By: Amelia Kahaney
Genre: YFB - General fiction
Published by: Walker Books Australia
Published: 7 Sep 2022
ISBN: 9781760656072


A dark, modern psychological thriller of obsession, manipulation and the intensity of friendship.

Tic tac toe, three girls in a row. Nine years old and inseparable. Friends for life, or so they think…

Best friends Syd, Rain and Brie grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in the stifling California desert, desperately wishing for a way out.

In the end, each of them will escape, but not in the way they expect. One will do it by dying, another by lying, a third by taking the fall. A deadly fire is set two weeks before the end of their senior year of high school and nothing will ever be the same.

With gorgeous, taut prose and twists to the very last page, All the Best Liars switches between the present and the past to unravel the truth behind the fire and the cost of the secrets at the heart of their friendship.

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Sydney, Rain and Brie were all best friends when they were kids, living on the poor side of town in the California desert. But now they are in senior year and a lot of things have changed since then.

Syd and Rain cannot stand Brie, who moved to the wealthy part of town and no longer had time for them. But when Rain’s mum wins the lottery, she moves too. She promises Syd that she won’t change, but Brie has her sights set on winning Rain back, and Syd finds herself alone and at rock bottom.

Told from the points of view of all three girls, and in different times before and after the deadly fire, this is a captivating look into their friendship, with questions of loyalty, obsession, manipulation, jealousy and betrayal. It is a psychological thriller that will have you wanting to find the truth, and the twisted reality will come as a surprise!

The three girls are all unique characters, but there are other great supporting characters too, such as Chase (Syd’s first sort-of boyfriend), Spider (her brother who was recently released from jail), Rain’s Mum Joan, and Brie’s Dad Ed, who all add dimension to this dark story.

A thrilling read, it does contain some swearing, drug and alcohol use, so will be best suited to readers 15+.

Reviewed by Sam