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three truths and a lie book coverReviewed by Meredith Kelly

When I started Three Truths and a Lie, one of my first thoughts was, “this is too young for me.” Unbeknownst to me at the time, I was reading a young adult book–something I hadn’t done in many years. Nevertheless, the characters were well-defined and seemed to be very trendy. The book focuses on two couples heading away to a rural mountain cabin for the weekend. One couple is made up of two gay men in the throes of their first real relationship, and the other is a heterosexual teen couple.

This psychological thriller really starts to simmer when on the first night at the cabin the two bored couples decide to play a game of “three truths and a lie.” The object of the game, as the name implies, is to attempt to make the other people in the group believe what they’re being told and trick them into believing the lie. The game starts out as fun until the young female reveals she believes she killed someone a few years earlier. Is this the truth or is this a lie? The group can’t really decide and spends the rest of the evening in an energetic debate.

The following day brings some unexpected difficulties for the couples who are are not sure what to think about their circumstances and the game’s resulting uncertainty. Is what they are seeing real? Is there an evil force that is preventing the foursome from having a trouble-free weekend? The book builds to a thrilling, unexpected climax and causes the reader to re-think certain aspects of the story to see where one might have missed vital clues.

For a young adult book, I found it to be well-written and clearly on a sufficient level to keep a teen or adult interested, regardless of the reader’s gender. This author has written a number of other books and I can readily see myself reading one or two of his others just to see if his standard of writing is on par with this book.


Meredith has been an avid reader since childhood and loves to talk about books. A bit of a Luddite, she has only recently become acquainted with E-Reading and online book reviews. She finds exposure to such a wide audience of opinion on books fascinating.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Simon Pulse. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.