Thursday, June 16, 2011

Review: The Liar Society by Lisa & Laura Roecker

From Goodreads: 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.

Sent: Sun 9/14 11:59 PM
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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. But secrets haunt the halls of her elite private school. Secrets people will do anything to protect. Even if it means getting rid of the girl trying to solve a murder ...

My Rating: 4 hearts

Thoughts on the Novel: It’s been a long time – probably a decade at least – since I read a mystery because the last ones I seem to remember reading are those from the Nancy Drew series. So, it’s a good thing that sisters Lisa and Laura Roecker’s debut, The Liar Society, reminded me how entertaining sleuthing with a fictional character can be rather than turning out to be a disappointment.

The Roeckers’ writing was so much fun to read even when events in The Liar Society took a darker turn. Much like Kate, I didn’t trust anybody and was as confused as her by the mystery behind Grace’s death. The Roeckers even had me wondering if Grace’s ghost would suddenly show up! Luckily, there is a reasonable explanation for Grace’s emails and the book never delved into the paranormal realm.

Kate was a wonderful main character who was spunky and smart. She knew when she needed backup and wasn't above accepting help. Seth, Kate’s neighbour, however was my favourite character because of his conspiracy theories, huge crush on Kate, and general nerdiness. In real life, I’d probably find Seth annoying; but in The Liar Society, I just wanted him to be Kate’s shadow so I could laugh at their interactions.

For those looking for a break from reading paranormal/dystopian/whatever your preferred genre, The Liar Society is a good choice as a book to pick up. Be warned though, while the mystery of how Grace died is wrapped up, the ending opens up a new can of worms that will leave you wanting the sequel.

The Liar Society was released by Sourcebooks Fire in March 2011. 

Comments About the Cover: Readers got to vote on the cover of The Liar Society and I voted for this one. The pink hair, pearls and pose just make the model look so sassy!


  1. I really liked this book and Seth was my fave character too! Great review!

  2. I still need to read The Liar Society! I couldn't find it in stores so I ordered it but then I never actually got to reading it... how sad. It sounds like a great mystery novel and I'm sure I'll like Seth too. Great review! :)

  3. Oh! Sounds intriguing, though I'm not sure how I'd handle that new can of worms. Still, I've had this on my TBR forever and I need to bump it up. I'm excited by how you described the writing. Seems fun!

  4. The cover of this book reminds me a bit (A BIT) of The Julian Game by Adele Griffin. Instead of a pink wig the girl wears a blue one. ;) I'm actually already on a break from paranormal reads, but I still want to read this book. I also like characters that can really stand up for herself. ;) Great review.

  5. Thanks to LiLa I'm now following you on twitter and on the blog! Fabulous review! I loved this book as much as you did!!!

    I love great reviews and these girls were so awesome it was worth it!!!

  6. Aw, I loved Seth, too! I did not like how she treated him though. :( I think I missed something with this book. I didn't like it nearly as much as everyone else seems to.

  7. This sounds awesome. Sometimes I feel like a break from my normal genre. Amazing review :)

  8. sounds like a an awesome read! its currently sitting in my TBR pile but I had kind of forgotten about it.... my pile grows every day! Thanks for the review and reminder :)

    Diana @ The Lovely Getaway

  9. I also voted for this cover! This seems to have a really nice premise. I have never read the Nancy Drew series. Or any Contemp mystery for that matter, but I'd love to read this one. Thanks for the review!

  10. This sounds like such a fun book! I don't read to many sleuth-like mysteries, but I need to pick this one up. I certainly love a nerdy character, so I'm really looking forward to meeting Seth and glorying in all his adorable-ness:)

  11. Love mysteries! And this sounds like a good one. Maybe I'll wait until just before the sequel comes out to read it though as I'm sure the ending will leave me wanting more right away.

  12. I didn't know there would be a sequel. I like that there's a mystery in the story but it also sounds fun too.

  13. This was a blast! The ending did leave me a bit frustrated.

  14. I'm in the middle of this book right now and it's great to see a nice review of it! I'm really liking it so far.


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