Title: Good Girls Lie
Author: J. T. Ellison
Publication Date: December 31, 2019
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Source: Digital copy via NetGalley
Good Girls Lie is a story about an all girls boarding school and the secrets behind it’s ivy coated walls. Ash Carlisle is a sophomore transfer student from England. She is hoping for a fresh start in the US boarding school after the sudden death of both of her parents. However, before classes even have a chance to kick off, Ash is already being singled out by the older girls at the school. All she wants to do is fade into the background while she heals from the emotional trauma of losing her family and her home, but the girls at her new boarding school would never allow that.
If you’ve followed my reviews for a while, you might have guessed, I’m a sucker for a boarding school story. I also have an affinity for thrillers and suspense novels, so throw all of those things together and you have the makings of my ideal read. And boy did this book really hit the mark. It pulled me in from the very start. The story literally begins with a death, so no holds barred with this one. The timeline goes back and forth giving us glimpses into Ash’s life before the death of her parents and you can begin to see a mystery unfold, though it keeps you on your toes the entire time.
This was just such a compelling read. Every time I had to put the book down in order to do real life things, I felt myself counting down the minutes until I could pick it back up again. I just wanted to read straight through to the end of this wild ride.
If you’re a fan of thrillers, definitely give this one a read!
Thank you so much to Harlequin and MIRA for a review copy of this book!
“Time heals all wounds, though whoever penned this bon mot clearly didn’t have a teenage daughter. Our wounds only get deeper, wider, nastier. They fester.”
-J.T. Ellison, Good Girls Lie
*Please note, this quote is from an ARC copy, so it may change in the final copy.
Synopsis: Goode girls don’t lie…
Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond. But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.
In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder. But when a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.
But look closely…because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.
J.T. Ellison’s pulse-pounding new novel examines the tenuous bonds of friendship, the power of lies and the desperate lengths people will go to to protect their secrets.
Author: J.T. Ellison is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 20 novels, and the EMMY-award winning co-host of A WORD ON WORDS, Nashville’s premier literary show. With millions of books in print, her work has won critical acclaim, prestigious awards, and has been published in 26 countries. Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.
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