Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Fatal Lie: A True Story Of Betrayal And Murder In The New South” as Want to Read:
A Fatal Lie: A True Story Of Betrayal And Murder In The New South
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

A Fatal Lie: A True Story Of Betrayal And Murder In The New South

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A lesbian love triangle explodes into bloody murder...

Richmond, Virginia, July 1997. A brick row-house in the city's gay Carytown district, home of 18-year-old Kelley "Turtle" Tibbs, legendary ringleader of the teenage lesbian scene. Walk inside and you'd be likely to find Melissa Etheridge blasting on the stereo, lots of beer, a clutch of shaven-headed young women-- and T
...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 15th 1999 by St. Martin's True Crime
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Fatal Lie, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Fatal Lie

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 89)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Eva Leger
I read this a lot of years ago and it's usually very much a chore to remember something from that long ago, even other books that I've loved. It normally takes a lot of effort on my part. No so with this one. Thinking back to the book just now when I spotted this listing, I'm still amazed that these teen girls were able to do this. What kind of evil has to be in a person to actually lie and lure another teen, a harmless teen at that, out into a wooded area to do what they did? And then to leave, ...more
Amy Campbell
This book is not one that I would usually read. However, I am happy I found it in a box when I was bored at a friends one day. It stayed with me long after reading and I researched the case afterwards. It's an easy read and finished it in a day. H
If you've ever seen the film "Bully" from 2001, which is also a true story and is of the same premise, you would appreciate this story. It's shocking that a group of people could be led down this path, yet it has happened time and time again in the hist
...more
Erin
This story suffers from having a few too many characters, many of whom have similar names and are often indistinguishable from each other. A sad, unnecessary situation, but no real need for detective work or great trial work, so if that's what you are looking for in your true crime, move along. Includes a brief reference to Judge Melvin Hughes who I interned with while in law school.
Susan Bradley
First of all, Sally Chew's writing style is mediocre at best. The book was written blindly and her information gathering skills leave much to be desired. Secondly, the only partial truth that is in the book is the storyline. Many of the things in the book were blatant lies and assumptions. She did very little interview, if any, with many of the key players in this very sad story. She worked tirelessly with the victim's mother who, of course and understandably, wanted vengeance against all involv ...more
Megan
Sep 05, 2011 Megan added it
It's hard, for me, to imagine killing anybody for any reason, though I have two relatives incarcerated for such crimes. But this story is about just that. 4 young girls kill a girl based on her fantasy world. She lied, so they felt the need to show her, bu killing her.
I had a difficult time, at first, getting into the story, but within 20 pages, I was hooked. Very sad.
John
This book was haunting. It showed the LGBT community in a light that allowed opressors to understand the complexities of love and lust is the same throughout all groups in society. It was also so hard to read that leaders in the community would allow jealousy to bring them to make horribly misguided decisions.
2old4nonsense
Mar 07, 2011 2old4nonsense rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Gay women
Shelves: true-crime
See through the eyes of these girls. There motivation for doing what they did. There sad childhoods. The court system involved and what they do. I have known many girls like the one's in this book. They would get in to violent confrontations as well. It seems to come with the territory.
Cori
Disappointingly shallow. I don't feel like I understand the deeper motivations of the killers - reading this book was like reading a newspaper article. There was some discussion about the "evil lesbian" stereotype, but there wasn't any depth to it.
Tanquera Barnes
Nov 05, 2008 Tanquera Barnes rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Tanquera by: my mother
this book was amazing an a thrill beyond this economy.if i had to recomend this book i would .this book will tell you the what nots to in a situation.
♥ Marlene♥
I know I really enjoyed this book. I also remember that not everyone agreed with me/ Wish i had not released it then I could re-read it.
Shawnna
This book was heartbreaking
Leah Battistoli
Leah Battistoli marked it as to-read
Jan 10, 2015
Kelly
Kelly marked it as to-read
Jan 05, 2015
Ashley
Ashley marked it as to-read
Dec 02, 2014
Stephanie Brush
Stephanie Brush marked it as to-read
Dec 02, 2014
Stormy
Stormy added it
Oct 18, 2014
Caitlin
Caitlin marked it as to-read
Oct 16, 2014
Courtney Sherman
Courtney Sherman marked it as to-read
Oct 05, 2014
Darcy
Darcy marked it as to-read
Sep 16, 2014
Teresa Ellis
Teresa Ellis marked it as to-read
Aug 24, 2014
Nina
Nina marked it as to-read
Aug 23, 2014
Leah
Leah added it
Jul 06, 2014
Janna
Janna added it
May 31, 2014
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Business Etiquette: Essential Guide For Executives Steven Petrow's Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Life

Share This Book