Book Review: White Lies (Zoe Markham)

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Publisher: Carina

Release Date: January 18th 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

Everybody hurts

For Abigail, a new school could be the fresh start she so desperately needs. With her parents in the army and her sister Beth too far away to run to, she knows this year needs to be different. She’s never been part of the cool crowd and for the first time Abby wants to fit in. And all it takes is just one little white lie…because some truths are too painful to share.

Everybody lies

But at Cotswold Community College, Abby isn’t the only one with a past she’d rather forget. And when she stumbles across a closely-guarded secret, Abigail realises that her one little white lie could reveal everything she’s worked so hard to hide…

Review:

This book was a really easy and quick read – I got through it in a day, mostly because I just didn’t want to put it down and couldn’t wait to find out what was happening.

I’ll come out straight away and say I guessed one of the main plot twists, though the book did it’s best to fool me into thinking I was wrong. It didn’t bother me though, as there were so many other surprises along the way, I was never quite sure where it was going to go.

Abigail is a character you can really sympathise with – at boarding school for the first time, a new girl for the nth time, worried about her parents who are in the army and with some mysterious secret about a boy named Jase… you have to feel for her, especially when it all starts going wrong.

I loved that Abby started off by fitting in quite well, even if it didn’t last long. I was all braced for a classic high school story of immediately hating the outsider, but she was welcomed in initially, if a little awkwardly. It’s only when she puts her foot in it that things start to go desperately wrong – cue more sympathy for poor Abby.

Scarlett, Abby’s nemesis if you will, is a real worthy opponent and not one I’d like to be up against. Not only is she the beautiful, popular girl, she’s also smart, manipulative, loved by all and going through some tough times herself which gives her a free pass to do whatever she wants, according to the teachers anyway. It’s not hard for her to make Abby’s life hell, but boy does she go for it.

I don’t want to spoil things so I won’t say too much about the climax, but things spiral out of control really quickly for Abby, so fast that I had to take a step back and slow down my reading a bit just so I could get a grip.

This is a mystery story with some hints of horror that really plays with your mind, especially when you think you’ve got it all figured out. It sets you on edge and makes you really question what is going on – if you’re a fan of the Red Eye series or just general horror/thriller books then this one’s for you!

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