Book Review: Family Of Liars By E. Lockhart


The prequel to We Were Liars takes readers back to the story of another summer, another generation, and the secrets that will haunt them for decades to come.

A windswept private island off the coast of Massachusetts.
A hungry ocean, churning with secrets and sorrow.
A fiery, addicted heiress. An irresistible, unpredictable boy.
A summer of unforgivable betrayal and terrible mistakes.

Welcome back to the Sinclair family.
They were always liars.


I was excited to read this as I read the original (We Were Liars) back when it was first released in 2014 wow you would not think it’s been almost a decade! I loved the first novel when I was younger however upon re-reading it perhaps as an adult that’s why my thoughts have changed.

The second novel followed in a similar manner to the first therefore to get the full overview – even though this is like a prequel you still have to read the first novel released first in order to understand it.

I was excited to see how the Liars parents grew up as the elders / previous generations always have a more scandalous past than their children.

So this novel takes a step back in telling a story that is mesmerising in its own unique world. The language and how it is written is due to the nature of the Sinclair family and how they were raised (Mainly by Tipper and his values and beliefs)

This novel takes a step back to when Carrie Sinclair (Mother of Johnny, one of the side characters in We Were Liars) spends her summers on Beechwood, particularly when she was 17 when the main events happen.

The story begins to pick up when ‘The Boys’ came to the island. If you are looking for a read of holiday vibes thats plot doesn’t move too much or much happens then this is the perfect read. I am at a phase where I need a more interesting plot at a faster pace. I think this suits younger adults / teenagers more. However I DID ENJOY IT! I loved the fact we finally got to see more of the Liars. I just wished this was released a few years ago based on my age of when I had originally read it therefore it does not take away from the novels itself.

Read this if you are prepared to enter not a dystopian world but a family of being set in their unique ways and at the same time summer vibes.

Thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this greatly written novel in exchange for an honest review.

4/5 Stars


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