07 April 2015

Liars, Inc.

Author: Paula Stokes
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

Oh, Max.  I bet you had no idea what you were getting yourself into when you decided to start Liars, Inc. with Preston and Parvati.  You just wanted to make a little extra dough so you could buy a nice present for your girlfriend to keep her interested.  You never thought you'd be framed for the disappearance of one of your best friends, did you?

Liars, Inc. definitely has a lot of twists and turns.  And it does keep you guessing, that's for sure.  But for a realistic crime/mystery novel, it's a little too outlandish for my tastes.  As the plot unravels, and the extent of Preston's disappearance becomes more and more involved and less and less believable.  And then the reasons behind the disappearance, and the motives of the actual culprit, were almost laughable.  The ending left me feeling highly unsatisfied, because I got rather invested towards the beginning, and the ending was hardly believable at all.  I like a solid, realistic story, and the elements that come together in Liars, Inc. simply don't provide that.

I'm sure others might enjoy it more.  While the characters can be rather narrow, there is a little bit of character growth throughout the novel.  And though Stokes might be a little bit out of her element writing as a teenage boy, the prose is written well enough to keep the reader interested.  At the end of the day, however, the resolution to the plot/mystery just wasn't my cup of tea.

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