by Brent Hartinger
To be published by Simon Pulse
on August 2, 2016
Source: eARC from publisher for review
Synopsis from Goodreads: Deep in the forest, four friends gather for a weekend of fun. Truth #1: Rob is thrilled about the weekend trip. It’s the perfect time for him to break out of his shell…to be the person he really, really wants to be. Truth #2: Liam, Rob’s boyfriend, is nothing short of perfect. He’s everything Rob could have wanted. They’re perfect together. Perfect. Truth #3: Mia has been Liam’s best friend for years…long before Rob came along. They get each other in a way Rob could never, will never, understand. Truth #4: Galen, Mia’s boyfriend, is sweet, handsome, and incredibly charming. He’s the definition of a Golden Boy…even with the secrets up his sleeve. One of these truths is a lie…and not everyone will live to find out which one it is.My take: Sometimes in the summer I just want a quick, page-turning piece of brain candy. So I'll give Three Truths and a Lie credit for keeping me reading -- I polished this off in a matter of a couple hours. The story starts off on an intriguing note, with four friends getting tattoos. Except that they're interrupted by some sinister/threatening people who seem to be after ne of the kids. The foursome gets spooked and runs off to hide a deserted cabin where even weirder things start to happen.
The twists in this story are well-executed and the setting -- a deserted cabin in the Pacific Northwest -- was nicely portrayed. I think what kept me from completely enjoying the book was that while I found the characters nicely diverse for YA (the narrator is a guy with a brand new boyfriend) I also found them a little flat, and, as a result, didn't really connect with them on more than a superficial level. Me: "you're dead? Okay. Whatever..."
Finally, and I'll try to say this without spoilers, I could pretty much predict what was going to happen. I have further thoughts under spoiler protection on my Goodreads review if you're interested.
Try this if you're in the mood for a quick page-turner.