Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes [Review]

Liars, Inc. 4 out of 5 Robots!

Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Release: March 24, 2015
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Summary:
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.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Liars, Inc is a very twisty-turn thriller.  I never knew who to trust or what to believe!  I was very entertained through-out this quick read.

Here is what I liked:
**The twists and turns!  It totally kept me on toes.  I knew I could really trust anything or anyone.  I didn't even guess the mystery.

**I liked Max and his background.  I thought the relationship he has with his foster parents and foster sister was interesting.  He has a fairly tragic background, but I like that it didn't get him down.

**I also liked Max's relationship with Parvati.  I mean, it was weird and something seemed off almost, but I also kind of dug it.  It definitely added an interesting layer to the story.

Here is what I didn't like:
**The writing is a little dry.  There isn't a lot of "fluff" and it is pretty to the point.  I liked Max's wry narration, but I wish it had a bit more oomph.

**Considering this book is titled "Liars, Inc", the Liars Inc plays a fairly small role.  I would have liked to have seen more come out of it.  It seemed pretty superfluous otherwise.


If you like thriller, fast paced mystery type novels, then Liars, Inc fits right into that genre pocket.  I also loved it was a male narrator, something we don't get a lot of in YA.  Max had a fun, wry sense of humor, but I wished the writing wasn't so matter-of-fact.  But overall, I had a lot of fun reading this book and devoured it in one day.

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. I enjoyed this when I read it, but it hasn't really stuck with me. I did feel the same way about Liars, Inc. though. Really no need for the club or the title. Didn't have anything to do with what happened. Great review.

    1. Yes, exactly! It isn't a book that will stick with you, but it was fun at the time. I felt the club was more of a hook than a plot point. Thanks for stopping by!



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