Thrillers always leave me either really satisfied or completely empty, let’s see how I felt about This Lie Will Kill You!
Title: This Lie Will Kill You
Author : Chelsea Pitcher
Age of Protagonist : YA
Trigger Warnings: Suicide, Domestic Abuse, Emotional Abusive Relationship
One year ago, there was a party.
At the party, someone died.
Five teens all played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.
But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are too good to be true. They were each so desperate for the prize, they didn’t question the odd, rather exclusive invitation until it was too late.
Instead, they realize they’ve been lured together by a person bent on revenge who wants to finally unravel the truth about what actually happened that deadly night, one year ago.
Five arrived, but not all can leave. Will the truth set them free?
Or will their lies destroy them all?
Thrillers are a book genre that is either hit or miss for me -sadly This Lie Will Kill You was more of the latter. I liked the state of uneasiness that the start of This Lie had me in but I found it difficult to gain a sense of attachment to the characters.
The description of the murder mystery party gone wrong at the beginning creeped me out enough that sleeping was difficult that night, this is definitely a good thing for a thriller. Once twists were revealed though, I felt like something was missing.
As the night in the mansion goes on we learn a lot more about the 5 characters playing the game as flashbacks ensue. We learn a lot about the characters, in particular the heartbreaking back story of Ruby and her love for Shane. I wasn’t able to find a character I had any defining emotions for so I didn’t mind if anything bad happening to them.
The mystery element was focusing on flashbacks of the night that someone died in suspicious circumstances and all the players had something to do with it. All they need to do is tell the truth.
This Lie Will Kill You did make me hate a character more than I’ve hated any book character before and I feel this is a strength on Chelsea Pitcher’s part. This character is evil incarnate and the manipulation that goes on is terrifying.
Although This Lie Will Kill You fell a bit flat for me I do feel that other people would like it, particularly if you have read and liked Neverworld Wake.
*ARC received from Simon and Schuster via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*