Family of Liars: The Prequel to We Were Liars (Paperback)
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“What a pack of lies! I loved it. This beautiful, close-knit, proper family is not at all what they seem. They are none of those things and yet they are those things and more. This is even better than We Were Liars.”
— Heather Weirich-Roy, Gibson's Bookstore, Concord, NH
The thrilling prequel to the TikTok phenomenon We Were Liars takes readers back to the summer that the Sinclair family’s lives changed forever.
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.
Twenty-seven years before the events of We Were Liars comes another summer, another generation, and the secrets that will haunt them for decades—a story that is scandalous, tragic, and layered with mystery.
Welcome back to the Sinclair family.
They were always liars.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The addictive prequel to the TikTok phenomenon We Were Liars: the story of another summer, another generation—and the secrets that will haunt them for decades to come.
"I anticipated that at some point a shocking twist would come. And, wow, does it ever." —The New York Times
"A perfect beach read." —The Boston Globe
About the Author
E. Lockhart is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller We Were Liars. She also invented a superhero for DC Comics. Her books include Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero; Again Again; The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, a National Book Award Finalist and a Printz Honor Book; and Genuine Fraud, a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize.
Praise for Family of Liars:
"Poetic and thoughtful.... I anticipated that at some point a shocking twist would come. And, wow, does it ever." —The New York Times
"Besides superb character development, there is a dark, supernatural angle that makes this an interesting novel with unexpected twists…. An atmospheric story that will welcome new and seasoned readers to the Sinclair family." —NPR
"Full of plot twists, betrayal, and ugly family secrets, fans of the first novel will no doubt love it." —Paste Magazine
★ "Beautiful and devastating." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ "[A] layered, atmospherically tense exploration of jealousy, love, and family loyalty." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ "While knowledge of the earlier title enriches the drama here, this is still absolutely engrossing, and readers will wonder what other tragic secrets the Sinclairs are hiding." —The Bulletin, starred review
★ "An unforgettable, sorrowful story of grief, guilt and regret…. Lockhart further contrasts death, lies and grief with movie nights and sunny afternoons on sailboats, giving depth to this unsettling yet striking story." —Shelf Awareness, starred review
"The novel is uncomfortably thought-provoking… and is impossible to put down." —The Horn Book
"An absorbing prequel…. As she did in the original, Lockhart uses fairy tales and a shocking twist to powerful effect." —The Buffalo News
Praise for We Were Liars:
"Irresistible premise for this ticking time bomb of a novel." —The New York Times Book Review
"[A] haunting, sophisticated mystery... so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents." —The Wall Street Journal
"It's a nearly perfect story, and it's utterly absorbing." —Bustle
"No book on this summer's reading list will have readers immobilized in their hammocks more than E. Lockhart's We Were Liars." —Newsday
"Stunningly sharp. . . . will sear itself into your memory." —Christian Science Monitor
"A haunting psychological thriller." —The Guardian
"Delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending." —Entertainment Weekly
"It's twisty, it's mysterious, and it's got a surprise ending that'll knock your socks off." —MTV News
"A shocking punch in the face that will stay with you long after you finish." —Hypable
★ "Surprising, thrilling, and beautifully executed." —Booklist, starred review
★ "Riveting, brutal and beautifully told." —Kirkus, starred review
★ "The ending is a stunner that will haunt readers for a long time to come." —SLJ, starred review
★ “Astonishing." —Shelf Awareness, starred review