02 agosto 2011

Review: The Liar Society

The Liar Society by Lisa Roecker, Laura Roecker
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (2011)
Format:  Paperback | 361 pages
Genre(s): Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Description (Goodreads): "To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.edu
Sent: Sun 9/14 11:59 PM
From: GraceLee@pemberlybrown.edu
Subject: (no subject)

Kate, I'm here… sort of.
Find Cameron. He knows.
I shouldn't be writing. Don't tell.
They'll hurt you.

Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all that Grace’s death was more than just a tragic accident. But secrets haunt the halls of her elite private school. Secrets people will do anything to protect. Even if it means getting rid of the girl trying to solve a murder...
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WARNING: contains SPOILERS!
I seem to be saying this a lot lately, but there is not that much to say about this book. It was a quick read filled with mystery and suspense but that definitely needs work in the romance department.

Kate Lowry lost her best friend in a tragic accident in the beginning of her junior year. A year later she still grieves the loss of Grace and she still feels like something was wrong with her death. But what?

When e-mails from Grace start appearing in her mailbox containing cryptic clues, Kate finds the strength she needs to start investigating... problem is, someone wants the details of Grace's death to remain hidden.

"The Liar Society" was a real page-turner; I read the entire book in a few hours, captivated by the mystery plot and aided by the engrossing writing style (and the short chapters). The story had a nice pace, it was interesting and the urge to see the mystery solved kept me reading chapter after chapter.

Of course the plot is not very original as it is the usual mix of ancient private schools, rich kids and secret societies. Bit overused but still fun.

The characters didn't particularly stand out. Liam was very one-dimensional, Seth was the perfect stereotype of the "dorky best friend" and Kate wasn't all that interesting. She was very mild and while she seemed to want to solve the mystery I didn't feel her determination and fierceness throughout the book.

The romance felt pretty flat and unrealistic but as it wasn't the focus of the book I didn't really mind that much.

Still, overall, "The Liar Society" was a good, entertaining read. A nice enough mystery story that is underdeveloped in most other aspects (romance, characters, etc). Not sure if it was entertaining enough for me to want to read the second book in the series, though.

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