Title: This Lie Will Kill You
Author: Chelsea Pitcher
Released: December 11, 2018
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Goodreads Rating: 2.9 (of 20 ratings)
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One year ago, there was a party.
At the party, someone died.
Five teens each played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.
But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are too good to be true. They were each so desperate for the prize, they didn’t question the odd, rather exclusive invitation until it was too late.
Now, they realize they’ve been lured together by a person bent on revenge, a person who will stop at nothing to uncover what actually happened on that deadly night, one year ago.
Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Margaret K. McElderry Books and Edelweiss. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book.
I loved every single moment of this book. I started the prologue with low expectations (I had accidentally glanced at the Goodreads ratings, which I hate to do as it influences me and I prefer to be unbiased) but the writing was captivating. Every character bled their emotions on the page, be it Parker’s cockiness or Juniper’s stalwart determination. They were not caricatures of “a heartbroken best friend,” for example, but fleshed out and realistic depictions (minus the whole murder mystery dinner, because let’s be real, we all lack the motivation to plan that).
Pitcher’s crowning glory in this book has to be the characters. They are all twisted up in emotions and motivations and dark pasts. My favourite? Parker. His character arc is not so much him learning something, but us, the readers, learning who he really is. Seeing the side he tries to hide — but is actually visible if you read through his actions. People like Parker exist, they are real, and Pitcher’s depiction is so real it hurts.
I cannot forget to give mentions to the Shane and Ruby. Do I think this is a romance that would have defied the stars? Who knows, really. What sold me so much was that — oh. Wait. Yes, this is definitely spoiler territory. Let’s just say the truth of their relationship was an emotional high point for this book.
I cannot ignore this book’s faults. This Lie Will Kill You is extremely predictable. I knew who the killer was from the prologue. (It was so obvious, a part of me wondered if it was a red herring. It wasn’t.) I guessed over 80% of the “dark secrets” held by the main characters. The main characters make really dumb decisions at several points in the novel often at odds with their character to enable the whole “trapped at the mystery dinner” plot to go forwards.
I had to sit and contemplate these faults really hard, because usually all of this makes me dislike a book. Why would I want to read a book where I can guess what is going to happen? Why would I recommend it?
The fact is that by the time I reached “the end,” I felt nothing negative. I just felt like I had a lot of fun. I truly enjoyed every moment I had read. This Lie Will Kill You was one of the first books I’ve read in a while where I just submerged into the writing and didn’t think “I need to take note of this, because after I have to write a review.” I was just sucked into the action-packed plot and fascinating characters. By its end, I was aching for the main characters — their losses, their lies.
I recommend this book and give it a four crown rating. If I re-read it, I think I might start really picking apart what is available for dislike, but this one read left me with more than I expected: a hollow little ache in my chest for the characters that could have been more, but chose a darker path one fateful night.
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