The Lies They Tell by Gillian French

The Lies They Tell

With shades of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars and Gayle Forman’s I Was Here, this dark and twisted mystery will be the page-turner of the year.Everyone in Tenney’s Harbor, Maine, knows about the Garrison tragedy. How an unexplained fire ravaged their house, killing four of the five family members. But what people don’t know is who did it. All fingers point at Pearl Haskins’s father, the town drunk, who was the caretaker of the property, bu...

Details The Lies They Tell

TitleThe Lies They Tell
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
GenreMystery, Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller

Reviews The Lies They Tell

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    "It seemed everyone felt fascination-meets-revulsion in Tristan Garrison's presence, followed by but the police cleared him; they let him go, didn't they? Somehow, it wasn't a comfort. Not at all."Over the past year I've become an avid fan of Gillian French; her writing is so character driven and atmospheric that it takes little to no effort in being transported to the setting of each of her novels. When I first saw the cover reveal for The Li...
  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
    RATING: 1.5/5 at most!*I recieved an e-ARC from Edelweiss and Harper Teen in exchange for an honest review*The premise of this novel is what got me interested in reading it. I didn't expect much, except maybe likable characters and a decent storyline. Instead, I got something pointless and very disappointing. I swear if I see one more person comparing this to We Were Liars I’m going to lose it...This is NOT a rant review. You have to actually c...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    4.5 Stars!It's been a really long time since I've read a YA mystery that has kept me on the edge of my seat, not only guessing at what was about to happen, but with what did happen as well. The magical whodunit.I usually figure these things out and yet this time, I think I didn't want to be right. I didn't want to feel something for the bad guy. I didn't want it to be who it was and more importantly, because of it, I didn't see it coming as well ...
  • Dennis
    The Lies They Tell is a smart, light mystery with suspenseful undertones that will engage you from the beginning. Seriously, the first chapter, um, wow—talk about hooking me in right from the beginning. In a town plagued by the uber rich and the working class townies, Tenney’s Harbor, Maine, is a town not unlike other nautical New England towns that have been famously depicted in film and media in the past. I was immediately transported back...
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  • Amber (Books of Amber)
    The Lies They Tell was boring. There’s no other way to put it. The beginning does nothing to grip you, aside from the initial prologue where the family dies, and the book really doesn’t improve from there.I felt nothing for the characters, not even the main one. She didn’t have much of a personality.Since this is a thriller, it could have at least had a decent twist. However, it’s pretty clear who the culprit is from the start. It was so ...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    1.5 STARS The most exciting part of THE LIES THEY TELL is the blurb about the story. What starts off as a promising premise, a wealthy family murdered, their surviving son and a poor girl’s father suspects, never got off the ground for me.While empathizing with her difficult life, I never connected with Pearl on an emotional level. She lacked personality and I didn’t seem clever enough to solve the mystery. Perhaps Gillian French’s use of t...
  • Jennifer
    The Lies They Tell is a Young Adult standalone mystery. This is my first book by this author.The narrator is 18 year old Pearl (3rd person POV). The story takes place in Tenney’s Harbor, a tourist town in Maine.The mystery concerns The Garrison tragedy, a fire that killed most of that family. Pearl is trying to figure out what happened.Since this takes place in a tourist town there are the Townies like Pearl and her best friend Reese. They live...
  • Ludwig Riviera
    The Lies They Tell is a beautifully slow-paced novel that would be especially appealing to YA readers. The story does contain an element of mystery , and you can say it's almost in the vein of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. About six months ago, The Garrisons represented a truly flawed family- there's cheating, bullying and a kind of injustice, before they were all shot and then taken by a fire that killed them inside their home, except for one fa...
  • Thamy
    I wasn’t ready for this book. If Pearl wasn’t a teenager and the point of view weren’t all hers, I’d even argue this isn’t YA. I’m always glad when a writer takes her YA seriously.After her father loses most of his jobs thanks to a tragedy happen right under his watch, Pear is working at the club when one of the rich guys seem to take special interest in her. She knows not to fall for their sweet talks, but his friend Tristan, the sol...
  • Kaycee Bowick (Off_The_Press)
    The town of Tenney's Harbor, Maine is your typical, small-town summer getaway destination, where a fine, societal line exists between the wealthy summer residents and the blue collar "townies".A year ago, this small town was shaken by the shocking murder of the prestigious Garrison family. Someone shot and killed the Garrisons, then setting fire to their home. The only remaining Garrison was 17 year-old Tristan.As if the murder itself wasn't shoc...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    I actually really wanted to like this more than I did. I was looking for small town mystery and family secrets creating this dark and atmospheric story and I don’t feel like all of that was fulfilled. The story was mostly obvious and underdeveloped. The Lies They Tell follows Pearl Haskins as she tries to find answers about the Garrison tragedy, where a mysterious fire left only one family member alive. As Pearl grows closer to Tristan Garrison...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    Review coming...
  • S.M. Parker
    With haunting, gorgeous prose, THE LIES THEY TELL is a masterful mystery that will transport you to the dark coast of Maine where big secrets lurk in small towns. Privileged summer families, murder, intoxicating boys and a fierce heroine converge in this novel perfect for fans of WE WERE LIARS and ONE OF US IS LYING.
  • Lauren
    *1.5* I was so incredibly excited for The Lies They Tell. I love mysteries, and while this book was not getting the best reviews, I still held out hope. Now that I've finished the book, however, I feel that I should have listened to the reviews, as The Lies They Tell unfortunately was not the book for me. The Lies They Tell falls into the 'meh' category. I didn't love it nor did I hate it; instead, it was just kind of there. I had no problem fini...
  • Diana Iozzia
    “The Lies They Tell”Written by Gillian FrenchReview written by Diana Iozzia of Bookworm Banter “The Lies They Tell” follows our main protagonist, Pearl Haskins, as she discovers the mystery of why the house of one of the richest families in town has burned to the ground. Nearly all of the Garrison family perished, except their eighteen-year-old son, Tristan. Pearl is stuck in a love triangle, or square, I guess, as she tries to help her f...
  • Lindsay
    Pearl lives in a small, oceanside Maine town where there is a fine line between the rich and poor. She is part of the latter and works at the town’s country club along with her dad. Six months earlier, four out of five Garrison’s (one of the rich families who live on Millionaire Row) were shot in their sleep and their house was set ablaze. Pearl’s father was on duty that night and didn’t see anything suspicious until he smelled the flames...
  • Heather Wood
    This book is between a three and a four star read for me. I really liked it because I did feel drawn into the setting and characters and I did finish the book within a couple of sittings. My only disappointment came from the lack of a big "aha" moment. The mystery was too easy to figure out and the ending not very satisfying. I did like the main character a lot and I felt her relatable and realistic.
  • Ashley
    Easy to read and not that long. Not suspenseful, mysterious, or thrilling past maybe the first chapter or two. Everything was way too obvious and Pearl didn’t seem purposeful in anything she did. She wasn’t so much investigating as stumbling around wherever anyone happened to invite her. All of the characters felt stilted and disconnected from each other and the reader. Often they did things that made no sense just to push the plot along. And...
  • Cindy Wilkerson
    If a book has polarizing ratings, it’s most likely going to be my jam.Yeah, the characters and situations frustrated me at times. And certain things were left open ended where I would have loved to have seen some closure.But in the end I didn’t care because I enjoyed the ride.
  • johely
    Writing: 4☆Plot: 3☆Enjoyment: 4.5☆Characters: 4☆Overall: 4☆I will post a mini review later this week and full in depth review closer to the release date. Thanks to HarperCollins for sending me an ARC.
  • Talk Supe
    Needs a LOT of work if this one is trying to pass as a thriller. THE LIES THEY TELL was off to a good start: a family killed and a townie, Pearl, took it upon herself to “investigate” the tragedy by ingratiating herself to the clique, the King Bee being the surviving son of the family who was brutally murdered. For the most part, this book is about Pearl dating outside her class, a rich kid whose life & style is beyond her as her family is no...
  • Kendall • thegeekyyogi
    Phew! What a ride this book was! If you've been following me here, on Instagram or on Goodreads than you already know I'm a fan of Gillian's writing. I've read her last two books Grit and The Door To January, both of which came out in 2017 and I loved them both! Naturally when Gillian asked if I would be interested in reading and reviewing her newest book, The Lies They Tell, I didn't hesitate to say yes. I knew I would I wouldn't be disappointed...
  • Jennifer
    Received advanced reader copy from publisher via Baker & Taylor book supplierEverything changed for Pearl the night the Garrison family was killed. Her father was on duty in the gatehouse the night they were shot and the house set on fire leaving only the eldest son Tristan, not at home at the time, alive. Everyone in the ritzy summer community blames her father even though the police cleared him. When an opening into Tristan’s tight friend gro...
  • Sara (sarabara081)
    You can find more of my reviews at Forever 17 Books.2.5 stars!I really enjoy a good mystery and solving crimes right along with a character which is exactly why I had to pick up a copy of The Lies They Tell. While I found it to be an interesting read overall, the story was missing that excitement to truly grab me throughout.The Lies They Tell had a strong beginning, initially quite engaging as we meet the Garrison’s while Pearl waits on the fam...
  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    MY RATING: 2/5 STARSI received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I received this book in a goodies bag from the publisher and thought that why I normally don't reach for a YA thriller or a thriller in general, it wouldn't hurt to give a book a try. The Lies They Tell by Gillian French start off the same way a typical thriller starts. It's a slow build up with an air of mystery floating through the pages. A wealthy and suc...
  • Rimpy Toor
    Thank you so much to Harper Collins for providing me with an ARC for this novel!This novel was one that I had read about on Goodreads and was instantly intrigued. I don’t read thrillers/mystery’s very often, but when I do, I want it to be one that makes me think and has some amazing tension. This one did just that!CharactersThe characters in this novel were so incredibly diverse. I loved seeing how the two (wealthy and middle class) groups cl...
  • Erin Quinn
    Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. Mystery/suspense isn't my typical choice of reading material. But I do know YA. Overall, I liked this book. It kept me reading and wanting to know what would come next. There were some things I didn't like that much, too. The pacing was way off - Pearl never really even started spending time with Tristan until halfway through the book, and the mystery is finally ...
  • Karen Bullock
    I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review for which I give a 5 star rating. What a fantastic YA mystery. I never repeat information given from the excerpt and I also do not give away spoilers, that would ruin the fun and the adventure.What I can tell you is that this is a fast paced read that pulls you in based mostly on the behaviors of the characters. As I read further in, I discovered this wasn't just another typical teen dram...