ARC Review: Liars, Inc.

Title: Liars, Inc.
Author: Paula Stokes
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Mystery
Publication Date: March 24, 2015
My Rating: 4 Stars

  Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

  When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

  Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called "Captivating to the very end," Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.
  Max Cantrell, along with his girlfriend Parvati and best friend Preston created Liars, Inc. to sell lies to their classmates. They create alibis, forge permission slips and steal test papers. One day, Preston approached Max, needing help with his alibi. Max helped him of course. However, the next day, authorities found out that Preston is missing, and all clues point to Max as the murderer. With the help of Parvati, Max must find out who the real killer is before he gets convicted for a crime that he didn't commit.

  Liars, Inc. was thrilling, gripping, and exciting. The first half of the book was kind of slow, but it just got better and better as the story progressed. The latter part of the book became fast paced, and I wasn't able to put the book down, although I think last few chapters of the book may be congested with information.

  The mystery of this book was well executed and clearly well thought of. I found myself second guessing my guesses as more and more clues were presented. I really loved how the mystery was complex while still made sense when looking back to the story. The clues still all pointed to the killer despite the twists and turns, and I commend the author for that.

   The thing that impressed me the most actually was that despite the author being female, the main character Max really thought like a male character - at least for me. Max's thoughts and speeches really felt genuine to me and not awkward at all. I commend her for this because I know it's hard to write from a perspective that is not one's own.

  I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I would really recommend those looking for a thrilling, mysterious read to try this one out. This was such a great novel for Paula Stokes, and even though this one's really different from The Art of Lainey, the writing is just as good.

“When you care about someone, you can’t just turn that off because you learn they betrayed you.” 

“To me, Mother Nature isn't nearly as scary as human nature.”

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