The Best Lies
Remy Tsai used to know how her story would turn out. But now, she doesn’t even know what tomorrow will look like.She was happy once. Remy had her boyfriend Jack, and Elise, her best friend—her soulmate—who understood her better than anyone else in the world.But now Jack is dead, shot through the chest—And it was Elise who pulled the trigger.Was it self-defense? Or something deeper, darker than anything Remy could have imagined? As the police investigate, Remy does the same, sifting through her own memories, looking for a scrap of truth that could save the friendship that means everything to her.Told in alternating timelines, Thelma and Louise meets Gone Girl in this twisted psychological thriller about the dark side of obsessive friendship.

The Best Lies Details

TitleThe Best Lies
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherSimon Pulse
ISBN-139781481498838
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

The Best Lies Review

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    there's a sapphic Elise in YA lit holy shit I've reached my final pokemon evolution
  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    No one's eating that lollipop anytime soon. Except maybe the dog. Another thing: How did that lollipop melt?! I need realistic covers!|blog|
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Simon & Schuster for proving a physical arc in exchange for an honest review.Quick note, this keeps getting listed in LGBTQIA+ upcoming novels for 2019 and I'm completely confused. This story is about obsession, abuse and an incredibly toxic friendship. My guess is that people are seeing these girls calling each other soulmates and saying they love each other in intense ways and automatically throwing it into the LGBT+ category but there is never any talk or even hints or sexual Thank you to Simon & Schuster for proving a physical arc in exchange for an honest review.Quick note, this keeps getting listed in LGBTQIA+ upcoming novels for 2019 and I'm completely confused. This story is about obsession, abuse and an incredibly toxic friendship. My guess is that people are seeing these girls calling each other soulmates and saying they love each other in intense ways and automatically throwing it into the LGBT+ category but there is never any talk or even hints or sexual attraction or romantic love. This about two girls who are going through an awful time and cling to each other in a very unhealthy way and just how far they are willing to go to hold on to each other. RTC, just thought I'd comment on it because I thought it was going to be a totally different book on the way that it's been marketed in some places.
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  • Kenn Laurence
    January 1, 1970
    well...that escalated quickly
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 an obsessive friendship story the builds until someone is dead. Was it an accident? Was it murder? From both past and present perspectives, Lyu constructs an addictive story of two damaged teens and how their shared pain causes a dangerous relationship.
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  • sanj
    January 1, 1970
    LGBT Thelma and Louise meets Gone Girl. To say I'm sold would be an understatement
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, and I'm honestly so glad that she offered, because I really enjoyed reading this one! When I first heard about this 2019 debut, I was immediately intrigued by the idea of such a tightly knit friendship that things start going south and stuff starts to unravel. So as soon as I got this book in my hand, I curled up with it and lost myself in Remy and Elise's story. So without further ado, let's get into my r I received an advanced copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, and I'm honestly so glad that she offered, because I really enjoyed reading this one! When I first heard about this 2019 debut, I was immediately intrigued by the idea of such a tightly knit friendship that things start going south and stuff starts to unravel. So as soon as I got this book in my hand, I curled up with it and lost myself in Remy and Elise's story. So without further ado, let's get into my review!As the summary explains, Remy feels forgotten and unloved by her family, so when she stumbles across Elise and they form a fast friendship, she is relishing in what it feels like to be loved and needed. For awhile, her and Elise are the best of friends -- that is, until Remy meets Jack, and she starts developing feelings for him, and she notices Elise's obsession with her getting stronger and stronger. And when Jack is shot through the chest by Elise in self-defense, Remy can't shake the feeling that something more sinister is involved. Slowly but surely, this book pulls you under into a whirlwind of a thrill-ride that will leave you enthralled until the very last page.I really enjoyed reading this book! At first I thought it was just going to be a story about a friendship falling apart, but things got super toxic and dark super quickly, which immediately roped me in. I found myself flying through this book because I just wanted to know what was going to happen next, and the stakes seemed to get higher and higher with each passing chapter. I stayed up late into the night reading this book because I was so hooked! Sarah Lyu is definitely great at writing the kind of story that immediately sucks you in.My favorite character in this book was definitely Jack. He was super sweet and dependable, and definitely seemed like the perfect guy for Remy. The fact that the book starts with us knowing he's dead makes the flashback scenes even harder, because you knew what his fate was going to be from the very start and it just made me extra sad knowing that he had no idea what was coming for him. He was such a sweet, loving character!On the other hand, a character in this book that I really didn't enjoy was Elise. (Although that can definitely be the author's intention, so this is not a critique on the writing, just my own opinion on Elise's character!) She was super clingy, manipulative, and toxic, in a way that reminded me of several friendships I had to end during my own high school and college years, and every time Remy went back to her I found myself cringing because I knew how bad of a person Elise was for her, but she didn't seem to realize it herself. This book definitely studies toxic friendships and shows the small, subtle, yet significant ways in which toxic people like Elise manage to isolate their companions and groom them to be entirely dependable on them. (view spoiler)[(Spoilers in this paragraph, so please skip to the next one to avoid them!)The entire ending of the book -- the last few chapters -- really hooked me as well. I kind of suspected Elise's malicious intent from pretty early on, because there were vibes that something more sinister was happening. So when I found out that the reason she shot Jack wasn't self-defense, and it was because she wanted Remy all to herself, I wasn't surprised by the revelation, but I was still absolutely hooked on the story and kept reading because I really wanted to know what was going to happen and how it was going to specifically play out. And I'm glad that Remy told the truth and stopped trying to protect Elise in the end, because even though she knew Elise was acting from a place of defense and hurt, the things she did still weren't okay. (hide spoiler)]Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Best Lies. It was a dark, twisting story about what happens when friendship crosses the line into obsession, and all of the dangers and trauma that comes along with that. If you're looking for an intense, gripping read to fly through, then I would definitely recommend this one! Hats off to Sarah Lyu -- I'll definitely be reading more of her books in the future!
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  • Tonyalee
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliantly written. A must read. Full RTC
  • ReadingWritingAndMe
    January 1, 1970
    The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu (July 2)TW: physical abuse; emotional manipulationOverview: There's an old revolver that ruins everyone's life. Elise finds it in her deceased grandmother's attic while digging around for fireworks for prank number 1. After that, the gun rarely leaves her thoughts, and, eventually, it never leaves her side. It's the gun that kills Jack. Remi doesn't know what to do. Her boyfriend is dead, and her best friend- more than her best friend- is the one who pulled the trigger The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu (July 2)TW: physical abuse; emotional manipulationOverview: There's an old revolver that ruins everyone's life. Elise finds it in her deceased grandmother's attic while digging around for fireworks for prank number 1. After that, the gun rarely leaves her thoughts, and, eventually, it never leaves her side. It's the gun that kills Jack. Remi doesn't know what to do. Her boyfriend is dead, and her best friend- more than her best friend- is the one who pulled the trigger of the stupid gun that she tried over and over again to get rid of. How did it happen? How did Jack wind up dead on the floor? How did she lose everyone she cared about at once? Overall: 5Characters: 5 This is an intense book, and the characters are no exception. Remi does her best, but she's not perfect like her brother Christian. She uses boys to forget about her parent's constant fighting, but she feels stuck. And then she meets Elise after Homecoming. With Elise's pink Cadillac convertible and cigarettes and reckless abandon, Elise rocks Remi's world in what feels like the best way. Until they become each other's entire world's and Elise becomes focused on poetic justice. Dangerous revenge. While Remi is pretty normal but a little lost and a bit bored, Elise has deep, unaddressed issues and a long history of trauma. She's also emotionally manipulative, blurring the line between expressing her pain and twisting it for her benefit. She's terrifying, and you don't want to admit that there are people like Elise as the plot thickens, but there are. You think about everyone you've ever met who's sticky and trapping and overpowering like Elise.Jack is the only one who breaks through the Elise infatuation in Remi's mind. Even though Jack is not toxic or manipulative, it's interesting to see how Remi's personality still makes it feel like she's falling into him and he's drawing her in. Jack makes Remi realize what's happening, but the loyalties run deep, and Jack, stepping into their messy, passionate world doesn't realize how deep or dangerous his interference is. The family dynamics is also an amazing dive. Remi's parents are trapped in a loveless cycle of explosive fights and affairs, but ruining their perfect exterior is too high of a price to finally be free of each other. I also love the evolution of her relationship with her brother Christian, the so called "golden child". Plot: 5 Oh my god! The twists and turns and the missing pieces and the puzzle pieces that snap together. Wow. This is a great example of a book where the timeline is all over the place, but it's controlled perfectly. Information is sprinkled in at the perfect time to make it an unputdownable thriller. I also love how each character holds one possible view that flits through your mind about the characters, so you can see how each angle would really play out.Writing: 5 The writing style here is so voicey and atmospheric, and I love it. The story is strong and built up well. The style is distinct, and Sarah plays off unreliable narrators along with other unreliable characters to make a confusing whirlwind that is somehow perfectly clear too. As the book says, the best lies are rooted in half truths, and the best scenes are all grounded in a certain amount of truth and honesty. This is delivered excellently.
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  • Deborah Hightower
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley for the digital ARC of The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu. Remy and Elise long for love and understanding. When Remy's boyfriend Jack is shot and killed by Elise, Remy struggles to understand how it happened. This is a disturbing story of love, friendship, and obsession.
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  • Nikki Barthelmess
    January 1, 1970
    Entertaining and engrossing, THE BEST LIES takes the reader on a journey of a friendship that turns deadly. If you’re in the market for an edge-of-your-seat YA suspense, Sarah Lyu delivers!
  • Lisa Reviews Books
    January 1, 1970
    Very well written with compelling characters. Not so much a thriller as a dark contemporary, but good nonetheless.
  • Emily Polson
    January 1, 1970
    Engrossing YA suspense about toxic friendship, suffering, revenge, and consequences. The protagonist narrates in a lyrical prose style, which at first seems to romanticize the problematic relationship, but then works to challenge and undo that understanding. I loved seeing this character growth, even as the events in the dual timeline converged in equally cinematic, tension-filled conclusions. Excellently crafted narrative centered around complex, empathetic characters--highly recommended.[Discl Engrossing YA suspense about toxic friendship, suffering, revenge, and consequences. The protagonist narrates in a lyrical prose style, which at first seems to romanticize the problematic relationship, but then works to challenge and undo that understanding. I loved seeing this character growth, even as the events in the dual timeline converged in equally cinematic, tension-filled conclusions. Excellently crafted narrative centered around complex, empathetic characters--highly recommended.[Disclosure: I do work for the publisher, but this opinion is all mine.]
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  • Sami
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet friendship turns sour in this thriller about obsession and vengeance. Remy and Elise are more than best friends- they're soulmates- but then why would Elise shoot Jack, Remy' s boyfriend? And why can't Remy remember what happened? Elise says she needs Remy, the police say they need the truth, and Remy's parents say she needs to protect herself. As Remy explores the ups and downs of her toxic friendship with Elise, what she'll discover is truly chilling.
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  • Elizabeth Appenheimer
    January 1, 1970
    Objectively, it's a good book. Good story and conflict, and it lives up to being a psychological thriller. Subjectively, I didn't really enjoy it. It was pretty disturbing and unsettling, and full of classic cultural battles.
  • Vicky
    January 1, 1970
    I was given an advanced reader copy by the publisher (and it was great! :) )
  • Kelly Coon
    January 1, 1970
    Riveting. Plain and simple. Sarah Lyu kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, anticipating, breathless, what was going to happen between Elise and Remy. I watched as things devolved, tensions escalated, lies were told, and overall, exploded in the fireworks Elise tends to favor. This is my FAVORITE kind of thriller: fast-paced with enough internal monologue to help you understand the emotion, and a wild, desperate longing for a sense of justice. This is a YA KILL BILL, and it kept me glu Riveting. Plain and simple. Sarah Lyu kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, anticipating, breathless, what was going to happen between Elise and Remy. I watched as things devolved, tensions escalated, lies were told, and overall, exploded in the fireworks Elise tends to favor. This is my FAVORITE kind of thriller: fast-paced with enough internal monologue to help you understand the emotion, and a wild, desperate longing for a sense of justice. This is a YA KILL BILL, and it kept me glued to the pages until the very last second.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss and Simon Pulse for the E-arc copy of this novel.The Best Lies is a chilling and unsettling look at a how friendship can become a hangman's noose. Remy and Elise become fast friends. The relationship turns ugly when a man enters the picture. A creepy young adult suspense novel that shows sharing is hard, but for some it can be deadly. The novel jumps from past to present showing a two young women who are thick as thieves slowly fall into a pattern of abuse, obsession, and Thank you to Edelweiss and Simon Pulse for the E-arc copy of this novel.The Best Lies is a chilling and unsettling look at a how friendship can become a hangman's noose. Remy and Elise become fast friends. The relationship turns ugly when a man enters the picture. A creepy young adult suspense novel that shows sharing is hard, but for some it can be deadly. The novel jumps from past to present showing a two young women who are thick as thieves slowly fall into a pattern of abuse, obsession, and evil.
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  • emmy
    January 1, 1970
    This was an engaging gutpunch of a thriller with poignant things to say about trauma, abuse, queerness, gun violence, and love. It’s a fantastic, if difficult read. I would recommend this book to any teen, educators interested in inclusive discussions about healthy relationships and boundaries, and adult readers alike. CW for domestic violence. I will be reviewing this book on my blog in June (www.booksbeyondbinaries.blog).
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  • USOM
    January 1, 1970
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) The Best Lies has a careful elegance to the words. There's a distinct psychological thriller feel to it: the eerieness and the expectation for lies. The Best Lies looks at friendship, obsession, and love. It's a story about the trauma we experience, how we move on (or not), and the lies we are willing to tell for those we love.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I believe I was too old of an audience for this book. High school age group would of gave this higher ratings. Its geared for the kind of ppl that feel love can be so overwhelming it takes over the true course of life..living to get get to the next moment ..this book twist and make young ppl weak
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  • Cole
    January 1, 1970
    This was the BEST book I've read this year! I laughed; I cried. I cannot recommend this enough. The writing itself was beautiful. The dual plotline and further realizations were fantastic. Remy's story is raw, and I really needed this book.
  •  Debra (WifeEclectic)
    January 1, 1970
    More like a 3.5, that was a powder keg of emotion.....
  • Namrata Telugu
    January 1, 1970
    This book sounds so excellent! A suspense novel is what I need! Hope I get my hands on this soon!
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