but the ending touched me so much, that I felt I had no choice. I would highly recommend this book.


A very moving and heartbreaking story. Even though I wasn’t completely attached to the characters, this book really broke me. I would definitely recommend this book.

Product information
Written by: E. Lockhart
Pages: 242
Publisher: Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780385390095
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