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This Lie Will Kill You

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  4,163 ratings  ·  688 reviews
“Will keep readers on edge from start to finish.” —Kirkus Reviews

Tell the truth. Or face the consequences.

Clue meets Riverdale in this page-turning thriller that exposes the lies five teens tell about a deadly night one year ago.

One year ago, there was a party.
At the party, someone died.
Five teens each played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.

But toni
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 11th 2018 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Alise I didnt read it as her being bi or gay but it could be possible. It seemed more like she felt responsible for not keeping her friend safe when they we…moreI didnt read it as her being bi or gay but it could be possible. It seemed more like she felt responsible for not keeping her friend safe when they were younger and then failing to protect her again and losing someone she was really close to. I always read into Brett loving Parker but I didn't get the same vibe from Juniper/Parker.(less)
Maia I would say it doesn't have extreme-extreme horror themes although it is a horror or thriller novel! Think the usual things like creepy dolls, deadly …moreI would say it doesn't have extreme-extreme horror themes although it is a horror or thriller novel! Think the usual things like creepy dolls, deadly games with the killer. I wouldn't say its too extreme.(less)

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Anja H.
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley

In the blurb they said this would be like Clue meets Riverdale... Sounds great right? Color me intrigued!
Well, unfortunately it ended up being a big fat no for me.

I really don’t know what to say about this.
I can’t even properly put my finger on what exactly I disliked about this! The storyline was basically all over the place, I couldn’t care less about any of the characters, everything felt so unbelievably unrealistic, it was totally obvious who the bad guy was, the writing at th
Lia (booksnpenguins)
this lie will kill you more like reading this book will kill you with boredom

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This is exactly what I needed!
A fantastic YA mystery with hints of the board game Clue sprinkled throughout the night.
I blew through this, it was so addictive.
The story is nothing new, but the writing had me turning page after page!
Something I will recommend to anyone looking for an easy, quick read with some surprises thrown in.
Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for this ARC.
Liz Barnsley
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
*2.5 stars.

Yes. But No.

Loved the idea of this one but sadly, for this reader, it just wasn't there.

That's not to say it's all bad. The premise is sound for anyone who loves things like I Know What You Did Last Summer (in fact you could probably use that title for this story too) and the kind of stuck with a killer who will survive vibe.

The writing goes between pretty good and not so hot, but the plotting is all over the place. The bad guy was so obvious they may have well have spent the entire b
Mandy White
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley
This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher sounded like the perfect book for me... Pretty Little Liars meets Riverdale.... 2 of my favourite shows. Unfortunately it just did not live up to this at all for me. It was creepy but totally unrealistic and I really did struggle with it. I was enjoying it in the beginning but it went downhill for me once the kids got to the scary house. I loved the idea of this story but it fell flat for me.

Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster UK Children's for
Sara Rebotim
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read the book and I found it very enjoyable!
I wasn’t expecting the end at all, and I read it in 2 days, like I couldn’t stop till I knew who was it !! 🙈
It’s a big yes for me , and I would read more books of this author ☺️
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are few things that upset me more than a sound, if slightly unoriginal, premise being wasted through poor execution, and I'm afraid that's exactly what happened with This Lie Will Kill You. Don't get me wrong, the author has some glorious flashes of brilliance but they were quickly displaced in my memory by innumerable issues. The author does create a creepy atmosphere and at points, the writing is engaging, at others it's barely coherent. The suspense and thrills which usually come with t ...more
Yna the Mood Reader
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
"That smoldering skeleton had once been a boy, and that boy had been loved.



Not anymore. The fire had transformed him into a creature of ashes and bone, and the sight made the girl tremble, tears sliding down her cheeks. She needed to be strong. No, she needed to be cold, like an unfeeling doll. Porcelain limbs couldn’t tremble, and a heart made of plastic couldn’t ache this terribly. It couldn’t break. It couldn’t bleed.

📚 Series:  No.
📚 Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller.
Kirsty ❤️
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great young adult horror and reminded me a bit of the old Scream/ I know what you did...films etc. Teenagers really should learn to trust their instincts when given a ticket to a mysterious house and the only other people invited are linked to the murder of a boy. Seriously! However if they did behave sensibly we wouldn't have a book :)

Twelve months ago Shane was killed and now the 5 people linked to him are invited to the aforesaid mysterious house on the pretense of winning a $50k un
Apr 23, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1 ⭐️
I feel like this had so much potential but in its execution it was just a let down. I try not to write negative reviews as I know whilst I may loathe a book others will love it, but this was just a disappointment.

The whole thing was just so unrealistic, starting with why the hell these kids would go to this weird murder mystery night to win a scholarship. Even with a website that seems totally bogus if you ask me, let alone the fact it was the anniversary of Shane’s death which clearly shoul
Seems as though I’m going against the trend here, but I really enjoyed this book!

I don’t watch either of the shows that it has been likened to, so I don’t have a comparison, but it definitely has elements of Kara Thomas’ The Cheerleaders, Karen M. McManus’ One of Us is Lying and a dash of Gossip (the movie).

Set in a creepy mansion (I pictured Victorian Gothic) this book takes place over one evening, with flashbacks to a year ago detailing the events of a fateful party. The characters are brough
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019

My feelings towards this book are mixed. I didn’t like like it, but I found it amusing; the idea even though unoriginal was something I liked but the execution left a lot to be desired. The writing was trying to be poetic which was too much so it ended up being pretentious. I mean who, WHO? starts slow dancing in the middle of a school hall with a guy they see for the first time in their life?

The story did start good—with a death and a promise of revenge followed with five teenagers en
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: edelweiss
Disclosure: This book was provided to me by Edelweiss free of charge in return for an honest and unbiased review. This book is scheduled to be released on December 11, 2018 by Margaret K. McElderry Books.

I have a confession to make.  I am a complete sucker for shows like "Pretty Little Liars" and "Harper's Island".  You know, the genre of show where I can yell, "Bitch, try locking your door!" and for one hour feel slightly superior that I would survive the wrath of a maniacal killer on a (twinki
Lo O'Neill
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this story, the plot was intriguing and I am on a bit of a mystery/intrigue kind of roll at the moment. Sadly, This Lie Will Kill You just didn’t do it for me and I do feel bad saying that because I can see the potential of the book. I was left with the feeling that the author/publisher should just have held this one back for a little longer and worked out the finer points and they could have had an enjoyable murder mystery book on their hands. Alas it was not meant to be ...more
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3.5 Stars

A modern day Clue murder mystery, in This Lie Will Kill You author Chelsea Pitcher takes five teens on a dangerous journey that forces them to examine the truth. Was it Ruby far away from the party but a vital character nonetheless? Was it Gavin with his camera and a red pen? Maybe it was the duo, Parker and his money and his muscle Brett? Or perhaps it was Juniper in the pool? It might have been all of them or none of them, but someone is
Kayleigh Kehoe ♡
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it

3.5 ⭐

This was good. This is the kind of book I would love to see Netflix adapt into a series. It's enigmatic, thrilling, enjoyable and detailed.

It's a familiar theme, very I Know What You Did Last Summer meets Pretty Little Liars, but the author owns it, runs with it, and throws it into the air as dark confetti as the reader watches this mystery unfold with their eyes.

"There'd been a party to plan, with a very exc
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
"...They climbed into the car together, three little criminals ducking their heads. Three little lairs, beautiful and terrifying in their capacity for love, their capacity for vengence."
I am conflicted. I got the creepy vibes I wanted from the story and the setting, but I didn’t love the characters or some of the interactions in the story. This Lie Will Kill Youis the perfect light spooky read. The location and the premise really shine with a murder mystery-style scholarship party ha
Jacob the Bookworm
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
One year ago, someone died in a party. Five teens each had a part in it, but no one would come clean. One year later, they’re invited to play a game. The prize, the Burning Embers Scholarship worth $50,000. They’re invited to an isolated mansion to solve a fake murder mystery. Upon arrival, they realize that it isn’t all as easy as they thought it would be. They find that they’ve been set up, right in the middle of a person set on uncovering the truth of what happened that dreadful night the yea ...more
My hopes weren't exactly high going into this so I can safely say I was pleasantly surprised.

Its not much of a mystery (its pretty easy to figure out who dunnit), but there was a twist at the end that I was not expecting.

The language was sometimes too lyrical and flowery for the genre and it can sometimes be a little... cringe-y.

But it is wildly addicting and compulsively readable. Regardless of my criticisms above, its really quite enjoyable.
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
What started off as a great premise turned into a hot mess with flat characters and a plot that made no sense. Chelsea Pitcher’s word building is at times beautiful, almost poetic. I liked another book of hers, but can’t see any reason to recommend THIS LIE WILL KILL YOU.
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Thank you to the publisher for sending me a physical copy for review.
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
When the phrase, "The struggle is real" was created, I have a feeling they had this book in mind (they just didn't realize it yet).

I had zero clue what was going on. Characters were underdeveloped and the plot was weak. I hope to have my review up soon.


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I knew nothing about this other than it was a murder mystery that promised to have great twists and turns Well, I’m still waiting for all of that to happen because the
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I’m going to have mostly negative things to say about this book but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it on some level. The story was rather bizarre and completely unrealistic. It felt like the script for a slasher movie more than a novel. I think this is a book best enjoyed by turning off your disbelief, skepticism, and maybe your brain in general and just going with the flow. As soon as you start questioning all the plot holes and loose ends become visible. If you can just go with it, it’s a fu ...more
gaby (gabyreadsalot)
May 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
dnf @40%

alas, i have been reading books on my phone for the past month and this unfortunately had to be the book i was reading when i decided i didn’t wanna do that anymore since i have 30 books cramming my physical tbr shelf.

maybe i’ll pick this up either physically or virtually in the future, but i wasn’t that captivated by the story anyway so i doubt it.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, own
I received a digital ARC of this title from Edelweiss for an honest review.

Five teens are invited to a locked-room, murder mystery night and the one who solves the mystery will will a $50,000 scholarship. But when they arrive and find out who their competition is for this scholarship, they realize that they have an actual death (murder?) in common. They quickly realize that the scholarship was a ruse and they're really there to figure out/confess to what happened a year about when another boy di
Jay G
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
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* I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review *

3.5/5 Stars

One year ago, 5 teenagers attended a party where somebody ended up dead. Each teenager played a role in the death that night but have never talked about it since. After receiving an invitation to compete for a scholarship, they quickly discover that the person behind this gathering is seeking reven
Gary Lee
Trauma and lack of boundaries do not count as character traits. Ugh.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

One year ago, at a party in December, a series of events happened that led to the death of a teenager. Five teens had played a part in that death, but no one really knew what happened. Fast forward one year, and each of these students receive an exclusive invitation to compete for a $50,000 scholarship. After the events of last year’s party, they could each use that money for college so they all attend.

Once there, they realize they may h
rebeccca elane (pistachiobooks)
DNF'd at 33%

 So because of the whole 'pandemic' thing I couldn't go to my monthly book club. My inner fifty-year-old was crushed. That being said I'm glad I have an excuse to not have finished this beyond I didn't like it because dear LORD I DID NOT LIKE THIS.

My main problem with this book was the way it was paced. It picked up on a really weird beat. It started as they were going to the event as opposed to having build up. This made it hard for me to connect to the characters or their world. Be
Paula  Phillips
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
A year ago this small town high school had a party out in the woods, seven central teens went to the party amongst others, but only five made it home unscathed that night. One ended up dead and the other burned. Now one year later, the five remaining aren't really on friendly terms - they have all drifted apart due to what happened that fateful night that they all played a part in. It's nearing graduation, and the five receive an invitation designed like a scholarship award. Each of them has bee ...more
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Chelsea Pitcher is a karaoke-singing, ocean-worshipping Oregonian with a penchant for twisty mysteries. She is the author of THE S-WORD, THE LAST CHANGELING & THE LAST FAERIE QUEEN.

Watch for her new YA thriller, THIS LIE WILL KILL YOU, coming December 11, 2018 from S&S/McElderry!

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