Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

This review does not have any spoilers!

I have a lot to review. I have a really big list of books I’ve read this month and last month, and normally I go through them systematically, meaning this review shouldn’t be written until the beginning of April at least, because I only read We Were Liars this weekend. But I could not put off writing this review any longer… We Were Liars just blew me away and I need to talk about it! 

Published by Hot Key Books, May 2014.

20935171Goodreads Synopsis: We are the Liars.

We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.

We are cracked and broken.

A story of love and romance.

A tale of tragedy.

Which are lies?

Which is truth?

My Review: We Were Liars is one of those rare few books where you literally cannot get it out of your head for days. I’m still trying to process the ending. It’s unbelievable. I went through the last 30 pages or so whispering “no” over and over and over, and then I actually dropped the book when I got to that last page. As soon as I could, I turned back to the beginning and started rereading chapters of it. I couldn’t get over this. I was in shock and… I literally can’t even begin to describe everything!

This is going to be a bit of a strange review, because I can hardly comment on anything… It’s so hard not to spoil anything! It took me a few of the opening pages to actually get into it properly, but then, I couldn’t stop. The story revolves around, and this is putting it very vaguely, a family and most importantly a group of friends, the Liars, and it’s about the effects of one particular thing that breaks everything. It’s really hard to describe the plot! All I can say is that it’s riveting.

E. Lockhart is talented at weaving suspense and suspicion around her words. I was always deep in thought about what could’ve happened (It’s a mystery, one thing is kept secret until close to the end) right up until the reveal. And, when I thought everything was over and I knew everything… THAT happened. The most heart-breaking, shocking, horrific, terrifying plot twist I have ever come across. It’s impossible to talk about it any more, but I will say that you will not see anything like it coming. As the quote on the front of my copy says, you will end up going back to the beginning and starting again, wondering how you’d missed it!

I’m just going to stop myself and wrap up this review now, because I will end up crying. Again. Honestly, I think E Lockhart and the publishers need to supply tissues with this. I can’t even. It was simply amazing. There were a couple of little things… but overall, I’m in total awe- there’s been a lot of excitement around We Were Lairs, and now I see why. Definitely recommended to anybody and everybody. This book’s one of the most original and thought-provoking books I’ve read, the ending will play with your emotions and keep you thinking about it for days (probably weeks…).

My Rating:


I received a copy of We Were Liars from the publisher, in exchange for a review. In no way at all did this affect my thoughts.


12 thoughts on “Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

  1. Ruby @ Feed Me Books Now

    EEEEEEEEeeeeee I need to read this! You whispered “no”? More like you tweeted “NOOOOOOOO” continuously! ;D Any book that leaves you in awe is one I have to pick up. Plus, I can’t stand not being in on the secret! Aaaaah stupid Netgalley for only having US copies. :”'(

    1. keithbwalters Post author

      Yes you do, Ruby 😀 😀 And yup, I tweeted too… forgot to add that ;D Aw no! I hate that, territory rights etc. Let’s move to America where all the things are out earlier 😀 Thanks for the comment!

    1. keithbwalters Post author

      Haha, thank you, Cleopatra! It was hard to write that… the amount of things I had to delete xD I hope you enjoy it, should you pick it up! (which I definitely recommend ;))

  2. Maya

    This has been right at the top of my wishlist – so jealous you have a copy! 😉 Thanks for the spoiler-free review Georgia and I cannot wait to read this.

    1. keithbwalters Post author

      No problem- thanks for the comment! 🙂 Ahhh I hope you manage to get a copy soon, and that you enjoy it! (Feel free to scream with me about the ending after…)

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  4. A Crease in the Spine

    Omgosh the ending killed me too! I was definitely not expecting that twist! But, now, every time I think of that book I have no idea how I missed the twist because there were so many little clues leading up to it!

    1. keithbwalters Post author

      Thanks for the comment!:) Yes, TOTALLY agreed 😉 There were so many clues and I completely missed them. E Lockhart writes so cleverly. I overlooked *so many* obvious things, haha!


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