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Review: Three Truths and a Lie

Brent Hartinger - Three Truths and a Lie
Expected publication: August 2, 2016 by Simon Pulse
Genres: LGBTQIA, Thriller, Romance
Pages: 272
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Rating: 2/5

A weekend retreat in the woods and an innocent game of three truths and a lie go horribly wrong in this high-octane psychological thriller filled with romantic suspense by a Lambda Award–winning author.

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.
A weekend in an abandoned cabin. What could possibly go wrong?

Four friends are ready for fun. Rob, Liam, Mia, and Galen. Rob and Liam, and Mia and Galen are all dating. They decide to spend the weekend in an abandoned cabin in the middle of the dark, rainy woods. Like I said, what could go wrong?

They skinny-dip, eat Corn Flakes, and play a game of Three Truths and a Lie (get it?), which takes a cryptic turn. After Mia gets half-wasted and goes, "oh lololol I killed someone when I was thirteen." the MC, Rob, tenses, and is stuck on that fact for the rest of the trip. Conspicuously, things immediately start going wrong, afterward.

Rob is still stuck on the fact Mia is a potential killer and constantly updates his boyfriend, Liam, with mini conspiracy theories. He pinpoints on the fact Mia wasn't wearing underwear after their impromptu skinny-dip session. As if that was a key topic.

My problem with the book was the sexual references. This book is quite inappropriate for the average YA. Galen is disgusting. He waggles his junk at others and makes all-around gross comments. Not trying to say I'm a prudish reader or anything, but at one point, he pulls down his pants and exposes himself. Really. What grade are you in?

And what parent - ironically, parents are nonexistent in this YA - would let their daughter go on a trip with her boyfriend and two other boys? Mia was the token female. It would've been cooler if another girl was invited along. Even as a friend.

The reason this book isn't is a one-star is because I was blown away by the shock-factor ending. Semi-overstatement, actually. Nonetheless, it's a great ending. Surprisingly sad, too.


  1. Ewwww, Galen sounds like such a gross character! Yes he definitely sounds like he's about 5 or 6 years old lol. And yeah, it kind of sounds silly with the absent parents too. Great review Peach!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    1. Oh God, he was! hahha. I know, right? Seriously, so childish! Yeah, the missing parents is an aspect that always bugs me, too. Thanks!


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