Three Truths and a Lie by Brett Hartinger #bookreview

A weekend retreat in the woods and an innocent game of three truths and a lie goes 27417191horribly wrong in this high-octane psychological thriller filled with romantic suspense by a Lambda Award–winning author.

Deep in the forest, four friends gather for a weekend of fun.

Truth #1: Rob is thrilled about the weekend trip. It’s the perfect time for him to break out of his shell…to be the person he really, really wants to be.

Truth #2: Liam, Rob’s boyfriend, is nothing short of perfect. He’s everything Rob could have wanted. They’re perfect together. Perfect.

Truth #3: Maia has been Liam’s best friend for years…long before Rob came along. They get each other in a way Rob could never, will never, understand.

Truth #4: Galen, Maia’s boyfriend, is sweet, handsome, and incredibly charming. He’s the definitely of a Golden Boy…even with the secrets up his sleeves.

One of these truths is a lie…and not everyone will live to find out which one it is. –

This is a quick read.  Which is a good thing, because nothing really happens for the first 50+ pages – a good bit of description about the scenery as these teens arrive at the lake, but not much else.  BUT.  By the end of the book, I realized more was happening than I’d thought – and trust me, you’ll want to go back and look at the early pages.

While reading this book, I was thinking how it reminded me of the early Friday 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street movies – teens in a secluded location, a sinister someone lurking in the shadows, then the characters begin dropping off one by one.  You’ll find yourself shifting blame from one person to the next, looking for motives.  There’s a huge surprise twist near the end, no spoilers here – but I’d guessed it by the middle of the book.  It’s the only thing that made sense to me – but seriously, it’s a shocking twist.

I liked the way this book was written, from Rob’s point of view, and the way he addressed the reader at times; however, occasionally, the dialogue between the characters seemed a little unnatural and that of younger teens.  That being said, due to sexual situations, this isn’t a book I’d recommend for the younger YA crowd.

Three Truths and a Lie contains a suspenseful mystery and will keep you guessing, looking for incriminating actions, motives, and flipping back through the pages in search of clues.  This book is scheduled for publication August 2nd, 2016.

Thanks to the publisher through Edelweiss and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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