The thrilling prequel to the TikTok phenomenon and #1 New York Times bestseller We Were Liars takes readers back to the story of another summer, another generation, and the secrets that will haunt them for decades to come.
A windswept private island off the coast of Massachusetts.
A hungry ocean, churning with secrets and sorrow.
A fiery, addicted heiress. An irresistible, unpredictable boy.
A summer of unforgivable betrayal and terrible mistakes.
Welcome back to the Sinclair family.
They were always liars.
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Charter a boat to Beechwood Island for some time with the posh—and at times nefarious—Sinclair clan. Carrie was a teenager the summer her sister died, and no one in her elite family seemed to acknowledge it. The fallout begins the next summer, when her cousin Yardley brings three teenage boys to their private island—along with a whole lot of trouble. Set in 1987, this prequel to the popular YA thriller We Were Liars is perfect for fans and newcomers alike. Similar to its predecessor, this novel is casual in style but laced with captivating poetic prose and plenty of dark secrets, as Carrie comes of age amidst wealth, privilege, and suffocating emotional repression. We also enjoyed the story’s framing mechanism, as a much older Carrie tells her deceased son about the “worst thing she did” as a teenager. Great for fans of Gillian Flynn and Riley Sager, this taut thriller reveals where the lies in this poisonous household began.
Lockhart returns for another look behind the privileged Sinclair family's gleaming facade in this absorbing prequel to 2014's We Were Liars. Centered on the original Liars' mothers as teens in 1987, the story is narrated by Carrie, the eldest of the three surviving Sinclair sisters, in response to a request for details about "the absolute worst thing you ever did, back then." The bulk of the action unfurls on and around Beechwood, the wealthy family's private island off the Massachusetts coast. Though the rest of her family seems to have moved on, 17-year-old Carrie still grieves for her youngest sister, Rosemary, who drowned the previous summer at age 10. Numbing herself with prescription codeine and filched sleeping tablets, Carrie finds comfort in visits from Rosemary's palpable, talkative ghost. When the siblings' uncle and cousin show up with surprise guests three charismatic teen boys Carrie is swept into a romance with one of them, dishy but careless Lawrence "Pfeff" Pfefferman. In the weeks that follow, she learns several ugly family secrets as events stress-test the sisters' bonds. Lush language and a setting full of breezy glamor provide an easy entry point into this layered, atmospherically tense exploration of jealousy, love, and family loyalty. Characters read as white. Ages 12 up. Agent: Elizabeth Kaplan, Elizabeth Kaplan Literary.