We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The Sinclairs have money, power, and their own island-literaly. Every summer the Sinclair sisters and their families come to spend the summer on the island.
Cadence Easton Sinclair is the eldest grandchild and she always remembers the summers as being the best part of her life as she and the other liars-her cousins Mirren Sheffield Sinclair and Johnny Dennis Sinclair; along with Johnny’s best friend (and practically step-cousin) Gatwick “Gat” Patil.
Cadence remembers every year except summer 15. The start of that summer they had fun, and she and Gat fell hard for each other (even though he is very against rich white people).
But then there was some kind of accident. Cadence was found almost drowned. She has tried to remember, but there is nothing.
Now she suffers blackouts, has focusing problems, horrible headaches, etc. Summer 16 her father took her on a trip to Europe as they didn’t want her going back to the island.
But she has pleaded, argued, and threatened to run there anyway and her mom has agreed to let her go to the island.
She is thrilled as she as been emailing and texting her cousins and Gat but has had no replies. Are they mad? Hurt? What happened two years ago?
Back on the island, Cadence realizes there is a lot that has changed. Her grandfather has severe dementia, has rebuilt his old family house, constantly calls her Mirren, and something is just not right.
Her one aunt refuses to stay in her family house on the island, as they each have their own house, letting the teens just run amuck in there. Being with Gat, Johnny, and Mirren is like old times for Cadence, except they don’t want to leave the house, they spend zero time with the relatives, and no one wants to talk about that summer.
But Cadence is going to find out the truth of what happened. She goes through her memories, questioned everyone, and is intent in piecing out the truth.
But will she be happy to find out what happened that summer? Or will she had wished she never did?
Thoughts After Reading:
I know a lot of people like this book and it is extremely well written. The author knows how to build the story and suspense. It was also very sad too, the end really bothered me.
It was like Fight Club where you discover everything was in her head-but there are a lot of things that don’t end up making any sense, a lot of the interactions, the things that happened. How did she get the house so dirty with it being just one person? Why would her mom, who constantly worries and doesn’t want her out of her sight for a second let her spend all her time in an empty house as the teens aren’t really in it? If anything she would be more likely to kill herself or hurt herself more.
How come when she talks to her little cousins about their siblings they don’t tell her they are dead? I have been around a lot of kids and worked with grieving ones and when someone dies that is ALL they focus on.
For more Young Adult mysteries, go to Recruited
For more island mysteries, go to Death by Honeymoon