REVIEW: The Liar Society by Lisa Roecker & Laura Roecker

REVIEW: The Liar Society by Lisa Roecker & Laura RoeckerThe Liar Society (The Liar Society #1) by Laura Roecker, Lisa Roecker
Published: Sourcebooks Fire (2011), Paperback, 368pg
Genres: Crime, Fiction
Source: ALA 2012


Summary:

Since when do the dead send emails?

Kate Lowry’s best friend Grace died a year ago. So when she gets an email from her, Kate’s more than a little confused.

To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.edu
From: GraceLee@pemberlybrown.edu
Subject: (no subject)
Kate,
I’m here… sort of.
Find Cameron. He knows.
I shouldn’t be writing.
Don’t tell. They’ll hurt you.

Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all that Grace’s death was more than just a tragic accident. She teams up with a couple of knights-in-(not-so)-shining armor-the dangerously hot bad boy, Liam, and her lovestruck neighbor, Seth. But at their elite private school, there are secrets so big people will do anything to protect them-even if it means getting rid of anyone trying to solve a murder… (from Amazon)

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This was a light and fluffy read– fluffier than I was expecting, tbh, but perhaps that was because I read it so close to two serious books. Anyway! Kate is an unfortunately stupid teen detective; definitely not a Veronica Mars or Nancy Drew. More like a Shaggy, if anything– only she’s more fashionable, soooo: Daphne? Yeah, definitely Daphne.

This made for a slightly frustrating reading experience, because I could SEE that Kate was being dumb, and not figuring out obvious things, and it was driving me NUTS.1 But she DOES have PTSD and I don’t get the sense that she’s, y’know, the top of her class academic-wise, so she was working under tough conditions. Yeah.

Speaking of: the PTSD was actually done very well. If The Liar Society were a darker book it’d be very gothic and depressing and you’d probably spend a lot of time wondering if Kate was insane. But since it’s lighter in tone, all it does it give the story a very slight edge, and I really liked that. It kept things from going too far into the comedy arena.

The mystery was okay, the characters were likable, and the romance didn’t hijack the “who killed my best friend” plotline. Yay! The secret societies weren’t as cool as I was hoping they’d be, but then again they almost never are. The ending! So frustrating! It felt a bit like a cheat, and it was way darker than I was expecting going by the rest of the book. I felt very discombobulated, and I didn’t really like it.

I will probably read the next book in the series (The Lies That Bind), but only once I get over the disappointment of The Liar Society‘s ending sequence, know what I mean?

Read: January 19, 2013

Footnotes

  1. From the first chapter! When she was all “lol NOBODY could hack into the school email system” are you KIDDING ME did she never see Swordfish/Italian Job/Hackers/etc.? Frickin’ FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF. Bah.

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