FICTION

Lie to Me

Scholastic. Jan. 2020. 256p. pap. $10.99. ISBN 9781338538106.
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Gr 9 Up–Amelia has almost no memory of the fall that nearly killed her. What started as plans to meet with her best friend Skylar at her favorite spot along the river ended with her waking up in the hospital—bruised, concussed, and with a broken wrist. She only has a vague recollection of laughter, the feeling of being pushed, and the loss of her favorite necklace. Two other girls from the community have also gone missing and were found dead. It’s not clear whether Amelia’s accident is related, but she’s sure whoever did it also meant to kill her. Amelia takes it upon herself to track down the murderer, starting with crafting a list of questions and suspicious people. Liam, her brother’s soccer teammate and sworn enemy, shows interest in her and her quest, and wants to help. Is the killer her creepy neighbor, new boyfriend, or best friend? Ward’s newest novel contains many themes that may appeal to a variety of readers—equal parts mystery and suspense, an exploration of sexuality, and dark romance. The plotline, while intriguing at times, is full of stilted dialogue. All loose ends are wrapped up too quickly in the final chapter.
VERDICT This might do well in a larger collection where similar titles are popular.

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