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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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Paperback, 464 pages
Expected publication: December 30th 2019 by Mira Books
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Dita
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to be given a widget for this book that I stopped everything and read it immediately. I have not one regret!

This is a tight thriller set at an exclusive boarding school. Bursting with secrets, hazing, sexual surprises, murder and some really creepy stairs this one was really tough to set down and I lost most of yesterday to this juicy read!

Thank you to J.T. Ellison, HARLEQUIN - MIRA (U.S. and Canada), and NetGalley for giving me this widget/ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Debra
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Goode girls don't lie .......or do they?

A code of honor, secret societies, and murder!

The Goode School is a prestigious all-girls school where the girls gain early acceptance to the ivy schools of their choice. This boarding school in Marchburg, Virginia accepts only the brightest (and richest) girls - daughters of politicians, prominent businessmen/women, and elite members of society. Rules are expected to be followed, there is an honor and conduct code that must be abided by. Sure, the secret
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Dita
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to be given a widget for this book that I stopped everything and read it immediately. I have not one regret!

This is a tight thriller set at an exclusive boarding school but it is definitely not just for YA. Bursting with secrets, hazing, sexual surprises, murder and some really creepy stairs this one was really tough to set down and I lost most of yesterday to this juicy read!

Thank you to J.T. Ellison, HARLEQUIN - MIRA (U.S. and Canada), and NetGalley for giving me this
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Erin Clemence
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

The Goode School is an elite, private school for girls settled amongst the scenic hills of Virginia. A school known for its elite students, on the fast track to Ivy League schools of their choice, where the only rules are those in the school’s Honour Code, created to ensure responsibility, honesty and dignity amongst staff, students and faculty. So, when a young
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Kendall
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I love thrillers... I can't get enough of them!! But, they actually have to be GOOD.

Lately, I've seen quite a few thrillers that have become "fillers". In other words, a whole bunch of random extra info or too much extra unnecessary details that are added to the plot.

Unfortunately, I have struggled with J.T Ellison's books before with having the same issue as I did with this book. It's extremely way too long!!

There was a lot of interior dialogue going on and too much telling and not showing
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Selena
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free e-copy of Good Girls by J.T. Ellison from NetGalley for my honest review.

This book takes place at an elite all girls boarding school. The girls that are accepted her are demanded excellence. Ash, a new girl, arrives and she along with other girls have lots of secrets.

A murder, rituals and secret societies entangle this story. Although there are plot twists, I struggled connecting with the characters and found certain aspects of the book to be very unbelievable.

I think the
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Mandy White
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Girls Lie by JT Ellison ticked all the boxes for a great psychological thriller for me. I am a big fan of JT, loving her stand alone books as well as the Taylor Jackson series through the years. When I heard about her new book I was desperate to get my hands on a copy. l was thrilled when I was approved for an ARC. And true to form once I started reading I did not want to put it down. I was completely hooked after that first chapter - and it just kept getting better.

So Good Girls Lie opens
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Brandy
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
It has been said that, “the truth shall set you free;” however, for Ash, telling the truth can be down right deadly. Just how far will she go to keep her secrets and her past buried?

“There are truths, and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened, which is where you and I will meet.”

Let’s face it, everyone lies. Even good girls, but especially Goode girls. Goode’s honor code be damned when it comes to Ash and her future. Such a wicked web of lies that is spun by Ellison
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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
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Aga Durka
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Good Girls Lie is my second book by J. T. Ellison and I am once again fully satisfied with this sinister mystery/thriller read. This was a quick read for me and I was glued to its pages from the start. I enjoyed the alternating points of view and the clever way the author created the tension throughout the book. This book had all the right ingredients for a boarding school mystery: secret societies, hazing, murder, teenage girl’s cattiness, and eerie descriptions of an old school’s grounds and ...more
Velvet
4.5 rounded up to 5
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Long books usually intimidate me. This one didn't ... Primarily because of the author's provocative prologue and opening chapters. She had me, hook, line and sinker.

I liked Ash, mostly, but every other student? Detestable, and that's putting it lightly. But that's what was so great about this novel. Ellison took what we know about private boarding schools, bullies and spoiled rich kids and
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Ludwig
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"How do you kill a narcissist?"

In Good Girls Lie, a 16-year-old’s body is found dangling from the gates of the elite Goode school - an all-girls boarding school - on a chilly morning. Right at the very beginning. This scene had me leaning forward in my seat, leaving me in an unexpected jaw-dropping state, as I wasn’t expecting the author to capture anything that insidious on the outskirts of her domestic suspense realm. J. T. Ellison is already a celebrated author and I think her new novel will
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Sherri Thacker
Quickly I realized this book is not for me.I had a really tough time following this story. I did not connect with the characters or the story line for that matter. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this complimentary book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Alexa
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, ...more
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 ...more
Anne
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sandy
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley-reads
Thank you Net Galley for an ARC ebook.
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The Goode School is an all girls elite private school for daughters of rich and influential parents. This school helps their daughters get into Ivy League schools, and most of the time on early acceptance.
This is where parents dream to be able to send their girls. Although lets think about this clearly.... For those of use that are women and went to high school... can you imagine anything worse than 200 snotty rich girls? I mean the girls in this book
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Tami
Wicked good story! Mix together a prestigious all girls school, a few mean girls, some secret societies, a few haunted areas on campus, sex, drugs and narcissism, and you get a tantalizing story that will keep you up past bedtime.

Ashlynn Carr, orphan daughter of a wealthy England couple arrives at The Goode School hoping to put her past behind her. She’s going by a new name, Ash Carlisle. Her reluctance to share her past puts her on the other students’ radar and some of them will stop at nothing
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Crime by the Book
My new favorite J.T. Ellison book!! Imagine crossing Gossip Girl with Pretty Little Liars with Ellison's knack for writing dark, twisty plots, and you've got yourself an utterly entertaining binge-read. This is a suspense read for anyone who loves boarding school mysteries, stories that delve into the dark side of teenage friendships, and/or just wants a juicy, secret-filled psychological thriller. I loved this one!

Read my full review on the CBTB blog!
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Emily
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have loved getting a new JT Ellison book each year for the past few years! I am always entertained by her books, and Good Girls Lie did not disappoint. This book is a little slower-paced than the last few, but it is still just as full of great drama.

This book starts off really well, and I was so intrigued. As the title suggests, this book is full of lies, and it was fun to watch everything unravel. I did figure out some twists pretty early on, but I was still so wrapped up in the story that
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Tammy
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2019
“How do you kill a narcissist?”
Centuries old secret societies, lies, scandal and murder. The Goode School is a very prominent girl’s private school in Virginia headed by the last remaining member of the family that has ran it for two centuries, Dean Ford Westhaven.
It’s storyline expands over two continents following its newest student 16 year old Ash Carr, a sophomore who arrives from London at the dark unsettling prep school named Silent Ivy on a secret scholarship (known only between herself
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Velvet
4.5 rounded up to 5
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Long books usually intimidate me. This one didn't ... Primarily because of the author's provocative prologue and opening chapters. She had me, hook, line and sinker.

I liked Ash, mostly, but every other student? Detestable, and that's putting it lightly. But that's what was so great about this novel. Ellison took what we know about private boarding schools, bullies and spoiled rich kids and
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Jamie beauty_andthebook_
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Queen of the thrill, JT Ellison is back and with a boarding school mystery no less! Where do I sign up!

The Goode School, an all girls boarding school, is no stranger to drama and when Ash Carr arrives from the UK bringing her own baggage (mentally and physically), she's sure to fit right in. Before she knows it, Ash finds herself embroiled in all the drama of the school from things ranging from bullying to hazing and secret societies.

Ellison does a masterful job of creating tension and intrigue
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Christina McDonald
“There are truths, and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened, which is where you and I will meet.”

Tightly plotted and brilliantly executed, this story of secrets, hazing, suicides and murder is told in the most evocative way. I could practically hear the bells chiming in the bell tower, feel the chill of the old stone walls, sense the menace from the secret societies.

Like Mean Girls or Gossip Girl set in a gothic boarding school, Good Girls Lie is filled with bullies
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Judy Collins
WOW! Her best yet and Top Books of 2019! Stay tuned for my Q&A Elevator Interview with JT coming Dec 30, 2019 and full review! Get this one on your pre-order list NOW!

Marj Ward
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J.T. Ellison is one of my favourite Authors. This book is a must read. An elite female only boarding school. Some nice girls but also some egotistical bullies. Secret societies, affairs, suicides and murder. I didn't know who the imposter was until the end. Thanks to NetGalley, Harlequin-Mira and the Author for allowing me to read and review this book.
Shelby
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
The Goode School is an elite all-girls boarding school in Marchburg, Virginia. The Dean Ford comes from a long line of women who’ve headed Goode and she intends to keep them at the top of the ranks. The Goode School is based on a code of honor and integrity, but even still, Ford turns a blind eye to the secret societies and the hazing that happens on campus.

Ashlyn (Ash) Carr is traveling all the way from Oxford, England to attend Goode. She was accepted into the program months earlier due to her
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON DECEMBER 30.

We are greeted on the opening page with a girl hanging from the entrance gate to The Goode School for privileged girls, and it all begins.

GOOD GIRLS LIE is filled with drama, cruel girls, administrators that look the other way, lies, deceit, secrets, betrayal, surprises, and an ending and ending twist you won't see coming.

You won’t want to put it down because it is filled with edge-of-your-seat tension, is chilling, and pretty creepy. 5/5

This book was given to
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Donna Hines
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
JT Ellison never disappoints and her newest thriller is equally a firestorm of powerful thrills!
Good Girls Lie involves several young ladies in a Virginia prep school for elite girls.
However, there's a stranger among them and she's planning a whole new ball game.
Affairs are on the agenda, bullying is paramount, suicides are becoming common, but this may not end with just death and even beyond one evil deed there appears to be another.
This was like the revolving door, it was captivating,
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Holly
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was my first experience reading a J.T. Ellison book and I enjoyed it. Good Girls Lie is a suspenseful story and a quick read. It is a well- structured, character-driven story with some twists, most of which you won’t see coming.

The beginning of the book is a little slow but I promise you that won’t last long — the pace picks up and never looks back. While it felt more like a YA book as it takes place in a high school, that did not detract from my enjoyment at all. There is suspense, murder,
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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 ...more
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