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This Lie Will Kill You

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  63 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 tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills,
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 11th 2018 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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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
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
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
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 happening
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
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Thank you to the publisher for sending me a physical copy for review.
♥ Kayleigh Kehoe ⚜ (Awkword Reviews)✍
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 exclusive guest list. A killer to catch."

Five friends are invited to a murder mys
Carlene Inspired
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
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, arc
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
Thank you NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for this ARC.

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.
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
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
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another entry in the growing 'teen mystery' genre. This is reminiscent of Christopher Pike's Weekend; a group of teens all played a part in hurting another, and are now being made to confess after being lured to a party. It's a simple story, with several twists, some of which I saw coming and some I didn't. It's hard to strike a balance between 'boring flashbacks', 'too much information in the wrong order' and 'destroyed all the tension' but Chelsea has managed it. Some things still weren't quit ...more
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
Warnings: domestic violence, abusive ex, gas-lighting, suicidal ideation, physical violence (assault), revenge porn

A murder 'mystery' in the vein of slasher movies where a group of teens are lured into a mansion as part of a revenge plot, This Lie Will Kill You doesn't really keep us in suspense. It is pretty predictable in its set-up, as well as the identity of both the 'bad guys' - the one who caused the murder and the one who is taking revenge on behalf of the victim. It, however, has a well-
Read InAGarden
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not a lot of quality and depth here. But This Lie Will Kill You will be enjoyed by teens who like formula horror movies.
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There's something a little off about your book when the only likeable character is one note and also dead. Pitcher tries to weave a fantastic tale of suspense and thrills but very few of the twists were very twisty. The bad guy is obvious a few chapters in and there's little satisfaction even in that because none of these characters are exactly great people? At best some of them are not terrible people but none of them are lovable or in
Candyce Kirk
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This Lie Will Kill You started out really strong for me. I loved the fact that the chapters were switched between the five characters. It's clear something has happened, but it's not clear what exactly happened! Only that someone died.

The idea of a murder mystery dinner to earn a scholarship is definitely unique and I liked the sound of a murder mystery. It's clear that we can puzzle along with the characters. They all receive costumes and once at the party their characters. From the start it's
Alexandra Nae
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
(You can also find this review on my blog!)

I first saw this book on Edelweiss so I requested for a digital reader's copy, and I was approved! Although the story was really interesting—filled with lies, porcelain dolls, and fire—I found myself wanting more.

The writing
One thing that I loved about the author's writing in this story is the magnificent use of metaphors. This is probably my favorite thing out of the whole book. The author has a way of using metaphors and making the imagery much more i
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
(Won through a Goodreads giveaway! Thank you to SimonTEEN for sending me a free copy.)

3.5 stars.

What's more fun than an unreliable narrator in a murder mystery? FIVE unreliable narrators in a twisted game based on a murder they were involved in. The third-person limited POV rotates between the major players — "class act" Juniper Torres, "drama queen" Ruby Valentine, "golden boy" Parker Addison, "meat head" Brett Carmichael, and "lone wolf" Gavin Moon —  but it's pretty easy to keep up since each
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
I went into This Lie Will Kill You with no real expectations because a lot of YA mysteries are kind of the same and this one was really not that different.

It’s about 5 teens who are invited to a murder mystery party and really they must have been desperate to think a scholarship was attached to this party. They are desperate teens though holding on by a thread because of something they were all involved in a year ago.

At the party we slowly start to see things unravel and why they are there and t
Celia McMahon
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the chance to review this title ahead of its release date.

This book follows five teens as they're locked in a house to solve a murder mystery and win a 50k scholarship. As the prologue proposes, there is a REAL murder mystery to be resolved, and that is why they are all there. This book suggests a fast-paced, YA thriller much like One of Us is Lying.

In all actuality, the mystery of the real-life murder was far too obvious, and the writing was subpar.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
From my blog and instagram account @livereadandprosper

Thank you to Simon Pulse for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

You are cordially invited to a murder mystery party. The first person who solves the murder wins a $50,000 scholarship. Interested?

You will meet 5 teenagers, all of wihch are hiding deep secrets. Soon enough, they will learn that someone among them knows everything about them. It’s going to get real. this party is unlike any other you’ve ever been to. Are they wil
Dec 12, 2018 marked it as to-read
Literally only considering this because I run a book club and it’d be cool to discuss. But the summary for this book is just bad. Like really bad. “There was a party. At the party, someone died”. Just..... proper sentence structure would have made that sound much more intriguing and less... that.

Also how many times are we going to mention that there are five of them in a small paragraph of what should be six sentences.

I have a lot to say and I haven’t even read it yet. But I am still holding o
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Oof. This one was rough. I wanted to like it, and I enjoyed parts, but overall it felt like a good concept that fell short. The problem with genres that get suddenly popular, like YA thrillers right now, is that sometimes publishers try to take advantage of a trend by rushing through books that need more work. That's what this felt like, a book that could've been a solid 4-5 star read with another six months of development.
Reading Canuck
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a slow burning, predictable mystery. The concept drew me in, but I found the characters to be one-dimensional. I continued to read to see how the murder mystery unravelled. I was hoping for more... a twist or surprise, but it fell short for me. If you’re looking for something similar to the television series Riverdale, you may enjoy this one. Overall, it was a quick read with a plot that had so much more potential.
Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Margaret K. McElderry Books and Edelweiss. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book.

I loved every single moment of this book. I started the prologue with low expectations (I had accidentally glanced at the Goodreads ratings, which I hate to do as it influences me and I prefer to be unbiased) but the writi
Oct 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
Oh wow. So, I always feel a little guilty writing a bad review for a book and honestly, if you like mysteries like "Pretty Little Liars", this might still be something you'd enjoy? I still saw this as a solid 3 stars until about halfway, so there is some merit in it. However, the issues kept on building up and wrecked any enjoyment I had.

First up, the characters. Some were definitely more fleshed out than others: I really got a feel for Juniper and Brett's headspace, but struggled to work out wh
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this arc through netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

As much as I wanted to love this, there was just something missing for me.

It was a super quick read and the intrigue kept me reading, but in the end it just fell a little flat for me. The writing was absolutely beautiful and I enjoyed it very much, but I felt like some things didn't quite add up even at the end of the book. The whole thing was sketchy to begin with and I can't imagine why the characters would ever agree to g
Sara Leonard
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book had a great upbringing of characters and story line! But overall it fell flat at the end, there was a lot of build up to an anti-climactic ending. Overall it had good writing but wasn’t for me.
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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!

Agent: Mandy Hubbard