Welcome to my stop on the Aria blog tour for Dead Girls Can’t Lie! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot today and, if you are new, welcome to Clues and Reviews!
I always get so excited when an author I have read before comes out with a new work. I was thrilled to find out that Carys Jones, the author of Wrong Number and Last Witness was coming out with a new book this month. The synopsis hooked me right away:
Best friends tell each other the truth – don’t they?
When North Stone’s best friend Kelly Orton is found hanging lifeless in a tree, North knows for certain it wasn’t suicide. Kelly had everything to live for – a loving boyfriend, a happy life, and most importantly of all, Kelly would never leave North all by herself.
The girls have been friends since childhood, devoted to each other, soul sisters, or at least that’s what North has always believed. But did Kelly feel the same way, or was she keeping secrets from her ‘best friend’ – deadly secrets…
When the police refuse to take North’s suspicions seriously, she sets out to investigate for herself. But her search soon takes her to a glamorous world with a seedy underbelly, and before long North is out of her depth and getting ever closer to danger. Determined to find the truth, she soon wishes that dead girls could lie, because the truth is too painful to believe…
This one had K.A Tucker, He Will Be My Ruin, vibes (which was a book I had BINGE read a few months ago) written all over it. Now that I have finished Dead Girls Can’t Lie, my feelings are a bit mixed.
What I Liked:
- The Writing: What can I say? I am a sucker for the writing style of Carys Jones. I find her work easily digestible and captivating. I never have a problem losing myself in the story. Her transitions are effortless and her narrative voice is strong. Regardless of any issues, I would have with the actual plot or with the characters, her writing style would have me coming back for more.
- The Plot: I am always a sucker for anything that comes down to a betrayal or a double life. Watching North desperately try to get to the bottom of what happened to her friend had me entertained.
What I Struggled With:
Although I really liked the general concept of the book, I found that the book lacked any sort of “edge”. It felt like a lighter version of a thriller and, for me, I think my thrillers to be very dark and gritty.
Overall, if you are looking for something very dark and twisted, then this will leave you disappointed. However, if you like a lighter, well-written mystery, then I believe you have found your next read!
Thanks to the publisher, NetGalley and the author for a digital copy of this book; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.
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