Tuesday, March 1, 2011

What I Saw and How I Lied (review)

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell, a smart sultry noir novel for teens, tells the story of Evie, a teenage girl slowly coming into her own just after the end of World War II. Evie begins the story as an awkward girl who is devoted to her glamorous mother and too timid to speak up against the wrongs she sees in the world. A chance encounter with a mysterious stranger while vacationing in Florida with her mother and stepfather draws Evie and her family into dangerous relationships where nothing is as it seems. When tragedy strikes, Evie must unravel the truth from the lies that others are telling her and decide what lies she will need to tell to preserve what is most important to her.

The young narrator, Caitlin Greer, is a bit wooden in her narration at times and adds little to the story, so it is not a book that I would strongly encourage people to listen to instead of reading the print version. Still, her narration was adequate and did not detract from the story in any way.

Through one girl's coming of age, What I Saw And How I Lied quietly explores the damage the war wreaked on families, individuals, those who fought and those who stayed at home. Though marketed as a young adult novel, it would certainly appeal to adult mystery fans as well.