J.T. Ellison’s pulse-pounding new psychological thriller examines the tenuous bonds of friendship, the power of lies and the desperate lengths people will go to in order to protect their secrets.
Goode girls don’t lie…
Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond.
But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.
In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder.
When a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.
But look closely…because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.
Don’t miss this fast-paced suspense story from New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison!
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Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison is a riveting novel of suspense. The Good School is a prestigious prep for young ladies that resides in Marchburg, Virginia. This boarding school is for the intelligent daughters of the rich and powerful. They will receive a superior education that will get them into an Ivy league school and prepare them for a brilliant and influential future. But not everything is at it seems at this school. A new student arrives from Oxford, England who causes quite a stir. One student ends up dead and the truth must be uncovered. J.T. Ellison’s writing drew me into this engaging story. I enjoyed the author’s descriptive writing which allowed me to visualize the scenes. Virginia sounded beautiful in the fall. I thought the characters were thought out and developed. There are alternate points-of-view which I liked (Ash, Becca Curtis, and Dean Westhaven for example). It allows readers to view the events from different perspectives plus it keeps the tension up. Details are revealed a little at a time to keep readers guessing. Good Girls Lie is packed with secrets and deceptions. I kept trying to guess what is true and what is false. I just loved the fabulous twist. I thought the creepy aspects enhanced the story. There is a great ending where all the loose ends are wrapped up. Good Girls Lie has tradition, secret societies, hazing, deceits, clandestine relationships, jealousy and murder. As you can tell, I enjoyed reading this thrilling suspense tale. Good Girls Lie is a book that will keep you riveted until you finish the very last word.
One of my favorite authors..
Another great read from J.T. Ellison! I can’t wait for the next one!
Getting setting and mood, plotting and style a bit lacking
This book was entertaining, but entertaining in the way the TV show Gossip Girl was entertaining, somewhat superficially interesting. It was bit flat in terms of character development and a plodding writing style that tried to be clever by shifting the point of view from one character to another. This technique came off as something a beginning creative writing student might have been successful with in a workshop, but for this novel, it gave the narrative a disjointed feel and made the plot twist all the more awkward.
The story had a good start and there was an attempt to build tension, but few, of any of the characters were very likable — they all came across as victims and nobody seemed very proactive; things just happened to them and they reacted according to the script. About halfway through l, I was ready to be done with the book already but I dutifully kept reading looking for some semblance of narrative satisfaction.. The story was an amalgamation of The Talented Mr. Ripley and Freaking Friday, with a twinge of Mean Girls, and a light dose of School Ties.
At the hands of a better writer, there could have been some great potential, but beyond the interesting atmosphere, there is little to recommend. There really isn’t a hero in this story, just a motley assortment of flat characters and and a plot that really doesn’t have anyone worth rooting for; just a collection of sad, passive victims. Personally, I’d rewrite the book as a dark comedy such as the film Assassination of a High School President.