Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger | Book Review

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Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger | Book ReviewThree Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger
Published by Simon and Schuster on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Thrillers & Suspense, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Social Themes, Dating & Relationships, Juvenile Nonfiction, Activity Books
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9781481449625

A weekend retreat in the woods and an innocent game of three truths and a lie go horribly 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: 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.

Three Truths And A Lie by Brent Hartinger is absolutely an unexpected book. I mean, I had accepted the Netgalley eARC for review on the premise that there would be lies and murder. Certain parts are hard to see coming. I will leave it at that. Readers, this is the book for you if you want a book that has teenagers who are gay doing things besides coming out. Brent Hartinger has written quite the thriller.

Three Truths And A Lie opens up with the characters Rob, Liam, Mia and Galen getting matching spiderweb tattoos on their inner wrists. Only, some shady guys show up at the parlor looking for Galen. The teens all run away before Rob can get his matching tattoo. From there, they all end up going to this secluded cabin out in the woods owned by Mia’s family. The cabin has no running water or electricity. The teens begin to play three truths and a lie. It turns out though, that someone among the teens is a liar and they begin to die one by one.

The main character is Rob. Rob sort of does not fit with Mia and Galen. He basically agrees to go on the trip because he wants to be closer to his boyfriend Liam’s friends. Liam is best friends with Mia. Mia dates Galen. Rob just does not get it. Three Truths And A Lie is narrated by Rob, and well, honestly, it isn’t hard to root for Rob. He’s definitely the one you want to make it out alive while reading.

The other three main characters as mentioned before are Liam, Mia, and Galen. Liam is Rob’s boyfriend and as such, the two are pretty adorable together. Mia is Liam’s best friend. There is some tension between Rob and Mia. Rob isn’t so sure he really likes Mia and does find her sort of annoying. Galen, Mia’s boyfriend, manages to really rub Liam the wrong way. It’s interesting how this group of teenagers has a whole lot of in-fighting and drama.

Three Truths And A Lie by Brent Hartinger is a chilling young adult horror story. It’s absolutely a thriller and one of those great fall sort of reads. I think if there is any kind of Halloween related marathon or reading going down, this would be the book to grab.You’ll like this book if you enjoyed I Know What You Did Last Summer, parts are super similar. The ending is one that I actually did not see coming but did really like. In all, this is a book that I probably won’t remember for the rest of my life, but one I enjoyed my time with.

Other reviews of Three Truths And A Lie by Brent Hartinger:

Annette’s Book Spot – “it was a twisted story, but I failed to get the heart pounding thrill that I was after

Tales Of The Ravenous Reader – “one shocking moment after another

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  1. Glad you loved this book!! Brent is one of my favorite authors and i’m so excited that he has a new mainstream release coming out- I can’t wait to read this one!

  2. I’m really curious about Three Truths and a Lie. It showed up unsolicited in the mail for me, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it. But your review makes it sound pretty interesting!
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