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Between the Lies (KelpiesTeen) Kindle Edition
Award-winning author Cathy MacPhail authentically captures the voice and lives of teens -- desperate to be seen, bombarded with online harassment yet obsessed with living their lives on social media. This tense thriller is packed with MacPhail's trademark sharp dialogue and a series of sensational twists.
'An excellent and really well written novel that hooks the reader from the first page. The tension slowly rises as the story twists and turns, keeping the reader guessing until the final dénouement... I loved it and couldn't put it down!'
– Annie Everall, Armadillo
'A labyrinth of secrets and half-truths... A compelling story that will leave you guessing right up to the final page.'
– Beth Goodyear, The Scotsman
'This is the Gone Girl for young adults.'
– Lara Mieduniecki, Blackwell's Edinburgh
'I never saw the ending coming… An intriguing book, perfect for its intended audience.'
– Artistic Bent
'I give Between the Lies five out of five stars.'
– Random Ramblings of a Writer
'Between the Lies totally delivered on the promise of sensational twists. At more than one point in the story, I had no idea what would happen next.'
– The Story Sanctuary
'[Cathy MacPhail] writes a very taut, nerve-wracking thriller. I avoid horror movies like the plague, so even reading well-crafted horror books gives me the willies. And MacPhail can do that in spades.'
– Kiss the Book blog
'I read it in one sitting. I thought Cathy made good use of social media and aimed the story at the right level for teenagers.'
– Jacob Lewis, St Thomas of Aquin's High School
'An appealing book which left the way open for a sequel. We liked the differently-coloured pages... It was well-structured and engaging.'
– Kaja Strzelak and Madeline Skelly
'I could relate to it as it is realistic about teenagers and how they behave... I enjoyed the unexpected ending and it kept my interest throughout.'
– Maria Perello, St Thomas of Aquin's High School
'This story has a really good setting and uses lots of locations, which makes the story stand out more.'
– Kanta Hossain, Forrester High School
'It's a great page-turner. I got goose bumps reading parts of this story.'
– Brogan Drysdale, Forrester High School
'I liked how they used text messages in the book.'
Amy Henderson, Forrester High School
'My favourite character is Abbie because she is put through a lot, but by the end I had changed my mind about her because she kind of deserves what is happening to her. I still feel bad for her, but not as much as I did.'
– Gemma Spence, Forrester High School
'I just loved how it questioned the sanity of the main character. The fact that any of these things could happen to anyone made it believable.'
– Ellie Logan, Broughton High School
'... definitely kept me on my toes... I honestly didn�t know who to trust... If you're a fan of dark stories or unreliable narrators, you may want to check out this book'.
– NetGalley reviewer
About the Author
- ASIN : B01N4RH5O0
- Publisher : Kelpies (April 20, 2017)
- Publication date : April 20, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2383 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 282 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1782503528
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Customer Reviews:
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Between the Lies is a gripping story about secrets, lies, peer pressure, manipulation and bullying. Cathy MacPhail doesn't spare her main character. Abbie has quite a few problems. She's lonely, she lives with her dad who doesn't understand her very well and she desperately needs a friend. This makes her vulnerable. When Abbie's having everyone's attention all of a sudden it feels good to her, but her newfound confidence eventually leaves her and she's in over her head. My heart ached for her, especially because she's so easy to influence. Cathy MacPhail has written her story in a strong and realistic way that's both moving and intriguing at the same time.
Between the Lies is a fast-paced story. I loved how text messages, articles and social media chats are part of it, they're making the story dynamic and I liked the multifocal vibe they create. Judith's disappearance is strange and I was fascinated by the story behind it. I loved how Cathy MacPhail makes her story both thrilling and emotional. It has plenty of different layers and the ending is unexpected and filled with suspense. I really enjoyed reading this captivating book.
This book takes place in Ireland, so that was a fun aspect. And it’s a pretty quick read, but in the end it didn’t stand out too much in my mind. I was reading The Hanging Girl at the same time, which has kind of a similar plot.
If you’re a fan of dark stories or unreliable narrators, you may want to check out this book, but otherwise, I think you can pass.
Blog: Opinionated Book Lover
MacPhail opens the story by dropping you right in the middle of the action thankfully though it doesn’t take long to catch up or understand how these characters are involved with the story as her talented writing answers all the major questions up front. I have to admit at first I was getting pretty bored because the characters seemed bored and completely apathetic that their friend was missing. She definitely captures teenage attitudes correctly which for good or bad was rubbing off on me as the reader. I hung in there and I was glad I did because then some INSANE twists start getting dropped; everything you thought you knew about this story gets upended.
Mixing texts and social media posts with the story added an interesting depth which I felt captured the spirit of the characters involved along with the intended audience. Once I got past the opening and hit the first big “what the hell” moment the story just flew by at this incredibly quick pace. When the story finally began winding down towards its conclusion I never saw this ending coming
but as the pieces fell into place it made so much sense and felt like the perfect way to go.
The ONLY complaint I had was one line of narrative where the main character remarks “Over the next couple of days I grew to understand why teenagers commit suicide.” The character was undergoing some severe bullying and this was her feeling in relation to that. Then later the character says she stopped thinking seriously about suicide because she couldn’t die without finding out what a person’s motivation was for a particular action. I don’t want to get too specific and ruin one of the big twists. Something about the attitude towards suicide really bothered me, it felt a little flippant and with suicide such a HUGE issue with teens I felt like this could have been handled better. Granted it’s a teenager talking instead of an adult so you can’t expect a teen to have some profound viewpoint on this. The taboo subject is only quickly mentioned and forgotten in these 2 instances so I felt like it would have been better to say nothing and the author could have deleted these lines or altered how the character was trying to explain their feelings without harming the story.
The subject of suicide has directly affected my family so I admit to being very sensitive to the subject making it my personal viewpoint whereas others may read those parts and have a completely different reaction if any.
Overall I felt it was an intriguing book, perfect for its intended audience and a good one to get some discussions going. I can see this being used in English classes or teen book clubs. It would be a pretty good idea for parents to read it as well so they could talk with their kids about bullying, its consequences, how to handle it and even how to create a better environment at home where kids can feel comfortable and safe to talk to their parents about anything including how their own behavior is impacting their kids.