Saturday, January 9, 2010

If the Witness Lied by Caroline Cooney, reviewed by Fegan

You know those books where you get really mad at one of the characters, and you just want to climb in and rip their face off? This is one of them:

This is also one of those books where you figure out pretty early on "whodunit", but fortunately, the other characters don't take too long to get there too. The suspense comes in wondering whether they will figure it out and be able to DO something about it before it is too late.

As with many of Coonie's books, a little suspension of disbelief is helpful. The entire 200+ pages take place in less than 24 hours, making it a bit unrealistic that everyone should suddenly come to the same conclusions after months of cluelessness. The characters are interesting, but in a one-dimensional way - either all good or all bad, hence the urge to rip their faces off. A satisfying read, though, for anyone who likes thrillers - fans of the Milk Carton series will definitely enjoy this one.


  1. I must admit, I felt that way about a lot of the books in the Milk Carton series. Still, I just could not look away until each book was done.

  2. That must be the sign of a good book if the character makes you that angry.

  3. Yes, Cooney provides a tense ride, doesn't she? Heard her speak a few months ago, and man is she a wealth of experience. Thanks for the review -- will check it out.

  4. I haven't read a lot of Cooney, but my favorite was Code Orange, and in this one too you had to suspend disbelief, but the adventure was fun