Thanks to NetGalley and Simon Pulse for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Deep in the forest, four friends gather for a weekend of fun.
Truth #1: Rob is thrilled about the weekend trip. It’s the perfect time for him to break out of his shell…to be the person he really, wants to be.
Truth #2: Liam, Rob’s boyfriend, is nothing short of perfect. He’s everything Rob could have wanted. They’re perfect together. Perfect.
Truth #3: Mia has been Liam’s best friend for years…long before Rob came along. They get each other in a way Rob could never, will never, understand.
Truth #4: Galen, Mia’s boyfriend is sweet, handsome, and incredibly charming. He’s the definition of a Goolden Boy…even with the secrets up his sleeve.
One of these truths is a lie…and not everyone will live to find out which one it is.
Sigh. I was really excited when I read the synopsis for this, but so many things went wrong that in the end I wound up being disappointed. My first issue is with the characters who were just kind of “blah” for me. None of them stood out, including Rob, who’s the narrator. He also comes across as being terribly immature which made it even more difficult to relate to him. I love unreliable narrators, because they can add a lot more excitement to a story, but Rob was just completely flat for me. Because of this, when things started going horribly wrong I couldn’t really bring myself to care about any of them. I also have some issues with the story itself. First of all, what kind of parents think it’s perfectly fine for their teenage daughter to go off on a weekend camping trip with three boys? I don’t care if two of them are gay. This made absolutely no sense to me whatsoever and I had a hard time getting past it. The pace does move along at a good clip and that, combined with its fairly short length, makes this a quick read. The ending comes completely out of left field, but because of the absence of any real clues leading up to it, it left me feeling manipulated. And finally, I have no idea what age group I’d even recommend this to. There’s a couple of sexual scenes that are fairly graphic which would ordinarily have me leaning towards older teens, but because of the immaturity of Rob’s narration, I don’t think this would have wide appeal with them. Three Truths and a Lie is pretty much getting mixed reviews on Goodreads. Some readers love it, and others not so much. So, if the premise intrigues you, check out the reviews. I’d also recommend looking at Carrie’s excellent review at http://carriesbookreviews.wordpress.com While this wasn’t for me, perhaps I was just in the wrong mood.
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