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I read almost every genre & I enjoy venturing into unfamiliar territory. As a library volunteer, I'm constantly bringing home novels. Being a substitute teacher, I read lots of YA & children's books.  

Three Truths and a Lie

Three Truths and a Lie - Brent Hartinger

Four friends decide to spend a weekend at a cabin, alone. No, I don’t see a problem with that.   These are underage friends, friends who are attractive to one another and have access to alcohol and have decided to go skinny dipping together. Ok, I’m starting to see where things might start to get interesting. They decide to play Three Truths and a Lie, a game which seems pretty innocent but you never know what truths and lies these individual are going to say. Now, the true character of these individuals is starting to emerge.  Something clicked and the next day, this foursome seems to be under attack.  I sure hope these four friends don’t get all soft and panicky.   With intensity I read as some unexplained noises took up residence around their cabin, somehow their phone vanished and a few other odd incidents occurred which spooked these teens and made them all nervous. What was happening to them? Was it their imagination, was someone playing a trick on them or was someone really after them? As the group comes to grips with their dilemma, the foursome suddenly became a threesome and their nightmare in the cabin began. Trying to find an explanation to what was occurring; the remaining party begins dwindling in numbers. Stop thinking and do something! The ending was incredible; I never saw that one coming.   I would love to go back and reread this novel again knowing what I know now. Bravo to the author for such a fantastic conclusion. This is definitely something you should read, and then perhaps read again as I know you probably will want to.


I would have given this a five star review but I feel that word choice was an issue with me in this novel.  I really wish the author would have written down more descriptive words in Rob’s narrative. I thought his narrative contained many cold, simple words which didn’t hold any emotional bearing for me. I know that the story is told by Rob but I feel that had he used different words the novel would have created more energy, depth and held more emotional and visual bearing for me. For example, the word said, there are other words to use besides using said all the time. I know, as a reader, I am supposed to create my own world but simple words feel scripted to me. At another high intensity part of the novel, I visualized the characters high tailing it out of there but I read the word, ran and I was disappointed. This is just my own opinion on word choice as some words slow me down.


I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Simon Schuster Children’s Publishing in exchange for an honest opinion. Thank you for making my dream come true.