Liars, Inc. is one of those books takes a completely different turn than what you would expect.

This novel, written by American author Paula Stokes, is told from the first-person perspective of Max Cantrell, a high school senior who lives in California. He spends most of his time hanging out with his two best friends- girlfriend Parvati and popular Preston. The three of them come up with the idea to sell alibis and lies to their classmates- starting Liars, Inc. When Preston asks Max to cover for him one night, the seemingly simple plan turns into a complicated police case when Preston goes missing and the FBI begins to question Max.

I initially thought that this novel was going to be the standard book about a high school plot gone wrong. I didn’t expect it to be a crime thriller novel involving life-or-death situations, police chases and firearms. As an avid fan of the Law & Order television series, the story took on the aura of an episode. I appreciate how Stokes diversified her genre- choosing to write a more serious novel, compared to the light nature of The Art of Lainey. 

Max is an interesting character. After his parents both died when he was young, he was adopted after spending a year on the streets. The survival instincts he learned as a kid made his experiences throughout the novel fascinating. His narrative fits in with the fast-paced action and twists and turns.

Overall, I recommend this novel to those who like mysteries and twists involving high school students.