Cadence Sinclair Easton is part of the Sinclair family–an old-money family that owns a private island off Cape Cod, where the family gathers every summer. Together with her cousins, Cadence spends the summer swimming, playing tennis, having beach picnics, and generally living what seems to be an ideal life. Except that not everything is perfect for the Sinclairs. When Cadence is 15, something happens on the island. Cadence is involved in a mysterious accident, and she can’t remember what happened. Her family, at her mother’s insistence, avoids sharing the details, believing it is better for Cadence to remember on her own. But what did happen? And what is everyone hiding?
This book is a fun, light read with enough of a mystery to keep you interested. It also has a twist that I didn’t see coming at first. You aren’t going to spend a lot of time analyzing the literary devices in this book, but the plot is engaging, the characters are interesting, and it’s fun to see how a Kennedy-esque family might spend their summers.
If you enjoy mysteries or realistic novels, you will enjoy We Were Liars. It would be a great vacation read.