Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger
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.
This read is a quick read and has a unexpected ending. The mystery is not gory and is more suspenseful while reading it. Mr. Hartinger writes the plot so the reader is constantly trying to figure out what is going to happen next. The characters, however, are not written that the reader cares too much about them. The premise that parents would allow two teen couples to spend the weekend in a remote cabin by themselves is somewhat unrealistic. The plot is pretty predictable as the mystery begins to unfold. Although as previously written, has a surprised ending. It is more of a plot driven than character driven story. If you have a teen that likes unexpected endings but doesn’t care if they remember the story too far in the future, give it to them.
Note: I was given an electronic copy via Net Galley and the publisher, Simon And Shulster Children’s Publishing for an honest review.