A NATIONAL BESTSELLER
From the author of The Islanders comes a warm, witty and suspenseful novel filled with small-town secrets, summer romance, big time lies and spiked seltzer, in the vein of Liane Moriarty.
Truth: Sherri Griffin and her daughter, Katie, have recently moved to the idyllic beach town of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Rebecca Coleman, widely acknowledged former leader of the Newburyport Mom Squad (having taken a step back since her husband’s shocking and tragic death eighteen months ago), has made a surprising effort to include these newcomers in typically closed-group activities. Rebecca’s teenage daughter Alexa has even been spotted babysitting Katie.
Truth: Alexa has time on her hands because of a recent falling-out with her longtime best friends for reasons no one knows—but everyone suspects have to do with Alexa’s highly popular and increasingly successful YouTube channel. Katie Griffin, who at age 11 probably doesn’t need a babysitter anymore, can’t be left alone because she has terrifying nightmares that don’t seem to jibe with the vague story Sherri has floated about the “bad divorce” she left behind in Ohio. Rebecca Coleman has been spending a lot of time with Sherri, it’s true, but she’s also been spending time with someone else she doesn’t want the Mom Squad to know about just yet.
Lie: Rebecca Coleman doesn’t have a new man in her life, and definitely not someone connected to the Mom Squad. Alexa is not seeing anyone new herself and is planning on shutting down her YouTube channel in advance of attending college in the fall. Sherri Griffin’s real name is Sherri Griffin, and a bad divorce is all she’s running from.
A blend of propulsive thriller and gorgeous summer read, Two Truths and a Lie reminds us that happiness isn’t always a day at the beach, some secrets aren’t meant to be shared, and the most precious things are the people we love.
Moore (The Arrivals) serves up an uneven tale about a group of privileged mothers and the secrets they keep. Sherri Griffin and her 11-year-old daughter, Katie, move to Newburyport, Mass., where the drinks always flow and the gossip runs rampant. Sherri and Katie are running but from what? Meanwhile, rising high school senior Alexa can't wait to leave Newburyport for Los Angeles but after reading the explosive secrets in Katie's diary during a babysitting gig, she has drama to spare. Alexa's mother, Rebecca, is still mourning her late husband when she starts a relationship with Daniel, one of Alexa's high school teachers, while trying to keep tabs on Alexa and her fifth-grade sister, Morgan, one of Katie's besties. While the author's elegant prose shines, the plot meanders, and the frequent shifts in point of view make it difficult to forge a strong connection to any of the characters. A subplot emerges when Alexa finds clues that suggest Sherri and Kate are in the witness protection program, but it never takes off, and the book fades to a whimper. Frequent texts, social media posts, and bursts of first-person-plural narration add to the cacophony. Moore is talented, but this isn't her best.
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A Real Page Turner!
This was my first book by author Meg Mitchell Moore, and will certainly not be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It kept me very intrigued throughout, not knowing that would happen next! I read somewhere that this was a mix between an Elin Hilderbrand and Liane Moriarty novel, and I couldn't agree more. I definitely recommend adding Two Truths and a Lie to your reading list.
Hard to stay interested in. Didn’t care for the twist at the end. Not my favorite summer read this year.