THE LIES THEY TELL review by JesusFreak
The Lies They Tell
Age Range - Mature Young Adult
Genre - Mystery
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Age at time of review - 19
Reviewer's Location - Yucaipa, CA, United States
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Pearl remembers the night of the Garrison fire. The fire that killed 4 family members and left only 1 alive. Pearl’s father claims that he wasn’t the cause, yet the rumors around town say that he was. Pearl doesn’t know who started the fire, but she believes her father. If only the rest of the town would as well.

Pearl works at the country club, a place for the rich and elite to hang out during the summers. When a group of boys takes a liking to Pearl, she wonders if maybe they can lead her to the truth about the Garrison fire. Will she find out what really happened that night?



I’ve read another one of Gillian French’s books, The Door to January, and enjoyed it. However, I must say that The Lies They Tell was by far my favorite of the two. I could tell that the author was improving in her writing, and the story within the pages of The Lies They Tell was intriguing, page-turning, and an overall great story.

The main character, Pearl, is a great main character. She’s tough and can fend for herself but not in an unbelievable way. She tries her best to deal with the situations in front of her, and that is a very admirable trait.

The plot moved along quickly and entertainingly. I wasn’t bored a single moment. The author did a great job keeping my attention throughout the story.

Overall, The Lies They Tell is a great story about a girl’s journey toward the truth. I recommend it for young adult readers ages 12+.

Content Rating:

Content rating - some mature content

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The theme of the book centers around a house fire that killed many people. There’s a fairly dark theme to the whole story and a few sexual references, though nothing explicit.

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