Title: The Truth Beneath the Lies
Genre: YA Thriller
Release Date: December 12th 2017 by Delacorte Press
Format: Kindle ARC
* I received an ARC through NetGalley for this blog tour. My review is my own and no quotes will be used.*
Synopsis: Flight. All Kayla Asher wants to do is run. Run from the government housing complex she calls home. Run from her unstable mother. Run from a desperate job at No Limits Food. Run to a better, cleaner, safer life. Every day is one day closer to leaving.
All Betsy Hopewell wants to do is survive. Survive the burner phone hidden under her bed. Survive her new rules. Survive a new school with new classmates. Survive being watched. Every minute grants her another moment of life. When fate brings Kayla and Betsy together, only one girl will survive.
About the Author
Amanda has a BA from New Mexico State University and an MA in Human Rights from the University of Essex in England. She works in a collection department for a public library system and loves chocolate, cats and curling up with a good book. She lives in New Mexico. Visit her online at amandasearcybooks.com and follow her on Twitter at @asearcy.
DNF @ 13%
Sadly, this book was not for me. I was curious about this book, since I’ve been getting into more contemporary/mystery/thriller this year. But for this book, I had to put it down at 13%. Here’s the reasons why:
- Dual POV: You get alternating chapters from both Betsy and Kayla and for me, they sounded like the same person. Whenever I picked up this book, I had to keep going back to the beginning of the chapter to see who I was reading from. Their voices were distinct enough; they didn’t talk, think or act differently. Both were way overly paranoid and stiff characters. They didn’t feel like “unreliable” narrators like you other characters like Kvothe in The Name of the Wind. Both these girls were just always like: “Oh no! Someone is looking at me; they know I’m guilty! I’m done for! My secret makes a terrible person.” We know they have secrets and that they lie to people around them. So nothing felt new and I was always confused.
- Weird Side Characters/Dialogue: Now, I know that some thrillers these days do have a bit “having to suspend your belief” because the characters and plot are obviously super styalized and messed up. That can also be seen in the dialogue. There’s one character in Betsy’s POV that’s a pregnant girl in Betsy’s new high school and she just had the weirdest personality. She immediately attached herself to Betsy as a “friend” and everyone gave her everything she wanted and even carried stuff for her, which I couldn’t stand. The dialogue for many of the side characters was kinda over the top and not very believable and I never felt that feeling of “oh crap I can’t trust anyone” tension. Everyone was way too happy and being in the character’s heads just made everyone sound immature for me.
- Not Captivating Enough: Since I only read 13% of this book, I never found any reasons to keep going. A couple of girls near Kayla’s apartment complex died and she’s glad none of them were her and Betsy has a burner phone buried in her bedroom in the first chapter that she’s nervous about. While the burner phone sounded interesting, she never went back to it and she was never in any danger in the chapters I read. Kayla also thinks someone is following her and a weird guy talks to her at the grocery store she works at, but you don’t know anything about him to even be suspicious or not. So, there was no plot progression, action or revelations to motivate me to keep going. I’ve read a couple other YA mystery/contemporary novels that kept offering compelling details for me to keep reading. But this didn’t have that.
- Confusing Writing: The writing this book was just straight up confusing and vague. There were scenes were the author kept details out of a simple scene to possibly make it feel like something crazy could happen, but you do need to just tell a scene like it is if someone is going to understand what’s actually going on. I had to read a few passages more than once to get what the author was trying to say. There’s also a scene in the very beginning where Betsy refers to the man who gave her the burner phone, who will send someone to kill her if she doesn’t call by a certain point. It’s her choice to call or not, but then she thinks something along the lines of: “I don’t know what that means, but I guess it’s my choice.” But then farther down the page, it has the line of: “You’ll pay for this,” which I assume the guy had said to her. How could she not know that it’s her choice, even when someone said she would pay. I was confused how she doesn’t sound scared or paranoid about having that phone. Stuff like this is what grates my nerves in some books.
Overall Thoughts: There was too much I didn’t like which is why I didn’t finish this. I didn’t rate this since I didn’t finish this, but for NetGalley purposes I gave this 1 star. If you like YA thrillers, I would skip this one since it was confusing and not that great as far as plot or characters.
Here’s a few songs I thought about while reading this book. You can interpret these songs in any way, but they kinda fit the thriller theme of the book and also sounded cool.
- Theme song from John Carpenter’s Halloween
- Running Up That Hill (version in The Vampire Diaries) by Placebo
- Haunted by Jewel
- Everybody’s Fool by Evanescence
- Behind the Wheel Depeche Mode
- Every Breath You Take by The Police
As usual with these blog tours, there is a giveaway where you can win a copy of this book! The giveaway ends on December 22nd so right in time for Christmas 🙂 Unfortunately, this is a US only giveaway. If you’re interested in this book, check the link below to enter the giveaway. Best of luck!
What do you think of the playlist? Do you get a playlist in your head when you read? Are you excited for this book? What YA thrillers do you like?