I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison
Published by MIRA on December 31, 2019
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Goode girls don’t lie…
Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond. But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.
In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder. But when a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.
But look closely…because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.
J.T. Ellison’s pulse-pounding new novel examines the tenuous bonds of friendship, the power of lies and the desperate lengths people will go to to protect their secrets.
Here is what I thought
I have always been wanting to give this author a try and this book sounded really interesting but it just wasn’t as good as I had hoped.
It’s about a teen named Ash who had recently lost her parents and has come to the Goode School from England. You get few different point of views but the main ones are Ash and the Dean of the school. It started out interesting with a girl hanging on the gates of the school, then it takes you back to how it all started.
As Ash is learning to try and fit in and finding that the head girl is taking a liking to her for some reason after she thought she hated her, we get flashbacks to before she came to the school. How things were with her parents, etc. We get the Deans POV about running the school and what she thinks of the new girl Ash among some other things. Between it all we start to weave together an idea of why Ash is there and what happened with her parents, etc.
I think a bit of my problem was I didn’t find any of the characters very likeable. I thought Ash was kind of dumb sometimes with what she was doing which in the end made a bit more sense. The Dean seemed a bit dense but then she really didn’t want to be there for the most part and you could tell.
I must say that I was very confused in the beginning because it doesn’t tell you who is speaking and there are no names at first and so I was so lost. Especially since there was a dead girl and I thought they were calling her by the main characters name so I was like how is she dead what happened but then I realized it was one of those this happened, now let’s tell you what happened scenarios. Then I thought it was kind of a boring ride to get to something of interest. It took till about 44% for me to even start to enjoy what I was reading and then it was still not very wowing. I was interested in finding out what exactly happened as I had a pretty good idea of what all was going down and wanted to see if I was right, which for the most part I was. The ending did pick up a bit but then I am not real sure if I liked how it ended or not. It’s still up for debate.
Even though I wasn’t a fan of the beginning it did pick up enough to be somewhat enjoyable towards the end. I think a lot more people enjoyed this one more than I did so I would just go into it knowing it’s a bit of a slow burn and then you might enjoy it more.