„Liars Inc.“ by Paula Stokes
I’ve been putting off writing this review for quite a while now, but I think I just have to do it. I can’t only review the books that I liked (or at least thought they were okay). I’m just going to have to tell you how boring this book was, and maybe spare you the 20€ and the time you never get back when reading these 362 pages. I would tell my friends these things before they buy this book, so I should share them with you too.
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.
I rarely say „stay away from this“, I usually find the good bits in the story and encourage you to try it yourself even if it wasn’t for me. But „Liars Inc.“, in my opinion, is just not worth it. Let’s start with the word „boring“. I can’t even explain how, but somehow a plot with disappearances, murder, a house burning down, an FBI man hunt and political plot twists can bore you for 362 pages. I could just not get invested in any of it.
I mostly blame it on the character, because most of them were idiots, and it just got worse while the story was progressing. Most of their actions didn’t make sense. Characters can have good reasons to run and lie to the FBI even though they are innocent. In „Liars Inc.“ they don’t, not really.
Why did I keep reading until the very end of it? I always hope for books to get better, for characters to develop and get smarter. And I just really wanted to know how this misery wraps up. Let me tell you, it’s not worth it.
The only good thing I can say about this book, is that the writing style was okay. It kept me engaged, even though I didn’t care about the plot or the characters at all. And the underlying crime/mystery wasn’t too bad an idea, it was just executed poorly.
So that’s where the two star rating is coming from. I just wanted to say: it’s not worth it. Sorry Paula Stokes.