Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Friends and Other Liars
by Kaela Coble

Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  To all my old friends:
So here you all are. Nice to see you can show up for a person once he's dead.
When Ruby St. James returns to her hometown, it is to the grave of her old friend Danny, a member of a group that was, ten years ago, Ruby's whole world. The crew made a pact back then: stay together, stay loyal, and stay honest. But that was before all of the lies.
Because even friends keep secrets. They just don't stay secret for long.
Now Danny has left behind a letter for each of them, issuing one final ultimatum: share your darkest betrayal to the group, or risk it coming out in a trap he has created. When past mistakes resurface, the lines of friendship blurb, and four old friends are left trying to understand what it means to lie to the ones you love best.

Kritters Thoughts:  Friends are reunited at the death of one of their own and when they all return to their small town in Vermont they are all confronted with lies from their past and the friend that is dead is ready to expose them all.  

I love small town stories and I love friends returning to small town stories!  I liked the concept of this book, but a few things just didn't work for me.

I expected all the lies to be revealed one after the other and expected that all of the friends from "the crew" to get time to tell their story and that wasn't the case.  This book definitely revolves around Ruby and is almost solely told from her perspective.  I would have loved a few more chapters told from other people and for the book to feel more balanced.  

I did like that the chapters bounced from current day and then back to high school.  It was fun to read about these characters (although mostly through Ruby's lens) and get their stories both in the current day and then in the past.  I love reading angsty high school days and then have them reflect on them.  

All in all, it was a fine read.  I wanted just a bit more from it, but it did entertain.  I would recommend this book to other readers, but would be maybe give them a warning or two.  After finishing reading the book, I found out that it was a debut and I would say that I will definitely read another by Kaela Coble.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2018 Challenge: 18 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Sourcebooks.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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