Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Darkest Lie by Pintip Dunn

Page Count: 256
Published on: June 28, 2016
Published by: Kensington Publishing
Genre(s): Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary
Source: Paperback: PROVIDED BY AUTHOR: ARC
Age Rating: PG-15

Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon  

Twitter: @pintipdunn

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

“The mother I knew would never do those things.

But maybe I never knew her after all.”

     Clothes, jokes, coded messages…Cecilia Brooks and her mom shared everything. At least, CeCe thought they did. Six months ago, her mom killed herself after accusations of having sex with a student, and CeCe’s been the subject of whispers and taunts ever since. Now, at the start of her high school senior year, between dealing with her grieving, distracted father, and the social nightmare that has become her life, CeCe just wants to fly under the radar. Instead, she’s volunteering at the school’s crisis hotline—the same place her mother worked.

      As she counsels troubled strangers, CeCe’s lingering suspicions about her mom’s death surface. With the help of Sam, a new student and newspaper intern, she starts to piece together fragmented clues that point to a twisted secret at the heart of her community. Soon, finding the truth isn’t just a matter of restoring her mother’s reputation, it’s about saving lives—including CeCe’s own…


Hey guys!

     I was contacted by Kensington Publishing to read and write an honest review on Pintip Dunn's new book, The Darkest Lie. This book is about a girl who's mother committed suicide after being accused of sleeping with one of her students. Cece wants to just fly under the radar and get done with school. She ends up volunteering at the school's crisis hotline where her mother worked. A bunch of crazy events happen, and then a bunch of different shenanigans occur, and you'll just have to read it to find out what happens next....

     I thought this was a pretty good contemporary/mystery/thriller. I really loved Cece as a character, and the whole plot was really intriguing and fun to read. Cece's feelings are so complicated and they way that she dealt with her grief and when she starts to discover what was ignored, she doesn't naively deal with the new information, she keeps an open mind and works hard to figure everything out. As she digs into her past, and her mother's past, she soon is threatened by a mystery person and it eventually escalates...With the help of a super cute and inquisitive boy, she pieces the story together and the truth is revealed. Cece wasn't a perfect character, but I think that's why I liked her so much. She just wants to get on with her life, and she doesn't have a perfect life, but she's doing the best she can.

     This book will keep you guessing, and even though it deals with some controversial topics (suicide, inappropriate affairs/harassment/bullying), it is written really well, and I just really liked it overall. I really felt for Cece, and I was really invested in her story. I really shipped Cece and Sam, and their relationship was really sweet.

I hope you all enjoyed this review!
Happy reading!
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