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

  • 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 and cross them in the worst ways possible. The level of discomfort I had whilst reading about their relationship reminded me a lot of The Wicker King by K. Ancrum. Read this as, extremely uncomfortable.They seek comfort an...
  • 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 was ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 Goodre...
  • 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 messedup! 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 of th...
  • - ̗̀ 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 Liestakes 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, Jac...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 favorite books of ...
  • 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.
  • Alex Black
    I had mixed feelings on this book and was mostly torn between 3 and 4 stars. Overall went with four because there were some lines at the end I thought were really powerful and that pushed it over the edge for me.First of all, I think the story structure was a bit tired. We start the story during the aftermath of Jack's death and switch between the past (how we got here) and the present (Remy talking to the police). I've read a fair number of thri...
  • Mandy
    Wow, this might be the best psychological read that I've read ever??This book was like a seven layer cake of characterization and fantastic psychology that had me going !!! the entire time because it was done so well.All of the main characters were deliciously complex and had so much depth. Everyone did questionable things, but they were backed with so many levels of back story and history. You really never knew what a character's limits were and...
  • Wendi Lee
    3.5 starsI liked the idea of this book more than the execution. Remy's best friend has just killed her boyfriend, and she needs to figure out what happened and why! As we sift through her memories of meeting both Elise and Jack, motivations become clear (at least to me), but Remy just can't acknowledge it until the last chapters. I think the idea of turning a traditional obsession narrative on its head is an interesting one, but I wish there had ...