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, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Best Lies

  • 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...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    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)]
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • - ̗̀ 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
    Wow, that was just all kinds of intense! Full review to follow 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...
  • 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...
  • Lauren
    4.5 an obsessive friendship story the builds until someone is dead. Was it an accident? Was it murder? From both past and present perspectives, Lyu constructs an addictive story of two damaged teens and how their shared pain causes a dangerous relationship.
  • 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...
  • Vignesh Kumar
    3.25 Stars...
  • Jessica
    I received an advanced copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, and I'm honestly so glad that she offered, because I really enjoyed reading this one! When I first heard about this 2019 debut, I was immediately intrigued by the idea of such a tightly knit friendship that things start going south and stuff starts to unravel. So as soon as I got this book in my hand, I curled up with it and lost myself in Remy and Elise's ...
  • ☄ ari
    This review is based on an ARC I received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I... Don’t know entirely how I feel about this book - it was painful (it HURT, man), and I’m going to need a hot second to gather my thoughts. The Best Lies hit very close to home. It deals with themes of domestic & parental abuse and was very unsettling (and triggering for survivors). Some of the quotes though, about suffering not being romantic, ju...
  • Tonyalee
    Brilliantly written. A must read. Full RTC
  • Vicky
    I was given an advanced reader copy by the publisher (and it was great! :) )
  • Nikki Barthelmess
    Entertaining and engrossing, THE BEST LIES takes the reader on a journey of a friendship that turns deadly. If you’re in the market for an edge-of-your-seat YA suspense, Sarah Lyu delivers!
  • Jordan (The Heart of a Book Blogger)
    This review and more can be found at The Heart of a Book Blogger.Actual Rating: 4.5 starsI’m always here for a good thriller, so I was beyond excited to receive an early copy of The Best Lies, a psychological thriller from debut author Sarah Lyu.Remy’s whole world just shattered. Her boyfriend is dead, and it’s because her best friend shot him. It obviously had to be an accident, but as she’s questioned by the police, the timeline of the ...
  • Kate Grace
    It’s 11:00 at night and I’ve just finished Sarah Lyu’s debut novel The Best Lies, which I genuinely could NOT put down. I haven’t been this engrossed, emotionally or intellectually, in a YA thriller since reading E. Lockhart’s latest work. The Best Lies has a couple of moving pieces that stick with me as a reader. First, let’s talk narrative structure. The book’s alternating timelines don’t just make for an interesting writer’s ...
  • TJL
    Oh wow. Wow.I LOVED this book even though it infuriated me.Elise was... I just- I cannot tell you how tired I am of fictional abuse victims (primarily female ones, in my experience) always being portrayed as saintly survivors that Never Do a Bad Thing Ever. I LOVED that Elise was unapologetically portrayed as an abuse victim that has, in turn, become the abuser, justifying her shitty, manipulative behavior towards Remy at every turn. I love that ...
  • Heather Dolbeare
    Ok, so I have been experiencing alot of similar themes floating through novels the last couple of years. This one with the best friend obsession that turns deadly has certainly been done before, and I particularly enjoyed Anna Pitoniak's Necessary People better than this iteration. The really strong early reviews had me anxiously awaiting The Best Lies debut, but it fell short for me. Told in alternating timelines stating a year ago and present, ...
  • Krystle Love
    This book is the perfect story of how sometimes your in over your head and you really just can’t see it. How far will you go for friendship? This shows that loyalty can only go so far. We often catch ourselves in toxic situations but are still unwilling to leave. I absolutely LOVED this book and the way it was told. It reminds us that not only as children but as adults we don’t have all the answers. It was a perfect ending and I truly loved t...