Book Review: The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu

Trauma has a gravity of its own, but so does love

I picked The Best Lies up randomly without really know what it was about. I liked the cover, with the melted lollipop, but further my thoughts didn’t go. But I enjoyed it a lot and was invested the entire time.

Book Review: The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu


Title & Author: The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Release date: July 2 2019
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Simon Pulse


Remy Tsai used to know how her story would turn out. But now, she doesn’t even know what tomorrow will look like.

She was happy once. Remy had her boyfriend Jack, and Elise, her best friend—her soulmate—who understood her better than anyone else in the world.

But now Jack is dead, shot through the chest—

And it was Elise who pulled the trigger.

Was it self-defense? Or something deeper, darker than anything Remy could have imagined? As the police investigate, Remy does the same, sifting through her own memories, looking for a scrap of truth that could save the friendship that means everything to her.

I give The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu five out of five hearts because Sarah kept me wrapped up in this book the entire time and I wanted to know what had happened.

From far off, now that I read the synopsis again The Best Lies reminds me off Big Little Lies, but the story itself completely not. In both I wanted to know what really happened and was invested, but they were so different I wouldn’t know how I made that connection.

Remy is a young woman and when Elise comes into her life she starts to rebel a little, just like her new friend, and it goes wrong some times, but they always know why they are doing it and that it is right. But when Jack enters Remy’s world, Elise isn’t too keen to sharing her. When he turns into her boyfriend, Jack isn’t too happy with the friendship with Elise either. He sees what it does to Remy, even though she doesn’t (yet). Both friendships have their good and bad qualities, but the relationship with Jack is the better of the two. I loved how these played off each other and knowing Jack would get killed by Elise made it all the better to see the path these relationships would take.

The two different time points of this story work really well although the parts in the present time feel a bit slower because it is Remy dealing with the fact that Jack is dead and what really happened. While the past time line felt like it was flying by. I really enjoyed this difference, it made it very easy for me to see in which timeline we were at that present moment. The emotions in both time lines feel very real, which is great.

Overall I loved this book and if you liked Big Little Lies this might be interesting for you to read too. Even though they are so different, they also feel a bit similar.

Let me know what you thought of this book!
If you have any requests for which book I should talk about next, please let me know in the comments down below.

For now, let books enrich your life!


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