Liar by Justine Larbalestier

7 Jan

I mean to post my review of Emma with Kate Beckinsale, but before I get to that I just had to say something about a book I recently read- Liar, by Justine Larbalestier. I wouldn’t have even heard of it if it hadn’t been for the whole controversy about the cover. (Read all about it here.) The sad thing is I can’t remember where I first heard about that.

It’s been probably two weeks since I read the book and I still don’t know what to think. Let me just say, it was a big shock. A high-schooler’s secret boyfriend goes missing and is later found dead. The narrator and protagonist, Micah, admits that she’s a liar. You know she’s keeping something back from the reader from the beginning, even though she insists she will tell you nothing but the whole truth. But the big reveal does come, and let me just say, whatever you’re expecting- you’re wrong.

I thought this would be a simple mystery/thriller and was beyond surprised. I guess I should have known. If you’re familiar with the author’s other works you might have an idea. And in hindsight, the clues were there all along. I just can’t make up my mind though! Was it brilliance on Larbalestier’s part or just a cop-out? I’m of two minds. I don’t know if I want to recommend it or not. You may think it’s genius or you may be disappointed. I felt a mixture of both. I don’t know what to say without giving everything away I’m afraid.

Liar was certainly well-written and definitely a page-turner. If you’re a YA fan you’ll probably like it. But if you like traditional detective stories or crime thrillers or anything, consider yourself warned! This does not fit the bill. I’m still not sure what to rate it. It definitely made me think and the twist was definitely twisty, I’ll say.

My Rating: 7/10

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