By Justine Larbalestier
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing
on September 29, 2009
Cover image and summary from Goodreads:
Micah will freely admit that she’s a compulsive liar, but that may be the one honest thing she’ll ever tell you. Over the years she’s duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents, and she’s always managed to stay one step ahead of her lies. That is, until her boyfriend dies under brutal circumstances and her dishonesty begins to catch up with her. But is it possible to tell the truth when lying comes as naturally as breathing? Taking readers deep into the psyche of a young woman who will say just about anything to convince them—and herself—that she’s finally come clean, Liar is a bone-chilling thriller that will have readers see-sawing between truths and lies right up to the end. Honestly.
This book has been on my TBR for so so so long because I love stories with unreliable narrators, and this has been held up as a book with a majorly unreliable narrator. I was definitely intrigued.
I was pulled into this book from the beginning, and knowing that I was dealing with an unreliable narrator had me trying to read between the lines, looking for holes in Micah’s story.
Honestly, I don’t even really know what happened. There is a bit twist of sorts at some point, but even after finishing the book, I was unsure of that twist was true, or another lie of Micah’s – which, if that was the case, made the real truth something much darker (and I think that’s the interpretation I prefer).
I think this is a book that a lot of people either love or hate, and I really wasn’t sure what I felt about Liar when I finished reading. It’s taken me a couple of days to think about it, and look back at the story to decide that I liked this book a lot.
It may not be for everyone, but Liar had me sucked into the story immediately, asking myself “WTF?” every now and then, and questioning everything when it was over. Highly recommended.