The Truth Beneath the Lies
Fight or Flight. All Kayla Asher wants to do is run. Run from the government housing complex she calls home. Run from her unstable mother. Run from a desperate job at No Limit Foods. Run to a better, cleaner, safer life. Every day is one day closer to leaving. All Betsy Hopewell wants to do is survive. Survive the burner phone hidden under her bed. Survive her new rules. Survive a new school with new classmates. Survive being watched. Every minute grants her another moment of life. But when fate brings Kayla and Betsy together, only one girl will live.

The Truth Beneath the Lies Details

TitleThe Truth Beneath the Lies
Author
ReleaseDec 12th, 2017
PublisherDelacorte Press
ISBN-139781524700898
Rating
GenreMystery, Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

The Truth Beneath the Lies Review

  • Karen McManus
    January 1, 1970
    YA thriller fans have something to look forward to in December 2017! The Truth Beneath the Lies is smart, suspenseful and twisty, with two compelling heroines and an ending that's equal parts surprising and satisfying.
  • Jennifer Fenn
    January 1, 1970
    Here's a 2017 debut that will keep you guessing until the very end! Using dual POVs, Searcy creates a suspenseful tale featuring Betsy, who's haunted by a troubling past, and Kayla, who's determined not to repeat her mother's mistakes and leave the housing project where she lives behind. What secrets does Betsy harbor? Who is calling on the "monster" phone she must answer at all times? Who's attacking girls near Kayla's apartment? Searcy manages to tie all these threads together in a surprising Here's a 2017 debut that will keep you guessing until the very end! Using dual POVs, Searcy creates a suspenseful tale featuring Betsy, who's haunted by a troubling past, and Kayla, who's determined not to repeat her mother's mistakes and leave the housing project where she lives behind. What secrets does Betsy harbor? Who is calling on the "monster" phone she must answer at all times? Who's attacking girls near Kayla's apartment? Searcy manages to tie all these threads together in a surprising and satisfying ending. She reveals information slowly enough to build suspense without frustrating readers, creating a unique read that will keep you hooked until the last page!
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    The Truth Beneath the Lies comes highly recommend by Karen McManus, the author behind one of my FAVORITE books of 2017. Therefore, it's no surprise I eagerly devoured The Truth Beneath the Lies as soon as it arrived on my iPad. The Result? The Truth Beneath the Lies is adventurous, daring, intense. The dual POV makes this book unputadownable - there wasn't a time in which I wasn't desperately trying to connect the two POVs. While I did figure out the big mystery before the end of the book, there The Truth Beneath the Lies comes highly recommend by Karen McManus, the author behind one of my FAVORITE books of 2017. Therefore, it's no surprise I eagerly devoured The Truth Beneath the Lies as soon as it arrived on my iPad. The Result? The Truth Beneath the Lies is adventurous, daring, intense. The dual POV makes this book unputadownable - there wasn't a time in which I wasn't desperately trying to connect the two POVs. While I did figure out the big mystery before the end of the book, there were still some small surprises that managed to rock me to my core. The Truth Beneath the Lies is a book that is incredibly hard to review, as (1) I don't want to give anything anyway and (2) it's just one of those books you just have to experience for yourself. Therefore, I'm going to list a few of my favorite things about it: The Dual POV - Sometimes dual POVs work and sometimes they don't. Luckily, it worked very well here. Amanda used it to her advantage, and it's the main reason I couldn't put this one down. Throughout the book all I wanted to do was hug Betsy and Kayla and tell them everything was going to be okay, that things couldn't possibly get any worse. They are two girls who've been beaten down numerous times, and left to put together the surplus of messy pieces. The Writing - Amanda Searcy certainly knows how to write a good mystery thriller if this book is any indication. She did a fantastic job of building up suspense, keeping the two POVS separate and distinctive, and most importantly, bringing the story together in a way that was surprising and slightly mind-blowing. I'm still wowed by how everything came together so perfectly. The Mysterious Boys- There's so many mysterious boys in this one, and throughout the story, I couldn't figure out for the life of me which ones were good and which ones were bad. Frustrating but in the best kind of way! Full of mysterious boys, daring girls, and the ultimate shock-factor, The Truth Beneath the Lies is sure to thrill YA thriller fans, especially those like myself who eagerly devoured One of Us Is Lying at the start of the summer.Grade: A-
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  • Amy Giles
    January 1, 1970
    There are so many twists in this book and I enjoyed each and every one of them. The one consistent thread between Betsy and Kayla's alternating chapters is the constant fear for their lives--you feel the unseen enemy's presence lurking on each page as Searcy teases out the mystery until the very end. This is a book you won't want to put down until all questions are answered. And WOW, are they ever!
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  • Tricia Levenseller
    January 1, 1970
    Holy wow. I can't remember the last time I read a book that suspenseful. The Truth Beneath the Lies is brilliant. I'm still shaking from all the feels. The writing is so full of raw emotion, and the story stars two incredible female leads. Searcy is a new author not to be missed.
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  • Stacey Trombley
    January 1, 1970
    Aaah! So excited for this book! I was Amanda's mentor for Pitch Wars so of course I love this book! ♡♡♡ Cannot wait!
  • Amanda Hill
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book in a day and a half because I couldn't put it down! Great read!
  • Kristi Housman
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really crazy book full or twists that I can't give away. So my review will be a bit shorter than normal.The chapters alternate between two girls, Betsy and Kayla. Kayla lives with her mom that used to be a drug addict. Kayla was in foster care for awhile, but now they live in public housing on state aid. Kayla is 16 and works at a grocery store trying to get by. She still uses her old foster address to go to a better school. She's got rich friends and is on the dance team. But she's n This was a really crazy book full or twists that I can't give away. So my review will be a bit shorter than normal.The chapters alternate between two girls, Betsy and Kayla. Kayla lives with her mom that used to be a drug addict. Kayla was in foster care for awhile, but now they live in public housing on state aid. Kayla is 16 and works at a grocery store trying to get by. She still uses her old foster address to go to a better school. She's got rich friends and is on the dance team. But she's not happy at home and just wants to get to college and have a good life. Then she meets a boy, Jordan, and everything changes. Jordan seems different than any boy she's met before and she starts to fall in love with him. During this time, girls in Kayla's neighborhood have been getting attacked and killed. Kayla starts to believe that it's Jordan's friend that is behind it.Betsy has recently moved to a small town in Texas by the border. She lives with her mom. Something bad happened to Betsy before and she is living there as someone else. She has a cell phone that she needs to answer to or else her life is threatened. We don't find out what happend for quite awhile, just that a child died because of her. Betsy is trying to be happy, but she's living terrified and paranoid. She does make one real friend, a pregnant teen named Happy. I adored her so much and she added a lot to the story. Betsy is really just trying to stay alive and not get anyone around her killed.We start to understand the back stories a bit more as the book goes on. Things start getting a bit crazy, but I can't tell you anything more than that. I enjoyed this book and the pacing kept me reading and I didn't want to put it down.I will have my full review on my blog early December for a blog tour.
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  • Sam Kozbial
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 starsI sort of figured that part out and maybe even that other part, but I didn't see THAT part coming. This mystery-thriller pulled me in from the very beginning, and kept me flipping the pages until my suspicions were confirmed, and I got all the answers to my questions. Full review to follow. *I would like to thank the publisher for the advanced copy of this book BLOG | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Amelinda Bérubé
    January 1, 1970
    OMG what a great ending! The kind that makes you want to go right back to the beginning and reread with fresh eyes. I think what made it so satisfying was not just its twisty-turny surprises but how well the book hung on to and resolved a quiet core of trauma and endurance. The gritty day to day detail, which is absorbing in itself, builds up to an awesome payoff.
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  • Kate Olson
    January 1, 1970
    School Library Journal review title - stay tuned there for my review!
  • Kavanand (Reading for Two)
    January 1, 1970
    The Truth Behind the Lies is a entertaining, twisty YA thriller. In alternating chapters, it tells the stories of two young women. Kayla is a struggling high school student. She attends a high school in the good part of town, but she lives in a housing project with her recovering addict mother and works a dead-end job at a local supermarket. It's a rough life, and someone is killing young women in her neighborhood. Betsy is a newcomer to a small town. She's a nervous mess, and there's a burner p The Truth Behind the Lies is a entertaining, twisty YA thriller. In alternating chapters, it tells the stories of two young women. Kayla is a struggling high school student. She attends a high school in the good part of town, but she lives in a housing project with her recovering addict mother and works a dead-end job at a local supermarket. It's a rough life, and someone is killing young women in her neighborhood. Betsy is a newcomer to a small town. She's a nervous mess, and there's a burner phone underneath her bed. If she doesn't call that phone once every 24 hours, something horrible will happen.Both stories were pretty interesting. Kayla's narrative initially seems more straightforward, as we get what seems like a pretty complete picture of her life. Betsy's story is more intense. In her new town and new school, she behaves so strangely that her narrative seems unreliable. Unlike Kayla's story, where we're given more background details, the reader is just thrown into Betsy's story and it all seems very weird at first, until the details finally start to fit together and we see how these two girls' lives are connected.As usual for thrillers, there's a big twist, which is not that hard to figure out. But it's not the what so much as the why and how that are more interesting. There were also multiple smaller twists that added to the suspense. Overall, this was a fun, quick, suspenseful read. A solid 3.75 stars.I received an ARC for review from Amazon Vine.
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  • Zoe Bishop
    January 1, 1970
    "The Truth Beneath the Lies" Had an interesting plot, however it didn't pull me into the story. The two perspectives from which the story was told were hard to tell apart. I kept forgetting which was which and some aspects of both halves had irregularities in character details. However, once the big plot twist in the end took place, everything fell into place but up until that point. I'm glad I read this book but I wouldn't highly suggest it to anyone who's impatient or very picky.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Though it had a slow build, this was a wallop or a YA thriller. I loved every page: great, lively characters, an engaging plot that picked up pace along with my pulse, and had a huge reveal I didn’t see coming and I pride myself on being able to predict “who done its”.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    This book was both disturbing and yet addicting. It pulled me in from the first page and I could not put it down until I finished it. Read it in a few hours. A thriller with some great twists!Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC.
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