Liars, Inc. by Paula StokesLiars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

Liars, Inc.

byPaula Stokes

Hardcover | March 24, 2015

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A dark and twisted psychological tale, which Kirkus Reviews called "captivating to the very end" in a starred review—perfect for fans of I Hunt Killers and Gone Girl.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money. So with the help of his friend Preston and his girlfriend, Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something, and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn't think twice about it. But then Preston never comes home. And the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead to Preston's body.

Terrifying clues that point to Max as the killer….

Paula Stokes writes stories about flawed characters with good hearts who sometimes make bad decisions. In addition to writing, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. Paula is also the author ofThe Art of Lainey. She loves interacting with readers.
Title:Liars, Inc.Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.17 inPublished:March 24, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062323288

ISBN - 13:9780062323286


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still catching up on sleep! This book was AWESOME! I was hooked right from the beginning.The characters were so genuine, I can think of people I knew in high school that were like each of the main ones. As if that wasn't enough, there were SO MANY PLOT TWISTS. Every time I thought I had things figured out there would end up being a new flip. I think the final "revelations" got me the most, but I'll keep those to myself so as not to ruin the suspense for anyone reading this review (just trust me, they'll get you too!). It took me a little while to be able to get into it due to life not giving me much time to read. Once I was hooked, however, that was the end. I was up until the wee hours of the morning reading multiple times because I just NEEDED to know more. Paula is awesome, the book is awesome...EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!
Date published: 2015-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So many twists! It started off innocently. A forged permission slip for a fellow student leads Max Cantrell, his best friend Preston and his girlfriend Parvati, to start Liars Inc, selling lies to their classmates. They’ll forge permission slips, lie about study sessions, all for a price. It seemed harmless. Until Preston needs his own alibi so he can meet a girl he met online. And he never makes it home. Evidence is found linking Max to the crime but he knows he didn’t do it. Who will believe him and can he find the real killer before he ends up in jail? I went into this book a little nervous since it was a mystery/thriller and the twists aren’t always huge surprises. But this book managed to do just that. It surprised me and I loved that. I was able to figure some of the twists out but I was blown away by others, which I liked because after finishing it, I was able to reflect and see where those twists were coming from instead of them making no sense. I really liked the character of Max. His mother died during birth and his father died from a heart attack a few years later so Max is an orphan, one who grew up in the system and was homeless for a while until he was adopted by the Cantrells. He wasn’t a jock, he wasn’t involved in any school clubs, he saw himself as pretty plain. He was smart and he cared about his friends and his adopted family, even if he had trouble trusting them. I found it easy to understand where his issues with trust and his jealousy were coming from and how that affected him with how to react to trying to avoid the police and clear his name. Preston and Parvati were interesting characters. Both were rich kids who’d been expelled from their previous school and ended up befriending Max. Preston was the star of the school, beloved football player, and Parvati was involved in the newspaper and raised by strict parents. The author did a great job of developing them so I could see why they’d be friends with Max, to give them their own distinct voices, but also held back enough to make them suspicious at times. Because this was a book where I felt suspicious of everyone at one point. The romance between Max and Parvati was nicely done. It was always there but it never overtook the plot. They could be cute together but when they had issues, I thought it was handled realistically. The plot was very fast paced and action packed. It seemed like every chapters had another twist or another clue. Something was always happening. This was the type of book that could make the reader’s head spin with so many wild theories with none of them even close to being right. It all came to a conclusion that left my jaw dropped. My mind was bent. The few things I has figured out paled in comparison to how much I did not see the ending coming. I loved that I was fooled. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love love love Warning: swear words are found in the book. Blew through this book and stayed up until 2:38am to finish it. So much craziness.. So many lies..I was thoroughly invested in the story straight from the beginning. You just know that these characters are going to be making very bad decisions one right after the other. And the repercussions just add up making it even worse than before. This is the type of book where you can pretty much guarantee you'll read in one sitting because the writing flows so evenly and you just want to get to the bottom of all the lies and deception. I read this in one sitting and staying up to read it? Well it was super easy to do so. Max is a character who you get to root for. You want him to win, you want him to have his happily ever after. I pitied him from the start because obviously I didn't trust his girlfriend or best friend. There was something shifty and shady about the way they would dodge their answers whenever Max asked them. I also didn't get how nonchalant he was when the police. I know he's had experience as a runaway orphan but still wouldn't you be freaked out if the FBI is investigating you? He doesn't even bother being careful but that's part of his character I guess. In the end, I just wanted him to get his act together and get out of the mess. I wanted more development with his family because I found his sister to be hilarious. Can I say the pacing and the plot just kept moving like a train at high speed that I pretty much stuck my head in this book until it was over? Yep I loved the ride. I was constantly changing my theories around but never really considered the outcome because it just seemed "too easy" as a plot device. The real reason was a whole heck of complications and I can't wait until Paula writes more. She just knows how to mystery thrillers and I would love to see what else she has in store for us.
Date published: 2015-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Murder, Lies and a Killer Twist 4.5 stars (review first posted on A Glass Of Wine blog) Who killed Preston DeWitt? That is the question that starts off one killer mystery in Liars, Inc. Paula Stokes masterfully weaves a tale of murder, lies, revenge and romance to create an immensely enjoyable read. Lies are the foundation, building blocks, and decoration of this novel. It makes you question the lies you tell, the ones you might be told, and the ones we tell ourselves. Trust and where it is placed is something that you'll leave this novel pondering. It is rather thought provoking and will leave you questioning connections and how well we know those around us, even those we might be close to. With Liars, Inc Paula Stokes shows that she can move easily from one genre to another. While mystery appears to be her calling, it seems that she is comfortable in any of them. Her versatile writing manages to retain the tone and feel that are her trademark while embracing the particular genre that she is writing at the same time. The banter of The Art Of Lainey is found within these pages. The attention to detail from Venom is there as well. The meticulous plotting of the Venom series serves her well in relation to the mystery elements. She grows with each novel and only gets better. This adaptability, along with her talent, means that fans can eagerly anticipate a wide variety of books to come from this impressive talent. The voice in this novel, that of main character Max, is one of the stand out elements. Max as a character comes to life. He was easy to picture, and Paula captured his voice perfectly. It, to me, came across as the way real teenage boys would talk and think. Characters are one of the strongest aspects of Paula's novels, and Max was no exception. The character that will win your heart, however, is Parvati. She is intelligent, a total liar, and an incredible bad ass. I loved her, and how she was written. She felt like a character in her own right and not just there as an extension of the plot, or a character created only to further Max's story. A story from her point of view would be most welcome as I feel this novel only scratched the surface of the depth of her character and her complexities. A mystery novel is only as good as it's core mystery and Liars, Inc delivers in more ways than one. I expect that more than a few harden mystery lovers will be pleasantly surprised by the who, why and how of this nuanced plot. It blind sided me, and yet made complete sense within the story. There are subtle clues if you know where to look for them, but the framework of the story allowed for a pretty impressive final act. One that is not only smartly planned out but felt logical and plausible. A gripping mystery, a believeable voice, and surprising romance all make Liars, Inc a must read. It's one that mystery fans will not want to miss with it's sharp, and smart unraveling and outcome. Paula adeptly showcases that she's one to watch in this genre and I cannot wait to see what she releases next.
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic mystery novel! Oh my freaking gosh. Oh holy crap. This book. This book. Liars, Inc is so fantastic. Y'all know how I like to watch crime shows and thrillers and I love to read them too. I have a pretty good sense of the usual plotlines and conspiracies that are used to put together one of the mysteries. So I was very pleasantly surprised when I started reading Liars Inc and I had no freaking clue what was going to happen next. It was hard to put the book down when I wanted to know what's going to happen next. Paula Stokes did a fantastic job of crafting the mystery and creating a motive that I totally did not guess. And in order to create a great mystery, there must be great characters. The main characters are the trio of Liars, Inc: Max, Parvati and Preston. Max is an adoptee with a background of running away and getting into some trouble. He's the odd one out in the trio, as his girlfriend, Parvati, and Preston are both popular. He's devoted to his friends and he is still a little rough around the edges from his time as a homeless kid. Parvati is the daughter of a Colonel and a defense attorney. She's always dreamed of joining the CIA and is pretty much a badass. There's something suspicious about her straight away from the beginning and I could tell that she was hiding something. Preston is the son of Senator DeWitt and he is the football star of the school. Nobody hates him, except for the local bookie, since Preston has a gambling addiction. He's always filming moments and taking pictures. You can pretty much immediately tell that he has "rich white boy problems." He's bored and there's nothing material that he wants and doesn't already have. Liars, Inc starts out with a bang as the first scene is right in the middle of the action with guns being pointed at Max. I was like "whoa", because at that point we don't really know what's happening since there is no back story to the scene. I really liked that since we can see just how much danger Max is in. The outcome of the book was definitely nothing that I imagined. I had my suspicions, but I didn't arrive at them until the truth was revealed. Liars Inc is the perfect blend of stuff that I love in stories: conspiracies, criminals evading the authorities, solving a crime and danger! It's a page turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat to find out who exactly killed Preston and why Max is in so much danger.
Date published: 2015-03-06

Editorial Reviews

“Twists and turns at all the right moments. Even the keenest mystery buffs will be hard-pressed to predict the book’s finale, which packs quite the emotional and physical punch. Captivating to the very end.”