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Description - Liar by Justine Larbalestier

Secrets, lies, murder and betrayal.

Micah Wilkins is a liar. But when her boyfriend, Zach, dies under brutal circumstances, the shock might be enough to set her straight. Or maybe not. Especially when lying comes as naturally to her as breathing. Was Micah dating Zach? Did they kiss? Did she see him the night he died? And is she really hiding a family secret? Where does the actual truth lie?

Liar is a breathtaking roller-coaster read that will have you up all night, desperately seeking for something true.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781741758726
ISBN-10: 1741758726
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 344
Imprint: Allen & Unwin Children's Books
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2009
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Liar by Justine Larbalestier - Reviewed by (03 Aug 2010)

Justine Larbalestier delivers another fresh, unexpected tale with this story of Micah, a habitual liar. It’s difficult to comment without giving away major plot points, but the nub of it is that Micah’s friend Zach has been murdered, and this book is her attempt to peel away the layers of lies which she tells to uncover the truth.

The story is told in three parts. The first is her story of what happened, both before and after Zach’s death. It’s full of her confessions of the lies she’s told, and hints of a mysterious family illness which have influenced the course of her life. In the second part, the secret of that family illness is revealed. Then, in the third part, Micah goes back to the story she has told and confesses to more lies therein. The stories continue, but we are left with the constant doubt that this, now, is the truth at last.

The last page reminds me a little of Yann Martel’s “The Life of Pi”. Behind both is an examination of how we construct stories to make our worlds more bearable.

It’s a beautifully plotted book, written with lively warmth. Micah is a very real person, even within the tangled knot of truths and stories she tells.

Author Biography - Justine Larbalestier

Justine Larbalestier is a Sydney girl who divides her time between Sydney and New York City. She is the author of How to Ditch Your Fairy and the Magic or Madness trilogy. Magic or Madness won the 2007 Andre Norton Award and was shortlisted for the 2006 Ethel Turner Award. Liar is the novel that's been messing with her mind for the last five years. You can find her daily outpourings at

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