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The Truth Beneath the Lies
by Amanda Searcy


Overview - "A smart, suspenseful, and unpredictable thriller that will keep readers turning pages until every last lie is revealed."--Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying

For fans of The Darkest Corners and Pretty Little Liars, Amanda Searcy's debut novel will have readers both disturbed and entranced by one girl's present-day horrors and another's haunting past.  Read more...


 
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Overview
"A smart, suspenseful, and unpredictable thriller that will keep readers turning pages until every last lie is revealed."--Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying

For fans of The Darkest Corners and Pretty Little Liars, Amanda Searcy's debut novel will have readers both disturbed and entranced by one girl's present-day horrors and another's haunting past.

Flight.
All Kayla Asher wants to do is run. Run from the government housing complex she calls home. Run from her unstable mother. Run from a desperate job at No Limits Food. Run to a better, cleaner, safer life. Every day is one day closer to leaving.

Fight.
All Betsy Hopewell wants to do is survive. Survive the burner phone hidden under her bed. Survive her new rules. Survive a new school with new classmates. Survive being watched. Every minute grants her another moment of life.

When fate brings Kayla and Betsy together, only one girl will survive.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781524700898
  • ISBN-10: 1524700894
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Publish Date: December 2017
  • Page Count: 336
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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BookPage Reviews

Collision course

With chapters that alternate between two troubled, seemingly unconnected girls, Amanda Searcy’s debut novel packs an intense punch.

Sixteen-year-old Kayla wants to get far away from her life, which includes her unstable mother, government housing and a lifeless job at a grocery store. Falling in love could change everything—or so she believes. Betsy is on the run as well, but it’s from the voice on the other end of the burner phone that keeps ringing in her room. She has no choice but to answer it immediately, or she won’t live to see another day. The alternating first-person chapters gradually introduce the girls, and although their individual tragedies take a while to unfold, the urgent pace and danger around every corner make for riveting reading—especially when the girls’ lives finally intersect.

Searcy weaves an intricate and twisty-turny thriller in The Truth Beneath the Lies. Teens will be gripped, but they’ll have to be prepared for some harsh realizations and situations. This is page-turning intensity at its best, but ultimately—no spoiler here—only one girl will survive.

 

This article was originally published in the January 2018 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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