“you are cordially invited to tell the truth, or face the consequences…”
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you all have had such a lovely Christmas and New Years, you all deserve it. I’ve had a great one, seeing all my family and in-laws. It was mine and my partner’s first official Christmas and New Years together, so it was quite a special one. It is 5 days into 2020 and I am already on to my third book. I am hell set on meeting my target of 100 books in 1 year. the last book that I finished is pictured above; “This lie will kill you” by Chelsea Pitcher. Now in my December Christmas Gift List I did mention that I felt like I might’ve read this before. I was wrong, I haven’t, so it must’ve been something similar. It is one of the books that my parents got me for Christmas.
The book does sound really interesting when you read the synopsis. Its quite a short read which was nice as the book before I really struggled to get into. I will, as like always, pop the synopsis below for you to read…
One year ago, there was a party. At the party, someone died. Until now no one has told the truth about what happened.
Tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 prize.
Nobody questions the odd, rather exclusive invitation until it’s too late…
Five arrived, but not all can leave. Will the truth set them free? Or will their lies destroy them all?
I do like the premise behind this book. I think the story idea is very cool and is a very inventive one. The synopsis itself is that lovely, short and snappy way of describing the book that creates a lot of tension and mystery. I like it, it is very effective. I do love the cover art too its very YA, very bold and it stands out. it’s effective to its purpose. You cannot fault that.
I really wanted to like this book as much as I thought I would. While I thought the story idea was great, the characters fell a bit short for me. They were, a little flat. To say that they all went through this traumatic event a year ago and one of the characters was subject to abuse, they all felt kind of emotionless? I don’t know if that’s the right word. But I just didn’t feel like I got the level of emotion from the characters that I would normally expect. I wanted more, I wanted to be able to picture them as people I know, real people. Not fictional characters. Even in a book that isn’t about a real life event, I feel like I want the characters to at least feel real. You want to feel like it could be possible. But I just didn’t get that.
I also thought the ending was very predictable, I don’t want to ruin the book or add spoilers, because I always stand by the moral that just because it wasn’t for me, it doesn’t mean it can’t be someone else’s favourite book. But each person gets given a character to play during the game and the minute that they read out their characters to introduce to the group who they were I knew, that one of those people had carried out a very sinister act in the past and hid it from the world. Which low and behold ended up to be a big revelation to the ending of the book.
It was a weird read for me. I think there were aspects that I really loved. Like the idea of a murder mystery party that was actually deadly. That is such a great twist. I loved the plot as a whole. But there were the characters not giving enough and the predictability of the ending that just stopped me from loving it. But I don’t think it’s a bad book. There are books that you personally don’t like and then there are books that are just badly written, and I don’t think that this is one of those. It just wasn’t a bit of me. I think someone who prefers YA books a bit more than me would eat this up. Whereas I really love horror films and scary books. Creepy has to be super creepy for me. It has to be one or the other. so I think this just was just a little too much in the middle for me. I think Pitcher may have played it a bit safe in not making it to harsh and too scary and that’s why it seems to me why it felt a little off.
I would recommend this book to YA fans that like suspense but don’t like horror or super creepy books. It is a nice medium if that is what you prefer. Full scary books aren’t for everyone.
My rating for this book is 3/5 stars.