The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu

The Best Lies

Remy Tsai used to know how her story would turn out. But now, she doesn’t even know what tomorrow will look like.She was happy once. Remy had her boyfriend Jack, and Elise, her best friend—her soulmate—who understood her better than anyone else in the world.But now Jack is dead, shot through the chest—And it was Elise who pulled the trigger.Was it self-defense? Or something deeper, darker than anything Remy could have imagined? As the pol...

Details The Best Lies

TitleThe Best Lies
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherSimon Pulse
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Best Lies

  • Dita
    I am a complete sucker for hyper-dependent female friendship stories that go every kind of wrong and this one is brilliant.Read it!I finished this book yesterday as I flew to New Jersey to visit my best friend. The irony isn't lost on me.Thank you to my GR friend, Michelle, for writing a review of this book that was so compelling I added it instantly and began reading immediately. She was right, she always is!
  • megs_bookrack
    Two girls adrift in the world find each other and develop one of the most disturbingly codependent relationships I have ever read.This hard-hitting YA Contemporary follows Remy and Elise as they explore the bounds of friendship. Then they distubingly proceed to cross those boundaries in the worst ways possible.The codependency of their relationship reminded me a lot of The Wicker King by K. Ancrum, which left a certain feeling in my gut. Read as:...
  • Michelle
    When Remy and Elise meet their connection is instant. Unbreakable. Remy has always felt as if she lives in the shadow of her older brother and the constant fighting between her parents makes her want to escape so when the vibrant and electric, Elise, comes along she can't resist being lured into her world. Elise is an enigma and Remy becomes infatuated with her. They don't just love each other they need each other. "Elise was electricity. I wa...
  • may ➹
    despite the whole guinea pig thing, this was Excellent! not sure what the lollipop on the cover has to do with toxic codependent friendships and murder, but Excellent!——————my reading experience is absolutely ruined because the main character is named Remy and I used to have a guinea pig named Remy and every single time her name is mentioned I can’t picture anything but my guinea pig in a murderous thriller
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    Thank you to Simon & Schuster for proving a physical arc in exchange for an honest review.Quick note, this keeps getting listed in LGBTQIA+ upcoming novels for 2019 and I'm completely confused. This story is about obsession, abuse and an incredibly toxic friendship. My guess is that people are seeing these girls calling each other soulmates and saying they love each other in intense ways and automatically throwing it into the LGBT+ category but t...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: Best Lies had already been on my radar for quite some time due to . . . . . Holy crap, the recommendation feature actually barfed out something that looked appealing??? And speaking of looking appealing, there were definitely some visual similarities that also piqued my curiosity . . . . Between the titles and the covers, my brain was telling me . . . . Then a couple of my ...
  • Vicky Again
    wow I uhwowthe portrayal of toxic friendship was SO good and reading this was watching a trainwreck happening that you couldn't tear your eyes away fromdefinitely recommend! Content Warnings: (view spoiler)[abuse, small hints of suicidal thoughts, toxic friendships, arson, murder (hide spoiler)] wow I uhwowthe portrayal of toxic friendship was SO good and reading this was watching a trainwreck happening that you couldn't tear your eyes away fro...
  • Lia (booksnpenguins)
    Our wounds don't make us special. They only mean we've been hurt. Suffering isn't romantic. It's just painful. This triggered every kind of anxiety I have and then some.Ughhhh, I should RTC this because I need to rant about it, but I seriously don't want to relive all the fuckery once again. Our wounds don't make us special. They only mean we've been hurt. Suffering isn't romantic. It's just painful. This triggered every kind of anxiety I h...
  • JenacideByBibliophile
    Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Simon and Schuster, via Edelweiss+ for an honest review. “Jack’s blood is on my face and in my hair, on my arms and under my fingernails. There was so much, the paramedics had rushed to me, checking for signs of trauma, but they couldn’t see the hole in my heart.My name is Remy.I am seventeen years old.This won’t last forever.”If you’re looking for a book that will leave you feeli...
  • CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
    My full review is now up on my blog, The Quiet Pond!-Holy shit, friends. This book CAME for me. I didn't know what to expect but whatever expectations I had, The Best Lies took them, slapped me with them, and now I'm just dazed and in awe of this book's brilliance. - Follows Remy, a teen whose boyfriend is shot dead by her best friend -- and she can't remember why. - Told in alternating narratives, oscillating between past and present day, this i...
  • Jay G
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: Stars Remy loves her boyfriend, Jack. She also loves her besstfriend, Elise. Then one night Elise shoots Jack in the chest, claiming self defense... but Remy isn't so sure that's the truth. This book focuses on toxic and obsessive friendships, which I have not read many books about but I really enjoyed! I really liked how the dysfu...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    5 GIGANTIC STARS-Enmeshed friendship on steroids-Dead boyfriend -Best friend holding the gun-Dysfunctional familiesI can’t remember the last time a debut stunned me as much as THE BEST LIES. Sarah Lyu’s first, of I hope many, YA novels dripped voice and heart thumping tension. I wished I could have finished in one sitting.Lyu’s gorgeous, smart writing had me highlighting many passages on my kindle, her words so profound. With its intensity,...
  • Jillian Reynolds (Jillian Loves Books)
    I have some conflicting feelings about this, so I think I’ll sleep on this one before a full review. Heavier topics at least deserve that before they’re approached in a book review.
  • Brandi
    This book was so disappointing. Maybe that's my fault, but I went in with high expectations based on the title alone. With that being said let's begin with the characters:Remy: absolutely the most annoying protagonist (if you want to call her that) ever. She's extremely clingy and insecure. Some things are her fault but she always owns up to it when it's too late. Useless.Elise: The worst antagonist on the planet. Obsessed with Remy out of nowher...
  • Kayla Brunson
    This was a book that I was looking forward to but I am so disappointed by what I just read. This was portrayed as a mystery type read and that couldn’t be farther from what this actually was. This read nothing like a mystery/thriller like it’s portrayed to be. It really read like any other YA contemporary and I was so disappointed not to have the mystery/thriller feel.This book was about the effects of a toxic friendship. The friendship follo...
  • - ̗̀ jess ̖́-
    If you've ever wanted to know about the other side of obsessive friendship, this is the book you need. One of my favourite tropes to read about in books is the sick, pining friendship, and I've only really imagined it from the person who's pining. The Best Lies takes this trope and twists it into something gruelingly real and dangerous, showing just how toxic some friendships can become.The book opens just after the murder of Remy's boyfriend, J...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight .3.5*Ohhh this book is messed up! You know, in the good way! Since the whole book revolves around the thriller/mystery aspect, I am going to keep this purposely short. Basically there are two main components: The relationships of the characters, and the unsettling mystery.The Characters and Their Relationships: So, this is a huge part o...
  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    We’re the heroes in this story, born of tragic circumstances, yes, but also strong enough to overcome them. We’ll win the day. This story drew me in right away with the taunt plotting and characters that felt like they could be a real teens. I liked the change of now and then throughout the novel, it added to the the suspense and mystery, kept my attention, kept me guessing and turning pages until the end. While I have enjoyed a few young adu...
  • Tala Lolias
    For a young adult book this was super dark, obsessive and very addicting to read. The relationship between Elise and Remy was so dependant on each other that it was obsessive. The need to control and be with each other 24/7 was just crazy. This book was very well written, the character development throughout only got stronger and I loved the way it finished.Definitely worth a read.
  • Dana
    If I could sum up The Best Lies in one word it would be stressful. I spent so much of this book wanting to take characters and shake them!! And let me just say this isn't a negative thing ... I'm giving this book a 3.5 star rating. You know the authors writing has got you when you're feeling SO many different emotions, and I probably felt ALL of them throughout these pages. But with that being said, that wasn't always a good thing either ... we'v...
  • Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
    Wow, that was just all kinds of intense! Full review to follow soon.
  • Jessica Ryan
    "Love is truest, strongest when you need each other, when you can't live without each other. Anything less is ephemeral. Anything less risks heartbreak."If ever there's been a quote to capture a skewed view of love, it is the one above, but it captures what it's like to be young, defeated and needy. Remy and Elise meet when Remy is at a low point, and Elise seems like her savior. The friendship the two develop is lovely and wild, but it turns int...
  • Yna the Mood Reader
    Tentative review. Will revisit soon.
  • Stephanie Ward
    'The Best Lies' is an electric YA thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seat until the very end. I'm a huge fan of this genre, so I immediately knew I had to read this as soon as possible. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, but this book went above and beyond anything I could've thought. There was nothing I didn't like about this story. The main character, Remy, is incredibly realistic and complex. We learn about her life in ext...
  • ☆ leila☆
    rating- ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆This was such a fast read, I only meant to read the first chapter before going to sleep but i ended up staying up just so i could finish. I was hooked from the first page and needed to finish so i could know what happened. i would highly recommend for anyone who is looking for a quick ya thriller read. The main thing i really enjoyed about this book was the toxic friendship between the two main characters. Remy and Elis...
  • Lily ☁️
    3 1/2 stars “We were a forest fire, wild and full of rage. We were a galaxy unto ourselves, a million stars blazing bright.” Blog | Bloglovin’ | Instagram | Tumblr | Twitter 3 1/2 stars “We were a forest fire, wild and full of rage. We were a galaxy unto ourselves, a million stars blazing bright.” Blog | Bloglovin’ | Instagram | Tumblr | Twitter
  • Cesar
    4 stars.
  • Karina
    Rating: 5 Stars!!! ★★★★★The Best Lies is a YA Mystery/Thriller debut that is a must read!! From the brilliant narrative following past and present POV that weaves together perfectly, the spectacular writing, and themes of friendship, family, toxic friendship, alongside the complexity of love-- also *tw for mention/discussion of abuse.My full review is now on my blog: The Best Lies ARC ReviewThis book has easily made it to my list of fav...