Review: Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger


Three Truths and a Lie


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: Mia 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, Mia’s boyfriend, is sweet, handsome, and incredibly charming. He’s the definition of a Golden Boy…even with the secrets up his sleeve.

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

This isn't usually the type of book I would read, it sounds okay from the blurb but I'm not a massive horror fan. Considering that I really enjoyed The Elephant of Surprise a few years ago when Hartinger contacted me for review, I decided to give it a go.

The first thing that I have to say is that Three Truths and a Lie kept my interest from start until finish - from the first scene in the tattoo parlor to the absolutely final scene, I was hooked. I was hooked on Mia and Galen and Rob and Liam and the dynamics of their friendship, and from when the book started to get more atmospheric, I expected the characters too as well. I just don't feel like they developed as well as I had hoped and it's hard to care about a characters wellbeing when you don't really care.

That being said, I was still completely absorbed into the mystery of this book and the storyline.  I had no idea where it was going but that didn't stop me from guessing, however I do have to mention that the ending whilst shocking didn't really have as much impact as I had been hoping. Personally, I know that Hartinger can write extremely well, but I don't think this book shows the best of him - I think the ending seemed a bit knocked on and gimmicky and it would have done better if it showed through a bit more.

All being said, I still enjoyed this book and I was still hooked from start to finish. I think some bits could have been executed better and some characters developed more, but I still would recommend this to someone wanting something atmospheric and dark to read.

Overall Rating: C

Book released 2nd August 2016 by Simon Pulse
Book received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review

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