We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Cadence Sinclair Easton spends every summer on her grandfather’s private island off the shore of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Her family comes with its own old money, but that brings it own share of problems as the story goes on. Cady spends each summer with her cousins Johnny and Mirren, and a friend named Gat; they call themselves the four Liars. At the beginning of her fifteenth summer, Cadence’s father leaves the family “with some woman he loved more than us.” After asking Grandad’s attorneys to secure Mummy’s assets, the two leave for Beechwood Island as if nothing had changed. However, Cady has a terrible accident that summer, but has complete amnesia about what happened. She’s plagued with migraine headaches and nearly addicted to the various drugs her doctors prescribe, and spends her time trying to remember what happened to her. This is the central mystery of the book, and no one will tell her because her therapist says she will remember when her mind is ready to deal with the reality of the situation.
Although the story jumps back and forth in time, readers will not have trouble keeping up and with engage with Cadence’s constant efforts to remember her past. There is also an ill-fated romance between her and Gat, who her Grandad disapproves of because his family is Indian and not of the aristocratic background he expects for his girls. I think readers who enjoy mysteries will be taken with this book. Lockhart’s writing style is straight-forward with first person narration, making the story fast-paced and appealing. The end will take readers by complete surprise, and haunted me for days.
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