Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
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.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
First of all, thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark for sending me a review copy of this book! All opinions are my own.
Friends and Other Liars: A Novel was so different from what I thought it was going to be.
I was very intrigued that this book starts out by being narrated by a dead person. That is definitely something that I haven’t seen before; not like this anyway. The prologue and the epilogue are done this way, but the rest of the book bounces between members of the “crew” and between now (after Danny’s death) and back then (when they were growing up together and how they got to where they are). The original crew consists of Danny, Ruby, Murphy, Ally, and Emmett who all grew up together; but the POVs switch between Danny (the member that is dead – epilogue and prologue only), Ruby, Steph (Emmett’s girlfriend), and Ally. Though to be honest, the majority of this book is written from Ruby’s point of view.
Friends and Other Liars: A Novel was just SO much more than the blurb makes you think it is going to be. I thought this was going to be a straight up mystery, but I ran the full gamut of emotions as I was reading it. There is love, secrets, lies, pain, loss, etc…. The list just goes on and on.
I can definitely tell that Kaela Coble is an extremely talented writer. The characters were something to behold, and I had so many reactions as I was reading this book. My mouth dropped open, I gasped, and I laughed (among other things). The only reason I gave this book a 4 instead of a 5 is because I found it a tad slow for my liking in the beginning and maybe a little too wordy. I was so interested as the book went on though, and had to know what all the secrets were (and of course how everything was going to end up).
I was able to foresee some of the things that were coming, but definitely not all of them which I loved. There were also lots of short chapters which made it feel like a breeze to get through. If I would have had more time to read I probably could have finished this book in 1 day even though I actually ended up taking 3. This is a book that I really ended up savoring as it went on. I was really blown away by the fact that this is Coble’s first novel.
Final Thought: I would definitely go into this book blind and without reading the blurb since you don’t actually get what the book is all about from it. It is just so much more than the blurb gives you, and I think it deserves to be read without judgement. Also, just be aware that this is more than a mystery!! There is so much going on, and the dynamic of these friends is evolving as the book goes on. And just remember, “All things done in the dark have a way of coming to light”… Or so they say.
*This title was published on 06 Feb 2018*