Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Review: Good Girls Lie - J.T. Ellison

Good Girls Lie
by J.T. Ellison
Published December 31st 2019 by MIRA

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.

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.

"There are truths, and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened, which is where you and I will meet."

4 Stars

A boarding school for the daughters of the wealthy and elite, secret societies that can make or break your future, and a new girl that seems to be catching everyone's attention. Good Girls Lie takes readers into The Goode School, a private prep school shrouded in mystery that offers its all female student body a path to success. The girls follow a strict honor code, but that doesn't mean secrets and lies aren't spilling from their sugary-sweet smiles. This school year is unlike any other year, there's some rumors that can't be ignored and there's the truth simmering under the surface, just waiting to bubble up.

"We're connected now, over this lie. We both know it. Accept it. These are the social niceties of a modern civilization."

Good Girls Lie had everything I could want in a thriller; secret societies, murder, and a seductive storyline. The setting, a school known as a Silent Ivy in the small, forested town of Marchburg, Virginia, promised haunting tales and the perfect location for secret societies to run amok. More than the gothic setting, the novel opens with death, a student has been found dead and the rumors behind her death have nothing on the truth. The sweet Goode girls have grown up with wealth, privilege, and have plenty of experience in lying; it creates a culture, one that the younger and new students have no power against.

"She looks so young, so pretty. I belong to her now. I am her Swallow. She's chosen me."

Like all teenage girls, the Goode girls have dreams, but unlike your normal teens, these girls will cheat, lie, steal, and push you until you'll consider what your life is worth. With one main character to follow, our narrator Ash, J.T. Ellison takes readers on a journey into The Goode School, a place where even the Dean has secrets she'd do anything to keep buried. Ash is the sort of character you can't spoil for other readers, you'll just have to meet her for yourself. Good Girls Lie is a complex tale filled with intriguing characters and a fast-paced storyline that'll have you turning the pages as quickly as you can. The cult-like atmosphere and twisted events makes for one fantastic, sinister thriller.

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