The Truth Beneath the Lies

The Truth Beneath the Lies

Fight or Flight. All Kayla Asher wants to do is run. Run from the government housing complex she calls home. Run from her unstable mother. Run from a desperate job at No Limit Foods. Run to a better, cleaner, safer life. Every day is one day closer to leaving. All Betsy Hopewell wants to do is survive. Survive the burner phone hidden under her bed. Survive her new rules. S...

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Title:The Truth Beneath the Lies
Author:Amanda Searcy
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The Truth Beneath the Lies Reviews

  • Jennifer Fenn

    Here's a 2017 debut that will keep you guessing until the very end! Using dual POVs, Searcy creates a suspenseful tale featuring Betsy, who's haunted by a troubling past, and Kayla, who's determined not to repeat her mother's mistakes and leave the housing project where she lives behind. What secrets does Betsy harbor? Who is calling on the "monster" phone she must answer at all times? Who's attacking girls near Kayla's apartment? Searcy manages to tie all these threads together in a surprising

    Here's a 2017 debut that will keep you guessing until the very end! Using dual POVs, Searcy creates a suspenseful tale featuring Betsy, who's haunted by a troubling past, and Kayla, who's determined not to repeat her mother's mistakes and leave the housing project where she lives behind. What secrets does Betsy harbor? Who is calling on the "monster" phone she must answer at all times? Who's attacking girls near Kayla's apartment? Searcy manages to tie all these threads together in a surprising and satisfying ending. She reveals information slowly enough to build suspense without frustrating readers, creating a unique read that will keep you hooked until the last page!

  • Karen McManus

    YA thriller fans have something to look forward to in December 2017! The Truth Beneath the Lies is smart, suspenseful and twisty, with two compelling heroines and an ending that's equal parts surprising and satisfying.

  • Tricia Levenseller

    Holy wow. I can't remember the last time I read a book that suspenseful. The Truth Beneath the Lies is brilliant. I'm still shaking from all the feels. The writing is so full of raw emotion, and the story stars two incredible female leads. Searcy is a new author not to be missed.

  • Jasmine

    First of all, can we all take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous this book cover is? Ever since I read

    ’s

    , I’ve come to appreciate mystery thriller more, so when I

    read the

    First of all, can we all take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous this book cover is? Ever since I read

    ’s

    , I’ve come to appreciate mystery thriller more, so when I

    read the synopsis of

    , I was hooked. Hence, I devoured the book in 2 days and man, didn’t I LOVE it. The story was told from both

    and

    ’s POVs and I had to say that Amanda did a splendid job at this! She brilliantly wove both girls’ personal experiences as well as darkest secrets into the story without further confusing me. Although I admitted that I was so eager to distinguish the truths from the lies 89% of the story, it was actually a worthwhile reading experience.

    Kayla and Betsy were two teenage girls living in two cities with their own families, friends and classmates. They had their own lives, comfort zones and personal demons.

    Then there were a 19-year-old (as he claimed) cutie with a dazzling smile called

    as well as a 20-something (I guessed)

    , who always shot daggers at Betsy as if she was a plague. Aside from these protagonists, the supporting characters in this book served as a crucial element for the following plot twists and that was what I appreciated most in the book. Marie, Finn, Teddy, Elton, Happy, Drake and even Grace all played an important part of the book and I couldn’t admire the author more for building such a suspenseful yet highly addictive world.

    One day, Kayla met Jordan and though it was 100% love at first sight in my opinion, it was quite adorable.

    Jordan wasn’t the flirtatious, cheesy type of guy but I really loved how insistent and protective he was when being around Kayla. He was such a sweetheart that I fell hard for him on the spot as well.

    From the moment they talked, they simply

    and both realized that they’d found

    .

    As for Betsy, well, she wasn’t that lucky when it comes to love but I’d totally ship Adrian and her if they were a thing somehow. Adrian wasn’t exactly fond of her from the beginning of the story because he sort of suspected her to be someone she wasn’t and…vice versa. Betsy was convinced by Adrian’s odd behavior from time to time that he was someone she should stay away from. She thought he knew about her unspeakable past; thus, she was fully aware (and afraid) of the unescapable consequence if he let that piece of secret slip. What she didn’t expect was the fact that Adrian was someone with an even darker history which would make him pay if she spilt it to someone else. In order to keep both of them alive, they made a deal. And the story just got more and more interesting from that.

    Have I ever mentioned that there was also this psychotic pervert who enjoyed kidnapping, murdering little girls after taking photos of them in this story? Yeah, you just heard me, there was this serial killer who was hunting down young girls from the adjacent neighborhoods and these victims were labeled as Girl Number 1, Girl Number 2, Girl Number 3…you got the idea. Honestly, I personally thought this part of the story was merely a distraction to the readers because it was such a tiny detail compared to the ultimate truth beneath the lies.

    Anyway, for fear that I might accidentally spoil you, I didn’t want to give too much away. All I could say about this book was that

    No kidding, I couldn’t describe the book better than the synopsis did. Either Kayla or Betsy could survive in this world and they both had to sacrifice something precious to save their lives.

    Somehow this book reminded me of

    by

    since the suspense and unexpected twists in both books were equally intense and nerve-wrecking.

    We got to see some dreadful yet realistic sides of the society in

    and I thought Amanda was trying to bring those issues to our attention in the meanwhile.

    As a mystery thriller, the mystery part was what attracted readers most. Therefore, I spent approximately 90% of the story trying to sort out what truly happened and who was lying the entire time. Truth be told, it was exhausting having to use that much brainpower while reading but I’ve got to say that the ending was utterly perfect. I couldn’t think of a better ending than the original one because

    To sum up,

    will be a perfect read for those who enjoy reading mystery, thriller, suspense or crime stories and I also

    this book to everyone who’d like to try something totally new from what you’ve read because I’m pretty sure this story will blow your mind. The dual POV in the story will mess with your head at times but also give you a better look into what’s going on. In addition, criminal investigation of the serial killer adds spice to the already-heart-wrenching story and makes it even more compelling. So what are you waiting for?

    will surely be one of your most favorited books of all time!

  • Shannon

    The Truth Beneath the Lies by Amanda Searcy was great! We follow two different lives, Kayla and Betsy. The story is read in both of their perspectives. This was actually a pretty dark YA, so obviously that left me feeling pleased. 😈

    Kayla, once living in and out of foster care, now lives with her mom in Bluebird Estates, a crappy area. Her mother is a recovering addict and Kayla is counting down the days until she can move to a nicer place. Kayla works the evening shifts at the local grocery stor

    The Truth Beneath the Lies by Amanda Searcy was great! We follow two different lives, Kayla and Betsy. The story is read in both of their perspectives. This was actually a pretty dark YA, so obviously that left me feeling pleased. 😈

    Kayla, once living in and out of foster care, now lives with her mom in Bluebird Estates, a crappy area. Her mother is a recovering addict and Kayla is counting down the days until she can move to a nicer place. Kayla works the evening shifts at the local grocery store and has to keep her head down and hoodie up to walk home. There has been a murderer on the loose killing young girls and it’s becoming really sketchy to walk home alone at night. During this time she meets a great guy named Jordan. He offers to drive her home after her shifts. He’s honest, funny and charming. He’s a little bit older than Kayla but she doesn’t mind. He actually sees her for her. They hit it off quite well. Her foster mom, Marie, has kept her school address as her own so Kayla goes to a nice school. She has sweet friends and is on the dance team but struggles to keep her new relationship with Jordan and her friendships at a safe distance.

    Then we have Betsy. She lives with her mom in San Justo. She’s new but quickly makes friends with a pregnant girl named Happy. Happy’s big family gives Betsy the side eye most of the time. Betsy lives an anxiety filled life. Her past makes her nervous and doesn’t want anyone finding out about it. The “black monster” (a burner phone) calls her repeatedly, letting her know she doesn’t have much time left. Betsy is left with always looking over her shoulder. She was a bit more mysterious but I enjoyed both perspectives.

    Im giving this 4.5 stars and I recommend! Thank you Delacorte Press / Random House Kids for this copy, I truly appreciate it!

  • Mayra

    Vivid storytelling, effortlessly told. Fast-paced, emotional, intelligent, gritty and raw. Searcy, I'm now a fan.

  • Lauren

    The Truth Beneath the Lies comes highly recommend by Karen McManus, the author behind one of my FAVORITE books of 2017. Therefore, it's no surprise I eagerly devoured The Truth Beneath the Lies as soon as it arrived on my iPad.

    The Result? The Truth Beneath the Lies is adventurous, daring, intense. The dual POV makes this book unputadownable - there wasn't a time in which I wasn't desperately trying to connect the two POVs. While I did figure out the big mystery before the end of the book, there

    The Truth Beneath the Lies comes highly recommend by Karen McManus, the author behind one of my FAVORITE books of 2017. Therefore, it's no surprise I eagerly devoured The Truth Beneath the Lies as soon as it arrived on my iPad.

    The Result? The Truth Beneath the Lies is adventurous, daring, intense. The dual POV makes this book unputadownable - there wasn't a time in which I wasn't desperately trying to connect the two POVs. While I did figure out the big mystery before the end of the book, there were still some small surprises that managed to rock me to my core.

    The Truth Beneath the Lies is a book that is incredibly hard to review, as (1) I don't want to give anything anyway and (2) it's just one of those books you just have to experience for yourself. Therefore, I'm going to list a few of my favorite things about it:

    - Sometimes dual POVs work and sometimes they don't. Luckily, it worked very well here. Amanda used it to her advantage, and it's the main reason I couldn't put this one down. Throughout the book all I wanted to do was hug Betsy and Kayla and tell them everything was going to be okay, that things couldn't possibly get any worse. They are two girls who've been beaten down numerous times, and left to put together the surplus of messy pieces.

    - Amanda Searcy certainly knows how to write a good mystery thriller if this book is any indication. She did a fantastic job of building up suspense, keeping the two POVS separate and distinctive, and most importantly, bringing the story together in a way that was surprising and slightly mind-blowing. I'm still wowed by how everything came together so perfectly.

    - There's so many mysterious boys in this one, and throughout the story, I couldn't figure out for the life of me which ones were good and which ones were bad. Frustrating but in the best kind of way!

    Full of mysterious boys, daring girls, and the ultimate shock-factor, The Truth Beneath the Lies is sure to thrill YA thriller fans, especially those like myself who eagerly devoured One of Us Is Lying at the start of the summer.

    Grade: A-

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    YA thriller novels are always a nice surprise. Especially when they're debut novels like these that don't go straight into the stereotypes of teenagers. The author takes us through Kayla and Betsy's lives. The both appear to be outsiders in school and long for a "normal" life and to be accepted.

    The beginning of the book drew me in - who is on the phone? Why is Betsy tied down to answering this phone because her life depends on it? Then enter Kayla.. randomly meeting a guy who ends up disrupting

    YA thriller novels are always a nice surprise. Especially when they're debut novels like these that don't go straight into the stereotypes of teenagers. The author takes us through Kayla and Betsy's lives. The both appear to be outsiders in school and long for a "normal" life and to be accepted.

    The beginning of the book drew me in - who is on the phone? Why is Betsy tied down to answering this phone because her life depends on it? Then enter Kayla.. randomly meeting a guy who ends up disrupting her seemingly boring life. As the chapters alternate between them, I wonder how they are going to come together... and this is what kept me turning the pages.

    I had a few things figured out towards the last quarter of the book, but the overall reveal was definitely an unexpected twist that I did not see coming. I did struggle through the first parts of the book but it held my interest enough to want to figure out Kayla and Betsy's connection. The first parts were just slightly confusing and a little bit choppy to me. There were some irregularities strewn throughout the book and sometimes I wasn't sure which part was which as there were many similarities in both POVs. However, once the ending came it all fell together pretty nicely. I think you definitely need to have some patience with this book and appreciate the uniqueness in the way it is told.

    A solid debut in a genre that's starting to really take off - which brings two genres I love together. YA and Thrillers. YES!

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    I'm not sure how I feel about this or even how to rate it.

    The beginning felt so disjointed and confusing but even with the confusion, it only took me a couple of chapters in to figure out what was going on in the story and that was disappointing. I wanted there to be more to the "two" girls than there was and I didn't want to have most of it figured out 14% into the story.

    It was intriguing though so I have to give it a few stars for that and for the fact that it was a darker read which is some

    I'm not sure how I feel about this or even how to rate it.

    The beginning felt so disjointed and confusing but even with the confusion, it only took me a couple of chapters in to figure out what was going on in the story and that was disappointing. I wanted there to be more to the "two" girls than there was and I didn't want to have most of it figured out 14% into the story.

    It was intriguing though so I have to give it a few stars for that and for the fact that it was a darker read which is sometimes nice to have as well. YA can be filled with a little too much sunshine and roses, especially in this subgenre.

  • Diana

    This book began very scrambled, but I thought we would be given little clues and things to get us to understand how things are how they are, specially with the first girl we encounter, who seems to be in a very wrong place and to have some sort of dangerous stalker... but nope. You keep reading and things keep being comboluted and I got tired because I didn't care for the characters or the story.

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