Good Girls Lie
Goode girls don’t lie…Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond. But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder. But when a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.But look closely…because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.J.T. Ellison’s pulse-pounding new novel examines the tenuous bonds of friendship, the power of lies and the desperate lengths people will go to to protect their secrets.

Good Girls Lie Details

TitleGood Girls Lie
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 31st, 2019
PublisherMIRA
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense, Young Adult, Contemporary, Psychological Thriller, Audiobook, Adult Fiction

Good Girls Lie Review

  • Dita
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to be given a widget for this book that I stopped everything and read it immediately. I have not one regret!This is a tight thriller set at an exclusive boarding school. Bursting with secrets, hazing, sexual surprises, murder and some really creepy stairs this one was really tough to set down and I lost most of yesterday to this juicy read!Thank you to J.T. Ellison, HARLEQUIN - MIRA (U.S. and Canada), and NetGalley for giving me this widget/ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Year’s last good but not so good book for me! Yes, it’s less tricky for my taste!I liked two things about this book: spooky, eerie atmosphere and epilogue.The story-line is also intriguing with very special private school only accepts rich, privileged, successful, smart ladies named Goode located at the hills of Virginia. Honour Code is the most important thing to protect responsibility and dignity of these girls community. As you can imagine there are established secret societies and their Year’s last good but not so good book for me! Yes, it’s less tricky for my taste!I liked two things about this book: spooky, eerie atmosphere and epilogue.The story-line is also intriguing with very special private school only accepts rich, privileged, successful, smart ladies named Goode located at the hills of Virginia. Honour Code is the most important thing to protect responsibility and dignity of these girls community. As you can imagine there are established secret societies and their rules to protect. But one day all hell breaks loose and everything gets out of control when they find the corpse of a girl hanging from the front gates of the school. Did she kill herself? Or is there a secret killer who wants revenge against those girls? When too many girls involve in a mystery, this means more drama, angst, verbal ugly fights! Well, I loved the beginning of the mystery, eerie, disturbing, mystic atmosphere of the traditionally weird school yard. But when I move to the second half, my spider senses start to scream at me how the story could conclude and who may responsible of the deaths. Yes, there is nothing surprising. Everything is so much obvious, a little hmmm okay, please pass me salt and pour me more wine kind of I got bored and disappointed but I still want to finish it thoughts flew around my mind.I read J.T. Ellison’s previous works and I always enjoy the author’s riveting writing style. This book is good choice as a holiday book because it’s a quick read. It doesn’t numb your mind and plays with your grey cells too much. You easily solve the mystery and at some parts you feel like you’re a few steps ahead from the author. When you finish it, you don’t whine about anything, you just take a deep breath and tell yourself, “hmm okay what’s next and bring the bottle, I’m thirsty!” (At least that’s what I did after my reading) So the book, the story, the characters didn’t affect me much. It’s not so memorable story but is also not boring, slow, nonsense reading. It’s mediocre, three starred: I don’t like it so much but I also didn’t hate it kind of another Switzerland thriller book just took a place at my previous thriller rides.
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    Goode girls don't lie .......or do they?A code of honor, secret societies, and murder!The Goode School is a prestigious all-girls school where the girls gain early acceptance to the ivy schools of their choice. This boarding school in Marchburg, Virginia accepts only the brightest (and richest) girls - daughters of politicians, prominent businessmen/women, and elite members of society. Rules are expected to be followed, there is an honor and conduct code that must be abided by. Sure, the secret Goode girls don't lie .......or do they?A code of honor, secret societies, and murder!The Goode School is a prestigious all-girls school where the girls gain early acceptance to the ivy schools of their choice. This boarding school in Marchburg, Virginia accepts only the brightest (and richest) girls - daughters of politicians, prominent businessmen/women, and elite members of society. Rules are expected to be followed, there is an honor and conduct code that must be abided by. Sure, the secret societies and their hazing i.e. tagging activities are overlooked. They are time-honored traditions after all.Then one day a student is found dead. Was her death a suicide? Was she murdered? Soon suspicions are voiced and students, police and the dean begin to have doubts about one student. Are their doubts correct? Who is to blame?The setting was wonderful. An all-girls school in the hills without much around, secret societies. This sounds like the making of a very book (even movie) but there was just something a little lacking in this for me. I wanted just a little bit more oomph to this. I wish there would have been more mystery as to who the culprit was. The reveal was not shocking to me. Plus, I was really hoping that a secret relationship would come out. This is a book that I feel would make a great plane book. It's entertaining, a great way to pass time, but will I remember it months from now. Probably just vaguely. I will say that I found the epilogue to be excellent. Very clever. I thought the epilogue was the best part of the book.The writing was good, and the plot moved at a good pace. Many are enjoying this book more than I did so I encourage my fellow readers to check out those reviews as well.Thank you to Harlequin- Mira and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
    January 1, 1970
    There is something about the Goode Girls..........they come from well respected families...they are wealthy...they are smart...they are wealthy...they are driven...they are wealthy...Also..they drink, do drugs, cut school, murder, bully, haze, lie and get into the BEST colleges!The Goode Prep school is the best of the best. All girls of Goode are hand picked by the dean and have been for decades. Goode is almost a guarantee to an Ivy League school of your choice upon graduation. The girls of There is something about the Goode Girls..........they come from well respected families...they are wealthy...they are smart...they are wealthy...they are driven...they are wealthy...Also..they drink, do drugs, cut school, murder, bully, haze, lie and get into the BEST colleges!The Goode Prep school is the best of the best. All girls of Goode are hand picked by the dean and have been for decades. Goode is almost a guarantee to an Ivy League school of your choice upon graduation. The girls of Goode seem to have it all...don't they?I loved the atmospheric feel that the author managed to create. An old building surrounded by wrought iron gates, a wicked past filled with suicides and murder. The building is cold, dark, secluded. Often as the girls were going about their day I felt a tinge of unease and creepiness as I imagined the building and the secrets it kept.The girls at Goode seemed much older than the high school girls that they were. They were functioning in an environment with very little supervision, treated more like college students. They were expected to be able to write a thesis and it was not uncommon to be a part of secret societies with outlandish initiation processes.Ash Carlisle was like all the other girls that arrived at the school. Well except her family is dead and she was witness to it. Pretty much everyone around her dies...well there is that. Maybe it is just a coincidence? Bad luck?As a fan of J.T. Ellison I knew she would bring a big twist into the mix. She did with this book as well, although I did find it a slower pace and more atmospheric than her other books I fully loved the boarding school setting. I thought the ending was a bit predictable but I still enjoyed the road we took to get there.Let it be known....Goode girls always get their way...even if it kills them...
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Good Girls Lie by JT Ellison ticked all the boxes for a great psychological thriller for me. I am a big fan of JT, loving her stand alone books as well as the Taylor Jackson series through the years. When I heard about her new book I was desperate to get my hands on a copy. l was thrilled when I was approved for an ARC. And true to form once I started reading I did not want to put it down. I was completely hooked after that first chapter - and it just kept getting better.So Good Girls Lie opens Good Girls Lie by JT Ellison ticked all the boxes for a great psychological thriller for me. I am a big fan of JT, loving her stand alone books as well as the Taylor Jackson series through the years. When I heard about her new book I was desperate to get my hands on a copy. l was thrilled when I was approved for an ARC. And true to form once I started reading I did not want to put it down. I was completely hooked after that first chapter - and it just kept getting better.So Good Girls Lie opens with a young student hanging from the front gates of the Goode School in Virginia, a boarding school for the daughters of the rich and elite. A new student has arrived, Ashlyn Carr. She has recently become an orphan when both her parents died suddenly. Being from England this is a whole new world for her. A school steeped in history, old and creepy with secret societies and lots of mean girls. Ash has plenty of her own secrets and struggles to find her place. She tries to fit in and make friends but these girls do not make it easy. And then girls start to die...…Absolutely loved this book, could not get enough. Highly recommend. Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin MIRA for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.
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  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 15%. Not connecting with characters or storyline.
  • Dita
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to be given a widget for this book that I stopped everything and read it immediately. I have not one regret!This is a tight thriller set at an exclusive boarding school but it is definitely not just for YA. Bursting with secrets, hazing, sexual surprises, murder and some really creepy stairs this one was really tough to set down and I lost most of yesterday to this juicy read!Thank you to J.T. Ellison, HARLEQUIN - MIRA (U.S. and Canada), and NetGalley for giving me this I was so excited to be given a widget for this book that I stopped everything and read it immediately. I have not one regret!This is a tight thriller set at an exclusive boarding school but it is definitely not just for YA. Bursting with secrets, hazing, sexual surprises, murder and some really creepy stairs this one was really tough to set down and I lost most of yesterday to this juicy read!Thank you to J.T. Ellison, HARLEQUIN - MIRA (U.S. and Canada), and NetGalley for giving me this widget/ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nursebookie
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing is what it seems.There is a young girl hanging in the front gates of the school murdered. There we begin the story, on this thriller that kept my interest right through the very, very end. The plot is beautifully executed and the suspense slowly revealing in just the right moment as you are kept craving for more. The setting is in an all-girls prep school in the picturesque town of Marchburg, Virginia. It is a school coveted by the elites, where graduates end up in prestigious Nothing is what it seems.There is a young girl hanging in the front gates of the school murdered. There we begin the story, on this thriller that kept my interest right through the very, very end. The plot is beautifully executed and the suspense slowly revealing in just the right moment as you are kept craving for more. The setting is in an all-girls prep school in the picturesque town of Marchburg, Virginia. It is a school coveted by the elites, where graduates end up in prestigious universities and Ivy League schools. Ash arrives from England in hopes of starting a brand-new life after witnessing the death of her parents. There are secret societies, traditions, hazing, and just for good measure, suicides and murder. T.J. Ellison’s brilliance is in her ability to still surprise the reader who is expecting the twists and turns - but it catches you when you least expect it. One of my favorite thrillers I have read so far.All the stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    J. T. Ellison does it again! An exclusive boarding school, secret societies, mysterious tunnels, creepy staircases, codes of conduct, hazing, murder, dark secrets, twists, and tainted histories. The book starts off with a body hanging from the school gates and then it goes back to the events leading up to this tragedy. Ash is the new girl, grateful for the opportunity but worried she won’t fit in. Ash has left the UK and her past behind and is ready for a fresh start. BUT Ash has plenty of J. T. Ellison does it again! An exclusive boarding school, secret societies, mysterious tunnels, creepy staircases, codes of conduct, hazing, murder, dark secrets, twists, and tainted histories. The book starts off with a body hanging from the school gates and then it goes back to the events leading up to this tragedy. Ash is the new girl, grateful for the opportunity but worried she won’t fit in. Ash has left the UK and her past behind and is ready for a fresh start. BUT Ash has plenty of secrets of her own. As the girls start getting murdered and the lines start to get blurred I began to wonder how reliable of a narrator was ash? I enjoyed this book so much, I was 100% invested in the story. Loved all the drama, the angst, and the juicy secrets. Also loved the setting of this boarding school with all its creepy secrets and hidden nooks and crannies. Not to mention it was out in the middle of nowhere in a secluded mountain town, it added such an eerie vibe to the story. This was a thriller that made my pulse race, my spine tingle, and blew my mind.This book in emojis 🎒 👩🏼‍🎓 💻 ✉️ 📓 🤯 *** Big thanks to Harlequin Mira for my copy of this book ***
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  • Kristy
    January 1, 1970
    The Goode School is an elite prep school in Marchburg, Virginia. Each class contains only fifty girls, hand-picked by Dean Westhaven herself. The school has been in the Dean's family for generations. The girls all go on to college--mostly the Ivies--and are the daughters of the rich and elite. Goode is filled with traditions, rumors, haunted tunnels and arboretums, and secret societies. Coming to Goode from England this year is Ash Carr, now Ash Carlisle. Ash's wealthy parents are dead and Goode The Goode School is an elite prep school in Marchburg, Virginia. Each class contains only fifty girls, hand-picked by Dean Westhaven herself. The school has been in the Dean's family for generations. The girls all go on to college--mostly the Ivies--and are the daughters of the rich and elite. Goode is filled with traditions, rumors, haunted tunnels and arboretums, and secret societies. Coming to Goode from England this year is Ash Carr, now Ash Carlisle. Ash's wealthy parents are dead and Goode gives her a chance to start over without the notoriety that follows in her home country. But soon, a student is dead at Goode. She apparently had a secret--and she isn't the only one. I am a total sucker for a good boarding school mystery. Add in the fact that this one is set basically in my backyard, the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, and it's written by one of my favorite authors, J.T. Ellison: I'm all in. GOOD GIRLS LIE didn't disappoint. This was a captivating thriller that kept me frantically flipping the pages of my Kindle. I didn't know who to believe, what to believe, or what on earth was going on. And I loved it. The book opens up with a death--a body is found hanging on the school's gates. From there, the story backs up, and you are left guessing, wondering if Ash is a reliable narrator or not. For a story that features teenage girls, it's surprisingly adult and dark. "Of course, there are a few people who know exactly who is hanging from the school's gates. Know who, and know why. But they will never tell." This is a mystery filled with juicy backstories and gossip. The town of Marchburg has a storied past, and I found myself caught up in all of it. The Dean and her mother--twisted past. An old incident at the school--twisted past. Ash and her family--twisted past. Do you see a pattern emerging? Around every corner, a new dramatic turn emerges. If you like your thrillers with lots of drama and surprises, you'll enjoy this book. It's different, dark and twisty, and quite good. 4.5 stars. I received a copy of this novel from Netgalley and Harlequin-MIRA in return for an unbiased review. It is available everywhere as of 12/30/2019. Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ PaperBackSwap ~ Smashbomb
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