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See How They Lie

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,303 ratings  ·  174 reviews
All’s not well at the Hummingbird Creek wellness resort. No one can see in. No one can get out…
New from the talented author who brought you Lying About Last Summer: a psycho-chiller to wake up your darkest phobias. If you got to live in a luxury hotel with world-class cuisine, a state-of-the-art sports centre and the latest spa treatments, would you say ‘yes please’?
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 2nd 2017 by Scholastic
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Jack Stark Not really. Mae has romantic attractions to people, but that's about it. There is nothing explicitly explored or sexual in the book.
Marika Marathas This book is not a squeal to Lying about last summer. However as it is by the same author it is written similarly. If you enjoyed Lying about last…moreThis book is not a squeal to Lying about last summer. However as it is by the same author it is written similarly. If you enjoyed Lying about last summer I would recommend this book. (less)

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Bee (Heart Full of Books)
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ukya, standalones
I loved this because it was an addicting story (even if a little slow paced and predictable), I read it the same day I bought it (which never happens), I read it in one sitting, whilst sat outside on the beautiful weather! Regardless of what I thought of the actual plot/writing/characters, I will always have delightful memories attached to this book, and sometimes, that's enough.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this less than 'Lying About Last Summer' because the mystery was...less mysterious. I picked up on almost everything before the characters did, so I was just reading quickly to get to the end. Still, I really like books with this vibe and cult-y style plots are a secret favourite of mine, so I'll definitely keep my eye on this author!
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Oct 14, 2018 marked it as to-read
This title reminds me of a Hamilton line!
Will I be ever done with my Hamilton obsession? ...nope?
Jack Stark
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4.0653 stars

I picked up this book randomly whilst food shopping because I definitely do totally don’t have a book buying problem and I’m very happy that I did.

Mae Ballard is a 15 year old growing up in an in highly luxurious psychiatric sanatorium (Hummingbird Creek) for wealthy teenagers. Mae is not a patient at the Creek though, she is the daughter of the head Psychiatrist, Hunter Ballard. On the surface it appears as though Mae has a good life. Her
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it

A full review is available on my blog!

I was so excited to see this book fly through the letter flap in my door. I'm a lover of all things psychological so I had the highest of hopes for this book. I have to say, I was a little disappointed with it, for various reasons- but the concept is incredible.

The first thing I didn't like about this book was the pace. I mean, nothing really happened until we got to the last 100 pages or so. I think there was way too much introduction to the facility and
May 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was quite slow to get into if I am honest. I did guess what was going on at Hummingbird Creek quite early on. I was hoping that particular info would be revealed earlier on in the book in order for the story to get a bit more exciting. Unfortunately this wasn't the case, only revealing the true intentions of the creek in the final stages of the book. As a result, this then came across to me as quite a rushed ending, trying to cram in as much information as possible into the final few ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF at is too short and this book is just one big POOO ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Going into See How They Lie I had no idea what to expect. The first time I had heard of this book was at a blogger brunch, but after hearing the author talk about it I knew I had to read this one.

Imagine being able to live in the worlds best resort, not having to worry about the outside world and stress over simple things. Mae's parents work at Hmmingbird Creek, and she gets to live there with other workers children, taking lessons, taking part in sporting activities, and the occasional visit to
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Mae has grown up as one of a very few staff children in a swanky private psychiatric facility. Officially, as a staff kid, she has a better life than the patients. But at sixteen she starts asking some much freedom does she really have? And what is the cost of this isolated life?

It's a fun premise (shades of Breaking?) but drags in places. Sort of felt like the middle section was all The vitamins...could something be wrong with the vitamins? I think there's something going on
Jayne Catherine pinkett
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-purchase
What a good book. It is difficult to review without spoilers. I enjoyed the writing style and the plot swept you along slowly. I thought the characterisations were excellent. Especially the main female protagonist Mae, I loved her as much as I hated her Father Hunter. Teenage friendship and loyalty are also strong themes covered This is an excellent example of a modern day cult and how easily people can become manipulated when they are at their most vulnerable.
The ending for me felt a little
Stephen Donovan
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a magnificent book. It is absorbing, it is thought-provoking, and it is full of unbelievable ideas that for me, make it stand out as one of the better contemporary YA books.

Not too long ago I read Sue Wallman's most recent YA thriller, Your Turn To Die. It was an entertaining and thoughtful read though not without its flaws. However, I saw more than enough in her writing style, characterisation, and ability to formulate and intriguing plot to convince me to read some of her other work.

Abby Slater- Fairbrother
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every so often, I absolutely love a good YA novel. My teenage daughter got me into reading them and I in turn introduced her to some of my favourite adult fiction authors. So sharing YA titles has fast become a very positive experience and an open chance for lengthy mum/daughter book chats!

This novel opens up in Hummingbird creek, within the confines of an elite wellness retreat. This gated community monitors every aspect of patient’s and the staff’s children’s lives. Mae is is the daughter of
Emma Ferrier
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it

Feels like I’ve been reading this forever. Unfortunately the “little hints” in this book were far too easy for me to figure out so I spent the majority of this book waiting for Mae to catch up and sort this stuff out. I was more intrigued by Louelle’s past and was quite disappointed by how quickly the resolution of that occurred. The build up was too long for me and whilst this isn’t a long book I do think it was longer than it needed to be. I will definitely give this author another go
Zara KindKonfetti
Jul 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Wallman's writing style is not for me. The story drags before reaching a predictable end. Very little story development and poorly created characters left me with a book I struggled to read.
Heather Withington
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. An interesting read that I really enjoyed. This book covers a tough topic and does it really well, with the focus on how the cult functions and causes their "inmates" to be unable to function outside the realms of the retreat, or at least convinces them that this is the case. Hunter is a complete villan, and as far as I can tell has no redeeming qualities what so ever, making the climax of his story arc even more satsifying when it gets there. Seeing his character develop from what he ...more
See How They Lie follows Mae, a teenage girl living in a luxury psychiatric facility run by her father, Dr Hunter Ballard. But not as a patient. She lives on the site with her parents, and, along with other children of staff, is able to experience luxurious health treatments and facilities.

But if she's not a patient, why is her every move being monitored? Why can't she leave the hospital? And just what are the 'vitamins' being fed to all the patients and the staff's children???

Going into it, I
Shannon Holmes (Media Shadow Reads)
Actual review 2.5 stars...

This book… was bought completely on a whim if I’m completely honest. The cover initially caught my attention, there’s no denying it is a gorgeous cover and I’ve got to admit the synopsis did somewhat catch my interest but it was indeed the cover that pushed me to buy this book… not always the wisest of ways to go about book buying but… as it is I’m a book buying addict! At least my spontaneous buying of this book essentially allowed me to go into it with a completely
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
3 star rating. I liked the plot was good. unfortunately it took a while for things to start happening was very slow to start with 150 pages in and was still slow and the ending was very rushed. I preferred her other book lying about last summer.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't care how heartbreaking this book is it is amazing. Though the plot was foreseeable I still didnt expect most of the story. I love it so much I wish more people know about this book.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Amazing book. Loved every bit of it.
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a really interesting one, I picked it up in the library as a holiday book and it was definitely worth it! Creepy and good fun! (Proper review on my blog soon)
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
It took a while to get into but it was interesting seeing all the secrets unravel
The writing wasn't fantastic but it was a nice read
Emily Pell
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a little bit of a slow start for me, however very soon became too intriguing to put down! Would definitely recommend!!
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
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Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I did enjoy this book on the whole it was good but felt like it took a long time getting there at points.

For me what this book does well is it leaves a lot unsaid which keeps you guessing. You know something is wrong but you're never certain why things are like they are. The main character lives in an institution which from the outside seems perfect but once you start digging you can seeing that the perfectness is a cover for something much more sinister. I won't say too much on why because I
Kate Ormand
Hummingbird Creek is amazing, but the packed schedules and impressive facilities are a distraction from the truth. There’s something off about the centre. Mae starts to realise something isn’t right. She investigates, but rules are strict and cameras are everywhere. It’s almost impossible not to get caught…

This was a really gripping book that's perfect for fans of Lisa Heathfield’s Seed and Amy Christine Parker’s Gated. It's an edge-of-your-seat read where the walls are closing in, secrets lie
SJH (A Dream of Books)
'See How They Lie' is the second book by Sue Wallman and in my opinion, much better than her debut YA novel. This is a psychological thriller set at a wellness centre for psychiatric and troubled teens. Although Hummingbird Creek sounds amazing and appears to have everything you could ever possibly want, the residents of the centre have no access to the outside world and restrictions are placed on what they eat, when they sleep, how much exercise they get and a hundred other things, including ...more
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review first appeared on my blog:

Welcome to Hummingbird Creek. The elite wellness retreat provides tailored programmes for troubled teens to get them back on the right path. With special digital watches, the Creek staff monitor the residents' every move. Not that there is much spare time in between the strict regime of exercise, training and more exercise, balanced by therapy and carefully selected meals providing each resident with their optimum calorie
Emily Hale
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
So I would say this is my first delve into mystery/thriller YA novels and I must say I loved it. I have no idea how this book would compare to others in this genre but I as a newbie to this type of story loved it. It may be filled with tropes which I may come to light of after reading more stories like it but it wont take away from the fact I enjoyed it.
This book was fast paced and I found myself only reading it in 2 sittings which is unlike me. Between those sittings I
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From eight to eighteen years, I lived in Highcliffe, Christchurch, on the south coast of England. Before that we lived in various places, including a hospital in York where my dad was a psychiatrist.

After Oxford Brookes University (I was one of the first people to do their publishing degree), I became a magazine journalist. A couple of years later, I went to live in Paris where I was editorial