Another twisty mystery thriller from J.T. Ellison! Good Girls Lie is set at an all girls’ elite prep school in rural Virginia. Ash is a new student with a horrible past in England. But will she fit in with a bunch of privileged American brats? And what secrets will be unraveled about her, her classmates, and the school’s faculty before the end of Ash’s tale?
The author mentions that she went to a similar prep school. The story definitely has the ring of truth. The school’s staff looks away from bullying and hazing because “that’s the way it has always been done”. My favorite part of the book was the frequent twists in the plot. I felt dizzy while reading it–just like I feel on real rollercoasters! The author skillfully weaves in the truth among the lies with red herrings aplenty for armchair detectives to use to solve the mystery. I had literally no idea what was going to happen next for the majority of the book. And I love that!
If you love twisty thrillers and want to see how the “other half” lives, you must check out Good Girls Lie. 5 stars and one of my favorites this year!
Thanks to MIRA Books, Harlequin Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
About the Book
Good Girls Lie
Author: J.T. Ellison
Publication Date: 12/30/19
Publisher: MIRA Books
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 brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond. But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.
In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder. But when a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.
But look closely…because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.
J.T. Ellison’s pulse-pounding new novel examines the tenuous bonds of friendship, the power of lies and the desperate lengths people will go to to protect their secrets.
J.T. Ellison is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 20 novels, and the EMMY-award winning co-host of A WORD ON WORDS, Nashville’s premier literary show. With millions of books in print, her work has won critical acclaim, prestigious awards, and has been published in 26 countries. Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.