This Lie Will Kill You -⭐️⭐️ Book Review

This Lie Will Kill You

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Chelsea Pitcher

“Tell the truth. Or face the consequences.

Clue meets Riverdale in this page-turning thriller that exposes the lies five teens tell about a deadly night one year ago. 

One year ago, there was a party.
At the party, someone died.
Five teens each played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.

But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are too good to be true. They were each so desperate for the prize, they didn’t question the odd, rather exclusive invitation until it was too late.

Now, they realize they’ve been lured together by a person bent on revenge, a person who will stop at nothing to uncover what actually happened on that deadly night, one year ago.

Five arrived, but not all can leave. Will the truth set them free?
Or will their lies destroy them all?”

First, let me extend my thanks to NetGalley, and of course the author, Chelsea Pitcher, for this copy of ‘This Lie Will Kill You’ to read in exchange for an honest review.

This has many ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ tones to it. We have a group of teenagers, a party, drinking, driving and finally, a death. One year on, someone wants their revenge.

Five teenagers – Juniper, Ruby, Parker, Brett and Gavin – all arrive at a mansion with the expectation of competing to win a $50,000 scholarship, a prize each of them desperately needs. After the events of one year ago where a fellow student tragically lost his life, each of the five have struggled academically. Juniper, for example, would have been valedictorian with a scholarship to a school of her choice. But that party, that fateful night one year prior changed everything. It was a similar story for each of them. One night altered their lives in unimaginable ways.

This is a story about bad decisions. A showcase of the poor life choices we make in haste turning out to have lasting consequences. This is a whodunit novel, Cluedo for the Riverdale-age, with a variety of shallow and frankly quite annoying characters. I found myself wanting to carry on, but struggling to connect with the book. It wasn’t a read I particularly enjoyed, which considering I am a fan of franchises such as I Know What You Did Last Summer, and shows like Riverdale, I thought it would definitely be something I would like.

I feel like, well for me, the let down here was the characters. They were annoying, boring, shallow, horrid people. No one you would be able to garner any sympathy with. A big part of my enjoyment in a story comes from my developing relationship with the characters. I love to be invested, I love rooting for a character, being drawn into their lives,feeling a variety of emotions for them. That was missing here. The setting itself had loads of potential. A creepy mansion, life size porcelain dolls (they are extra creepy at the best of times), and a murder mystery dinner. It could have been really good. It’s a real shame that it was let down by the lack-luster characters.

2/5

Lesley-Ann (Housewife of Horror)

Vicious Rumer -⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book Review

Vicious Rumer

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Joshua Winning

“Rumer Cross is cursed. Scraping by working for a dingy London detective agency, she lives in the shadow of her mother, a violent criminal dubbed the ‘Witch Assassin’ whose bloodthirsty rampage terrorised London for over a decade.

Raised by foster families who never understood her and terrified she could one day turn into her mother, Rumer has become detached and self-reliant. But when she’s targeted by a vicious mobster who believes she’s hiding an occult relic, she’s drawn into the very world she’s been fighting to avoid.

Hunted by assassins and haunted by her mother’s dark legacy, Rumer must also confront a terrible truth: that she’s cursed, because no matter what she does, everybody she’s ever grown close to has died screaming.”

This book has a huge Jessica Jones style feel to it, and I do love Jessica Jones. The kick ass, straight talking,attitude filled private eye. Rumer Cross is no different. Except for that rather than having super strength, she is, or believes she is cursed. She has read tales of her mother, an assassin, a killer, a woman who terrorized the streets of London. She believes that she was cursed when she was born, and that everyone she gets close too dies.

I don’t believe she was really cursed, I feel Rumer is more involved in a self fulfilling prophecy than anything else. She thinks everyone is going to die who gets close, and when they do, it’s an accident, and coincidence. It’s true, when you think bad about yourself for long enough and believe you are going to cause harm to people… eventually you will.

The first half of this book I really enjoyed, it’s a great ride, full of action and we are neck deep in the chaotic life of Rumer Cross from the get go. The reason is got a 3* rating from me, well, it really dropped off in the second half. The big villain, Mara, a total psychotic creep with his own personal dungeon and delusions of finding an object called the ‘Crook Spear’ so he can make him immortal, he was wasted I felt. Went from the crazy big bad terrorizing Rumer (which was great to read), and then he actually wanted to hire her which was where for me it got a bit boring I’m sorry to say. I think I would have preferred Mara over bringing in Rumer’s supposed dead mother Celene Cross back.

I couldn’t get behind the storyline of Rumer and Celene. Celene, who is meant to be the scourge of London, faked her own death and has been secretly stalking Rumer all her life. It didn’t feel, I don’t know, it just work for me at all. I really did struggle with the second half, a lot of Rumer being rude to Celene, and a lot of Celene being very perfect mother-like. It really took away from the story for me.

Like I said, I loved the first half of this book, it was really exciting. But it seems to lose its way somewhere and I just muster up any excitement, by the end I was glad I’d finished it.

It’s worth a look and a read if you are a fan of Jessica Jones and YA thrillers.

3/5

Lesley-Ann (Housewife of Horror)

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