Book Review: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

Posted January 15, 2015 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments Tags: ,

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: There Will Be Lies by Nick LakeThere Will Be Lies by Nick Lake
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on 2015-01-01
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Thrillers, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
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three-half-stars

In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car.

Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon.

All Shelby knows is that they’re running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past—and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what’s real, what isn’t, and who she can trust . . . if anybody.

Award-winning author Nick Lake proves his skills as a master storyteller in this heart-pounding new novel. This emotionally charged thrill ride leads to a shocking ending that will have readers flipping back to the beginning.

Before you read this book you need to know that this book is weird. It is a lot of other things, too, but it is definitely strange. If you go into this book thinking it’s just a contemporary book about a girl discovering and coming to terms with her past, you might be a bit thrown by the fantasy elements that pop up along the way. Don’t get discouraged if you aren’t a fan of fantasy, the other parts are still there. This is a book about a teenage girl coming to terms with her real story, not the story she thought she was living. And in order to figure out everything, she needs some help from some fantasy elements. It might seem a bit strange at moments along the way, but it all makes sense in the end. If you know that going in, I think you’ll like it much more.

The thing I liked most about this book was the overall arc of story. When the book was over, I liked being able to look back at where the main character had been and where she was now and appreciate what she had been through, how she came out on the other end, and everything she learned getting there. I liked how it changed her. But I can’t give you any specifics because I won’t give anything else away.

What I wasn’t so sure about was the alternate reality storyline. Of course, I know how it fit in after finishing the book but sometimes while I was reading, especially in the middle when Shelby’s story started getting really interesting, I was annoyed that it would switch over to The Dreaming. I felt like the plot was stalling during those times, especially because I usually had no idea what was happening during those times, that I just wanted to skip over them and get back to the “real” story. Knowing now what it had to do with the book, I can see why it was there, but I still wish those chapters had been shorter and that they had had more of an impact on the story.

Like I said earlier, I think if you go in knowing that there are two storylines in this book and one is contemporary and one is fantasy and they come together in the end in a way that I won’t giveaway, I think you’ll be more prepared to like this book. You should also know that it is a bit of a mystery/thriller book and while I think Nick Lake did a good job writing a female teenager, she wasn’t always likable. I liked her story and I liked learning about her past, but she says what she thinks and it isn’t always nice.

If you’re a fan of mysteries and books that aren’t always upfront about what’s going on, I think you might like this book. It wasn’t a complete shock to me to find out what had happened but it was still a pretty good reveal. If you can’t handle an MC that you don’t like and wandering plots, I don’t think you’ll like this book. Also, there is no romance in this book. It’s all about Shelby, what happened in her past, what’s happening to her now, and her trying to make sense of all of it. I liked it but didn’t love it. I think if it sounds at all interesting to you, you should definitely give it a try.

2 Responses to “Book Review: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake”

  1. I could not finish this book. It was just too weird for me. I liked the writing. But I hated the way the conversations were set on the page. I felt it made it hard to distinguish dialogue from narrative (even though it was italic). And once her big reveal happens (which was obvious to me from the beginning) I think it should have stopped. I got about 120 pages in. I really wanted to like it, but I just could not. Glad you enjoyed it, though.
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