The Not-So-Innocent Liars
Oh, hello! This post contains spoilers about one of my favorite mystery books, Pretty Little Liars, by Sara Shepard. I read this book about a month and a half ago with my kindle and loved it! It is supposedly YA, but I feel it is more for teen since it’s about girls in high school sorting out relationships and how they feel with everything going on in their lives. I love how this book transforms into a mix of drama and mystery and yet again, makes you wonder if you locked the front door of your house. Enjoy the review!
“Three years ago, Alison disappeared after a slumber party, not to be seen since. Her friends at the elite Pennsylvania school mourned her, but they also breathed secret sighs of relief. Each of them guarded a secret that only Alison had known. Now they have other dirty little secrets, secrets that could sink them in their gossip-hungry world. When each of them begins receiving anonymous emails and text messages, panic sets in. Are they being betrayed by someone in their circle? Worse yet: Is Alison back? A strong launch for a suspenseful series.” – Goodreads.
At first, I was reluctant of reading this book—mainly because it’s mystery, and I’m accustomed to reading Fantasy/Fiction. But, I’m really glad I decided to, because I feel like I’m absolutely obsessed.
The chapters just make you feel so absorbed into the story, because it’s so intense and beautifully written at the same time.
The story starts with an introduction—it was the last day of 7th grade, the first day of summer, and Alison DiLaurentis was having a sleepover with her best friends, Hanna, Spencer, Aria, and Emily. However, a tragedy happens.
Ali disappears that night, when she tries to “hypnotize” her best friends. One of them, Spencer Hastings, tries to stop her from closing all the curtains, because Ali wanted it to be dark.
Spencer argued with Ali, and Alison left that night—silence came into the room, and their best friend disappeared.
Alison’s disappearance played a huge part on the girls. Each of them matured and were in High School. Hanna, who was really chubby back in 7th grade, is now a copy of Regina George. Spencer is still an overachiever, her classes being all AP ones. Aria moved to Iceland and became more confident. Emily is still a swimmer and now has a boyfriend.
However, someone knows that these girls are hiding—and this someone is called “-A”. -A knows every single secret the four former friends are hiding and isn’t afraid to spill them all.
The liars start receiving emails, messages, and notes coming from their stalker, and the four are afraid that -A is Alison, which disappeared as mentioned.
The notes keep coming, the IMs, the threats—and the girls are certain that Ali is their stalker, since she was the only one that knew the secrets they are hiding.
At the end, we find out that Ali was buried alive back in 7th grade and that -A still is active, and knows all their secrets…
Now, let’s continue!
I felt like I couldn’t stop reading this book! It was just filled with twists and turns (especially plot twists, there were many things I didn’t expect), making the reader want to continue reading and wanting to know what happens next.
The Pretty Little Liars (PLL) book series is mainly for teenagers. I was reading a few reviews on Goodreads, and the vast majority of them were adults, and the rest were teens.
Come on, this book says, “Grades 9 and up”, so it’s obvious it’s for teens! Why do Adults read and don’t like this book? Je ne sais pas (I don’t know).
I give this book an 8/10, because;
(a) It’s incredibly well-written and every mystery reader will like this.
(b) It makes you wonder who in Merlin’s Beard is -A.
(c) It has SO MANY plot twists you want to know what happens next.
(d) Come on!! Just read the book already!!
(e) Even if I feel like this book is good, its plot could be more refined?? I don’t know??
(f) I’m just a book blogger that has her own opinions, okay?
(g) And yes, the book is great. A masterpiece, and it’s kind of a thriller!
I have heard so much about the series, so when I downloaded this book I, like any fellow bookworm, said, “I guess I’ll read the entire book series in two or three months and then start binge-watching the series even though it ended in 2017.”
Yup. Typical bookworm law. “Never watch the movie or TV series before finishing reading the book series or stand-alone book.”
Anyway, In totally recommend this book. It’s just… a dark, beautiful, soul-stealing masterpiece!
And if you’ve seen the TV series, it’s different from the series. Just… too weird.
Before you ask… yes. I broke the Bookworm Law. I watched a clip of the last season of PLL. And yes, I’m ashamed of what I did.
To summarize everything, I’ve just wrote:
This book is great, a thriller, and a good mystery book. It’s perfect for people who just try to read fantasy but then stumble into mystery, or just for people that are accustomed to reading fantasy but want to read a thriller or mystery book.
That was a lot.
I forgot something too:
-A IS NOT ALISON DILAURENITS! (spoiler)
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