Hi Guys! So today on the blog we have Paula Stokes, who’s the brilliant author of The Art of Lainey, and also has an upcoming book, Liars, Inc. which in my excitement, I’ve mentioned a couple of times here & here. Liars, Inc. already has some wonderful reviews and hype on Goodreads, which makes me want to read it all the more. Imagine my excitement when Paula said she would write a guest post for the blog!
How to Get Away With Murder is my favorite show on TV for the moment. If I have to compare it to a book, I’d say you feel the same rush you feel as when you read Dangerous Girls. When I saw that Liars, Inc. was being compared to it, I knew I just HAD to read this book. It was amazing to know that Paula is a fan of the show as well, so this guest post was basically the best thing to ever happen.
Without further ado, here’s Paula’s post:
I pulled the twenty out of my pocket and snapped it open in front of them. “Speaking of benefits.”
“No way. She paid you?” Parvati’s eyes widened. “Who knew lying could be so lucrative?”
“Lawyers,” Preston said.
Parvati smirked. Her mom was a defense attorney.
–from Liars, Inc.
Paula: This little exchange happens early in the novel. Max has just lied and taken the blame for something he didn’t do–for his own selfish reasons–but the girl who he helped out gives him some money. And it’s this unexpected payoff that leads Max, Preston, and Parvati to come up with the idea for Liars, Inc.
I couldn’t help but think of this passage when I saw the first episode of How to Get Away With Murder last year. The lawyers and law students portrayed on the show are skilled prevaricators, stretching and misrepresenting the truth on a regular basis.
In HTGAWM, a core group of students are hired by their law school instructor, Annalise Keating, to do basic research for her. In the course of this research, they get tangled up in what we learn early on is the murder [spoiler]of her husband[/spoiler], which seems to be connected to a second murder. Did the students kill [spoiler]Sam Keating[/spoiler]? Is someone being framed? Is someone pulling strings like an evil puppet master? Can anyone be trusted? A lot of the same questions viewers will have watching HTGAWM are the ones they’ll ask themselves while reading Liars, Inc.
And with that in mind, I bring you:
IF THE CAST OF LIARS, INC. TRADED PLACES WITH THE CAST OF HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
Max would be Wes. Okay, Max isn’t going to law school anytime soon, but if he did go, he’d absolutely be the poor kid that his privileged classmates snidely referred to as Wait List. Both Max and Wes survived rough childhoods, and their histories inform how they interact with those around them. Like Wes, Max is inexplicably drawn to a wild girl who may or may not be worthy of his affections. [spoiler]Like Wes, Max is either the ultimate fall guy, or a cold and calculating mastermind who is trying to get away with murder…[/spoiler]
Preston would be Connor. Preston’s family situation might more closely mirror that of Asher, whose dad is a high-ranking judge, but when it comes to attitude Pres is Connor all the way. Both guys are charming and confident (or arrogant, depending on how you see it.) Both guys are impulsive and frequently engage in risky behavior to get ahead or just for the thrill factor.
Parvati would be Laurel. I debated a tiny bit here, because there are some elements of Parvati’s personality that might make her a wee bit Rebecca-ish. But ultimately, Parvati is mostly in control of her darker impulses, whereas Rebecca appears to be a train wreck, constantly derailing. Both Parvati and Laurel appear almost perfect on the surface—pretty, polished, privileged, intelligent, ambitious. And yet both Parvati and Laurel can make some less-than-stellar decisions, especially when they’re influenced by the guys in their lives.
Langston would be Frank. I like Frank on HTGAWM, but there’s no denying he is completely loyal to his boss, Annalise Keating. Langston is the same way with Senator DeWitt. I feel like both Frank and Langston are good guys who don’t want to see people get hurt, but they’re both also willing to get their hands dirty when it comes to protecting the people they work for.
The DeWitts would be the Keatings. Annalise Keating has shown she’s capable of crying real tears for phony pain and Sam Keating can’t seem to tell the truth to save his life, literally. But that doesn’t mean either one of them is a criminal. Preston’s mom and dad are also suspect, but not necessarily guilty. Are Remington and Claudia DeWitt traumatized parents whose son disappeared right out from under their noses? Or are they heartless political power brokers who sent someone to “deal with” their only child when his misbehaving got out of control? Read Liars, Inc. and find out!
Paula: If you’re already a rabid viewer of HTGAWM, I hope this little comparison feature entices you to check out Liars, Inc. And if you haven’t checked out HTGAWM and you’re a fan of dark, twisty conspiracy stories, you should start watching immediately. After all, you never know when you might need to know how to get away with murder 😉
About Liars, Inc.:
For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV’s How to Get Away with Murder.
Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?
When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.
Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called “Captivating to the very end,” Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.