Book Review: Good Girls Lie, by J.T. Ellison

Good Girls Lie, by J.T. Ellison

Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison

Published by MIRA on December 31, 2019 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, mystery, thriller

Format & Length: e-book, 384

Source: Netgalley

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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.

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After thoroughly enjoying the last book I read by J.T. Ellison, Lie to Me, I was pumped to be approved to read an advance copy of Good Girls Lie and hoped it would be just as good. And I was not disappointed!

Told through a couple different perspectives, this story opens with a student at The Goode School being found dead, then backtracks to show the events leading up to and then following the death. As the plot unfolds, separate strands are woven together to create a mystery thriller with well drawn characters that you can really sink your teeth into. Ellison’s writing style works well with the genre in which she writes; clear and solid, it flows well and creates just the right tone. She also uses her own experiences to create a strong setting, vivid and rich in detail, and one that serves as the perfect backdrop for the drama that plays out.

Ultimately, Good Girls Lie was an engaging read. Fans of twisty thrillers will have fun reading this! Recommended.


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