ARC Review: Third Lie's the Charm by by Lisa Roecker and Laura Roecker
Title: Third Lie’s The Charm #3
Series: The Liar Society
By: Lisa and Laura Roeker
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre Type: Contemporary, Mystery
Publication Date: December 3rd 2013
Pages: 288 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
New friend into old, the bond of the Sisterhood will never grow cold.
Life at Pemberly Brown is a whirlwind for Kate Lowry. Determined to finally destroy the secret society responsible for her best friend Grace’s death, Kate joins the Sisterhood hoping to go all Trojan Horse on their asses. But the night of her initiation another student at Pemberly Brown dies in what looks like tragic accident.
Kate knows better.
Kate and her faithful ginger, Seth Allen, immediately uncover a connection to the boy’s death and the secret societies that rule Pemberly Brown. But it’s not until Kate begins receiving pages from Grace’s old journal that she begins to piece together what really happened the night she died and how it connects to Pemberly Brown’s most recent tragedy.
Meanwhile, Kate’s ex-boyfriend Liam is following her around like an angry guard dog and she’s falling hard for the mysterious Bradley Farrow. Both boys are tied up in the mystery that surrounds Pemberly Brown, but only one of them can truly be trusted.
In this chilling conclusion to The Liar Society series Kate will fight to save her school from the evil that lurks beneath its hallowed halls. But will her quest destroy her or finally lead her to true love? She can only hope her third lie’s the charm
Kate Lowry is back with a vengeance in the final installment of The Liar Society series. She’s ready to take down the secret society responsible for her best friend Grace’s death. How? By joining the Pemberly Brown’s sisterhood. What better way to take them down than from the inside, only Kate might just be in over her head this time. With a new murder, a secret war between the brotherhood and sisterhood, Kate’s initiation and love-problems, authors Lisa and Laura Roeker have created and ending jammed packed with intrigue, mystery and action that I really enjoyed.
"I was like a neon-haired Trojan horse, and they were finally going to pay for what they'd done to Grace. Eat your heart out, Helen of Troy."
SETTING AND SUMMARY:
The setting in this last installment still revolves around the secret societies that lurk within the prestigious private school Pemberly Brown. With Kate’s initiation into the sisterhood, the book gives the reader the feeling as if they might be peaking (sneaking) a look into the sisterhood’s dark secrets. There’s lots of fun and obscure Latin sayings the girls use, making it all seem mysterious. Reperire tua fata “Discover your destiny.”
The night of Kate’s initiation into the sisterhood not only brings her closer to solving Grace’s death, but deeper into a secret war between the school's bitter rivalries . Another student at Pemberly Brown dies, and Kate knows it is no accident. Together with her sleuthing neighbor Seth’s help, Kate is determined to solve this mystery once and for all, and save her school from the secrets hidden below it’s surface.
Kate is one of the few characters that I have come across lately that is so strongly driven. She is determined to solve the mystery behind her best friend's murder, and her grief and guilt spur her own. The only problem is she keeps herself protected, keeping all those who care about her at a distance. She’s smart, a bit sassy (just look at her hair color), and strong willed. I really liked her spunk and determination, and easily empathized with her, but at the same time her emotional distancing made it hard for me to feel connected to her.
Seth is totally adorable, cute, and Kate’s sidekick in sleuthing. To Kate he was a winning combination of neighbor/bodyguard, partner in crime, and best friend all rolled into one. I loved his interaction with Kate and their sleuthing together as he continues to try and help her solve the murder mystery of her best friend.
Liam continues to be a part of Kate’s life, but with their recent break-up I didn’t get as much Liam time as I wanted. I felt bad for Liam as he struggles to be friends with Kate, wanting to keep her safe. It was frustrating when she choose to keep him at a distance, especially when his feelings for her were so obvious.
Bradley use to be a long time crush of Kate’s, but now their relationship is one jumbled mess. Kate’s on-again, off-again feelings for Bradley continued to confuse me too.
In this last installment of the series, the focus really is on wrapping up all the threads of the mystery. There is some sweet moments, and heartache too between Kate, Liam, and Bradley, but not really a love triangle or anything. She is totally devoted to bringing justice to Grace’s death.
WHAT I LIKED
The whole mysterious, secret society atmosphere. As the war continues between the brotherhood and sisterhood, I loved *peaking* over Kate’s spirited shoulders witnessing it.
WHAT I HAD A HARD TIME WITH
Kate’s distancing towards family and friends, and her indecisive feelings towards Liam and Bradley was frustrating at times for me.
MY RATING: 4 stars. I really liked it.
For fans of the series who are eager to find out the big mystery behind Grace’s death. Readers who like fast paced mysteries, a spunky heroine, and private school setting that's teeming with danger and secret societies.
A courtesy review copy of this book was provided by Sourbooks Fire via NetGalley in exchange for my fair review. Thank you Sourcebooks Fire for the review opportunity!