Publisher: Tor Teen
Published: September 14th, 2018
Trigger Warning: Sexual assault (flashbacks – non-graphic), slut shaming, domestic violence, bullying
When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move in with her grandfather, back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her. All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. As the threats gain momentum, Ky finds an unlikely ally in the rookie FBI agent sent to keep an eye on her. Determined to expose the town’s hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herself into a much bigger plot. They thought she’d forgive and forget. They’re about to learn they messed with the wrong girl. – synopsis from Goodreads.
“NEXT TIME WILL BE WORSE “
Where are all my Marshmellows fans at? If you are a fan of that sassy, loveable trouble-maker Veronica Mars then you’re going to love Ky Danners.
This book is marketed as a cross between Veronica Mars and Riverdale and that sounds about right. Dare You to Lie basically plays out like the first season of Mars and I was still withdrawing from the series, so this book was just the hit I needed. Our main protagonist, Ky Danners, is a spunky, sarcastic bundle of trouble and I loved her. The book starts out with Ky’s father for a crime she claims he didn’t commit and she’s moving back to her hometown to try and move just that.
The main story line in this book is Ky trying to find out who took topless photos and shared them with the entire school when she lived her last. There are six suspects and she is determined to find out who was really responsible. All the characters do get some development and some stay fairly in the background on purpose – I assume for the next book. I loved Ky’s friendship with her best friend Garret and I loved the romance that is hinted at in this book with someone I will not name. I don’t want to ruin any of the surprises in this one. The romance is barely there in this one though and the actual mystery does take 100% priority. The friendships are great, the villains are frustrating and you’ll want to throw them off a balcony and many of the citizens in this town are shady as hell.
I thought the story was fast-paced, clever and had some fun twists and turns. I didn’t figure it all out, which is always nice and I was surprised by a couple of the reveals at the end. I’m really pumped for the second book – the author assured me that it’s even better than this one and has a lot more going on! Check it out if you want a fun, cozy mystery to add to your fall/winter reads.
Thank you to Amber Lynn Natusch for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.