Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for This Is Why We Lie by Gabriella Lepore. This tour is being hosted by Inkyard Press.
This Is Why We Lie
On Sale Date: September 21, 2021
Ages 13 And Up
Riverdale meets One of Us Is Lying in This Is Why We Lie by Gabriella Lepore, a standalone thriller following two teens who discover a body off the coast of their seaside town. As they search for the killer, they will learn the students of both the local prep school and the nearby reform school will do anything to protect their secrets.
Everyone in Gardiners Bay has a secret.
When Jenna Dallas and Adam Cole find Colleen O’Dell’s body floating off the shore of their coastal town, the community of Gardiners Bay is shaken. But even more shocking is the fact that her drowning was no accident.
Once Jenna’s best friend becomes a key suspect, Jenna starts to look for answers on her own. As she uncovers scandals inside Preston Prep School leading back to Rookwood reform school, she knows she needs Adam on her side.
As a student at Rookwood, Adam is used to getting judgmental looks, but now his friends are being investigated by the police. Adam will do whatever he can to keep them safe, even if that means trusting Jenna.
As lies unravel, the truth starts to blur. Only one thing is certain: somebody must take the fall.
This one might be a bit hard to review without giving away too much, so I’ll keep it short. The story is told by both Jenna and Adam. They both found the body of one of Jenna’s classmates that was murdered. Jenna’s best friend, Hollie, is one of the top suspects after her fight with the victim. Jenna knows it can’t be Hollie and starts investigating. Adam’s best friend is dating another of Jenna’s friends, Serena. Adam goes to a school for troubled boys and everyone there has secrets. Jenna lives with her aunt, one of the cops investigating the murder. As Jenna looks into things, she finds that everyone has secrets. Max wasn’t a good boyfriend, but who becomes the biggest suspect because of that? Then another body is found and everything gets even more complicated. Adam helps Jenna a little, but he’s also worried about who committed the murders and why. Adam always lies to protect his friends and they lie for him. Lots of secrets come out and we finally find out the who and the why at the end.
I liked how fast paced this book was. I could see someone easily reading it all at once. I had my suspects early on, but I was definitely wrong about a lot of what actually happened. The writing wasn’t my favorite at first, but the story started to pull me in and it then it was all good.
I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my earc.
Warnings for death of a parent, parental abandonment, mentions of abuse, drugs/addiction, teenage drinking, blood, mention of suicide, death.
Gabriella Lepore is a YA author from South Wales in the United Kingdom. She lives in the countryside with her husband James and daughter Sophia. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found exploring the coastline. She enjoys cups of tea, bookstore coffee shops, stormy beaches, and autumn days.
Gardiners Bay at dawn is my secret. There’s a moment, right before the day starts, when the ocean is bathed in amber light. That first golden breath of morning. Everything is still, apart from the pelicans gathering near the water, their plump bodies shuffling along the shoreline. Sometimes I sit on the promenade for hours with my legs suspended over the pebble beach below, just watching the night turn to day. Watching the darkness turn to light.
It’s often like this, just me and the birds. The only other people I tend to cross paths with at this hour are fishermen wearing heavy-duty gear and hugging their thermoses. They sit on the benches and swig their hot drinks while skimming the daily newspaper. Then they leave. A little while later, their boats drift out onto the water.
Today, though, I’m the only one here.
I raise my camera and adjust the focus, capturing the new light as it spills over the ocean. In the muted daylight, the silver tide is a murky, dull gray and frothing as it slaps against the shore.
“Help! I need help!”
My eyes dart across the shoreline. There’s a boy on the stretch of beach at the foot of Rookwood Cliff. He’s kneedeep in the water, fully dressed.
He shouts again.
I spring to my feet and run along the promenade. Ducking beneath the boardwalk railings, I jump down to the pebbled cove.
The soles of my feet sting at the impact of the stones beneath my Converse. I scramble toward him, my footing slipping on the damp pebbles.
It’s then that I recognize him.
His jeans are soaked to the thigh. He’s wading through the shallows, his legs tangled in fishing net and seaweed. And a body lies limp in his arms. A girl. She’s swollen, her skin has turned purple, and one arm is swinging downward with the momentum of Adam’s labored movements.
I press my hand to my mouth.
“Call an ambulance,” he shouts.
But all I can do is stand there, paralyzed by the sight. He lowers the girl onto the sand and begins CPR, breathing into her mouth.
It’s too late, I want to tell him.
She’s already dead.
Excerpted from This is Why We Lie by Gabriella Lepore, Copyright © 2021 by Gabriella Lepore. Published by Inkyard Press.