The Liars of Mariposa Island

The Liars of Mariposa Island

From the author of Moxie comes a stunning novel told in three voices about the lies families tell to survive.

Every year, summer begins when the Callahans arrive on Mariposa Island. That’s when Elena Finney gets to escape her unstable, controlling mother by babysitting for their two children. And the summer of 1986 promises to be extra special when she meets J.C., the new boy in town, whose kisses make Elena feel like she’s been transported to a new world.

Joaquin Finney can’t imagine why anyone would want to come to Mariposa Island. He just graduated from high school and dreams about going to California to find his father and escape his mother’s manipulation.

The Liars of Mariposa Island follows siblings Elena and Joaquin, with flashbacks to their mother's experience as a teenage refugee fleeing the Cuban revolution.

Jennifer Mathieu’s multilayered novel explores the nature of secrets, lies, and fierce, destructive love.

Title:The Liars of Mariposa Island
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781626726338
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    The Liars of Mariposa Island Reviews

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    If I'm being totally honest, this book was pretty boring right up until the last like 50 pages when everything finally starts falling into place. This is another one that wasn't necessarily a bad book...

  • Cora Tea Party Princess

    5 Words: Family, friendship, secrets, lies, love.Content Warning: Alcohol abuse, drug use, child abuse, family separation.Release Day Review: The Liars by Jennifer MathieuThe Liars was much more compl...

  • Lori

    I was so excited when I got my hands on a review copy of this book because I loved Moxie but this was nothing like that book. To put it nicely, this just didn't work for me. This was a character-drive...

  • Emma

    I mostly wanted to try this because I was such a big fan of Moxie. This is a book in a very different vein and so, unsurprisingly perhaps, it didn't work nearly as well for me....

  • Elizabeth?

    I’ve only read one other book by this author, but I want to read them all now. This book may not hit the high points for all readers, but for me, it really encompassed growing up in a Latinx househo...

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    This was a story filled with lies - some they told to others, but many, they told to themselves. The whole time, I wondered, if this family would be able to untangle all the lies and face their realit...

  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    3.5 STARSTHE LIARS OF MARIPOSA ISLAND is not the book I expected to read. For some reason, I thought Jennifer Matthieu’s latest was a mystery/thriller. Instead it’s a depressing look at a family t...

  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)

    During the nineteen eighties, Mariposa Island is a summer playground for the wealthy and frivolous, for siblings Joaquin and Elena Finney, it's home. Under the vigilant and suspicious scrutiny of thei...

  • Karen Barber

    A very different book from Jennifer Mathieu, but I’m grateful to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this prior to publication.The ARC I received has the simple title ‘The Liars’ and...

  • Jen Ryland

    Not what I was expecting - the title is technically true, but it's sort of convention that "liars" books are twisty thrillers with unreliable narrators, and this is a quiet historical fiction with two...