AUTHOR: GILLIAN FRENCH • GENRE: YA Thriller • PAGES: 295
NOTE- I requested a review copy of The Lies They Tell from the amazing people at Harper Collins Australia in exchange for my honest review. If you wish to see my review policy you can find it here.
Everyone in Tenney’s Harbor knows about the Garrison tragedy. How an unexplained fire ravaged their house, killing four of the five family members. But what people don’t know is who did it. All fingers point at Pearl Haskins’ father, who was the caretaker of the property, but Pearl just doesn’t believe it. Leave it to a town of rich people to blame “the help.”
With her disgraced father now trying to find work in between booze benders, Pearl’s future doesn’t hold much more than waiting tables at the local country club, where the wealthy come to flaunt their money and spread their gossip. This year, Tristan, the last surviving Garrison, and his group of affluent and arrogant friends have made a point of sitting in Pearl’s section. Though she’s repulsed by most of them, Tristan’s quiet sadness and somber demeanor have her rethinking her judgments.
Befriending the boys could mean getting closer to the truth, clearing her father’s name, and giving Tristan the closure he seems to be searching for. But it could also trap Pearl in a sinister web of secrets, lies, and betrayals that would leave no life unchanged…if it doesn’t take hers first.
This was a one day read for me. No I am not bragging, that is how captivated I was with the story. I was so hooked finding out who started the fire and, to be honest Pearl’s love life. For such a short book I was surprised by how invested in Pearl and her dad I became. I desperately wanted Pearl to find out what happened to clear her father of any negligence. Aside from that, I was drawn the mysterious Tristan and wanted to figure out if he or his friends had any involvement in his families murders.
The plot is reminiscent of Fleur Ferris Wreck but it is entirely more realistic in my opinion. I love the little clues that Pearl finds along the way and pieces together, while at the same time having very normal teenage emotions around relationships and the changes that come with becoming an adult.
Overall, I found The Lies We Tell a thoroughly enjoyable page-turner and I would love to read more YA books like this. If you have any recommendations let me know 😀
Overall Rating:￼￼￼￼ ￼￼☕￼￼☕☕￼￼☕ 4/5 teacups
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