Author: E. Lockhart
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.
Why I chose it:
It was on a bloggers to read post and it looked interesting, I have forgotten who’s list it was otherwise I would link it!
This is not my usual type of book (I glance sidelong at my bookcase filled with sci-fi and crime novels) but I like to ensure that I pick up books outside of these so I don’t get into a rut.
This is quite a short book, I managed to finish it on the flight home from Milan (so not a long flight) and it was quite an easy read.
That being said I found it quite addictive, the reason that I finished it all in one go was because it was enjoyable and I found the story intriguing.
The story goes through summers that are spent at a family home. You follow the main character with her interactions with the other family children that are brought to the house.
Throughout the story you are slowly fed bits of information about a previous summer where an accident led to the main character losing some her memory. She slowly uncovers the missing pieces and starts putting together what occurred.
I think if the book was longer then the style could have felt a bit slow, but actually the feel of this book reminded me of long summer afternoons. I enjoyed reading descriptions of the activities that occurred. The slow burning arguments that the adults were having, and the interactions and personalities of the teenagers.
One of the things I really liked about this story was the way that mental pain and anguish were described as physical wounds the language used really resonated with me and was beautifully done.
Similarly I really appreciated the parts of the story were the main character describes her love interest, it was just adorably written there’s no other way to describe it and it always made me smile.
All in all its a very pretty story with good twists that I really didn’t see coming. A bit slow paced for some but if you fancy a quick enjoyable read I would recommend.