A word of advice? Don’t read The Liar Society by Lisa & Laura Roecker late at night when you are home alone. Especially on a stormy night. Because you’ll have a hard time falling asleep considering the level of heebie jeebies you’ll get from reading this book. That’s because despite the spunky cover, The Liar Society is chock-full of high level suspense and mystery, mixed in with a heavy dash of danger.
The Liar Society follows 15-year-old Kate Lowry as she begins her own investigation into the supposed “accidental” death of her best friend Grace, one year earlier. In fact, it’s a ghostly email from Grace herself (from beyond the grave?) that gets Kate started on her super sleuthing path. What she uncovers along the way hints at sinister secret societies and a torrid history for her seemingly picture perfect private school. But all is not what it seems at Pemberly Brown Academy, and Kate — along with her knights-in-tarnished-armor Liam and Seth — is determined to uncover the truth.
The Liar Society is a little bit Nancy Drew, a little bit Da Vinci Code and is easy to get sucked into once the mystery starts to unfold — each layer adding a new puzzle to solve. It soon becomes clear that Kate is in over her head, but luckily she gets some help in her sleuthing from her lovestruck neighbor Seth and the cute guy with a bad boy reputation, Liam.
Kate’s heart is in the right place, but she’s certainly a flawed character. She may accuse her classmates of making assumptions and judging others, but she’s just as guilty. Then there’s the rather cruel treatment she gives to poor Seth — even doing so knowingly. At times, it makes me wonder what kind of person Kate really is — and at others, makes me wonder why Seth keeps putting up with it. I know she’s got a thing for Liam (and hello, who wouldn’t?!) but it still felt like she could have been nicer to Seth. Maybe that’s a lesson the 15-year-old Kate will have to learn as she does some growing up. The fact that Kate has such spunk helps me believe she’ll get there eventually.
The mystery aspect of The Liar Society will definitely keep you on your toes, guessing who’s behind the crime right up to the big ordeal — and even then, some suspects linger. But if you’re hoping for a neat and tidy ending, you won’t find it here. Kate may solve the mystery, but justice is far from served and though the ending feels unsatisfying on its own, it also sets up a future for the Liar Society series.
The Liar Society is in stores March 1st!