**** 4 stars out of 5
A brilliant summer book I read this winter.
We were liars is a story of Cadence Sinclair, who spends every summer with her cousins Mirren and Johnny and their friend Gat. Sinclairs are a privileged family. The wealth accumulated through the generations allows them to live in beautiful houses, attend the best schools and spend every holiday on their grandfather’s private island, surrounded by beautiful nature and luxury. But even this perfect idyll doesn’t last forever.
Cadence does not remember the summer of her fifteenth birthday well. She knows she had an accident that left her with migraines that gradually destroyed her life. Curious and confused, she returns to the island, trying to solve the mystery of her injuries and the altered behaviour of her family members.
We were liars is a quick and light read. You can easily swallow it in one sitting. It’s a story about love and friendship, and most of all, about family and the complicated relations between different members of the Sinclair clan. It also touches on racism and prejudice through the character of Gat. The lecture is fun until the last part of the novel, where Cadence discovers the unbelievable truth. It is one of those rare gems that provide a shocking plot twist at the end and leave you devastated. I loved it for that.