The Lies They Tell by Gillian FrenchThe Lies They Tell by Gillian French

The Lies They Tell

byGillian French

Hardcover | May 1, 2018

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With shades of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars, this dark and twisted mystery by the highly acclaimed author of Grit will be the page-turner of the year.

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.

Title:The Lies They TellFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.01 inPublished:May 1, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062642588

ISBN - 13:9780062642585


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Soooo, not much to say about this one. Almost nothing happened and it was super anticlimactic. Zero red herrings and no build up of tension before the mystery was solved. I can't even say it was more character study than mystery like French's debut novel, Grit, because there were no strong personalities in the entire book. The only positive I can really mention is that despite the fact that I haven't loved either of the author's two books, they were both very quick reads. I'll continue to check out her work because they're usually set in small towns with premises that follow unlikable, or at the very least more outcast, characters. I'm always here for all of that.
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful YA Read I really enjoyed this one. It got my attention right from page 1. The story line moves at an adequate pace and the level of suspense is perfectly timed throughout the whole book. The level of suspense throughout the book always had be thinking to what’s ahead and every chapter gave you just enough intrigue to keep you wanting more. The grand finale was a bit predictable but I still enjoyed trying to really figure it out on my own. Gillian French’s writing style is easy-flowing and never dull. I found myself on my toes throughout my read and kept wanting to turn the page to find out what happens next. I liked the premise behind the book and would highly recommend this as a quick summer read for Thriller fans (YA or not!)
Date published: 2018-04-26

Editorial Reviews

“Pearl is an empathetic character, and French does an excellent job of highlighting the tension between social classes in this slow-burning mystery, as well as the difficulties of navigating family drama. “