Review: Three Truths and a Lie

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Book Title: Three Truths and a Lie
Author: Brent Hartinger
Series: None
Genres: YA, Mystery, Thriller

Date Read: 08/05/16
Pub Date: 08/02/16


A weekend retreat in the woods and an innocent game of three truths and a lie go horribly wrong in this high-octane psychological thriller filled with romantic suspense by a Lambda Award–winning author.

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, 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 Golden 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.

Sounds intriguing, right? Well, it was; unfortunately it just wasn’t quite what I thought it would be. I’d call this a case of mostly enjoying a book with a clever twist that ended up being unmemorable. This is my first experience with the author, and I would certainly be open to reading more from him. On my particular scale 3 stars is not a negative review; it’s just not as stellar as those 4/5’s are. There’s not much I can touch on plot wise so I felt I would list my likes and dislikes below to give a better sense of my thoughts.


-Alright, that twist was totally unexpected and I did not see it coming. This will always be a plus for me, as it is getting more difficult to find thrillers of any type that can give me that moment of pure, delectable dupery (google it-that’s a real word people!).

-Although I am not a member of the LGBT community and my knowledge of such is limited, I felt the author had extensive knowledge to provide here. I’m not sure how close his ties are with the community, but from what I could research I know all his books champion the LGBT community and he writes with a sense of respect and dignity toward all humans.

-This book wasn’t as gory and violent as most with a similar plot line. I found it hard to place what specific age range inside the YA spectrum would enjoy this most, as it does have little snippets of adult-ish content, but the violence and gore was much more tame here than most these days.

-I thoroughly enjoyed the way this story was told; our narrator Rob is telling this story to someone who’s identity isn’t known to the reader, which made for an interesting and unique read.


-The characters were just so-so to me. I didn’t really feel drawn to any of them and had a hard time empathizing; I found myself just drawn in to the shock value.

-While the ending took me off guard, it wasn’t anything that will keep me thinking about this book for weeks, or even days. I’ll likely box this one into the back of my head as soon as this review is published. I enjoyed reading this one; it just wasn’t anything outstanding.

-Some parts did feel a bit cheesy and unrealistic in a sense of how teenagers act and what they say. I hate to even include this though, as “cool and hip” in the eyes of a young adult is ever changing and almost impossible to nail unless you are one. I’ll be the first to admit that I would fail miserably at attempting such a lofty feat.

*I received my copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. Many thanks to Simon Pulse and the author for the opportunity!


5 thoughts on “Review: Three Truths and a Lie”

  1. I almost requested this book a while ago. The synopsis sounded so interesting. It’s seems like it’s a real hit or miss. I had checked Goodreads before requesting a copy and none of my friends were overly thrilled about it. Nice review!

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