Liar – Justine Larbalestier


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.

Micah lies about loads of things. When she first started at her school she even managed to convince everyone that she was a boy. When you’ve got a secret like Micah does, lying seems like the only real option. Then her boyfriend goes missing, only he’s not really her boyfriend, or at least, not according to the rest of the student population. According to them, he’s Sarah’s boyfriend. So when he turns up dead, and Brandon announces in front of everyone that he knows that Micah and Zach have been seeing each other behind Sarah’s back, all eyes are now on Micah.

Did she kill him, or not? Why would anyone believe what she’s saying anyway, when she’s always lied about absolutely everything?

When she tells Sarah that she wasn’t dating Zach, Sarah seems to see through her lies – for once – and she’s not buying it. She knows, and she’s hurting. How could Micah do that? How could Zach do that? And could someone that seems okay with dishonesty in the way that Micah is kill someone? Someone she’s supposedly loves?

What the rest of the student body don’t understand is that Micah doesn’t lie because she’s okay with dishonesty. She lies to protect herself. Everyone thinking she’s a liar is a much better scenario than what would really happen if they knew the truth about her.

So what is the truth? You wouldn’t believe me if I told you. Here’s a bit of a clue, though. Remember who Justine Larbalestier is, remember the genre that she writes in, and you might be able to figure it out. I got so caught up in the story that I forgot about all those things, got so caught up in trying to decipher what were lies and what was truth, that Micah’s secret caught me seriously off guard. Don’t let it distract you from the story, though. Once you realise what her secret is, accepting that she might have killed Zach becomes a whole lot easier. Don’t forget about her flashbacks though, because the truth really lies within those.

Trust me. Or not.

I guess the only way you’ll figure it out is if you read it for yourself.

This is one hell of a rocking novel. Everyone everywhere is going to love Liar. What I want to know is … will there be a sequel?


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