Happy belated release to this YA thriller!
Thank you to Delacorte Press for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
THE TRUTH BENEATH THE LIES by Amanda Searcy (out now!)
My Thoughts: 4.5/5 stars!
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going into THE TRUTH BENEATH THE LIES by Amanda Searcy. Talk about a debut! With this being more categorized as a YA thriller I was expecting it to have those typical elements, but this doesn’t read like a YA novel. So those that shy away from YA, this one will surprise you!
We follow the lives of two girls, Kayla and Betsy. While they lead different lives they have one common goal – to survive. Kayla is adjusting to her life now that her mother is sober. She only has one thing on her mind, and that’s to save up and leave her life behind. Meanwhile, Betsy has a burner phone that haunts her. There was a lot of mystery that surrounded her portion of the story and who this mysterious person was on the other end of the burner phone.
How are these two connected? How do their lives intertwine? Their separate stories each had elements of suspense to them which kept me flipping the pages. Searcy does a fantastic job pulling the readers into the minds of these two girls. You feel the paranoia and deteriorating mental state of Betsy. I definitely enjoyed the mystery surrounding her story the best!
The book wasn’t too predictable, which is great for a thriller (and anything that was slowly figured out wasn’t until the very end). I don’t want to give away too much more about the story and all the pieces that need to be put together. It makes for a fast read and you’ll find yourself wanting to know what’s truth and what’s a lie. I feel that Searcy tied all the loose ends together well, without it being too well (if that makes sense).
Overall, if you want a well-paced thriller about two girls trying to survive, then this will be one to add to the TBR. Searcy lays out all the pieces for the reader to put together to try and figure out their connection and it kept pushing through!
Check back later for the #allthebookreviews thoughts on this one 🙂