Review: The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker

The Liar Society came out yesterday! Have you read it? If not, you totally should.
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (March 1, 2011)

Since when do the dead send emails?

Kate Lowry’s best friend Grace died a year ago. So when she gets an email from her, Kate’s more than a little confused.

To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.edu
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. She teams up with a couple of knights-in-(not-so)-shining armor-the dangerously hot bad boy, Liam, and her lovestruck neighbor, Seth. But at their elite private school, there are secrets so big people will do anything to protect them-even if it means getting rid of anyone trying to solve a murder…

Liar Society is a fun mystery that will bring you right back to the good old days of teenage sleuthing. And really? Who doesn’t miss the glory days of Nancy Drew and Boxcar Children, am I right? Those kids could solve a mystery.

Okay, so Liar Society‘s Kate might have a bit more of a modern sensibility. And she can totally appreciate a long string of pearls. But the level of fun is still there with a bold sense of adventure to boot.

A few things that really stuck out to me:

1. I love the depiction of Kate’s group of friends falling apart after Grace’s death. It felt realistic and I found Maddie’s character particularly compelling.

2. I adored Kate’s sidekicks, especially Seth who was the quirky conspiracy-theorist, but also Liam who was all kinds of swoon-worthy.

3. I enjoyed the shifting timelines between Last Fall and Present Day. It got me invested in Grace and her semi-creepy relationship.

4. Finally, the private school setting of Pemberly Brown, with its pithy Latin verses and traditions, made me want to attend there, like, after I graduate law school or something. I’ll look into it.

In conclusion, fun read. Fantastic voice. Impressive writing. Y’all should read one of Sourcebook Fire’s latest releases.