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Here We Lie

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,631 ratings  ·  253 reviews
A riveting novel about how the past never stays in the past, from the critically acclaimed author of The Drowning Girls and The Mourning Hours .

Megan Mazeros and Lauren Mabrey are complete opposites on paper. Megan is a girl from a modest Midwest background, and Lauren is the daughter of a senator from an esteemed New England family. But in 1999, Megan and Lauren b
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Published January 30th 2018 by Park Row
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Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4.5 Stars!!!

After previously enjoying “The Drowning Girls” by Paula Treick DeBoard, I was excited to have the opportunity to read this novel.

This was another fantastic read!!

October 2016

Lauren Mabrey is desperate to attend a press conference that’s about to begin. It’s not open to the public and the guard at the door tries to turn her away. However, when Lauren whispers that she’s family, the guard takes pity on her and lets
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another utterly engaging read from the author of one of my favorites last year—The Drowning Girls.

What I appreciate the most about Paula Treick DeBoard’s writing is how effortless she makes the reader/character connection. Abandoning my own sense of self, to allow for the voices and emotions of these characters to take over, was done with ease. The complexity and depth of the two women at the center of it all—how their flaws, issues, experiences and choices all intermingle—makes for an enthrall
Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Paula DeBoard
Shelves: from-publisher
Paula is one of my go-to authors; after devouring The Drowning Girls last year I immediately consumed The Fragile World and The Mourning Hours in quick succession. I find her writing to be one of the finest examples of flawless character study around. While each book has a different theme, she manages to keep a tight reign on her cast, always ensuring that, what could be construed as the everyday mundane, is in fact transformed into a tense, unstoppable freight train of suspense. Last year's The ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Here we Lie by Paula Treick DeBoard is a 2018 Park Row Books publication.

A timely topic mingled with a bittersweet ode to friendship-

Megan Mazeros and Lauren Mabrey come from entirely different backgrounds, but when they end up being college roommates, in the late 1990s, the unlikely pair forge a strong bond.

But, when Megan is invited to spend the summer with Lauren at her family’s private retreat, something happens that forces a wedge between the two girls and their friendship never fully rec
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Here We Lie is so timely and relevant--it amazes me that the author wrote this before #metoo movement began.

This is an emotional read about friendship, lies, and stories that cloud reality.

“What was a lie or two between friends?”

Megan and Lauren become unlikely friends while attending elite Keale College in the late 1990’s. Lauren is the privileged daughter of a senator, whereas Megan comes from a blue collar family and has had to work for everything she has. Despite their differe
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
5 stars! I loved this book!

This story revolves around two best friends who meet at university. The summer after their third year of studies they have a major falling out that causes them to lose touch completely for over a decade. Fourteen years after their falling out, they are reunited in the midst of a major political scandal.

I was quickly drawn into this gripping and suspenseful drama from the very first page. I adored the two main characters, Megan and Lauren, who narrated this intriguing a
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 stars* rounded up!

Here We Lie by Paula Treick DeBoard is an absolutely riveting, powerful, thrilling, and thought-provoking domestic suspense novel about friendship, jealousy, secrets, lies and betrayal.  I was totally engaged from start to finish and found myself mesmerized with how well this story was told and with the way it unfolded!  I was extremely impressed!!

Paula Treick DeBoard delivers an impressive and well-written story here that takes you on an emotional journey of the friendshi
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
An addicting tale of lies, jealously, and friendship. What another brilliant story by Paula Treick DeBoard!!

One of things that I love about DeBoard's style is her ability to flawlessly connect her characters with her readers. The sense of depth and experiences that the author creates through her characters is absolutely amazing.

Megan and Lauren are quite the opposite of one another when they meet attending an elite college in the 90's. Lauren comes from a privileged family who is the daughter o
Diane S ☔
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
Megan and Lauren met and became friends in college. Girls from very different backgrounds, Megan from a small town in Kansas, Lauren, the daughter of a senator, a priviledged background where she is considered the black sheep. A very strong mother, protective of the family name, but how far will she go to protect that name? When Lauren invites Megan to the family island, something terrible will herald the end of their friendship.

Another topic straight out of the news headlines. What the priviled
Elyse  Walters
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A few quotes — random thoughts - an abbreviated review - FOR A NOVEL I ENJOYED VERY MUCH!!!

Quotes First:
“He could of course, just tell the truth—but that wasn’t how things worked in our family, not when the truth cast shade on the Mabrey name”.

“We assessed and reframed and came out with a better story, a better version of ourselves. And then we held the line.”

“I was crying just as much for Anna Kovics as for myself, not to mention all the other women, victims who had fallen prey to the charm, th
Judy D Collins
From the critically acclaimed author, of The Drowning Girls, The Fragile World, and The Mourning Hours (all five glowing stars-review links below), Paula Treick DeBoard follows with her latest riveting suspense, coming Jan 2018— HERE WE LIE.

Rich in character, a look inside the secret lives of two different unlikely friends from two different social classes. A world of privilege and secrets. The lies and secrets they tell themselves, and to one another —with devastating consequences.

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May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Things were always changing and always moving on, and who we were at one moment wasn’t necessarily the person we would be forever.

This book deals with a situation that is all too real for women who experience sexual assault, not only the trauma, but the shame and the blame as well. I was drawn in by the dual narrative, each playing against the other, the characters felt realistic and the author did a wonderful job of depicting female friendships, what draws us to one another, how we mold ourselv
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ninja, physical-arcs
Last year The Drowning Girls was one of my most pleasant surprises in terms of discovering a new to me author so I was super excited to get my hands on DeBoard’s latest novel. While this was very different from TDG I still enjoyed it and will always be a huge fan of the authors style.

This is told from two viewpoints, both Laura and Megan. It starts in 2016 before a press conference that’s obviously important to both women but the reasons behind it won’t be revealed for some time. It then skips b
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I practically read this book in one sitting. The development of the friendship between Lauren and Megan was excellent. I felt for these young ladies and I loved both of their characters. This book would make an excellent selection for a book club, in my opinion. There is a lot to think about and a lot to discuss. This was my first book by this author but I will definitely look to read more of her books.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, crime
Lies, deceptions, unlikely friendships and survival

The story is about two roommates Lauren and Megan. Lauren is a senator’s daughter and Megan is a small-town girl from a middle class family.
It is told alternately from Lauren’s and Megan’s perspective and goes back and forth in time.

The book is well written and the story-line is compelling, but to tell the truth I was underwhelmed. From the beginning there are so many hints about what has happened 14 years ago that when we reach the actual reve
This was a really good book. It is another take of friendship gone wrong but somehow with this book it feels fresh and new . I really REALLY like this author's style of writing .

Lauren and Megan are the names of the two estranged friends. This book contains everything I love in a book..friendships, secrets, POLITICS! (Yes!) and surprisingly a really REALLY powerful moral message with a strong nod to Feminism. I did not expect any of this.

I cannot say how often I have been let down after I have r
Cindy Burnett
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Here We Lie is an incredibly timely read. I do not want to risk spoiling any portion of the plot so I will just say that Here We Lie adds another useful and thoughtful perspective on an ongoing social/political issue dominating the news today. The book touches on numerous thought-provoking topics including female friendships, family ties, male dominance, and the harmful effects of brushing horrible events under the rug instead of addressing them head-on.

I struggled a little with Lauren and Mega
Daniel Balici
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Due to be published at the end of January 2018, Here We Lie is my second encounter with Paula Treick DeBoard's literature following The Drowning Girls, her enthralling novel of domestic suspense which I read a few months ago and very much enjoyed. Paula Treick DeBoard reinvented herself in Here We Lie in the sense that she left the realm of psychological thriller/mystery/suspense that she had explored in her previous publication and switched focus to the anatomy of female friendship intertwined ...more
Catherine McKenzie
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Paula DeBoard does it again - intricately plotted, real charactes; I raced through this.
Kimberly Belle
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With Here We Lie, Paula Treick de Board spins a mesmerizing tale of two former best friends and one shocking secret. Suspenseful and evocative, with pitch-perfect prose and pacing, Here We Lie is a story that resonates long after the last word. An engrossing read.
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I went into Here We Lie expecting it to be a psychological thriller, but it's not at all. It's really not any kind of mystery or thriller, although there is some suspense as the story builds toward revealing what happened to Megan. This book was really so much more than I expected though, and I highly recommend it. What I liked best about this book is the way it examines a friendship--the kind of intoxicating female friendship you have in your teens and early twenties, where you are so entangled ...more
Lynn Gardner
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was contacted because I read and enjoyed this author's last book, The Drowning Girls, and I was thrilled to have a chance to read this one.

This book did one of my favorite things, which is to bounce from the past to the present to get the reader to the climax of the story. Megan and Lauren used to be good friends, but the book opens up at a time when they no longer keep in touch. Lauren is attending a press conference during w
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Here We Lie begins with a Senator in a sex scandal. Very á la Olivia Pope(ahem...cue the Scandal reference) The story is told in alternating points of view between two coming of age girls, Lauren Mabrey and Megan Mazeros and their unlikely friendship. Both from very different walks of life. The author, Paula Treick DeBoard goes back and forth between the past and the present to unravel what occurs in the first few pages of the book. She had me hooked right from the start! I highly enjoyed this b ...more
Jamie Rosenblit
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This is the third book I’ve read by this author and definitely my favorite! While I don’t want to give anything away, I will say Here We Lie deals with incredibly timely issues, like sexual assault by those in positions of power. This is an important book and a great examination of why things play out the way they do in society. I’m certainly looking forward to reading whatever else Ms. DeBoard writes in the future.

I received an advance copy from the Great Thought’s Ninja Review Team. All opini
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

For the most part, I really enjoyed this engaging tale of friendship, politics & the dirtiness accompanied by them and trying to live your most authentic self. I hadn't read anything by this author before but I will certainly be looking out for her future works. DeBoard did a fantastic job of fleshing out Megan & Lauren, making each girl truly stand apart from each other. I could relate to bits & pieces of both; the characterization is spot on here.

Admittedly, I did find HERE WE LIE a
Beverly Duffy
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: popsugar-2018
My first time reading this author and I really enjoy her writing. She built wonderful characters. This book had it all friendship ,betrayal, sexual assault and political scandals.
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*** ARC provided by the author for an honest review ***

Two unlikely women become friends and develop a closeness that is significantly changed one summer, and their lives will never be the same. Here We Lie by Paula Treick DeBoard, brings us Megan Mazeros, a Midwestern girl, just trying to find direction in her life and Lauren Mabrey, the senator’s daughter.

Megan Mazeros has had a hard time in life. She had a happy family, as an only child to her parents, there was so much love and happiness.
Donna Hines
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
They say opposites attract so when Megan Mazeros rooms with Lauren Mabrey in college it becomes a test to see who can stand the test of time.
Will lies win out or will the truth set them free?
Lauren has been born with the silver spoon from a wealthy elite and well known family.
While the opposite can be noted about Megan who struggles her entire life so much so that she fabricates the truth for extra sympathy votes.
Both have some growing up to do and both choose different paths coming together 1
Amanda McGill
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, own
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I bought this novel at a local book sale just based on the cover and a brief skim of the back of the novel. I went in with low expectations and I ended up being very surprised on how much I liked Here We Lie.

The novel starts in present day with Megan and Lauren and right away we can tell it’s not very good news. It’s a bit unclear what the scandal is, but it’s bad. Then the novel shifts back in time and goes into Megan and Lauren’s lives and wha
Sherri Thacker
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Hoping this would be better than it was. With everything going on in the Me Too movement, this felt like something that actually happened in today’s news. Just ok for me.
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Paula Treick DeBoard is a writer, latte drinker and all-around slave to public education. Her first novels—written in the back seat of a 1977 Chevy Caprice station wagon where her parents let her jostle around, unprotected by a seatbelt—were sadly lost in one cross-country move or another.

The Mourning Hours (2013) was her first novel to survive. Paula is also the author of The Fragile World (2014

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