We Were Liars – e.lockhart

Date read: 30th April 2014
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release Date: 17th May 2014
Length: 240 pages
Format: E-book
Source: Received from publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review, thank you!

My review

First of all, apologies for any formatting errors in this review – it’s the first piece of writing that I’ve done on my new. Kindle fire and it’s taking a little getting used to!

Also this review will be purposely vague, following the publisher’s request that no reviewers give the plot away. In my ARC there’s a letter from the vice-president of the publisher asking reviewers to keep the secret which is not something I’ve come across previously.

The vagueness of this review actually goes well with the dreamlike quality of the novel. It’s the first novel I’ve read by e.lockhart and I enjoy her style of writing – lots of staccato sentences and short sentences, yet she is still able to draw believable characters and move the pace of the book in such a way that I couldn’t put my Kindle down and read the book in less than a day.

The bare bones of the plot are these: Cadence, the main character, suffered an accident two years previously. She comes from a family with money, who own their own island (Sidenote, how cool would that be? I’d absolutely love to have my own island) and spend all their summers there with Cadence’s maternal grandparents.

And there I think I must stop… You’ll just have to read the book to find out what actually happens for yourselves.

Did I guess the twist? Unfortunately yes…but it only marginally affected my enjoyment of the book. As I said earlier in the review, I finished it in under a day,and I don’t think I could give it higher praise than that!