Review: The Liar’s Daughter by Megan Cooley Peterson

Title: The Liar’s Daughter
Author: Megan Cooley Peterson
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Publisher: Holiday House
Pages: 288

Content Warnings: kidnapping, child abuse, talk of nuclear war

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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.

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If cults are something you’re interested in, even just slightly, then Megan Cooley Peterson’s young adult debut, The Liar’s Daughter, is one you need to pick up. Only a few short hours passed from the time I started reading to the last page. Piper’s story is so compelling that I had no choice but to read it all right there and then.

The Community is truth.
The Community is loyalty.
The Community will keep you safe.

the liar’s daughter by megan cooley peterson

Right off the bat, I was amazed by Megan’s ability to describe things in a way that made them feel completely real. Her voice was strong and consistent throughout the entire novel. She put so much detail and attention into every aspect and it took this from being a good book to one that is remarkable and memorable.

This story is split into (mostly) alternating chapters of before and after. I loved the way Megan made things flow seamlessly between the two. There were bits sprinkled into the before parts that made things in the after make sense and I enjoyed fitting all of the clues together to figure out what was going on.

It would be easy to write Piper off as an unlikable character because she does some pretty horrible things. When you remember, though, that her entire life has been a lie it makes her actions rational. Everything she grew up knowing to be true has been stripped away and she doesn’t understand how to process it.

My whole world is gone, and I’m mad at the sun for still shining.

the liar’s daughter by megan cooley peterson

A huge plus in this book was the positive therapy experience Piper had. Too often authors show characters rebelling against doctors and getting help which can make teens think that’s how they’re supposed to react. Piper may have started as being standoffish during the appointments, she was scared so who could blame her, but she eventually let the doctor in which was so refreshing to see.

The Liar’s Daughter is truly a can’t-be-missed story. It’s a page-turner that will stick in your mind for days. Megan Cooley Peterson has quickly turned me into a huge fan of hers and I can’t wait to see what she shares with us next.

If you read and enjoy The Liar’s Daughter, or if you just like cults in general, consider checking out Parcast’s podcast series – Cults!

A physical ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Additionally, all quotes should be checked for changes against the final copy.

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