GoodReads Monday

This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. It is now being hosted by Budget Tales Book Blog. To participate, choose a random book from your GoodReads TBR and show it off. Which sounds easy enough until you have to decide how to choose that book! I think I will use a different way each week, like picking a color or number of pages. I will let you know each week how I chose the book and then something interesting about it, like how it ended up on the list or why I want to read it. Got it? Okay let’s get started.

I decided on three criteria for this week’s pick:

  • I wanted a mystery/ thriller
  • I wanted a short book (less than 300 pgs)
  • I wanted a standalone.

Why these three things? Well, the fall always makes me in the mood for mysteries or thrillers. I have less time for reading since school started so I wanted something short. I wanted a standalone because I am already juggling a couple of older series, so didn’t want to add another one. I was also looking for something that was available pretty quickly from the library, too but that wasn’t a make or break point. So after looking at a few that fit this criteria I finally came up with this one:

The Lies They Tell by Gillian French

Publication Date: May 2018

Summary from Goodreads:

Everyone in Tenney’s Harbor, Maine, knows about the Garrison tragedy. How an unexplained fire ravaged their house, killing four of the five family members. But what people don’t know is who did it. All fingers point at Pearl Haskins’s father, the town drunk, who was the caretaker of the property, but she just can’t believe it. Leave it to a town of rich people to blame “the help.”

With her disgraced father now trying to find work in between booze benders, Pearl’s future doesn’t hold much more than waiting tables at the local country club, where the wealthy come to flaunt their money and spread their gossip. This year, Tristan, the last surviving Garrison, and his group of affluent and arrogant friends have made a point of sitting in Pearl’s section. Though she’s repulsed by most of them, Tristan’s quiet sadness and somber demeanor have her rethinking her judgments. Befriending the boys could mean getting closer to the truth, clearing her father’s name, and giving Tristan the closure he seems to be searching for. But it could also trap Pearl in a sinister web of secrets, lies, and betrayals that, once untangled, will leave no life unchanged . . . if it doesn’t take hers first.

The rating for this book isn’t super high, it averages out to three stars, but I am always willing to take a chance on an underdog. I have couple of books by this author on my Want to Read list, so there must be something about them that makes me add them to my list. I did look at some of the reviews and it still sounds like something I want to take a chance on.

Have any of you read this book? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

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