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The Truth Beneath the Lies

By Amanda Searcy

Delacorte Press
ISBN 978-1524700898
Publication Date:  December 12, 2017

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The Truth Beneath the Lies

Review by Hazel Reed

Debut author, Amanda Searcy, has truly written something special with The Truth Beneath the Lies.    From the very beginning, I was completely hooked.  I read the book from cover to cover in one sleepless night.  A decision I do not regret.  The ending is completely satisfying. 

The story follows the lives of two teenage girls, Kayla and Betsy.  Each girl telling her story in alternating chapters.  Kayla has a rough life.  She lives with her mother (an addict currently in recovery) in governmental housing.  Living just a few doors down from them is her mother’s former boyfriend and drug dealer.  It is not a healthy situation for anyone.  If she can just keep it together for a little while longer she will graduate from high school and finally be able to get away – far away. 

Betsy is a bit more of an unknown.  Although she has more of a stable family life (maybe), she certainly has her own set of problems. Searcy portions out Betsy’s story in small bits and pieces – and it is not always easy to identify the truth from the lies (and half-truths).    I personally found this to be very intriguing – like putting together the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle where the pieces can fit in more that one place.

The challenge in writing a YA Mystery/Thriller is finding the balance between too juvenile and too adult.  Searcy certainly accomplished this feat.  The tension builds page by page and even when I had an inkling of how this was going turn out – I still couldn’t get through the pages fast enough.   I thoroughly enjoyed this book and my own teenage daughter love it as well.  That is truly a first and a testament to Searcy’s skill as an author.   I look forward to more from her in the future.