All the Best Liars

Flatiron. Apr. 2022. 336p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250312709.
Gr 10 Up–Brie, Rain, and Syd grew up best friends in the stifling desert heat of their run-down California neighborhood. When Brie moves down the mountain into the better part of town, the trio’s friendship falls apart. Now at the end of their senior year, they all attend a final blowout graduation party that ends up being truly unforgettable: when Syd wakes up the morning after only partially remembering the night before, she discovers that Brie was killed the previous night in a tragic house fire. Syd remembers that she had a fight with Brie and Rain the night before, but not too much more, so when the police start investigating Brie’s death as a possible murder and Rain stops answering her texts, she starts to panic. Where is Rain, and what exactly happened at that party? This is a fast-paced, suspenseful, and thoroughly dramatic thriller. Told in alternating perspectives, the mystery and drama surrounding Brie’s death and Rain’s disappearance unfolds in a way that makes readers want to finish the book in one sitting.
VERDICT This story is not for everyone; heavy teen drug use and drinking make this unsuitable for all collections, but older teens and fans of Pretty Little Liars and Riverdale will devour the dark drama.

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