We Were Liars
Author E. Lockhart
Genre Mystery
Release Date May 13, 2014
Publisher Delacorte Press
Movie Adaptations TBD


A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Detailed Plot SummaryEdit

Cadence Sinclair Eastman, heiress to a fortune her grandfather amassed “doing business I never bothered to understand,” is the narrator. The story begins during her 15th summer when she suffers a head injury on the private island Granddad owns off Cape Cod. Cady vacations on Beechwood every year with her mother, two aunts, and—most importantly—the other liars of the title: cousins Mirren and Johnny, and Gat Patil, the nephew of Aunt Carrie’s longtime boyfriend.

The book unfolds two summers later, with Cadence trying to piece together the memories she lost after the accident while up against crippling headaches, a brain that feels “broken in countless medically diagnosed ways,” and family members who refuse to speak on the subject (or have been cautioned not to). She has no memory of the accident other than what her mother told her. Still, she wants to find out what happened and why the details don't match up.

During this 17th summer, the book takes a strange turn where Cadence is trying to piece together what happened during the 15th summer. Flashes of her past come back while she hangs out with the liars. She wonders why none of them responded to her emails, and why Gat never visited her while she was recovering.

The younger cousins often referred to as the littles, speak of the houses on the island being haunted. The aunties are hugging more than they used to, and the main house of the island has been rebuilt. None of the old things from the house were kept.

More memories of the past resurface when Cadence directly asked the liars to tell her what happened. She recalled setting fire to the main house, Clairmont. The liars were supposed to do it together and meet up in Cuddletown, Auntie Bess's house.

Only Cadence showed up. She knew what she did, and what she hadn't done. She finally remembered. Her cousins, her liars, were dead.

In the end, Cadence has to let go. She says goodbye to her liars at Beechwood beach.