Minda’s preg review of The Liar’s Daughter by Megan Cooley Peterson, released on September 10. Received ARC at ALA!
Piper was raised in a cult.
She just doesn’t know it.
Seventeen-year-old Piper knows that Father is a Prophet. Infallible. The chosen one.
She would do anything for Father. That’s why she takes care of all her little sisters. That’s why she runs end-of-the-world drills. That’s why she never asks questions. Because Father knows best.
Until the day he doesn’t. Until the day the government raids the compound and separates Piper from her siblings, from Mother, from the Aunts, from all of Father’s followers–even from Caspian, the boy she loves.
Now Piper is living Outside. Among Them.
With a woman They claim is her real mother–a woman They say Father stole her from.
But Piper knows better. And Piper is going to escape.
Synopsis from Goodreads
What I drank prior: I had a sip of a red wine blend today. It was amazing.
Spoiler-free Overview: Piper loves her parents—they kept her and her siblings safe from the outside world. Now Piper finds herself in “their” world and “they” are telling her lies. Like that she grew up in a cult. Or her parents aren’t her parents. She is determined to get her family together again and fulfill her dad’s wishes for her.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: For me, this was a good read, though it was the end that really won me over. It’s supposed to be because you are figuring out the truth alongside Piper, but it was frustrating at times. You’ll get the reason why below.
Characters: At first I was incredibly frustrated with Piper, but that really wasn’t fair. You really grow to understand her. Unsurprisingly, Father and Mother really suck. The book was mostly about Piper so it’s hard to really weigh the other characters, but I liked Caspian and Thomas, too. Jeannie, The Woman, was a god damn angel.
Plot: The book opens with Piper on the outside living in a strange woman’s house and being forced to go to therapy. Which she absolutely hates, but is determined to bide her time and placate her captors so she can escape. As she pretends to adjust, she meets a few people who she hopes she can count on when it comes time for her to escape, like her new neighbor and a girl who claims to be her sister. As more and more lies are told to her, she finds a connection to her past who may take her back.
World Building/Writing Style: You seriously get waaaaay in to Piper’s head as she’s piecing everything together. Like, really in her head.
What to pair it with: This story definitely moves, but you’re never quite sure what the truth is. So let’s do absinthe.
Rating: 4/5 shots