Kid’s Book Review: Such a Good Liar

Kid’s Book Review: Such a Good Liar

About the Book and Author

From writer Sue Wallman is a thriller for YA readers set on a remote island of luxury with a storm brewing.

Seventeen-year-old Lydia Cornwallis has arrived on a remote island populated only by wealthy families and their staff. She quickly finds acceptance, even adoration, from the close-knit families that rule the island. Lydia will need to be strong and clever to act out her planned revenge on the Harringtons for what they have done.

But when she meets someone new on the island and starts to develop real feelings she is challenged. How can this relationship survive when it is built on a web of untruths?

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Sue Wallam author

After gaining a degree in English Literature & Publishing at Oxford Brooks University, Sue Wallman worked for a newspaper in Paris, and magazines in London. Now she combines writing with working in a secondary school library.

Her journey to publication took eight years, and picked up pace when she won The Woman’s Prize for Fiction First Chapter Award in 2013. Her debut, Lying About Last Summer, was published in 2016. (It was actually the fifth young adult book I’d written!). Visit her website to discover more about Sue and her writing.

Book Review

I would recommend Such A Good Liar to anyone who enjoys a thrilling book

When I first saw the book, I was very intrigued by the blurb and the title and couldn’t wait to read it. It definitely did not disappoint, and it lived up to my expectation.

Lydia Cornwallis is being sent of to an exclusive island, for maths tutoring, full of ridiculously rich people. However, she doesn’t want to go and instead wishes to spend her summer travelling with her boyfriend. Little does she know that someone might be willing to save her the trouble and go for her. Will her plan work or will her secret be discovered?

One thing I really liked about the book was how the truth wasn’t all revealed at the same time and it kept me intrigued and wanting to keep reading (it didn’t take long before I finished it !)

The main action was built up to which meant that it was even more exciting and the rest of the book was really interesting and captivating. I really enjoyed reading the book and I’m thinking about trying some of Sue Wallman’s other books.

I would recommend such a good liar to anyone who enjoys a thrilling book. I would say it would probably be more enjoyable for girls but not exclusively. It’s definitely for anyone over the age of 12 and who loves a good mystery story.



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