The Lies They Tell by Gillian French

The Lies They Tell

With shades of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars and Gayle Forman’s I Was Here, this dark and twisted mystery will be the page-turner of the year.Everyone in Tenney’s Harbor, Maine, knows about the Garrison tragedy. How an unexplained fire ravaged their house, killing four of the five family members. But what people don’t know is who did it. All fingers point at Pearl Haskins’s father, the town drunk, who was the caretaker of the property, bu...

Details The Lies They Tell

TitleThe Lies They Tell
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
GenreMystery, Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Lies They Tell

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    "It seemed everyone felt fascination-meets-revulsion in Tristan Garrison's presence, followed by but the police cleared him; they let him go, didn't they? Somehow, it wasn't a comfort. Not at all."Over the past year I've become an avid fan of Gillian French; her writing is so character driven and atmospheric that it takes little to no effort in being transported to the setting of each of her novels. When I first saw the cover reveal for The Li...
  • Diane S ☔
    Tenney's Harbor, Maine a place with a large influx of the summer families, those westhy families who live in the big houses. Pearl, seventeen, lives here with her dad who is a caretaker for those big estates. Pearl herself works at the country club serving the wealthy. Then something happens, one of the family's estate starts on fire, a fire that will cause the death of four members of the family, except for the teensge son Tristan who was away a...
  • Aneela ♒the_mystique_reader♒
    My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5ReviewThis is the first book I have read by the writer Gillian French. I loved the synopsis and cover of the book so I knew I had to read it. (Pretty covers are my weakness).I started the book with high expectatations. The character development and world building was amazing. I liked the setting of the place where rich people come and stay for the summer. Gillian French has done an amazing job. She has painted perfect pic...
  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
    RATING: 1.5/5 at most!ARC provided by Edelweiss and Harper Teen in exchange for an honest reviewThe premise of this novel is what got me interested in reading it. I didn't expect much, except maybe likable characters and a decent storyline. Instead, I got something pointless and very disappointing. I swear if I see one more person comparing this to We Were Liars I’m going to lose it...This is NOT a rant review. You have to actually care to rant...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    4.5 Stars!It's been a really long time since I've read a YA mystery that has kept me on the edge of my seat, not only guessing at what was about to happen, but with what did happen as well. The magical whodunit.I usually figure these things out and yet this time, I think I didn't want to be right. I didn't want to feel something for the bad guy. I didn't want it to be who it was and more importantly, because of it, I didn't see it coming as well ...
  • Dennis
    The Lies They Tell is a smart, light mystery with suspenseful undertones that will engage you from the beginning. Seriously, the first chapter, um, wow—talk about hooking me in right from the beginning. In a town plagued by the uber rich and the working class townies, Tenney’s Harbor, Maine, is a town not unlike other nautical New England towns that have been famously depicted in film and media in the past. I was immediately transported back...
  • Amber (Books of Amber)
    The Lies They Tell was boring. There’s no other way to put it. The beginning does nothing to grip you, aside from the initial prologue where the family dies, and the book really doesn’t improve from there.I felt nothing for the characters, not even the main one. She didn’t have much of a personality.Since this is a thriller, it could have at least had a decent twist. However, it’s pretty clear who the culprit is from the start. It was so ...
  • Frank Phillips
    3.5 Stars! Pretty decent YA novel! I'm so used to adult Thrillers that reading one for young adults is a very noticeable difference for me; not near as much on the edge of my seat as I would like to be, but at the same time i can enjoy the Simplicity of the writing and plot. I've read a handful of YA Thrillers in the past year and would put this one right up there at the top. I will say that the ending was not a surprise, at all. Pretty much the ...
  • PinkAmy loves 💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏
    1.5 STARS The most exciting part of THE LIES THEY TELL is the blurb about the story. What starts off as a promising premise, a wealthy family murdered, their surviving son and a poor girl’s father suspects, never got off the ground for me.While empathizing with her difficult life, I never connected with Pearl on an emotional level. She lacked personality and I didn’t seem clever enough to solve the mystery. Perhaps Gillian French’s use of t...
  • Jennifer
    The Lies They Tell is a Young Adult standalone mystery. This is my first book by this author.The narrator is 18 year old Pearl (3rd person POV). The story takes place in Tenney’s Harbor, a tourist town in Maine.The mystery concerns The Garrison tragedy, a fire that killed most of that family. Pearl is trying to figure out what happened.Since this takes place in a tourist town there are the Townies like Pearl and her best friend Reese. They live...
  • Ihab Ludwig Mk
    The Lies They Tell is a beautifully slow-paced novel that would be especially appealing to YA readers. The story does contain an element of mystery , and you can say it's almost in the vein of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. About six months ago, The Garrisons represented a truly flawed family- there's cheating, bullying and a kind of injustice, before they were all shot and then taken by a fire that killed them inside their home, except for one fa...
  • Thamy
    I wasn’t ready for this book. If Pearl wasn’t a teenager and the point of view weren’t all hers, I’d even argue this isn’t YA. I’m always glad when a writer takes her YA seriously.After her father loses most of his jobs thanks to a tragedy happen right under his watch, Pear is working at the club when one of the rich guys seem to take special interest in her. She knows not to fall for their sweet talks, but his friend Tristan, the sol...
  • Kaycee Bowick (Off_The_Press)
    The town of Tenney's Harbor, Maine is your typical, small-town summer getaway destination, where a fine, societal line exists between the wealthy summer residents and the blue collar "townies".A year ago, this small town was shaken by the shocking murder of the prestigious Garrison family. Someone shot and killed the Garrisons, then setting fire to their home. The only remaining Garrison was 17 year-old Tristan.As if the murder itself wasn't shoc...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    I actually really wanted to like this more than I did. I was looking for small town mystery and family secrets creating this dark and atmospheric story and I don’t feel like all of that was fulfilled. The story was mostly obvious and underdeveloped. The Lies They Tell follows Pearl Haskins as she tries to find answers about the Garrison tragedy, where a mysterious fire left only one family member alive. As Pearl grows closer to Tristan Garrison...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    Review coming...
  • Heather Wood
    This book is between a three and a four star read for me. I really liked it because I did feel drawn into the setting and characters and I did finish the book within a couple of sittings. My only disappointment came from the lack of a big "aha" moment. The mystery was too easy to figure out and the ending not very satisfying. I did like the main character a lot and I felt her relatable and realistic.
  • S.M. Parker
    With haunting, gorgeous prose, THE LIES THEY TELL is a masterful mystery that will transport you to the dark coast of Maine where big secrets lurk in small towns. Privileged summer families, murder, intoxicating boys and a fierce heroine converge in this novel perfect for fans of WE WERE LIARS and ONE OF US IS LYING.
  • Lauren
    *1.5* I was so incredibly excited for The Lies They Tell. I love mysteries, and while this book was not getting the best reviews, I still held out hope. Now that I've finished the book, however, I feel that I should have listened to the reviews, as The Lies They Tell unfortunately was not the book for me. The Lies They Tell falls into the 'meh' category. I didn't love it nor did I hate it; instead, it was just kind of there. I had no problem fini...
  • Lindsay
    Pearl lives in a small, oceanside Maine town where there is a fine line between the rich and poor. She is part of the latter and works at the town’s country club along with her dad. Six months earlier, four out of five Garrison’s (one of the rich families who live on Millionaire Row) were shot in their sleep and their house was set ablaze. Pearl’s father was on duty that night and didn’t see anything suspicious until he smelled the flames...
  • Diana Iozzia
    “The Lies They Tell”Written by Gillian FrenchReview written by Diana Iozzia of Bookworm Banter “The Lies They Tell” follows our main protagonist, Pearl Haskins, as she discovers the mystery of why the house of one of the richest families in town has burned to the ground. Nearly all of the Garrison family perished, except their eighteen-year-old son, Tristan. Pearl is stuck in a love triangle, or square, I guess, as she tries to help her f...
  • Ashley
    Easy to read and not that long. Not suspenseful, mysterious, or thrilling past maybe the first chapter or two. Everything was way too obvious and Pearl didn’t seem purposeful in anything she did. She wasn’t so much investigating as stumbling around wherever anyone happened to invite her. All of the characters felt stilted and disconnected from each other and the reader. Often they did things that made no sense just to push the plot along. And...
  • Aly
    Good mystery. I liked Grit a lot, so I'm not surprised this was a good read. I felt bad for Pearl. Her mom moved away, her dad's an alcoholic, and she in unrequited love with her best friend. I had issues with all the boys in this book. Reese had to know how Pearl felt about him, but he continued to date Indigo even though she treated Peark like shit. And as soon as she started spending a little time with Bridges, he abandons her. And then Bridge...
  • Cindy Wilkerson
    If a book has polarizing ratings, it’s most likely going to be my jam.Yeah, the characters and situations frustrated me at times. And certain things were left open ended where I would have loved to have seen some closure.But in the end I didn’t care because I enjoyed the ride.
  • paigeee
    This one was okay. Kind of slow for me. Only a couple shallow twists. I felt like I knew who it was the whole time.
  • Paperback Princess
    Tenney's Harbour in Maine is a small town, with few locals, but during the summer the rich arrive in droves to stay in their holiday mansions. When one of the well renowned families, the Garrison's, were burnt to death along with their home, the small town was thrown into confusion and suspicion. All but one remains of the Garrison's, Tristan, who had not been there on the fateful night that his entire family burnt.It seemed everyone felt fascina...
  • johely
    Writing: 4☆Plot: 3☆Enjoyment: 4.5☆Characters: 4☆Overall: 4☆I will post a mini review later this week and full in depth review closer to the release date. Thanks to HarperCollins for sending me an ARC.
  • Talk Supe
    Needs a LOT of work if this one is trying to pass as a thriller. THE LIES THEY TELL was off to a good start: a family killed and a townie, Pearl, took it upon herself to “investigate” the tragedy by ingratiating herself to the clique, the King Bee being the surviving son of the family who was brutally murdered. For the most part, this book is about Pearl dating outside her class, a rich kid whose life & style is beyond her as her family is no...
  • Kathy Martin
    This twisty mystery takes place in a town in Maine where the townies and tourists are sharply divided groups. Everyone knows about the Garrison tragedy where the father, mother, sister and younger brother of Tristan Garrison on Christmas Eve. The house was set on fire to conceal the fact that they were all shot to death. Tristan is the only survivor because he was away skiing with friends. Pearl's father was the night watchman and lost his job an...