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A Lie for a Lie

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  40 reviews
A gripping YA mystery about seventeen-year-old Kendra, an amateur photographer who discovers her father is leading a double life.

Kendra Sullivan loves taking pictures. But when a photograph reveals that her father is leading a double life, she sets out to investigate the situation. Before long, Kendra discovers her father's second family, which he has hidden for years. Ken
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you want a quick, mystery with twists and turns to finish in a day this is the book for you.
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Unpolished, under-developed, blunt storytelling, and with one-dimensional (nonsensical) characters. Very superficial mystery, and very rushed in less than 210 pages!

RTC to come.
Margaret Reynolds
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Lie for a Lie does not disappoint. Within the first 2 paragraphs, the novel transported me back to high school, reminding me of the emotional dualism so common to that time in one's life... The feeling of freedom and of powerlessness, the intense want to be both independent and taken care of by one's parents, the excitement of a new crush and the pain that follows when things don't go as planned.

MacCready is a gifted writer. Her work is character-centered with a strong, exciting plot line. The
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Lie For a Lie is certainly a plot-driven mystery—I wanted to figure out what was going on with Kendra's father, but after I finished, I realized the book is actually more about the characters—that good people can do not-so-good things when put in a bad situation. Everyone is multi-dimensional, even the ones who seem pretty straightforward get thrown a curve ball at the end—one character in particular surprised me (no spoilers here). My family has a cabin in Maine and the author does a great jo ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
This was a fast read since it's only 200 pages but for an adult reader it was entirely predictable. I guessed a "huge reveal" so early in the story that it wasn't a shock at all when it happened. It's not the author's fault, but I felt somewhat misled by the summary on the cover that says "...when a photograph reveals something unexpected, she sets out to investigate the situation." This is somewhat true because the story revolves around her investigating an incident, but I thought this was goin ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't know about anyone else, but this entire book was absolutely fantastic!! It might be one of the best books I've read in a very long time.

The story line kept you on your feet and the character development was astounding. I finished this book only after a few days, but I wish I had made it last!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good writing, fast-paced action, or vibrant characters.
Jodi Paloni
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Grappling with an anxiety disorder isn't easy, but Kendra Sullivan is learning to cope and summer promises to be filled with fun and adventure, friends and first love, when she stumbles on a mystery that calls into question everything she believed to be true about her mostly contented life on the coast of Maine. Camera in hand, she sets off to unearth family secrets and try to set things back to right. You'll find yourself rooting for this sensitive and plucky protagonist who finds the wherewith ...more
Jacob McCabe
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm just going to be honest: I don't have a lot of thoughts for this book, other than I that I got nothing from it. Dry characters, boring plot, overly-condensed storyline...and the main character was so unbelievably naive and unlikable that I wanted to throw the book across the room multiple times. I hate being so negative, but I mean, wow. The only reason to read this book is because you could easily fly through it in one day (it's 200 pages, double spaced).

*This book was sent to me by Henry
Melissa Goble
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such a unique and cute story I loved it.
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
A Lie For A Lie was predictable. Was it good? Yes. Was it original? No, not really.
After reading the first page or so, I already knew what was going to happen in the book. Yes, the whole book, not just the main plot. I easily guessed what Kendra was going to discover, who she was going to end up with, and just about everything else.
That being said, the book was enjoyable to read. It was short and well paced, and I do happen to like most of the characters (all the ones I'm assuming readers are su
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read A Lie for a Lie in a weekend. The main character, Kendra Sullivan, pulled me into her story with the opening sentence. Who doesn’t have a life-altering experience etched into their brains that they relive over and over again? Like Kendra, I wanted to understand her dad’s deceit. Author, Robin McCready, artfully left clues throughout. Still, the ending was a surprise that had me thinking for days.
The coast of Maine setting added another rich layer to the story. I highly recommend this b
Morgan Wessell
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book, A Lie for A Lie, is both a heart breaking story and an emotional roller coaster. Kendra Sullivan, a seventeen year old girl, loves taking photos. She has been in love with photography ever since she was a little girl until she finds out her dad has her dad has been hiding something. As she starts to investigate, she learns to uncover more than she thinks she should. Along with the schemes her dad is pulling, she also has to deal with high school puppy love. Kendra has hard feelings for ...more
Alyssa Chaney
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Check out this review and others at my blog Too Many Books!

I had such high expectations for this book, and I have to say that I was just completely disappointed.  Everything just felt so disjointed, like there were no actual explanations for why things were occurring like they did. Like, Kendra's anxiety from a boat crash was used for every single decision that she made, except that now she wanted to just do the opposite. It was like nothing in the past ten years since the accident had any impac
Paige Cunningham
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
A lot of people seem to hate this book. Yikes.’s not bad as far as mysteries go? I’m not big on misterios but the description captivated my attention.

Before I say my summarized thoughts on this book, I want to preface this by saying I didn’t read past chapter six. I just wasn’t into it.

It was kind of a boring read in my opinion. As someone who suffers from Sever anxiety, I didn’t find this main character relatable at all even as she talks about her anxiety and panic attacks. It’s just mi
The main character of this novel isn’t the best of people. But she’s gifted (cursed?) with a boundless curiosity, active desire and a burning need to uncover the truth about her family. She’s also given to deceiving herself, in a way a lot of women do, about her significant other. Does Kendra take after her father when she goes after another girl’s boyfriend or her mother when she gives into the comforting delusion that the object of her dreams is going to break up with that other woman any day ...more
Reading this book felt like an emotional battering ram. I know I was supposed to feel tense intrigue, but mostly I just felt like more plot and character development wouldn't be remiss.

Every character is incredibly flat. There was "the liar," "the cheater," "the overwrought artist," "the wronged party who also had a secret," "the psychologically damaged heroine who just needed answers." Cookie cutters should have come with these characters.

Which brings me to the culmination of events- or lack t
Cherry (_forevermint)
May 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
I read this book with an open mind but based on first impressions alone, I knew this one wasn't going to be a favorite. I thought the story opened really quickly and not enough backstory was given nor was there much of an introduction to the main characters, as a result I felt no attachment to ANY of the characters, in fact I disliked all of them. Besides being unlikeable, the characters were also one dimensional and shallow. In terms of plot, this one was really weak and tried to be surprising ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
The good thing I can say about this book is that it kept my interest. It was an easy and quick read. This is good since many books can't hold my interest long and I find myself not completing them. However, I was far more interested in the main character's love life than I was in the mystery aspect of the story. In fact, there actually was no mystery. If this is what the author was going for then it didn't work. I was disappointed by the ending. The ending really fell flat. As I approached the e ...more
Nov 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: popsugar, a-z
If I could only use one word to describe this book, it would be predictable. Every plot "twist" was instantly recognizable which makes for a pretty poor mystery book. It also portrayed the most unrealistic teenage girl. As a teenage girl with anxiety, I don't know anyone who would spend every single night at the beach. The anxiety seems to be there just to make Kendra more "relatable" which just failed in my opinion. All the characters were super two dimensional, and every plot point felt forced ...more
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not typical read for me these days but I was interested in the the thought process of the "modern teen girl." Honestly, not too different from the '70's/'80s teenage girl found in Judy Blume novels I read back in the say...but with a cell phone...
I will admit, as a writer of spy thrillers, the "family secret" could easily have veered closer to a Harlan Coben novel I recently read. Not sure if that's good or bad to be honest...
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I mean...way too short for any sort of character development and honestly the resolution of the mystery was flipping weird...I was reading other reviews that were like "I guessed the twist" or "it was so generic" like what kind of weird lives are being led in the review section for this book for how it ended to be normal or easy to guess for people? No thanks. 2.5/5 ...more
❅ Karen ❅
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
It was a great story but very predictable. Cute but short love triangle that had so much potential. Just wished it wasn't so short. The story moved too fast, it didn't give time to process before the next scene happened ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
Check out my review on my blog You Know You Wanna Read It: ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i love reading it !!
Shivaraman Ramakrishnan
it is a good short book, keeps u engaging and helps if u have a reading slump
Debbi Florence
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fast read, I was hooked from the first chapter. I sympathized with Kendra's anxiety and dilemma as she strived to figure out what to do about what she knew, and while I didn't love how she went about it, I completely believed that she would do what she did. A nice twist/surprise at the end that I didn't expect! ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
A good enough book-nothing special--but a quick and easy read to recommend to reluctant readers but definitely interesting enough for most teen readers. It was a good vacation read.
Rachael  Fryman
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
I didn't really enjoy this one as much as I'd hoped. I'm always excited to pick up a YA mystery, but this mystery wasn't so mysterious after all. I felt frustrated with all of the characters, even my favorite (Bo) - their actions were petty, nonsensical and often immature and left me shaking my head. I think this one had a lot of potential but just didn't quite get there for me. ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
"The Idea of a breakout summer was a plan.. and for me it was stepping out of my routine of anxiety whenever I was a least bit afraid."

Kendra is a young woman who has been very anxious about most things since she was in an accident as a child. This anxiety has stopped her from taking part in a lot of things, and this summer she wants to change that. With the help of her best-friend Jen she wants to push herself to do more and enjoy more of life as she is getting ready to go into senior year of h
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