Breathtaking in its plotting, and narrated by one of YA literature's most psychologically complex young women, Liar is a roller-coaster read that will have readers grasping for the truth until the very last page. Honestly.

Meet Micah Wilkins- the most intriguing, engaging and exasperating character you will come across this year.

Fierce, yet at time disarmingly vulnerable, Micah admits she's a compulsive liar. And that may be the one honest thing she'll ever tell you. Over the years she has duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents. 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.

How did Zach die? Was he actually her boyfriend? Or was Sarah his real girlfriend? What's the story with her despised little brother? Does a terrible family secret really lie at the heart of all her deceptions, or is Micah concealing a deeper, far more disturbing truth? The further you get into this remarkable book, the less you will trust Micah but the faster you will turn the pages.

A brilliant book of family secrets, lies, murder and betrayal- Liar will leave you reeling.

Justine Larbalestier was born and raised in Sydney and is the author of the Magic or Madness trilogy, in which the door of a house in Sydney opens onto a street in New York City. Magic or Madness won the 2007 Andre Norton Award and was short-listed for the 2006 Ethel Turner Award, among many other honours. How to Ditch Your Fairy was her first novel with Allen and Unwin, published in March 2009. Lair is the novel that's been messing with her mind for the last five years.

She and her husband, SF and YA writer Scott Westerfeld are based in both Sydney and New York City.

Allen and Unwin
Author: Justine Larbalestier
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