A thrilling, sexy coming-of-age story exploring toxic love, ruthless ambition, and shocking betrayal, Tell Me Lies is about that one person who still haunts you—the other one. The wrong one. The one you couldn’t let go of. The one you’ll never forget.
Lucy Albright is far from her Long Island upbringing when she arrives on the campus of her small California college, and happy to be hundreds of miles from her mother, whom she’s never forgiven for an act of betrayal in her early teen years. Quickly grasping at her fresh start, Lucy embraces college life and all it has to offer—new friends, wild parties, stimulating classes. And then she meets Stephen DeMarco. Charming. Attractive. Complicated. Devastating.
Confident and cocksure, Stephen sees something in Lucy that no one else has, and she’s quickly seduced by this vision of herself, and the sense of possibility that his attention brings her. Meanwhile, Stephen is determined to forget an incident buried in his past that, if exposed, could ruin him, and his single-minded drive for success extends to winning, and keeping, Lucy’s heart.
Alternating between Lucy’s and Stephen’s voices, Tell Me Lies follows their connection through college and post-college life in New York City. Deep down, Lucy knows she has to acknowledge the truth about Stephen. But before she can free herself from this addicting entanglement, she must confront and heal her relationship with her mother—or risk losing herself in a delusion about what it truly means to love.
With the psychological insight and biting wit of Luckiest Girl Alive, and the yearning ambitions and desires of Sweetbitter, this keenly intelligent and staggeringly resonant novel chronicles the exhilaration and dilemmas of young adulthood, and the difficulty of letting go, even when you know you should.
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** 2.5 Star Review **
This is one of those books I wanted to read based mostly on its genre classification. With that being said, if you are expecting a psychological thriller or any kind of thriller at all, look the other way. This book is in NO way any of those things. Other than just a fictional story about two horrible people, this book has no other classification.
To put this book in a nutshell, this book is about two characters who either have no redeeming qualities and the back and forth games they play with one another without caring about the destruction they cause in their wake.
This book moves painstakingly slow from start to finish. If I am being honest, this book would have been much better had half of it been taken out. I get that the author was trying to show the toxicity between these characters spanning a few years time, but there was too much of it. It really would have been much better without so many cases in point.
Back to the thriller aspect. That is the only reason I wanted to read this. So to say I am highly disappointed that it is in no way a thriller would be putting it mildly. This book is about a playboy and a naive girl and their on and off again relationship. That is just not a thriller. It's not even the least bit of a romance.
I am sure some people might love this book. Some people love the drama and the back and forth and the destruction. Those of you that seek that out in your reading, this is most definitely the book for you.