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Lie by Caroline Bock
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Jan 30, 2012

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I liked that the book was written in the first person but from the perspective of many different characters. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but I didn't find all of the voices of the characters completely believable. It seemed like at times the characters were thinking from the author's perspective, not from the perspective of an insular, working-class person from Suffolk County. While I could imagine a group of families perpetuating this lie on Long Island in 2011, I think there would also be very prominent voices in the community doing everything possible to expose what really happened. This perspective was mostly absent from the book. My favorite character was Skylar Thompson's father Tommy Thompson, who I think was the most sympathetic and most believable character. I would recommend this book for high school students but not necessarily for adults.
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