A haunting YA thriller you won't be able to put down, White Lies is a boarding school story - with a shockingly dark twist. Everybody hurts
For Abigail, a new school could be the fresh start she so desperately needs. With her parents in the army and her sister Beth too far away to run to, she knows this year needs to be different. She's never been part of the cool crowd and for the first time Abby wants to fit in. And all it takes is just one little white lie…because some truths are too painful to share.
But at Cotswold Community College, Abby isn't the only one with a past she'd rather forget. And when she stumbles across a closely-guarded secret, Abigail realises that her one little white lie could reveal everything she’s worked so hard to hide…
Abby was a great main character to follow around the treacherous world of boarding schools and teenage drama. I liked her from the start and Zoë Markham's excellent writing and story telling even succeeded in making me physically uncomfortable when Abby was confronted by lies and deceit. I even liked that there was a bit of a dark side to her. It made her easy to relate to, in a way, even without really being able to understand what exactly her "dark side" was (yet).
I'm not sure the story was entirely what I expected it to be. For some reason it didn't really feel as a "thriller" to me, haunting as it was though. I think I'd describe it more as a psychological drama? But that's just labeling. It was indeed a haunting read and Zoë Markham really surprised me a few times: White Lies is anything but predictable and has many more layers to it than you'd first expect. (Although I must confess that it took me a while to discover some of the big, hidden layers to Abby's story/character. But then again, that made the thrilling 'showdown' even more surprising and shocking.)
I can definitely recommend White Lies to anyone who loves a bit of a dark-twist in the amazing setting of a boarding school, full of gossip and unwritten hierarchy.
About the author. Zoë lives in West Oxfordshire with her husband, son and the obligatory two cats. A full-time copy-editor by day, she writes late into the night, fuelled by coffee - not, as she tells all her son's friends - fresh blood and cold empty darkness.
Zoë likes her fiction dark and disturbing, loathes even the tiniest element of pink fluffiness and has an inexplicable fear of mushrooms. She will do anything to avoid interacting with the Real World wherever possible.
If you'd like to know more, Zoë can usually be found talking books on Twitter, and rarely bites if you'd like to say Hello.
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