Here We Lie
A riveting novel about how the past never stays in the past, from the critically acclaimed author of The Drowning Girls and The Mourning Hours . Megan Mazeros and Lauren Mabrey are complete opposites on paper. Megan is a girl from a modest Midwest background, and Lauren is the daughter of a senator from an esteemed New England family. But in 1999, Megan and Lauren become college roommates and, as two young women struggling to find their place on campus, they forge a strong, albeit unlikely, friendship. The two quickly become inseparable, sharing clothes, advice and their most intimate secrets.The summer before their senior year, Megan joins Lauren and her family on their private island off the coast of Maine. The weeks go by, filled with fun and relaxation, until late one night at the end of the vacation, something unspeakable happens, searing through the framework of the girls' friendship and tearing them apart. Many years later, in the midst of a political scandal, Megan finally comes forward about what happened that fateful night, revealing a horrible truth about Lauren's family and threatening to expose their long-buried secrets.In this captivating and moving novel of domestic suspense, Paula Treick DeBoard explores the power of friendship and secrets and shows how betrayal can lead to disastrous, and deadly, consequences.

Here We Lie Details

TitleHere We Lie
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 30th, 2018
PublisherPark Row
ISBN-139780778330264
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery Thriller

Here We Lie Review

  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Another utterly engaging read from the author of one of my favorites last year—The Drowning Girls. What I appreciate the most about Paula Treick DeBoard’s writing is how effortless she makes the reader/character connection. Abandoning my own sense of self, to allow for the voices and emotions of these characters to take over, was done with ease. The complexity and depth of the two women at the center of it all—how their flaws, issues, experiences and choices all intermingle—makes for an enthrall Another utterly engaging read from the author of one of my favorites last year—The Drowning Girls. What I appreciate the most about Paula Treick DeBoard’s writing is how effortless she makes the reader/character connection. Abandoning my own sense of self, to allow for the voices and emotions of these characters to take over, was done with ease. The complexity and depth of the two women at the center of it all—how their flaws, issues, experiences and choices all intermingle—makes for an enthralling and somewhat relatable read. In my eyes, this is the epitome of a character driven novel. Lauren and Megan are dual leading ladies and they couldn’t be more different. They meet during freshmen year, at an all girls college, and sort of latch on to one another, becoming fast friends. For Lauren, the senator’s "wild child", it’s about finding herself away from the Mabry name, earning something on her own merits, that drives her. For Megan, it’s forging a new path away from the small midwest town she grew up in and the very place that holds the heartbreak and haunting memories of her father’s final years. Despite their differing perspectives, upbringings, world views and struggles, they find the strength to cope in one another. The story opens with Megan holding a press conference, fourteen years post-friendship with Lauren, ready to the let the painful truth out for the world to see. Naturally, you have to wonder, what happened? From that point, the author circles back to the beginning and starts unraveling the downfall of Megan and Lauren.Over the course of the story, I found myself waffling with my feelings for the women—I was team Lauren at some points and Megan all-the-way during others. I didn’t agree with all of the decisions either one of them made and I had to wonder, were they ever truly friends? I'm not sure if the exchange of their deepest darkest secret made up for the fact that they lied about so many other things. How can you call someone a friend when they have no idea who you really are?A twisted tale of lies, jealousy and ultimately forgiveness, Here We Lie examines how far loyalty and the pledge of friendship really extends. *A HUGE thank you to the very talented Ms. Paula Treick DeBoard for sending me my very own gorgeous copy of her latest and greatest. Is this cover pretty or what? The author's lovely gesture in no way influenced my thoughts or the opinions I expressed in my review—they’re genuinely my own.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    Paula is one of my go-to authors; after devouring The Drowning Girls last year I immediately consumed The Fragile World and The Mourning Hours in quick succession. I find her writing to be one of the finest examples of flawless character study around. While each book has a different theme, she manages to keep a tight reign on her cast, always ensuring that, what could be construed as the everyday mundane, is in fact transformed into a tense, unstoppable freight train of suspense. Last year's The Paula is one of my go-to authors; after devouring The Drowning Girls last year I immediately consumed The Fragile World and The Mourning Hours in quick succession. I find her writing to be one of the finest examples of flawless character study around. While each book has a different theme, she manages to keep a tight reign on her cast, always ensuring that, what could be construed as the everyday mundane, is in fact transformed into a tense, unstoppable freight train of suspense. Last year's The Drowning Girls was a domestic drama full of tension and suspense, and DeBoard hits us again with another tale of power struggles, this time in the woefully relevant arena of political scandal and sexual assault.We're dropped in the first chapter at a press conference where we are about to be hit with some truth bombs... But obviously not right away. That wouldn't make for a very suspenseful story, now would it? ;) We are immediately whisked away back (14 years or so if I recall) to where it all started, the beginning of Lauren and Megan's friendship. These two couldn't be more different, yet somehow their lack of similarities drive them closer than imaginable as they attempt to support each other through their own tragedies. If you've read the blurb then you can hazard a guess at where the story is going, which gives the book less of a mystery feel and more of a "tension accelerating toward a breaking point" experience.The plot most definitely takes a backseat to the characterization, as it should; in books that have a widely written about plot, there needs to be detail in the flow of the writing that sets it apart from all the others like it. Here, and honestly in every book she's written, the author does an exquisite job of connecting reader and leading cast. The girl's relationship is relatable in the sense that us women have all been in a friendship that didn't go the way we expected. There are a good number of friends I've made over the years that, for one reason or another, didn't end up being the lifelong companions I expected us to be, and that is the minor theme that struck me the hardest here.If you enjoy deep, well-defined, and gloriously flawed characters, you'll want to pick up a copy of Here We Lie. I can't express what a privilege it is to pick up DeBoard's books and feel as if I'm chomping at the bit already to get my hands on another one of her delectable stories. They are the type of juicy, compulsive reads that aren't cheapened by cliches and meaningless drama, yet make me feel as if I've bettered myself upon completing them. Highly recommended to women and men alike, and bravo to the author for creating such a well needed narrative for our country where the timing couldn't be better.*Many thanks to the author for providing my copy; it was a pleasure to provide my honest thoughts here. 
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsHere We Lie is so timely and relevant--it amazes me that the author wrote this before #metoo movement began.This is an emotional read about friendship, lies, and stories that cloud reality. “What was a lie or two between friends?” Megan and Lauren become unlikely friends while attending elite Keale College in the late 1990’s. Lauren is the privileged daughter of a senator, whereas Megan comes from a blue collar family and has had to work for everything she has. Despite their differenc 4.5 starsHere We Lie is so timely and relevant--it amazes me that the author wrote this before #metoo movement began.This is an emotional read about friendship, lies, and stories that cloud reality. “What was a lie or two between friends?” Megan and Lauren become unlikely friends while attending elite Keale College in the late 1990’s. Lauren is the privileged daughter of a senator, whereas Megan comes from a blue collar family and has had to work for everything she has. Despite their differences, the two become inseparable during their first 3 years at college, until an unthinkable act occurs, tearing them apart….Until Megan gives a press conference in 2016, forcing both to confront the truth about the horrific act that destroyed their friendship. The POVS and timelines shift, starting in 2016 and transitioning back and forth between the late 90’/ early 2000’s and then back to 2016. This is done intentionally to document how their friendship began, as well as to lead up to the reveal of the perpetrator.I didn’t want this book to end--I could have just kept on reading more and more of Lauren’s and Megan’s stories! Treick DeBoard brings Megan and Lauren to life. Her characterization of the two friends is exceptional--I felt as if I knew them, and their stories resonated with me. Both are flawed--there were times when I liked one and hated the other and vice a versa. I was choked up when I finished this, as I had to emotionally disconnect from the characters and let them go. Here We Lie is an impactful and powerful read about sexual assault and female friendship--I highly recommend!
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    An addicting tale of lies, jealously, and friendship. What another brilliant story by Paula Treick DeBoard!!One of things that I love about DeBoard's style is her ability to flawlessly connect her characters with her readers. The sense of depth and experiences that the author creates through her characters is absolutely amazing. Megan and Lauren are quite the opposite of one another when they meet attending an elite college in the 90's. Lauren comes from a privileged family who is the daughter o An addicting tale of lies, jealously, and friendship. What another brilliant story by Paula Treick DeBoard!!One of things that I love about DeBoard's style is her ability to flawlessly connect her characters with her readers. The sense of depth and experiences that the author creates through her characters is absolutely amazing. Megan and Lauren are quite the opposite of one another when they meet attending an elite college in the 90's. Lauren comes from a privileged family who is the daughter of a senator and Megan primarily comes from a middle class family who has worked for opportunity her entire life. The two girls become best friends quickly until an earth shattering event tears their friendship apart. What I love about this novel is the dual POV. The story alternated between present day of 2016 to the 90's. As a reader, you gradually see the friendship of Megan and Lauren unfold. But, I asked myself reading this novel... how many lies can one spin until the web is destroyed? Megan and Lauren shared their deepest and darkest secrets with one another as their friendship spiraled out of control. I mean really... what does a few lies here and there do to a friendship? I highly recommend this novel! I was fully engaged in the story of Megan and Lauren. Addicting, emotional, thrilling, and unique! DeBoard truly has a talent for her characterization. Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin for an advanced arc in exchange for an honest review.4.5 stars :).
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  • Judy Collins
    January 1, 1970
    From the critically acclaimed author, of The Drowning Girls, The Fragile World, and The Mourning Hours (all five glowing stars-review links below), Paula Treick DeBoard follows with her latest riveting suspense, coming Jan 2018— HERE WE LIE. Rich in character, a look inside the secret lives of two different unlikely friends from two different social classes. A world of privilege and secrets. The lies and secrets they tell themselves, and to one another —with devastating consequences. Ripped from From the critically acclaimed author, of The Drowning Girls, The Fragile World, and The Mourning Hours (all five glowing stars-review links below), Paula Treick DeBoard follows with her latest riveting suspense, coming Jan 2018— HERE WE LIE. Rich in character, a look inside the secret lives of two different unlikely friends from two different social classes. A world of privilege and secrets. The lies and secrets they tell themselves, and to one another —with devastating consequences. Ripped from today’s headlines: Scandal, power, cover-ups, and deadly secrets. Messy, complicated and imperfect lives. Told in alternating first-person perspectives, moving between past and present. Megan Mazeros and Lauren Mabrey. Each views the world differently— from diverse backgrounds.As the book opens it is 2016. A press conference. Someone is about to spill a lie. Age thirty-five. Female. A lie kept silent for fourteen years is about to be exposed to the world. “Fourteen years was a long time. It was long enough to forget, forgive, move on.” A long time to keep a secret. Megan is from Kansas. She lived for years watching her dad die each day slowly from asbestos fibers (a poor man’s cancer) from the mesothelioma with his job. She holds a secret. Her father’s dying wish.“Something had to die so something else could live.”With the life insurance money, Megan can attend a college of choice in combination with a scholarship and her good grades. She wants nothing more than to escape this town and her past. Her mom has moved on to Gerry, her boss at the accounting firm. She decides on Keale College in Scofield, Connecticut— a unscale private girls-only school. She realizes that wealth lives here and people of privilege. People different than herself.She meets a regular local boy named Joe on her first day. Soon after that, her roommates commits suicide, assigning her another roommate.Lauren Mabrey is the wild child with continued reckless behavior from a wealthy family. From the elite, boarding schools, and old money pedigree. The cars, wealth, homes, status, power, and the best education. She is the daughter of a U.S. senator from Connecticut. Lauren has a poor GPA; however, with her parent’s money, she can pretty much do as she pleases. She also feels like an outsider in her only family and goes against the traditional values, causing disarray in her family. Often she wanted to be regular so as not to have to live up to the expectations. A bit rebellious, she encounters some problems with drugs before she goes off to college, which lands the guy in jail, and ultimately ended up dead in a prison yard. This event haunts her. However, her parents manage to keep this out of the news. Her mom warns her they cannot continue to bail her out. Lauren loves photography and takes her talent a little too far. Her family dismisses it. After an encounter with her current roommate, Erin she is assigned a new one.Lauren and Megan become best friends in their freshman year 1999-2000. Lauren is everything Megan is not. Lauren sees Megan as normal. Due to her family environment, she finds herself attracted to Megan, Joe, Marcus, and others she meets, unlike her status.However, Megan distorts her life offering shocking lies about her family. She exaggerated about how poor her family was and how many boyfriends she had. She wants to be someone else, someone different from the dull girl she is. To feel better about herself. Both girls are insecure in their ways. Lauren loves Megan’s wit, and the two develop a friendship based on lies. Telling each other their best and worst truths and lies. As time moves on, they also become jealous and angry with one another. Megan meets Lauren’s family and becomes exposed to a different way of life. Their home, a job, and a private summer island off the coast of Maine. This trip was to be their last vacation before senior year. However, one night something happens which changes the course of their lives. A house of money. To cover up the dirty deeds of its family members. Dreams of Harvard are no longer in view. Shattered by one night. Worse than her father dying. A choice to make. A decision. Who would believe her—a girl from nowhere? The Mabrey's had the kind of power that could buy justice—that could shape truth. The lies she had told. She could not put herself through it. She would remain silent. One girl all alone. Dreams shattered. Another one left clueless about the events unfolding around her. Where was the trust in one another?Many years later when the girls have their separate lives and families of their own, someone comes forward with rape and sexual assault. A political scandal. If someone had come forward earlier, could it have saved others down the road? The silence broken, shattering lives and the ugly truth revealed. Allegations, investigation, and a trial. The what ifs.What a fabulous story— highly relatable to the events which surround us today. Even though fictional, unfortunately, it is all too real for many women who experience sexual assault at the hands of famous figures such as politicians and celebrities. The victims often are viewed in a negative light; therefore they remain silent. An avid fan of the author, for years—her books continually land on my top books of the year. Unique and compelling, her stories possess a common thread. Thought-provoking, she writes of powerful bonds of friendships, family, and betrayal. Paula’s writing is superb! The dual timelines and alternating perspectives keep the reader engrossed in the lives of the two young women at different ages. From college years to the present, the author gives a glimpse of the gap and how words and actions have consequences resulting in hurt and resentment. A convincing look at lies and how they come back to haunt (no matter the age). From teenagers to young women with families of their own to their true selves. In addition to the topic of friendship, a strong focus on daughter/father and daughter/mother relationships. Highly charged topics: enjoyed how she tied female friendship, sexual assault, political scandal and moral complexities together in one dynamic story. HERE WE LIE is an ideal choice for book clubs and further discussions (Reader’s Guide Included).An added bonus—a insightful Q&A with the author! Highly recommend. A "read-in-one-sitting" kind of novel. JDCMustReadBooks A special thank you to the author for the lovely print copy and Park Row and NetGalley for the digital advanced reading copy. The Drowning Girls Top Books of 2016 The Fragile World Top Books of 2014 The Mourning Hours
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Last year The Drowning Girls was one of my most pleasant surprises in terms of discovering a new to me author so I was super excited to get my hands on DeBoard’s latest novel. While this was very different from TDG I still enjoyed it and will always be a huge fan of the authors style.This is told from two viewpoints, both Laura and Megan. It starts in 2016 before a press conference that’s obviously important to both women but the reasons behind it won’t be revealed for some time. It then skips b Last year The Drowning Girls was one of my most pleasant surprises in terms of discovering a new to me author so I was super excited to get my hands on DeBoard’s latest novel. While this was very different from TDG I still enjoyed it and will always be a huge fan of the authors style.This is told from two viewpoints, both Laura and Megan. It starts in 2016 before a press conference that’s obviously important to both women but the reasons behind it won’t be revealed for some time. It then skips back to when they were in college and meet for the first time. The past/present switch was very a effective tool here as it slowly draws you into these women’s lives and makes you desperate to know what’s ahead. DeBoard has a unique ability to capture the reader slowly and assuredly using a combination of steady, composed pacing and a gradual style of suspense that somehow sneaks up on you.This isn’t a mystery in the typical sense of the word, there isn’t the usual scramble to figure out who committed a crime but rather you’re constantly wondering how things will play out in the end and what exactly will happen next. This is heavily character drive with a focus on getting to know both Lauren and Megan and dives deep into their histories and backgrounds. These two couldn’t be more different but they bond almost instantly and have an unmistakable chemistry.I couldn’t believe how timely this was as it explored themes such as political scandals and sexual assault, parts of this could’ve been ripped from current headlines making for the kind of read that would be really fantastic for a book club. DeBoard is such a fluid writer who makes some keen observations, she’s extremely talented and I will continue to follow her closely.
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  • Daniel Balici
    January 1, 1970
    Due to be published at the end of January 2018, Here We Lie is my second encounter with Paula Treick DeBoard's literature following The Drowning Girls, her enthralling novel of domestic suspense which I read a few months ago and very much enjoyed. Paula Treick DeBoard reinvented herself in Here We Lie in the sense that she left the realm of psychological thriller/mystery/suspense that she had explored in her previous publication and switched focus to the anatomy of female friendship intertwined Due to be published at the end of January 2018, Here We Lie is my second encounter with Paula Treick DeBoard's literature following The Drowning Girls, her enthralling novel of domestic suspense which I read a few months ago and very much enjoyed. Paula Treick DeBoard reinvented herself in Here We Lie in the sense that she left the realm of psychological thriller/mystery/suspense that she had explored in her previous publication and switched focus to the anatomy of female friendship intertwined with the themes of sexual assault and political scandal. I have always held the novelists unafraid to try different literary genres in high regard. Here We Lie reconfirms the quality of Treick DeBoard's storytelling skills. It is a slow-paced novel filled with well-done characterization and realistic, thought-provoking events. The chapters are told from Megan and Lauren's perspectives and follow the past, when the two were roommates at Keale College and close friends, and the present, when the former friendship is non-existent. Even though the author opted for a dual timeline, the past accounts for a greater part of the story as it provides an explanation for the current state of the relationship between the protagonists.Speaking of the protagonists, Lauren has always been the rebellious member of her political and very wealthy family, whereas Megan comes from an ordinary family and has been able to afford college tuition following her father's death. Despite the evident antithesis regarding their backgrounds, the two form a close friendship when they become roommates, both being haunted by past secrets. While these characters are undoubtedly flawed and I have constantly wondered whether their friendship has ever been genuine, I wouldn't say they are despicable. I appreciated the fact that both Lauren and Megan were well-aware of their defects most of the time.All in all, Here We Lie is a spellbinding novel that requires slow reading in order to savour the beautiful and flowing writing of Paula Treick DeBoard. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a well-written and complex female friendship-themed book! I was fortunate to be provided with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Special thanks for this opportunity go to NetGalley, Harlequin (US & Canada) and Park Row Books.
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  • Kimberly Belle
    January 1, 1970
    Full review closer to pub date.
  • Brittany Gardner
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was contacted because I read and enjoyed this author's last book, The Drowning Girls, and I was thrilled to have a chance to read this one.This book did one of my favorite things, which is to bounce from the past to the present to get the reader to the climax of the story. Megan and Lauren used to be good friends, but the book opens up at a time when they no longer keep in touch. Lauren is attending a press conference during w I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was contacted because I read and enjoyed this author's last book, The Drowning Girls, and I was thrilled to have a chance to read this one.This book did one of my favorite things, which is to bounce from the past to the present to get the reader to the climax of the story. Megan and Lauren used to be good friends, but the book opens up at a time when they no longer keep in touch. Lauren is attending a press conference during which Megan is going to speak out about something that happened to her at the hands of Lauren's family. The rest of the book leads up to that press conference and breaks down the friendship of the two women and how they both came to be where they are.Once I was finally able to sit down with it, I devoured this book. I loved the contrast between the lives of Megan and Lauren and how they were still able to form a deep friendship, despite these differences. Lauren comes from money and her family is highly involved in politics, a life way outside of my own, so it was interesting to me to get to read about the perks of her life.This book has some tough themes, so it's not for the faint of heart to read about. However, it is also a book about friendship and survival, which definitely make it worth picking up. I love this author and recommend reading her!
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book I’ve read by this author and definitely my favorite! While I don’t want to give anything away, I will say Here We Lie deals with incredibly timely issues, like sexual assault by those in positions of power. This is an important book and a great examination of why things play out the way they do in society. I’m certainly looking forward to reading whatever else Ms. DeBoard writes in the future. I received an advance copy from the Great Thought’s Ninja Review Team. All opini This is the third book I’ve read by this author and definitely my favorite! While I don’t want to give anything away, I will say Here We Lie deals with incredibly timely issues, like sexual assault by those in positions of power. This is an important book and a great examination of why things play out the way they do in society. I’m certainly looking forward to reading whatever else Ms. DeBoard writes in the future. I received an advance copy from the Great Thought’s Ninja Review Team. All opinions are my own.
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