This Lie Will Kill You || Book Review

Title: This Lie Will Kill You
Author: Chelsea Pitcher
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
No. of pages: Hardcover, 320
Publication Date: December 11, 2018
Date Read: December 9, 2018
Rating: 4.5/5

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Tell the truth. Or face the consequences.

Clue meets Riverdale in this page-turning thriller that exposes the lies five teens tell about a deadly night one year ago.

One year ago, there was a party.

At the party, someone died.

Five teens each played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.

But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are too good to be true. They were each so desperate for the prize, they didn’t question the odd, rather exclusive invitation until it was too late.

Now, they realize they’ve been lured together by a person bent on revenge, a person who will stop at nothing to uncover what actually happened on that deadly night, one year ago.

Five arrived, but not all can leave. Will the truth set them free?

Or will their lies destroy them all? 


Thanks so much to Margaret K. McElderry Books and Simon & Schuster for sending me an advanced copy!

Okay, so I was really intrigued by this book before I started it. Once I started it, it was hard to put down.

This Lie Will Kill You follows five teens who all receive an invitation to an exclusive party that is designed to give the winner of the murder mystery dinner a $50,000 prize. The teens, Juniper Torres, Brett Carmichael, Ruby Valentine, Parker Addison, and Gavin Moon arrive at an empty mansion to find the game all set. Each has been given a character that they will play throughout the night. As the night begins, they realize that it all has to do with secrets that all of them are keeping and the death of Shane Ferrick that happened exactly one year before. As secrets become uncovered and lives start to be at risk, the truth comes out one way or another. Some may be happy to let go of the burden, others will carry it to their graves.

I really liked this book. Soon after I started it I realized that it had a sort of Clue and Pretty Little Liars vibe to it. Someone has plotted revenge to get to the truth but each person had a hand in the death being revenged. But the twist is that they’re each given a ‘character’ and were asked to bring a distinct weapon with them for the night. I loved that they story included these little nods to something that were so well known in my life growing up. I loved the game Clue and was thrilled that this felt very much like that. I also really liked how you were never sure about what was going to happen. This story had me on the edge of my seat. I needed to know what was going to happen next and who it was going to happen to. It was very well put together in the present and including the past to keep you updated. Nothing about it felt stale or overused. There were a few twists that really surprised me that I was not prepared for. Gosh. Such great surprises in this book.

There’s so much more that I could say about this book but if I continue to write about it I will give things away! This is one of those books where each detail is vital and necessary. I looked back multiple times to double check something. Or because something would happen and I remembered that it had been foreshadowed and wanted to check it out again.

This Lie Will Kill You is definitely one that you don’t want to miss. It releases tomorrow, December 11th, 2018. If you’re one that likes Riverdale, Clue, or Pretty Little Liars, I really think this would be something that you’d enjoy! 



Chelsea Pitcher is a karaoke-singing, ocean-worshipping Oregonian with a penchant for twisty mysteries. She is the author of The S-WordThe Last Changeling, and The Last Faerie Queen.

Watch for her new YA thriller, This Lie Will Kill You, coming December 11, 2018 from S&S/McElderry!

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