Thursday, January 16, 2020

Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison

J.T. Ellison’s pulse-pounding new psychological thriller examines the tenuous bonds of friendship, the power of lies and the desperate lengths people will go to in order to protect their secrets.

Goode girls don’t lie…

Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond.

But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.

In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder.

When a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.

But look closely… because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.

Don’t miss this fast-paced suspense story from New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison!

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a fabulously creepy story. It’s a story about the students and staff at a prestigious boarding school for girls. The school has a dark history, but the secrets kept by the students are even darker.

The story is told from multiple perspectives which can be a bit bewildering. Especially when readers are fully aware that some – or possibly all – of the narration is decidedly unreliable. I found it impossible to feel any sort of empathy for any of the characters and even after I’d finished the book, I still wasn’t sure if any of the characters had been telling their truth.

The book is a puzzle and it requires careful reading. I really enjoyed piecing together all of the clues and examining the characters’ relationships. I don’t think the author really nailed the English content, but I’m sure American readers won’t notice. It’s a scary read – the body count starts early and there’s a claustrophobic sense of time running out that made me race through to the end. I loved the psychology and the suspense and I’m too scared of spoilers to write anything else at all about this book!

This is a book which leaves you pondering for a long while after – as well as being confounding whilst reading. There are layers and layers of deceit, intrigue, guile, and guilt. Some bits I worked out fairly quickly, only for a new perspective to make me doubt myself, before finally, I think, finding out that I was correct, albeit for the wrong reason. I enjoyed the weird and wild world of the Goode School and its inhabitants, although we never really got to know anything for sure!

If you enjoy a mystery, then this is one wrapped up in a strange, spooky school for clever young ladies, where a new student sets off a chain of events, the likes have never been seen before... although, maybe that is just what they would have you believe!

J.T. Ellison is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 20 novels, and the EMMY-award winning co-host of A Word on Words, Nashville's premier literary show. With millions of books in print, her work has won critical acclaim, prestigious awards, and has been published in 26 countries. Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison to read and review.

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