A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
What an amazing book. I pride myself on being able to sort out the ending for books with a secret central to the story line by about mid-way through. I didn't have it this time. I wasn't prepared for the ending. There were some distinct one-line foreshadowing hints, but they didn't catch my eye until everything was revealed...and then I had an epiphany moment.
The relationships of the "Liars" is intricate and deep. There's an intensity that makes sense, even when the world of the book doesn't.
The writing style (short sentences and tightly chosen words) and slow-slow-slow plot will annoy some readers, but I really think it's necessary in this story. If you feel annoyed, give it a chance.
I really can't do more with this review without destroying both the secret, and the story itself. Just trust me...it needs to be read.