Book Review | Nine Liars by Maureen Johnson

Saturday, October 29, 2022

*I received a free ARC from Netgalley — all opinions are my own*

Summary: Senior year at Ellingham Academy for Stevie Bell isn’t going well. Her boyfriend, David, is studying in London. Her friends are obsessed with college applications. With the cold case of the century solved, Stevie is adrift. There is nothing to distract her from the questions pinging around her brain — questions about college, love, and life in general.

Relief comes when David invites Stevie and her friends to join him for study abroad, and his new friend Izzy introduces her to a double-murder cold case. In 1995, nine friends from Cambridge University went to a country house and played a drunken game of hide-and-seek. Two were found in the woodshed the next day, murdered with an ax. The case was assumed to be a burglary gone wrong, but one of the remaining seven saw something she can’t explain. This was no break-in. Someone’s lying about what happened in the woodshed. Seven suspects. Two murders. One killer still playing a deadly game.

Rating: ⭐⭐

My Thoughts: I loved this series…at least the first three books. The fourth book was okay. This (the fifth book)…wasn’t a fan of at all. I think the author should have kept this a trilogy as originally planned.

I wasn’t into this murder/mystery at all. A lot of the book was about Stevie and her friends touring London, which added absolutely nothing to the murder or mystery part of this book. It got boring. If we could have had more about the murders, I think I would have liked this more.

Also, as much as I loved Stevie and David’s relationship throughout the first three books, it was just awful in this book. I think it’s time to move on from these books…

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