22 June 2011

Review: The Liar Society - Lisa & Laura Roecker


The Liar Society by Lisa & Laura Roecker
published March 2011
mystery, young adult 
#1 in "The Liar Society" series
bought my copy

Kate Lowry didn't think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, she’s not so sure anymore.
Since Grace died in a mysterious fire one year ago, everything has changed for Kate. She lost her best friend, is pretty isolated at school and has a hard time convincing her parents and her psychiatrist that she's ok.
When Kate starts getting the weird emails she feels energetic for the first time in months and can't wait to investigate the death of her best friend. But she has no idea what she will uncover and how dangerous it's going to be for her.

When I started with "The Liar Society" I expected a mostly light-hearted high school amateur sleuth story because the cover looks like it. You can imagine my suprise when I started to read the book and realized that it was darker and more complicated than I expected. And I absolutly loved that the book was not as I expected it to be because the way Lisa & Laura Roecker wrote it worked perfectly for me.

I enjoyed the authors engaging writing style and that they didn't sugarcoat what happened to Kate after her best friend died. Reading about her pain and her uncertainness about life was heart-wrenching. Kate was both vulnerable and strong, the way she fought for justice was great and I loved seeing the changes in her. How she found her way back to be interested in life again was wonderful. When Kate started to open up to her friends I was very happy for her.

The results of Kate's investigation were a suprise for me. I don't want to give away too much info about it but if you like reading about secret societies und conspiracies then you should enjoy what happens in "The Liar Society". But don't worry, what happens it's not too crazy or unrealistic. At first it was a bit frustrating for me that there was no justice for Grace's death at the end of "The Liar Society" but hopefully there will be in the next books of the series.

I enjoyed that Kate gets support by her friend Seth and her new friend (maybe boyfriend) Liam. The three of them were a great team and worked well together. I was very happy that the relationship between Kate and Liam was not the main focus of the book, the investigation and Kate's new found interest in life were more important. Even though Liam helped Kate she wasn't depending on him and that's something I really enjoyed. Not every young woman needs a man to help her out and rescue her.

I'm normally not a big fan of blurbs on books, but this time it fits perfectly. Because "A masterful blend of suspense and danger" (by Mandy Hubbard) is exactly how I would describe this book. 

cover
I like the cover, especially the colours and the motive. However I think that it looks more light-hearted than the book is. I also hate the nails of the girl because they don't fit to Kate.

final appraisal
"The Liar Society" is an intense, thrilling book with an awesome heroine. The story was darker and more complex than what I expected and that's one of the reasons I loved the book as much as I did.
I would recommend this book to all readers who are interested in reading about a strong heroine who tries to get justice for her dead friend.


what will I read next by the authors?
"The Lies that bind", #2 in the series, will be out in 2012 and you can be sure that I will read this book. The book will play a few months after the end of  "The Liar Society" and I'm excited to read about the new developments in Kate's life and the investigation.

15 comments:

  1. I've been interested in the book for a while, maybe I should pick it up for the flight home?

    Great review!

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  2. Definitely seems interesting. I'll have to pick it up sometime.

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  3. Great review. I wasn't sure how light the book was from the cover, but hearing it's a bit darker is what appeals to me!

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    1. It's definitely darker that you would expect from the cover.

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  4. Oh yes this one. I totally thought about a different book and then I read your review and noticed my mistake, lol

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    1. That's what happens when you read and know too many books. :)

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  5. Interesting review Sabrina.

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  6. hmmmm...I was going to pass this one up. (The cover looked like a fluff read- and the blub made it sound like it too) but now I'm not so sure.

    Great review. You are such a tease. LOL.

    ♥ Trish Just a YA Girl

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  7. I just got this book in the mail the other day! So glad to hear you liked it, and that it wasn't what you expected. I'm actually not a fan of the cover, and I voted when they were asking for everyone's opinion between two covers on their website, but alas, a vote is a vote, and I did my part. =)

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    1. At least you voted for your choice. I'm pretty happy with the cover.

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  8. I enjoyed that Kate gets support by her friend Seth and her new friend (maybe boyfriend) Liam. The three of them were a great team and worked well together. I was very happy that the relationship between Kate and Liam was not the main focus of the book, the investigation and Kate's new found interest in life were more important.

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    1. I also liked that the investigation was more important than the rest. This felt right to me.

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