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Goode girls don’t lie…

Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: December 30th 2019 by MIRA
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Susan's Reviews
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This story just went on, and needlessly on. Eighty-nine chapters. The writing is decent - there were many great and even clever lines. After a while, there were too many great and clever lines. There was also way too much interior monologue (telling and not showing), and everyone and everything is shrouded in mystery. There was also the occasional misuse of descriptive words - for exampl
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Anne
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a retired high school teacher, I'm such a sucker for novels set in school settings (especially at private schools for some reason), so this one had me at Hello! Ash is a tortured young woman who has witnessed the death of both parents and is now on scholarship at the elite Goode Academy where each girl is virtually assured a place at an Ivy League college, classes are small, and secret societies exist to allow girls to bond in sisterhood. But what lies beneath the surface is a nightmare of bu ...more
Alexa
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers
3.5 stars, rounded down. I had trouble getting into this one, and emerged with mixed feelings. Once I finally felt engaged by the book (after the 30% mark), it was a more enjoyable read, but the list of ridiculous inaccuracies and the level of soap to which the book ascends were an issue for me. The book also, for me, is a fascinating case study in a book that should be YA but is very much not--this is an adult thriller, but regardless I bring my experience as a YA reader (and writer) to it, whi ...more
Tucker
Jun 17, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
this title instantly makes me think of one of my all-time favorite shows, Good Girls
Tarrah Marie
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J.T. Ellison captivates from the first sentence to the very last with her eloquent writing and dubious plot twists. The story line has this mesmerizing discord that is wrought with suspicion. Its gothic underpinning is upheld well with the old, private school setting, secret societies, and folk lore. While the main character is predominantly developed, Ellison offers diversity to her tertiary cast that embodies this whole narrative. Fantastic read. 5 stars.

Thank you to #NetGalley and #Harlequin
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Melissa In The City
I absolutely love J.T Ellison and jump on any new book she writes. This was a really dark and effed up plot and the element of an all girls school full of rich, snotty, mean girls made it even more the darker. On that note, there was a lot going on and I found myself flipping backwards sometimes because I couldn't quite keep track of who was narrating at that point. The ending was mysterious as well and left me saying hmmmm.
I honestly am torn between 3.5 and 4 stars. It had me jumping in feet fi
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Cathy
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison
So this story is set in a private girls school setting, has some mysterious goings-on what with secret societies "tapping" prospective girls late at night, a suicide or is it, and other odd happenings. This overall was a pleasant albeit kinda slow but steady read, it kept my interest and had a few twists and turns but nothing edge of my seat. Thank you Netgalley and the Publishers for this ARC.
Tamara
Review to come.

Quick thoughts:

I LOVE JT Ellison's characters. They are SO good.

This story was twisty. And set in a boarding school. And filled with secrets.

And the ending? YASSSSSSSSSS.
Andrea Pole
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison is my introduction to this author, and I am certainly anxious to read more. This is a dark, twisty, sinister tale that left me with goosebumps, and aren't those the very best kinds of thrillers?

Ash Carlisle arrives at the Goode School in Marchburg, Virginia from Oxford, England following the deaths of both of her parents. The novel takes on an almost gothic feel, set in and around the elite all girls boarding school, and when mysterious deaths start to occur, it is
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Judy Odom
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars for me

I probably should have walked my dog before starting this book.

Good Girls Lie is a book full of plot twists that will keep you up reading well into the night.

The book takes place at a private girls school in Virginia (that alone leads to many side stories).

Ash has come from Oxford to enroll in this prestigious school after suffering a great personal loss. Or was it ?

Nothing is as it seems to be: who is innocent, who is guilty.

The Goode School for Girls has so many secrets both
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Angie
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-books-read
This was a struggle to get into and a struggle to finish. Being such an avid reader of all genres, I have a hard time when a book doesn't pick up or get good until more than 30-40% into the story.
That is what this book was for me. It felt like it went on and on, and the way the characters spoke didn't feel realistic to their age.
If you are a fan of this author, it's worth reading, otherwise I would suggest skipping this one.

Thank you Net Galley for my advanced copy of this book and my review i
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Brandee
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the advance read in return for an honest review. I enjoyed the journey this story took me on. It was quirky from the start with the elite private school setting with its strange rules, standards and leadership. From the very beginning the tone was set and a good mystery thriller began to unfold. J.T. Ellison's style of writing kept me fully engaged and the character development was top notch. As for the ending...well done...I re-read the last ...more
Shkolnikjx
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book that is sure to draw the attention of both the mature and the YA audience. Really tells it like it is and draws you in slowly but surely.
Janet
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

Goode girls don’t lie…

Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and
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Anna Luce
If you are looking for a more extensive review on this book I recommend you read Alexa's review .

DNF 20%

1) The interactive narrative—the type that addresses the readers and asks lots of questions about its own story—was irritating rather than amusing. There were these clunky attempts at being clever that failed abysmally. If anything the use of certain words seemed incredibly unlikely especially if they were being used by a teenager. For instance, how likely is it that someone would think this:
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Jessica Gilmore
I absolutely adore Boarding School books, and have a particular fondness for American prep schools, despite being neither American or preppy so was instantly intrigued by the premise of Good Girls Lie, a thriller set in the exclusive Goode School, an all girls school for the bright and well connected in the Virginian mountains.

The book starts with a body attached to the school gates, a body the girls whisper belongs to Ash Carlisle, before we are catapulted back in time to Ash's arrival at the
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Mindy
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5

**Disclaimer: I received a free electronic ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Well, this story progressed in a somewhat unexpected way. I'm a sucker for boarding school mysteries, and this book starts off in a pretty much average/standard way. Maybe that's why it took a while for me to actually get into the book, as nothing really interesting happens until the mysterious death occurs, which is when the plot eventually thickens. When things begin to unravel and secrets are
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Emma Cox
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read a book by J.T. Ellison before and I always love to find new authors to enjoy. Good Girls Lie was exciting from the get go. It reminded me of wild child in the beginning but then the story took so many twists and turns that it truly was its own unique story.

I liked the characters a lot, I thought Ash was really interesting and the way that the story was written allowed us to really get to know her quite well.
The Girls at Goode were not just your typical rich girls (well some o
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Danielle
I'm not sure how to feel about this book. I've loved all of J.T. Ellison's previous standalone novels-enough to spend a big chunk of my road trip move searching for Tear Me Apart (which was amazing) last summer-but this one just didn't sit right with me. Her usual intricate plot was completely absent, which reduced this promising book to a confusing mess of bratty teens, stiff adults, and a boring story. I was very surprised this wasn't classified as a young adult novel, because it certainly fel ...more
Monique
Good Girls Lie had all the elements of murder, mayhem, sex, and intrigue. Unfortunately, it took a long time getting to the heart of the story. I personally dislike when authors write endless pages of detail. I get the story was set in fictional Marchburg, VA at a historic all-girls boarding school. but the pages upon pages of the campus description drove me crazy!

I pushed through all the unnecessary descriptions and wanted to know the story of Ash Carlisle. We start the story with a dead girl h
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Megan
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Girls Lie is a thrilling novel full of secrets by J.T. Ellison. The Goode School is an all-girls private boarding high school in a small town in Virginia. All of the students come from rich and influential families and most of the girls go on to attend Ivy League colleges. While the school expects academic excellence and for all the girls to follow an honor code, it often turns a blind eye to secret societies that haze potential members as well as drug use and drinking. These privileged you ...more
Danielle
I'm not sure how to feel about this book. I've loved all of J.T. Ellison's previous standalone novels-enough to spend a big chunk of my road trip move searching for Tear Me Apart (which was amazing) last summer-but this one just didn't sit right with me. Her usual intricate plot was completely absent, which reduced this promising book to a confusing mess of bratty teens, stiff adults, and a boring story. I was very surprised this wasn't classified as a young adult novel, because it certainly fel ...more
Monique
Good Girls Lie had all the elements of murder, mayhem, sex, and intrigue. Unfortunately, it took a long time getting to the heart of the story. I personally dislike when authors write endless pages of detail. I get the story was set in fictional Marchburg, VA at a historic all-girls boarding school. but the pages upon pages of the campus description drove me crazy!

I pushed through all the unnecessary descriptions and wanted to know the story of Ash Carlisle. We start the story with a dead girl h
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Josephine
Ash Carlisle and do not call her Ashlyn, is a young girl from England who has come to America to attend an exclusive, prestigious prep school in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It is called The Goode School and is considered to be a “Silent Ivy” meaning the graduates a are guaranteed entrance to an Ivy League college upon graduation. The school is exclusive and accepts only 200 new students a year, making it one of the most challenging to get into in the U.S.
We quickly learn that Ash is r
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Heath Henwood
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Girls Lie
By J.T. Ellison

4 stars

Classic murder thriller.

The story builds tension, engaging the reader as the girls of the Goode Girls Boarding College skip classes and initiate new bees in to clubs.

But it is not all fun and games.

The mystery about the new students is well developed, as the author unravels the secrets that the girls carry, as well as the staff.

The Goode School is a prestigious prep school accepting only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and
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Scott Parsons
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an intriguing novel set in an exclusive boarding school for in the eastern USA. It is a training place where girls are groomed for elite Ivy League universities. It has a student body whose parents are the elite of society. When the novel begins Ash Carlyle arrives from England at the beginning of term. She very quickly has a run-in with the top dog of the graduating class who is President of the top sorority at the school. Dean Ford presides over the school but she does not maintain a t ...more
Lori
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
JT Ellison is a master at weaving a story that keeps your interest. So much so that you do not want to have to put it down! JT takes you with her into an all girls prep school. Very exclusive and a guarantee to be able to get into the University of your choice. A new student arrives all the way from Oxford. This girl, Ash is just wanting to get a good education and keep her head down. However, her first day there she clashes with the leader of the schools social structure. And this girl isn't on ...more
Madeline Nelson
Quality of Writing: 6/10
Pace: 7/10
Plot Development: 5/10
Characters: 5/10
Enjoyability: 8/10
Insightfulness: 2/10
Ease of Reading: 6/10
Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
I got this Advanced Reader Copy a while ago from NetGalley, and I will admit it took me a while to get into the book. I put it down for some time, but picked it up again today, and was immediately sucked in. I don't know what changed, but it was like a Twilight book. The writing had problems, but the book was definitely a page turner.
For one, the p
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Eleanor Wheeler
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I was a bit worried when I picked up this book and realised it was set in an all girls boarding school, I’m not a fan of teenage girls, I didn’t even like them when I was one - way too much melodrama. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how well Ellison managed to write the girls in this book so that I didn’t feel the overwhelming need to slap them all (not sure if that means they aren’t very realistic though!?!)

The Goode School is a prestigious academy steeped in history and tradition. The a
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Amy Mckinzie
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book I've ready by J.T. Ellison and I was blown away. I was riveted to every word in this dark, twisted Gothic like tale.

Set in an all girl's, elite, for the rich only boarding school in Virginia, Ash Carlisle arrives all the way from Oxford, England as a newly admitted sophomore. Grieving the recent tragic deaths of her parents, one over-dosed and the other committed suicide, Ash attempts to reinvent herself and fall under the radar. But quickly she attracts the attention of r
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J.T. Ellison began her career as a presidential appointee in the White House, where a nuclear physicist taught her how to obsess over travel itineraries and make a seriously good pot of Earl Grey, spawning both her love of loose leaf and a desire for control of her own destiny. Jaded by the political climate in D.C., she made her way back to her first love, creative writing. More than 20 novels la ...more
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