Review :: Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger

bookishinfoTitle: Three Truths and a Lie
Author: Brent Hartinger
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, LGBT
Pages: 272
Edition: E-Book (iBooks)
Publisher: Simon Pulse (Aug. 2, 2016)

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synop32333300A 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.


Have you ever played the game Three Truths and a Lie? We used to play it all the time when I was a kid, and even some as an adult. So the title immediately grabbed my attention. When I read that the book was about a game of Three Truths and a Lie gone wrong, there’s no way I could have passed this one up.

The story begins with our main characters – Mia, Liam, Rob, and Galen – at a tattoo parlor getting matching tattoos. After being discovered by some people who are after Galen, and being chased out of the tattoo parlor, the group decides it’s time for a little mini-vacation. They head off to Mia’s family’s cabin in the middle of the woods, and that’s when strange things start happening. Is someone else trying to kill them? Or could it be one of their own?…

This book had me hooked from the very beginning! I love how it jumped right into the action from page one, and stayed exciting all the way through.

Three Truths and a Lie is told through Rob’s perspective only and I enjoyed that very much. Usually the number of POV’s doesn’t really make a difference to me either way, as long as it’s not sloppy and confusing, but in this case, the single POV worked perfectly. Rob was the best character to narrate the story, in my opinion. He’s the gay outsider of the group, self conscious, and intimidated by the others. Based on Rob’s perspective, you never knew who you could trust; who was lying or who was telling the truth.

Incorporating a friendly, harmless game of Three Truths and a Lie into this deadly plot was a truly creative idea. I wasn’t at all expecting such horrible things to take place in this story, so I was pleasantly surprised.

As far as the ending goes, I was completely caught off guard! I had no idea this shocking twist was coming for me, but it definitely dropped my jaw when it hit. I’ve read books before with the same exact twist ending, but I really wasn’t expecting it with this book. Actually, it was the last thing I had expected.


This was a gripping, fast paced thriller that kept the excitement and questions rolling throughout the entire book. The gore factor may be a little high for younger readers, but I would definitely recommend Three Truths and a Lie to anyone aged 14+ that’s interested in reading a hair raising mystery. This book receives 4 solid swords from me!

Date Read: 09/28/2016

Rating: untitled-design-13

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24 thoughts on “Review :: Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger

  1. I loved this book! I’m glad you did, too! I saw some bad reviews and that’s why I requested it. 🙂 I make a habit of requesting books no one likes just to see if I like them, and I was so pumped this was a Rave for me. I have my review scheduled I think for Monday. I have so many reviews scheduled I’m losing track. 😂 That ending… Wow! Shutter Island vibe all the way. I was so loving that ending. I read the whole book in three hours. 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you liked it too! I heard some mixed reviews on it too, but I just had to try it. And I’m happy I did. I’ve never read Shutter Island… but have you read Fight Club? The ending was pretty much exactly the same! But that’s ok because it was still shocking and definitely something I wasn’t expecting out of this book.

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      1. Shutter Island ends like this book. You’d love it. I’ve always wanted to read Fight Club and never have. I never saw that end coming. Really great twist. I couldn’t believe how many people didn’t like it. But there were also people who were mad about the end of Shutter Island, and I thought it was brilliant. 😂

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