Two Truths and a Lie
From the author of The Islanders comes a warm, witty and suspenseful novel filled with small-town secrets, summer romance, big time lies and spiked seltzer, in the vein of Liane Moriarty.Truth: Sherri Griffin and her daughter, Katie, have recently moved to the idyllic beach town of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Rebecca Coleman, widely acknowledged former leader of the Newburyport Mom Squad (having taken a step back since her husband’s shocking and tragic death eighteen months ago), has made a surprising effort to include these newcomers in typically closed-group activities. Rebecca’s teenage daughter Alexa has even been spotted babysitting Katie.Truth: Alexa has time on her hands because of a recent falling-out with her longtime best friends for reasons no one knows—but everyone suspects have to do with Alexa’s highly popular and increasingly successful YouTube channel. Katie Griffin, who at age 11 probably doesn’t need a babysitter anymore, can’t be left alone because she has terrifying nightmares that don’t seem to jibe with the vague story Sherri has floated about the “bad divorce” she left behind in Ohio. Rebecca Coleman has been spending a lot of time with Sherri, it’s true, but she’s also been spending time with someone else she doesn’t want the Mom Squad to know about just yet.Lie: Rebecca Coleman doesn’t have a new man in her life, and definitely not someone connected to the Mom Squad. Alexa is not seeing anyone new herself and is planning on shutting down her YouTube channel in advance of attending college in the fall. Sherri Griffin’s real name is Sherri Griffin, and a bad divorce is all she’s running from.A blend of propulsive thriller and gorgeous summer read, Two Truths and a Lie reminds us that happiness isn’t always a day at the beach, some secrets aren’t meant to be shared, and the most precious things are the people we love.

Two Truths and a Lie Details

TitleTwo Truths and a Lie
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 16th, 2020
PublisherWilliam Morrow
ISBN-139780062840097
Rating
GenreFiction, Mystery, Contemporary, Suspense

Two Truths and a Lie Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    This is something between Moriarty’s Big Little Lies waltzes with Kimberly Belle’s Dear Wife and salutes to Flynn’s Gone Girl and Elin Hilderbrand’s beach town stories. It is a little big long story with multi POVS and I actually enjoy Rebecca’s facing the trauma and Sherri’s running away from the trauma stories more than Rebecca’s daughter Alexa’s problematic future thoughts, dealing with death of her dad and her unexpected Youtube channel success. And obsessively controlling freak squat parts This is something between Moriarty’s Big Little Lies waltzes with Kimberly Belle’s Dear Wife and salutes to Flynn’s Gone Girl and Elin Hilderbrand’s beach town stories. It is a little big long story with multi POVS and I actually enjoy Rebecca’s facing the trauma and Sherri’s running away from the trauma stories more than Rebecca’s daughter Alexa’s problematic future thoughts, dealing with death of her dad and her unexpected Youtube channel success. And obsessively controlling freak squat parts made me laugh hard and also terrified the hell of me! Yeap, they were meaner than my neighbors.So this is 3.5 wavy sea, breezing wind, small town gossips and beware of the mommy squat stars rounded up to 4!Sherri Griffin and her eleven year daughter Katie moves to a new beach town of Newburyport, Massachusetts after a devastating divorce. She is adamant to build a new life but we sense that she’s hiding so many things about her past live, disguising herself in cheaper clothes, barely making her ends meet and we realize her ex was really wealthy so why she is afraid of her own shadow and why she scares to leave her daughter alone?And Rebecca tries to build a new life after her husband’s unexpected death, estranging herself from OCD momma club a.k.a deadly squat (It sounds like a great Quentin Tarantino movie!), living a secret relationship.So Rebecca befriends Sherri and their secretive lives built by not so white lies fit with each other. Then Alexa involves into their equation by accepting babysitting job to take good care of Katie. She also deals with her inner evils: has problematic relationships with her besties and boyfriend, is attracted by charming Cam, hides her California plans from her mother. But when she finds Katie’s secret diary, the balances between two widowed families naturally change.And there are also so many untold secrets, schemes, gossips and scandals are piling up around the dirty rotten scoundrel momma squat (fourth remake of same movie without Anne Hathaway!) As they start to reveal I clapped and jumped on my couch with pleasure. It was better than any Bachelor episode.Overall: It should be classified as women’s fiction more than thriller or mystery. It was a fun, riveting beach reading but please gather your wits and don’t punch the sands in anger and be careful not to get burned because even though it’s really long reading, it still captivates your attention from the beginning.Oh let’s not forget to clap the talented illustrator of this fantastic book cover!Special thanks to NetGalley and William Morrow for sharing this intriguing ARC with me in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  • Elyse Walters
    January 1, 1970
    Mother’s...”The Squad” Middle age teensOlder teens Beach town setting End of the summer before going back to schools Tequila cocktail parties with hired bartenders and DJ’s, drugs, secrets, lies, surf camp, nature overnight camp, babysitters, fashion and beauty concerns, ice lattes, walks, gossip, one woman was writing a domestic thriller ( nothing amounted to knowing more)....everyone drives an SUV...It was a chore to read this book for me. I liked Meg Mitchell Moore’s book called “The Admissio Mother’s...”The Squad” Middle age teensOlder teens Beach town setting End of the summer before going back to schools Tequila cocktail parties with hired bartenders and DJ’s, drugs, secrets, lies, surf camp, nature overnight camp, babysitters, fashion and beauty concerns, ice lattes, walks, gossip, one woman was writing a domestic thriller ( nothing amounted to knowing more)....everyone drives an SUV...It was a chore to read this book for me. I liked Meg Mitchell Moore’s book called “The Admissions”, years ago and thought I’d enjoy another one of her contemporary novels.However... I just didn’t care for this one. it was one of the most Un-FUN - fun books I’ve read in ages with catty characters, catty friendships, and a dull story. “I’m not mad, she said. I’m tired. And I forgot I have to get up early tomorrow”. “Two truths, one lie”. 1.5 stars
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  • Genevieve Trono
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished Two Truths and a Lie by Meg Mitchell Moore and it was the perfect brain candy reading! Her books always scream summer vacation to me (I brought the Islanders to Maine last summer and it was just perfect!) This one is a beach book with a little mystery tied in which made for a great mix. And it made me so happy to have little glimpses of the Islanders tied in (like the Dinner by Dad blog!) This will be published on ‪5/26/20‬ and I can't wait to share more about it then.Thank you t I just finished Two Truths and a Lie by Meg Mitchell Moore and it was the perfect brain candy reading! Her books always scream summer vacation to me (I brought the Islanders to Maine last summer and it was just perfect!) This one is a beach book with a little mystery tied in which made for a great mix. And it made me so happy to have little glimpses of the Islanders tied in (like the Dinner by Dad blog!) This will be published on ‪5/26/20‬ and I can't wait to share more about it then.Thank you to William Morrow Books for an advanced copy. ⁣
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  • Elle's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date: June 16, 2020 Actual Rating: 4 stars Women’s Fiction | Domestic Drama/SuspenseTwo Truths and a Lie is the perfect summer read! This book reminded me of other novels written by some of my favorite authors like Liane Moriarty, Sarah Pekkanen, and Elin Hilderbrand, all mixed together! What a pure delight! I’ve been looking for authors who are similar to all three of these writers and have FINALLY found one in Meg Mitchell Moore. I hope she writes more books like this because you ca Release Date: June 16, 2020 Actual Rating: 4 stars Women’s Fiction | Domestic Drama/SuspenseTwo Truths and a Lie is the perfect summer read! This book reminded me of other novels written by some of my favorite authors like Liane Moriarty, Sarah Pekkanen, and Elin Hilderbrand, all mixed together! What a pure delight! I’ve been looking for authors who are similar to all three of these writers and have FINALLY found one in Meg Mitchell Moore. I hope she writes more books like this because you can be sure that I’ll read every single one of them!This one reminded me of Big Little Lies and The Husbands secret. The story revolves around one secret that isn’t revealed until the end of the novel. Sure, there are breadcrumbs and small hints and teases throughout the book which are told though 3 points of views, but you never really know WHAT this secret is or WHO it’s affecting until the very end. It keeps you on your toes and holds your attention from beginning to end.Now, while I love the way the book is written and how it’s reminiscent of some of my favorite authors, I did find the plot twist to be very underwhelming. I was SURE the twist was going to go one way, but nothing materialized from it (I can’t say what because it would spoil the entire book). Instead, it went in a completely different direction and LITERALLY came out of nowhere. I love the unexpected in books like these, but this was so unexpected that it turned me off. Not all books need shocking and unexpected plot twists and this book would have been much better had it gone another way. Other than this, I absolutely loved this one! I love the way it’s told in dual point of views, I loved the mom squad gossip (even though they got on my nerves) and I loved the setting! I live two towns away from Newburyport in MA and many of the places within this book are places I know and have been to. It’s kind of like the story was taking place in my backyard which I found really cool! If you’re looking for a shocking summer read look no further! This book should not only be on your TBR this summer but in your beach bag! Be prepared for juicy gossip, dark secrets, and intrigue!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    What a delicious, slightly wicked summer read this one was! It was like a mash up of Liane Moriarty and Elin Hilderbrand and that combination worked really well for me. It had the secretive, light style mystery of LM and the ensemble cast and idyllic setting of EH, everything I look for in a summer read for sure!This is told via several viewpoints, Rebecca, her daughter Alexa and new to town Sherrie are the main ones and then there are a few random chapters from other characters thrown in but th What a delicious, slightly wicked summer read this one was! It was like a mash up of Liane Moriarty and Elin Hilderbrand and that combination worked really well for me. It had the secretive, light style mystery of LM and the ensemble cast and idyllic setting of EH, everything I look for in a summer read for sure!This is told via several viewpoints, Rebecca, her daughter Alexa and new to town Sherrie are the main ones and then there are a few random chapters from other characters thrown in but the best ones were from the collective Mom Squad. These women were BRUTAL,they were catty, judgmental and wicked and I loved how juicy and dramatic their chapters were. The whole book was slightly scandalous as almost every single character was keeping some sort of secret and it felt really gossipy and just ideal for a summer read. Some of it was a little predictable in the end but other aspects were surprising, overall I enjoyed it a lot and definitely recommend it!
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  • Steffany Zimmerman
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. This is the first book I have read from Meg and can’t wait to read more of her books. She had a way of writing that makes you want to root her the characters. Such a great book.
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  • MicheleReader
    January 1, 1970
    Two Truths and a Lie is a fast-paced, entertaining book that takes place in Newburyport, a small beach town north of Boston. It’s June and the summer has begun. “The Squad” of twelve moms are getting ready for their annual parties, activities and cattiness. We learn from the beginning that someone in Newburyport is not going to survive the summer.Rebecca Coleman had been one of the make it happen members of the Mom Squad but after the recent loss of her husband, she’s become withdrawn focusing o Two Truths and a Lie is a fast-paced, entertaining book that takes place in Newburyport, a small beach town north of Boston. It’s June and the summer has begun. “The Squad” of twelve moms are getting ready for their annual parties, activities and cattiness. We learn from the beginning that someone in Newburyport is not going to survive the summer.Rebecca Coleman had been one of the make it happen members of the Mom Squad but after the recent loss of her husband, she’s become withdrawn focusing on her two daughters, seventeen year old Alexa and Morgan, eleven years old. Rebecca believes Alexa is preparing to attend college in the fall but Alexa, with a budding yet secretive success with her own YouTube channel, has already called the school and has given up her spot planning to head to Los Angeles.Sherri Griffin and her daughter Katie, also eleven, have just moved into town. Rebecca has extended a hand in friendship to Sherri. Katie and Morgan quickly become friends but Sherri reveals little about herself and what she tells Rebecca and the others about herself is a lie. The book is told from several points of view including Sherri, Rebecca, Alexa and The Squad, the latter acting as a pseudo Greek Chorus. Amid all the secrets and lies, this is a summer of change and growth for Sherri and Rebecca and a touching coming-of-age journey for Alexa. While Two Truths and a Lie has its share of amusing snarkiness, at its heart, it is a story about women who will do anything to insure the happiness and safety of their children. There are many good books that take place during the summer, at a beach town involving a group of women and their families. This book feels familiar, which is not a bad thing.Many thanks to Edelweiss, William Morrow and the author for the opportunity to enjoy Two Truths and a Lie in advance of its June 16 release date. A perfect beach read. And even if your beach is closed, as mine is right now, you’ll still feel like you’re on one. Rated 3.75 rounded up.Review to be posted at MicheleReader.com closer to publication.
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  • Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks
    January 1, 1970
    This book took me a while to be in the mood for, but as soon as I sat down and really got into it, I was hooked. There were so many characters and the chapters were so short, that I really had to pay attention to who was narrating. Rebecca, was raising her two daughters and trying to find love after her husband passed away. Alexa was Rebecca’s eldest daughter and had all the typical teenage troubles, until she learned a secret about the new neighbors. Sherri and Katie said moved into town after This book took me a while to be in the mood for, but as soon as I sat down and really got into it, I was hooked. There were so many characters and the chapters were so short, that I really had to pay attention to who was narrating. Rebecca, was raising her two daughters and trying to find love after her husband passed away. Alexa was Rebecca’s eldest daughter and had all the typical teenage troubles, until she learned a secret about the new neighbors. Sherri and Katie said moved into town after a nasty divorce, but are they hiding secrets that can hurt others?Overall this book kept me guessing and also was something that I could relate to. Women are so catty and cliquey. They are quick to judge and don’t see when their friends struggle. Young girls are the same way and this brought me back to my childhood. There was one part in the book that brought me to tears.. WHYYYYY did you do this to me Meg?Thank you to Goodreads, Meg, Harper Collins and William Morrow for a paperback ARC of this book.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    A fun beach read! Interesting characters and an idyllic setting. The multiple points of view was a key component and brought this book to another level. There were a lot of characters but I had no problem keeping track. There was a lot of suspense build up until the conclusion, which was very well done. The conclusion angered me but only because I was invested in the characters. It was well written and the storyline moves at an even pace. I flew through it and enjoyed the ride!
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    When single mom, Sherri, and her 11 year old daughter, Katie, move to a new town, a group of friends is changed in ways they never could have imagined. Is the "Mom Squad" really as nice and welcoming as they like to think they are? "The borders between the Mom Squad and the rest of the world were like those of Castro's Cuba: closed until further notice."Can I just say that catty, snarky women are SO MUCH MORE fun in books than real life? This book was fun, dishy, and entertaining but only becaus When single mom, Sherri, and her 11 year old daughter, Katie, move to a new town, a group of friends is changed in ways they never could have imagined. Is the "Mom Squad" really as nice and welcoming as they like to think they are? "The borders between the Mom Squad and the rest of the world were like those of Castro's Cuba: closed until further notice."Can I just say that catty, snarky women are SO MUCH MORE fun in books than real life? This book was fun, dishy, and entertaining but only because it was a book and not real life haha. I was totally hooked after the prologue... and it's only two short paragraphs! The chapters from the perspective of the collective "Mom Squad" were my favorite because they were bursting with truths, lies, and sarcasm. And so many explanation points !!! to prove they are not at all judging others, but doth protest too much?! The whole story was suspenseful in a deliciously gossipy sort of way. As in, oooooh yet another character is keeping a secret; please do share with me, your new BFF! This is THE perfect summer read. "In a town like ours, not a lot happens, and sometimes we look for the excitement where we can get it."Location: Newburyport, MassachusettsI received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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  • PacaLipstick Gramma
    January 1, 1970
    I won an ARC through a Goodreads Giveaway.This was a mediocre read. I think it had the potential to be more intense, but, for me, it fell flat. The plot had so much potential. The "mom squad" was so immature and clique-ish, reeking of middle school petty antics. After while, I lost interest, nor cared about the "mom squad".Near the end, I was disappointed about the events that transpired, and the end certainly was not stellar. It was just "too tidy".I have stated in reviews before that I like a I won an ARC through a Goodreads Giveaway.This was a mediocre read. I think it had the potential to be more intense, but, for me, it fell flat. The plot had so much potential. The "mom squad" was so immature and clique-ish, reeking of middle school petty antics. After while, I lost interest, nor cared about the "mom squad".Near the end, I was disappointed about the events that transpired, and the end certainly was not stellar. It was just "too tidy".I have stated in reviews before that I like a book to leave an impact on me, even if it's just something small. This did not.The writing was good, the characters of importance were developed, although a lot of it was superficial.To me this is definitely a beach read! Definitely not deep or thought provoking.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book but it never rises above a good beach book. I liked the use of multiple voices and the way they were arranged. The author took several compelling themes and got them into this novel. I liked the characters, especially Sherri and Rebecca. But I especially was impressed by the character of Alexa. So nice to see that Moore didn’t rely on stereotypes and created a very interesting modern young woman. Thank you Netgalley for this very lovely read.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed Two Truths and a Lie. It got some mixed reviews, but it was a quick, summery read with a beachy setting with some good drama and a little bit of mystery with a little bit of romance.This reminded me a little bit of Big Little Lies. ⁣⁣The mom squad did annoy me solely because they are like middle aged mean girls involved in everyone and their mother’s business and I don’t ever enjoy women who enjoy flaunting other women’s weaknesses. ⁣⁣I enjoyed following Alexa and watching her grow as I enjoyed Two Truths and a Lie. It got some mixed reviews, but it was a quick, summery read with a beachy setting with some good drama and a little bit of mystery with a little bit of romance.This reminded me a little bit of Big Little Lies. ⁣⁣The mom squad did annoy me solely because they are like middle aged mean girls involved in everyone and their mother’s business and I don’t ever enjoy women who enjoy flaunting other women’s weaknesses. ⁣⁣I enjoyed following Alexa and watching her grow as a person through her grief. I loved Cam so much and then was heartbroken for her.⁣⁣I felt Rebecca did the best that she could working through her own grief while being a widowed mom to a teen and an eleven year old girl, who were also dealing with grief in their own ways.⁣⁣Sherri really made me nervous while she was nervous in the beginning, but discovering why and watching her work through that and putting Katie first, I learned to admire her.⁣⁣Overall I really enjoyed this book and it was a fast paced read for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣⁣Thank you @edelweiss and @williammorrowbooks for an ARC for my honest review. #bookstagram #books #TwoTruthsandALie #booklover #summerread⁣⁣2 Truths 1 Lie - which one is my lie?⁣1. I have fourteen tattoos.⁣2. Chinese food is my favorite food.⁣3. I read seven books just this week.
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  • Dakota
    January 1, 1970
    Releasing on June 16th, you'll definitely want to pick up this summery read. Two Truths and a Lie follows the "Mom Squad" and a few outside characters of a coastal town where there is no such thing as secrets. I really enjoyed Meg Mitchell Moore's style of writing; each chapter is told by a different characters' perspective or by the "Mom Squad" as a collective, which was really fun as you can just feel the gossipy drama ooze out of the Mom Squad members. There was definitely character growth, w Releasing on June 16th, you'll definitely want to pick up this summery read. Two Truths and a Lie follows the "Mom Squad" and a few outside characters of a coastal town where there is no such thing as secrets. I really enjoyed Meg Mitchell Moore's style of writing; each chapter is told by a different characters' perspective or by the "Mom Squad" as a collective, which was really fun as you can just feel the gossipy drama ooze out of the Mom Squad members. There was definitely character growth, which is always a joy to witness, especially for the ones that you root for. The pacing was perfect, revealing the backgrounds of certain characters so as to have a better understanding of the full picture. I liked that there were deeper secrets, not just the typical husband-cheating-on-wife or husband-beating-wife tropes that so often pop up as the big reveal in these types of books. So, I was pleasantly surprised all-around with this story and will most likely read more by this author :)
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    Two Truths and a Lie is a mildly entertaining, breezy, basic beach/vacation read. It's the kind of book that you can definitely put down, take a dip in the pool and not feel compelled to have to pick it back up. You could even lose this book at the beach and it would be ok. As long as you don't expect much this book won't let you down. Big Little Lies this book is not. It falls way short to me of fully telling the story it was supposed to be telling. The climax and falling action just missed the Two Truths and a Lie is a mildly entertaining, breezy, basic beach/vacation read. It's the kind of book that you can definitely put down, take a dip in the pool and not feel compelled to have to pick it back up. You could even lose this book at the beach and it would be ok. As long as you don't expect much this book won't let you down. Big Little Lies this book is not. It falls way short to me of fully telling the story it was supposed to be telling. The climax and falling action just missed the mark. The book pretends to be a kind of suspense thriller, but it really ends up being just contemporary drama. The only tolerable characters were the small children. Alexis, Rebecca, Sherri with an "I" and the Mom Squad were all caps TIRESOME and IRRITATING.Also, the writing was kind of grating. I felt like it was written by some high-brow, stuffy, English professor. I swear the word "repair" has become my most hated word. Moore used it like 50 times! "They repaired to the living room...", "She decided to repair to the couch...", "The girls repaired to the lounge...". REPAIRREPAIRREPAIR! Who even says that? Just say they WENT to the living room, or she SAT on the couch. All throughout the book there were random words and phrases that no one uses and just didn't fit in with the overall writing. You can't sprinkle lots of 25cent words in a basic ass story and think it strengthens it somehow. Either Meg Moore needed to step away from her Thesaurus or she was just trying to sound too high-brow. Whatever it was it just didn't work.All in all, it's not a terrible book it's just not memorable or that satisfying. If you want a basic beach read go for it. Just don't expect much. *Please note I won a paperback ARC in a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you! This review is my own honest opinion.
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  • Tiffany Foskey
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this story!!!!!! The twists and mama drama + kid drama was right on point. Meg Mitchell Moore has a unique southern style of writing and it is right up there with Elin Hilderbrand, Mary Kay Andrews in my opinion. We have Sherrie who moves to a new town to escape a bad divorce, we have Alexa a almost adult who has a secret from her mom. We have Rebecca who has a huge secret from everyone in her life. Two Truths and a Lie is an amazing book and I highly recommend it . Thank you to @netgall I loved this story!!!!!! The twists and mama drama + kid drama was right on point. Meg Mitchell Moore has a unique southern style of writing and it is right up there with Elin Hilderbrand, Mary Kay Andrews in my opinion. We have Sherrie who moves to a new town to escape a bad divorce, we have Alexa a almost adult who has a secret from her mom. We have Rebecca who has a huge secret from everyone in her life. Two Truths and a Lie is an amazing book and I highly recommend it . Thank you to @netgalley & @williammorrowbooks for my early review copy
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  • Nicole Stanley
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway - my first one, so thank you William Morrow! This was a fun and easy beach read that takes us through a summer in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The beginning reminded me of a Big Little Lies, although it doesn't have the suspense. My one gripe about the book though is the title. It was mentioned a couple times throughout the book, but I thought it could have tied in better. Overall though, if you're looking for something light and easy to bring with you to I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway - my first one, so thank you William Morrow! This was a fun and easy beach read that takes us through a summer in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The beginning reminded me of a Big Little Lies, although it doesn't have the suspense. My one gripe about the book though is the title. It was mentioned a couple times throughout the book, but I thought it could have tied in better. Overall though, if you're looking for something light and easy to bring with you to the beach this summer, this is it.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    The pros: this book feels very much like a typical summer beach read--"mom squad" drama, mysterious new arrivals, family secrets. The comparisons to Liane Moriarty are definitely warranted. The characters are fully drawn and interesting, and the writing is generally quite good. It was a bit slow at first, but then picked up pace towards the middle. The cons: It missed the mark for me when it came to the ending. Thank you to William Morrow for providing me with a copy of this book in a Goodreads The pros: this book feels very much like a typical summer beach read--"mom squad" drama, mysterious new arrivals, family secrets. The comparisons to Liane Moriarty are definitely warranted. The characters are fully drawn and interesting, and the writing is generally quite good. It was a bit slow at first, but then picked up pace towards the middle. The cons: It missed the mark for me when it came to the ending. Thank you to William Morrow for providing me with a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway!
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  • Maggie
    January 1, 1970
    Great beach read! Entertaining and fun.
  • Charity Brewer
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book - it was a fun read! Great characters and a great story - writing style reminded me a lot of Liane Moriarty, who I love
  • Cindy Perdisatt
    January 1, 1970
    I won this at a good reads giveaway and was so excited to read it! Good enough read that I did so in just 2 nights, couldn't put it down. It has a Big Little Lies feel to it.The ending was a little dragged out for me but all in all good quarantine book.
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  • Erin Stetler
    January 1, 1970
    Suspenseful novel files with secrets, romance and lies. This is the first i read from Meg and I thought it was very well written. Loved the characters and the story. Can't wait to pick up some more of Megs books.
  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    When Sherri and her daughter Katie moved to Newburyport, Massachusetts, at the beginning of summer, they were looking forward to enjoying the summer at the beach. Katie signed up for surf-camp, and almost immediately met and befriended other girls her age who were going to go to her school come fall. Their moms were all a little surprised—surf-camp sign-ups had closed a while back, so it was difficult for newcomers to get in. The Mom Squad smelled a hint of drama in the air, and you know they we When Sherri and her daughter Katie moved to Newburyport, Massachusetts, at the beginning of summer, they were looking forward to enjoying the summer at the beach. Katie signed up for surf-camp, and almost immediately met and befriended other girls her age who were going to go to her school come fall. Their moms were all a little surprised—surf-camp sign-ups had closed a while back, so it was difficult for newcomers to get in. The Mom Squad smelled a hint of drama in the air, and you know they were all over that. As the weeks go on and Katie is invited to spend time with more of the girls, more of the moms close in on Sherri and what brought them there. It was a nasty divorce in Ohio and the need for a new start somewhere completely new, is what she says, but the Mom Squad is dubious. And when an invitation to join the Mom Squad at a barre class proves to Sherri that she’s not quite in the same mindset as these women, a chance encounter with mom Rebecca brings her a chance at a genuine friendship. Rebecca is part of the Mom Squad, but after her husband dropped dead suddenly from an aneurysm about 18 months earlier, her grief had set her apart from the rest of the group, so she feels more like an outsider. She has two daughters, Morgan, who is Katie’s age and Alexa, who just graduated from high school. But these women are similar in another way—they both have secrets that they don’t want anyone else to know. One of these secrets is about a new romance, all full of hope and excitement. The other secret is about a previous romance, and if that truth of that ever came out, it could put their lives in jeopardy. Two Truths and a Lie is a summertime novel about families in times of change, about mothers and daughters, about secrets and lies and the danger they contain. Author Meg Mitchell Moore has deftly woven a story of suburban life that rivals any reality show set in upper middle class America. Told in alternating viewpoints, from Sherri, Rebecca, Alexa, and the hivemind of the Mom Squad, this layered novel balances the lives of these women with the complicated emotions of families in crisis and in stasis. I loved this book. I loved the way the Mom Squad was a little like a Greek chorus, but with more gossip and passive aggression. I really felt for these families who were struggling to find a new normal for themselves in times of grief and chaos. Reading this reminded me of the first time I read Big Little Lies, which was one of my favorite books that year. I think this one will stick with me for quite some time this summer. A galley of Two Truths and a Lie was provided to me by William Morrow, with many thanks.
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  • Amber Coulson
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 StarsI won this as an ARC from a Goodreads Giveaway. A mother and child relocate to a coastal New England town to escape their old lives. However, when you’re the prime witness in a murder case against your husband, who is a member of the mob, you can’t just go away. So, with the help of the witness protection program Sherri and her daughter Katie are starting over, until some discovers their secret. I think that’s a pretty good description/book to draw the people in, right? Okay. I am hones 2.5 StarsI won this as an ARC from a Goodreads Giveaway. A mother and child relocate to a coastal New England town to escape their old lives. However, when you’re the prime witness in a murder case against your husband, who is a member of the mob, you can’t just go away. So, with the help of the witness protection program Sherri and her daughter Katie are starting over, until some discovers their secret. I think that’s a pretty good description/book to draw the people in, right? Okay. I am honestly so disappointed in this book, I hate to say. In the beginning it had so much potential to be a real action packed, looking over your shoulder, wondering when they’re gonna get got type of novel but it just does not deliver. The writing, although good, amounts to nothing. We spend the entire book wondering about these big bad men who are out to find this woman and child in witness protection and there is all this build up for, and I cannot stress this enough, NOTHING. Absolutely nothing. There’s a teaser in the beginning about a white Acura in a car accident that I literally thought was gonna somehow relate to the main characters or at least the premise of the book but it has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with that. It literally makes no sense. And that’s the climax of the novel. Something that makes no sense is the height of the book. I honestly cannot believe this got published as is. It’s supposed to be a good summer beach read and I think if it had a stronger climax and you know, an actual point, it could have been. As I said, all the ingredients are there but she just could not make the dish. I gave it two stars instead of one because the writing isn’t terrible and the concept is good it’s just the execution and resolution to the novel is horrid. *Side note: this could be a good lifetime movie if they did some changes to it. Made the bad guys more present and menacing. Oh and make them actually exist because they’re basically just figments one this book. Okay bye.
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  • Leighellen Landskov
    January 1, 1970
    Happy First Day of Summer!This time of year I always find myself more drawn to contemporary fiction, books about friendship, and anything with a light romance. There’s something about days at the beach that bring that wistfulness to my soul. Two Truths and a Lie by @megmitchellmoore is the perfect summer reading book and checked all these boxes for me!The story follows a Sherri and Katie, a middle aged mom and her teenage daughter who are new to the quiet little beach town of Newburyport, MA. Th Happy First Day of Summer!This time of year I always find myself more drawn to contemporary fiction, books about friendship, and anything with a light romance. There’s something about days at the beach that bring that wistfulness to my soul. Two Truths and a Lie by @megmitchellmoore is the perfect summer reading book and checked all these boxes for me!The story follows a Sherri and Katie, a middle aged mom and her teenage daughter who are new to the quiet little beach town of Newburyport, MA. They immediately try to fit in with the uber popular Mom Squad and their daughters to help get in the right mix of friends before school starts. Somehow they begin to get invited to events and parties, but they’re always both a little off. It's easy to see they have a lot to hide. But even the Mom Squad and their girls have a lot going on behind the scenes. Rebecca, the lead mom in charge, is still suffering from the loss of her husband and trying to work out the dating thing. Her daughter, Alexa, has a popular YouTube website and needs to make a decision about college in the fall. Friendships are changing, there's a new boy hanging around, and it seems there's a lot to figure out this summer. As a mom of three, everything about the book is so relatable. I found myself laughing along at so much of the mom drama - who gets invited to what and why. I also connected with the friendships and the way things begin to change as the kids get older. Along there way, there are a few sweet romances and one shocking ending. I really enjoyed this book and all the people in it! It’s got a lot of good lessons on friendship, dating, and I loved the mother-daughter relationships. It’s the perfect beach read!Thanks to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow Books for the gifted copy to read in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Two Truths and a Lie is about secrets. Big secrets, small secrets, innocent secrets, and secrets with the ability to destroy lives. Meg Mitchell Moore’s fun, entertaining new novel takes place over one summer in Newburyport and revolves around what she has named “The Mom Squad”. I think most of us are familiar with the mom squad concept, but it’s a small group of moms, usually with children of similar ages, who provide overall support for each other. In other words, they’re kind of like Bookstag Two Truths and a Lie is about secrets. Big secrets, small secrets, innocent secrets, and secrets with the ability to destroy lives. Meg Mitchell Moore’s fun, entertaining new novel takes place over one summer in Newburyport and revolves around what she has named “The Mom Squad”. I think most of us are familiar with the mom squad concept, but it’s a small group of moms, usually with children of similar ages, who provide overall support for each other. In other words, they’re kind of like Bookstagramers, but with kids instead of books.In Two Truths and a Lie, Meg takes the reader inside the dynamics of her fictionalized Newburyport squad,and the result is my favorite part of the book. I loved Meg’s descriptions of the funny, realistic relationships between the mom squad members. They’re witty and engaging, and I admittedly was able to recognize the similarities in many of my own female friendships.I also absolutely adore Meg’s writing style. This is the prologue of Two Truths: “That was the summer we all drank tequila by the gallon. Not really, of course—if that had been true we all would have ended up dead, instead of only one person. Although there was no alcohol involved. It was your garden-variety car accident, the Acura crushed against the pole on that deserted stretch of Hale Street, the driver dead on impact. Garden variety. It happened all the time. Except that it wasn’t, and it didn’t, not in our town.” How could that not draw you in?? It certainly did me, and I was hooked from there.A summer read with a bit of a thriller edge, Two Truths and a Lie is a book that should definitely find its way into all of your beach bags to be devoured with a crisp, cold glass of your favorite summer beverage.
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  • Jennifer Ritter
    January 1, 1970
    Two Truths and a Lie is Meg Mitchell Moore’s sixth novel. Set in her own hometown of Newburyport, Massachusetts, this tells the story of one summer and two women who are contemporaries, and the 17 year old daughter of one of them. Sherri Griffin and her 11 year old daughter Katie have recently moved to town, telling everyone that she is on the backside of a very bad divorce and has resettled to the area for a fresh start. Rebecca Coleman, widowed two years earlier, has been a leader in the “mom Two Truths and a Lie is Meg Mitchell Moore’s sixth novel. Set in her own hometown of Newburyport, Massachusetts, this tells the story of one summer and two women who are contemporaries, and the 17 year old daughter of one of them. Sherri Griffin and her 11 year old daughter Katie have recently moved to town, telling everyone that she is on the backside of a very bad divorce and has resettled to the area for a fresh start. Rebecca Coleman, widowed two years earlier, has been a leader in the “mom squad”, a group of local women with girls the same age, all of which are beginning middle school in the fall. But she is not feeling the pettiness and exclusivity of the group and has some issues with the unkindness of a few of them. Rebecca is distancing herself from the group while bringing newcomer Sherri under her wing. Rebecca’s daughter Alexa has just graduated from high school and is a bit at odds herself. She has been accepted to her mother’s Alma mater in the fall, but has a few secrets of her own.As Alexa works for Sherri staying with Katie when she needs to work at night, she discovers secrets even darker than her own. These secrets lead a young Alexa to bring in another because it is too heavy for her to handle, thus setting up a series of twisted and unexpected events.This is a very well plotted story with several important themes, including friendship, grief, new beginnings, and, of course, secrets and lies. This book became a real page turner. I did very much enjoy this book and I do recommend it!
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  • Hope Hunter
    January 1, 1970
    At first, I thought this was going to be another rich "mom-squad" book about women facing privileged life problems of who has a nicer car, smarter kid, and is planning the better vacation. Although there is plenty of privilege in this story, there is also a lot of dysfunction which turns the book into a bit of suspenseful thriller as the reader hurriedly turns pages to find out who was in the fatal car accident described in the prologue.Sherri and her daughter Katie move to a small Massachusetts At first, I thought this was going to be another rich "mom-squad" book about women facing privileged life problems of who has a nicer car, smarter kid, and is planning the better vacation. Although there is plenty of privilege in this story, there is also a lot of dysfunction which turns the book into a bit of suspenseful thriller as the reader hurriedly turns pages to find out who was in the fatal car accident described in the prologue.Sherri and her daughter Katie move to a small Massachusetts town to hide from Sherri's organized crime involved ex-husband. Desperately seeking to fit in, she and her daughter land in a tight-knit social clique. Rebecca, still reeling from the sudden, unexpected death of her husband is wanting to distance herself from the clique, befriends Sherri. Rebecca's youngest daughter is Katie's age and her oldest daughter, Alexa, who is fighting her own issues regarding her future after graduation helps Sherri by frequently babysitting her younger sister and Katie.Alexa struggles to find a way to tell her mother she doesn't want go to college, Rebecca secretly begins dating again, and Sherri finds a job while continually looking over her shoulder for bad men who will threaten her well-being and new life. Each of the women are also trying to avoid the barbs of the "Mom Squad's" criticism. Great summer read that drags you into the story and doesn't want to let go.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    It's summer in Newburyport, MA. The tourists are arriving and the moms and their daughters, all friends since grade school, are settling in at the beach, ready for gossip and play. Into the mix come two mothers who just don’t fit in.The first is Rebecca, with daughters Alexa and Morgan. Rebecca did belong to the aptly named “mom squad” but has avoided them since her husband’s sudden death. Recent divorcee Sherri Griffin and her daughter Katie are new residents. We know from the first chapters th It's summer in Newburyport, MA. The tourists are arriving and the moms and their daughters, all friends since grade school, are settling in at the beach, ready for gossip and play. Into the mix come two mothers who just don’t fit in.The first is Rebecca, with daughters Alexa and Morgan. Rebecca did belong to the aptly named “mom squad” but has avoided them since her husband’s sudden death. Recent divorcee Sherri Griffin and her daughter Katie are new residents. We know from the first chapters that something is off with Sherri and Katie. Rebecca and Sherri become friends and Alexa takes over babysitting duties for Morgan and Katie. It is during a night of babysitting that Alexa discovers Katie’s hidden diary and learns what Sherri is desperate to hide. Alexa has secrets of her own. She has kept her dreams and career plans hidden from her mother, who is also hiding something. As the season winds down to the final summer party, all these secrets bubble to the surface and not in the way their owners would like.The party scene is exciting, delightful and sad. Sherri lets her true colors fly and she is amazing. The tragedy that follows after is completely unexpected. Two Truths and a Lie is more than a great beach read. It’s part mystery, part coming of age story and part thriller. I loved it and can’t wait to read more by Meg Mitchell Moore. 5 stars!Thanks to NetGalley, Harper Collins and Meg Mitchell Moore for this ARC.
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  • Renee (itsbooktalk)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars Last year I loved The Islanders and I have to say, I liked this one even more.⁣ I never want to give away too many plot details but the story alternates between Rebecca, a widow still grappling with her grief, her 17 year old daughter Alexis who has many secrets, Sherri, who has just moved to Newburyport, MA with her young daughter under some very interesting circumstances and “the squad,” the very catty, gossipy group of local moms whose perspective is from a time after all the drama 4.5 stars Last year I loved The Islanders and I have to say, I liked this one even more.⁣ I never want to give away too many plot details but the story alternates between Rebecca, a widow still grappling with her grief, her 17 year old daughter Alexis who has many secrets, Sherri, who has just moved to Newburyport, MA with her young daughter under some very interesting circumstances and “the squad,” the very catty, gossipy group of local moms whose perspective is from a time after all the drama has occurred. And believe me, there is much drama to be had and I was here for all of it! In my opinion, the structure of the story is one thing that really made me love it, I was invested in each perspective and they all tied together beautifully. If I had to pick a favorite I’d say The Squad....the author nailed catty, gossipy White Claw day drinking women who, no I didn’t like, but yes I really liked reading about them. ⁣⁣There is something special about the way this author writes dialogue and sets scenes that led to me flying through this in less than 2 days. That being said, this isn’t a perfect story, there were parts I had to suspend disbelief but I’m ok with that. In my opinion, THIS is one of the very best summer reads I’ve come across so far and I’m confused as to why we aren’t hearing more about this author and her books as must-read beach/summer picks
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