Liar, by Justine Larbalestier

Micah Wilkins is a liar. Her whole family are liars. But when Micah’s classmate is killed she plans to come clean and stop lying. She tells us that we can trust her, that she doesn’t lie anymore. Mostly. Of course she can’t keep this up and then has to point out the lies she has told us. This means that while reading the book you never quite know what parts of the story are true and what parts are lies.

Liar is a brilliantly constructed novel. It jumps between events before Zach’s death, events after his death, and background information about Micah’s family and childhood. While it makes for a lot of short chapters that jump back and forth, it really works.

The book is broken up into three sections which divide the story nicely. I was enjoying the book through the first section but not really sure where it was going until I hit the second section, the first line of which picked me up and dropped me on my head.

This really is a wonderful book and in my opinion it is easily Justine Larbalestier’s best work so far and well worth a read.

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