The Third Lie's the Charm

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Praise for The Liar Society:

"A page-turning, pearl-clutching mystery!"—Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead

"A book for mystery lovers everywhere...will suck you in and leave you hanging until the very end."—RT Book Reviews

Katie Lowry knows she could've stopped Alistair from doing something stupid if only she'd picked up the phone. Now she has to live with the guilt. She's sick...

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Third Lie's the Charm (Liar Society Series #3)

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Overview

Praise for The Liar Society:

"A page-turning, pearl-clutching mystery!"—Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead

"A book for mystery lovers everywhere...will suck you in and leave you hanging until the very end."—RT Book Reviews

Katie Lowry knows she could've stopped Alistair from doing something stupid if only she'd picked up the phone. Now she has to live with the guilt. She's sick of the lies, sick of the secret societies that rule life at Pemberly Brown Academy. But there's only one way to take them down: from the inside...

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The Liar Society series makes it to my recommendable YA-Mystery books." - My Book Musings

"I had a blast reading Third Lie's the Charm. It was an engaging mystery with fantastic characters, and a fitting end to the series.

I recommend this for readers of YA mysteries, and for readers who are looking to try something different in the YA genre in general. " - Book Rook Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
Readers unfamiliar with the first two books in the Liar Society trilogy will not be able to jump in at this point, as very little explanation about the circumstances behind Kate's desperate struggle against the secret society in her posh private school is provided. Kate believes that someone in the Sisterhood is killing students, starting with her best friend, Grace, who died before the beginning of the first book. Now she joins the hated Sisterhood in order to bring them down from within. Oddly, however, she never tries to do any such thing, instead spending her time investigating those she suspects of the murders with handsome Bradley Farrow, a former Brotherhood member whose best friend has just become the latest victim. The plot reads like it springs from momentary whim rather than from a planned outline. Suddenly, Kate learns that she and the rest of the suspects will attend the school camp, where she winds up lodging in different quarters from her friends--but the authors make nothing of that seemingly significant fact. The climax involves another sudden move, in the form of a character hitherto unmentioned in the book. Too much of the action makes too little sense; this may arise from the unreliable narrator that the authors have created in Kate, but it ultimately frustrates readers. Fans of the series may enjoy this conclusion. Everyone else, start with Book 1. (Mystery. 12-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402285936
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Series: Liar Society Series , #3
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 358,055
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

LISA and LAURA ROECKER are sisters-turned-writing-partners with a passion for good books, pop culture and Bravo programming. Not necessarily in that order. Lisa has always been a phenomenal liar and Laura loves to write angsty poetry, so writing for young adults seemed like a natural fit. The sisters live in Cleveland, Ohio in separate residences. Their husbands wouldn't agree to a duplex. To learn more about The Liar Society series check outwww.theliarsociety.com

LISA and LAURA ROECKER are sisters-turned-writing-partners with a passion for good books, pop culture and Bravo programming. Not necessarily in that order. Lisa has always been a phenomenal liar and Laura loves to write angsty poetry, so writing for young adults seemed like a natural fit. The sisters live in Cleveland, Ohio in separate residences. Their husbands wouldn't agree to a duplex. To learn more about The Liar Society series check outwww.theliarsociety.com

LISA and LAURA ROECKER are sisters-turned-writing-partners with a passion for good books, pop culture and Bravo programming. Not necessarily in that order. Lisa has always been a phenomenal liar and Laura loves to write angsty poetry, so writing for young adults seemed like a natural fit. The sisters live in Cleveland, Ohio in separate residences. Their husbands wouldn't agree to a duplex. To learn more about The Liar Society series check outwww.theliarsociety.com

LISA and LAURA ROECKER are sisters-turned-writing-partners with a passion for good books, pop culture and Bravo programming. Not necessarily in that order. Lisa has always been a phenomenal liar and Laura loves to write angsty poetry, so writing for young adults seemed like a natural fit. The sisters live in Cleveland, Ohio in separate residences. Their husbands wouldn't agree to a duplex. To learn more about The Liar Society series check outwww.theliarsociety.com

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Chapter 1

I missed Liam.

It had been two months since he saw me kiss Bradley Farrow. Two months since I told him I needed space. Two months since I started spending all my time with Taylor and Bethany in hopes of finally being inducted into their secret society, the Sisterhood.

Two months and I still missed him.

My finger hovered over his name on my cell phone. Maybe if I called him now I could make him understand why I hadn't returned any of his calls or texts. At first I was just angry. So angry with him for not understanding why Grace was so important to me. Why I needed to be the one to bring down all those who had a hand in killing her.

But the anger had faded and time apart provided clarity. It wasn't that Liam didn't care about Grace. He just cared more about me. He wanted me to be safe and happy.

It would be selfish to call him. Selfish to string him along. Selfish to expect him to wait around while I worked on ending the Sisterhood once and for all.

Like a sign from Grace, the moment I put down my phone, the chanting began from outside my window.

"In vetus amicus novus, numquam vinculum sororum refrigescet." "New friend into old, the bond of Sisters will never grow cold."

I recognized Taylor Wright's soft voice, her words lifted on the spring breeze, floating through the crack of my open window. When I looked down into the darkness, Grace's pearls dangling around my neck, twelve girls stood like ghosts in front of the thick trees that lined our backyard. The breeze licked at the hems of their gauzy white robes, and each carried a candle, the flames spitting.

I eyed the phone, silent and still on my desk, and felt the pull in both directions. One phone call to Liam to explain myself couldn't hurt. Maybe that closure would be a good thing for both of us.

But the chanting outside was growing louder. My time was up. I had to decide.

Involving Liam at this point would only complicate things. I had to accept my official initiation into the last remaining secret society of Pemberly Brown Academy without any strings attached. And my attachment to Liam was long and tangled. There would be time to unravel our feelings after the Sisterhood was destroyed. After Grace was avenged.

Just as I was about to leave the room, my phone exploded on my desk like a battle cry.

It had to be Liam. It was a sign that I shouldn't join the Sisterhood. A sign that it was time to move on or at least try to work things out with him. Things had been a mess with us in the fall, and now it was time to choose Liam.

Grace. Liam.

Liam. Grace.

Liam.

But lately I'd begun to understand that the choice wasn't really between Grace and Liam. The choice was between grief and life. I could answer the phone, ignore the girls on my lawn, and go back to a normal life. No crazy societies involved.

I slipped back through my bedroom door to the ringing phone, to a new beginning.

But it wasn't Liam. It was Alistair Reynolds.

Part of me wanted to cry, the tiny part of me who wanted to go back to the girl I'd been before, the girl without some crazy vendetta against a secret society. I could almost feel Liam slip between my fingers, just out of reach as always. In his place was the ghost of my best friend, urging me toward the Sisterhood. And if I was being completely honest, I wasn't ready to let her go. Not yet.

I briefly debated ignoring Alistair, but I knew he'd just keep calling me back. Ever since the Sisterhood had destroyed the Brotherhood, Alistair's sole reason for being, he'd been more persistent than ever. He'd come to terms with the fact that the Brotherhood was dead, but that didn't mean he was ready to let the Sisterhood continue to rule our school. Alistair was one of those spoiled, little rich boys who instead of simply crying over spilled milk knocked over everyone else's glasses too.

"What?" I whispered, ducking my head as though the movement could soften the sound even more.

"Is that how you answer all your calls?" If there was some kind of Richter scale for how much you wanted to punch a person, Alistair would fall between one of those awful media-whore reality-television boyfriends with swoopy hair and a marf (man-scarf) and Ryan Seacrest.

"I'm kind of busy. Talk fast or I'm hanging up." By this time, I'd made it downstairs and could see the girls' phantom-like forms through our French doors. Thank God my parents slept like the dead.

"You've gotta meet me at the Heart tonight, Kate. It's important." I was so shocked to hear genuine emotion in his normally smooth voice that it took me a minute to identify it as fear. Alistair Reynolds was scared.

"As much as I'd love to hear what's gotten your Burberry briefs in a twist, I'm going to have to take a rain check." The regret in my voice was real. I still wasn't sure what to do about the girls waiting for me outside.

"Kate, I'm serious. I can't tell you on the phone, but you have to meet me. It's urgent. Life or death."

"I can't. I really wish I could, but I have a life-or-death situation of my own over here." I stood on my tiptoes and peered through the glass, wondering how long the girls would wait for me.

Okay, maybe it wasn't exactly life or death, but at the same time, it felt that way for me. I had to join the Sisterhood so I could end it. The wars between the Sisterhood and Brotherhood had gotten out of control. The secret societies had been vying for control of Pemberly Brown Academy since the '50s, and they didn't care who got hurt. They'd killed my best friend, Grace. And just because the Brotherhood had been wiped out didn't mean I was done.

And then maybe once I'd fought all my battles, I'd finally be able to fight one for myself and win Liam back.

"Look, I'm begging you." Alistair wasn't giving up. "Please, Kate."

"Can't. Bye." I felt zero regret hanging up on Alistair's pleading voice. There was no time and I couldn't afford to pass up this opportunity. And even if I didn't have initiation tonight, it wasn't like I owed Alistair Reynolds anything. He was a big part of the reason Grace was dead. He'd have to figure out his own crap like the rest of us.

I unlocked the door to my backyard and opened it slowly to avoid a creak, slipping through like a whisper before noiselessly shutting it behind me. I turned around to face my future, Grace's pearls heavy at my neck, the cold spring air filling my lungs.

This was it. My moment of truth. No going back now.

"Numquam sororis vocationi ignotum. Teneat manum tuam." "The call of the Sister shall never be ignored. My hand is yours to hold."

My tongue tripped over the foreign words, and my stomach dropped when the wind picked up and snuffed out all of the tapered candles in one swift gust of air. I was greeted with soft smiles and quiet murmurs of congratulations. They had no idea that a traitor was among them. My eyes caught on Taylor's bright blue ones peering out from beneath her white hood.

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.

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  • Posted February 6, 2014

    This was a fantastic conclusion to a fantastic series! I love it

    This was a fantastic conclusion to a fantastic series! I love it when a series finale does not let you down, and Lisa and Laura Roecker deliver a satisfying and epic ending. I loved every minute spent with Kate and her boys, every quirky twist and unexpected turn, every single delightful page!

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  • Posted December 19, 2013

    I've been looking for a good YA mystery to read for some time no

    I've been looking for a good YA mystery to read for some time now, so I was extremely excited to get the opportunity to join the blog tour for Third Lie's the Charm. 

    After the fall of the Brotherhood, Kate is still looking to get revenge for best friend Grace's death, once and for all. Her solution this time around? Joining the Sisterhood and taking them down from the inside, Emily Thorne-style. 

    (Yeah, I totally watch Revenge.) 

    But an unexpected death, a complicated love triangle - which almost becomes a love square at one point - and mysterious notes from Grace beyond the grave, all begin to make Kate think that this time around, she might actually be in over her head after all. 

    I've been rooting for Kate since The Liar Society, and I love how she's jointly grown but also remained consistently true to herself throughout the course of the three books. She's still tough as nails, not letting any of the boys in her life push her around as she remains committed to avenging Grace's death. But she's also human, as she admits to herself - though not really anyone else - that she does feel guilty about the collateral damage from the three books that were essentially beyond her control. 

    While I loved how the Roeckers guided Kate through this one final attempt with steady characterizations and strong writing, I was a little surprised by the pacing of the latter half of the book. Things seemed to fall into place a little too quickly, and it kind of gave the impression that the writers were hyper conscious of the fact that they needed to end the series. 

    With that being said, I still had an absolute blast. I loved spending more time with Kate and her friends, and seeing how each of their journeys came to a close. I thought the final page of hte book was pitch perfect, and I'm looking forward to recommending this book to others. 

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  • Posted December 1, 2013

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    Series Wrap!

    The final book in the Liar Society Trilogy puts a wrap on the series and brings some closure for Kate, our narrator and determined teen guide throughout the series. Kate feels the pressure to end the society once and for all as the death toll mounts and she feels the sting that maybe she could have prevented what happened. While life goes on around her, Kate seems focused totally on ending the society and avenging the death of her best friend. Her love life seems as disjointed as everything else as she finds herself attracted to both Liam and Bradley, but not really being involved enough to make a choice, which may cost her, are they both trustworthy or is there more to them than meets the eye? There is too much going on, too many mysteries to solve and life’s pressures seem to show up through her narration. Will she rid the school of the evil it secretly harbors?

    Third Lie’s the Charm by Lisa and Laura Roecker is filled with all of the ingredients for YA bliss, some humor, some mystery, a lopsided romantic triangle, tons of angst. With believable characters who come across as teens in turmoil, they have created a fast-paced world that reaches its crescendo from an unpredicted quarter that will keep the reader guessing until the end!

    I received an ARC edition from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for my honest review.

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