Ed Clayton is a liar. It started when his dad went to prison and now he can’t seem to stop. When his younger brother, Sam, goes missing one day, nobody believes Ed when he says he can’t remember what happened.
He’s used to going without, but living without his brother is impossible. With the police and press asking questions and friends turning against the family, Ed is left trying to find Sam with only the help of his new neighbour, Fallon.
When the two stumble on a secret that even Ed could never have imagined, it’s up to the liar to uncover the truth.
This book is really gripping. The sudden twists and turns, as well as the constant unveiling of the characters’ personalities, contribute to a brilliant page turner. The problem stretches out throughout the whole book and the climax is a satisfyingly fast paced resolution to clear up the mystery.
Zak, 13, Eltham College
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Every day I was engrossed and could never put this jaw dropping book down. It had a lot of twists and parts you never expected. Personally my favourite part was when Ed and Fallon found the note in Sam’s tin telling that Sam was (though it was not true). My least favourite part was when Ed sees Augustine at the farm I even felt Ed’s rage, I wonder how Augustine could do this to him though now I understand why they say money is the route of all evil.
I have a lot of questions and theories throughout the book like:
Maybe Charlie told the investigators that Ed lies and tells stories incase if he works out what Augustine and Charlie were doing the police would not believe him.
What happened to the man who drove the red car?
How did Sam write the note if he was being held captive?
Who hid the past registration visit request?
If Fallon had not moved in would Ed have found Sam?
When Ed told Imran that he felt like someone was watching him who would it have been?
I have many more and I wish they could be answered. I really enjoyed this book and hope there are more novels like this by Kim Slater.
I have just read the book : the boy who lied. I really enjoyed the book , it was mysterious, funny and sad at times. It kept me engaged all the way through and I always wanted to read on and on.
This is such a great book,a real page-turner. It is a book which you need to be prepared for the impossible. It has mystery and is very sad with what ed has been going through.
How can a boy who lies speak the truth?
Will anyone listen to Ed?
Will he find his brother?
Lots of mysterious questions come up in this book.