There Will Be Lies

There Will Be Lies

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Bloomsbury
In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car.

Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon.

All Shelby knows is that they're running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past--and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what's real, what isn't, and who she can trust . . . if anybody.

Award-winning author Nick Lake proves his skills as a master storyteller in this heart-pounding new novel. This emotionally charged thrill ride leads to a shocking ending that will have readers flipping back to the beginning.

Awards for There Will Be Lies
A Boston Globe Best YA Book of 2015
A Texas TAYSHAS Pick

Baker & Taylor
Shelby has been overprotected by her mother all her life, but after a car accident, her mother steals her away from the hospital, revealing that Shelby's father is not dead, but rather a violent man who promised to hunt them down.

Publisher: [[Place of publication not identified]] :, Bloomsbury Publishing
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781619634411
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Alternative Title: 3M Cloud library

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TrueCanadianGirl
Aug 01, 2016

This book has a fantastic plot and well developed characters. It was a little depressing , but still worth reading. It made me appreciate my own peaceful life. Definitely for 10 years or older.

JCLChrisK Nov 24, 2015

"There will be two lies, [the coyote] says. Then there will be the truth. And that will be the hardest of all."

And what lies they are. Even more so, as the coyote promises, the lies exposed by the truth. Nothing will be the same.

Not ever.

And that's not even to mention the small surprises and little white lies along the way.

For all that she can remember of her nearly 18 years, Shelby has enjoyed a quiet, stable life. She and her mom live in a simple house, do simple things. She is homeschooled. They have a routine that never changes. And she has little contact with others. Shelby knows she is sheltered, but she doesn't mind because she is happy.

Then something unexpected happens, one of those unlucky moments life randomly throws at you. And after that, well, nothing expected happens. No more quiet, stable life. No more routine. No more Mom the way she has always been, because suddenly Shelby's mom starts acting like a completely different person.

Oh, Mom has good reason to act different. It makes a sort of sense, even if it's surprising. Except . . . a coyote spoke to Shelby. She might have passed it off as a trauma-induced hallucination, except it keeps happening. And Shelby finds herself guided into a strange, magical land called the Dreaming where animals talk and myths come alive.

And, really, is that so strange compared to everything happening in her real life? So Shelby finds herself shuttling back and forth between two confusing, off-kilter worlds, one reality (though not the one she's always known) and one mystical, chasing and being chased, questing for things she does not know or understand.

So maybe Mom's reasons for acting different can't be trusted. And despite the coyote's warning, nothing can prepare her for the big reveal.

Not only are Shelby's dual, interwoven journeys gripping and captivating, the story has enough length beyond that big reveal to give it proper depth and resolution. For the first two-thirds of the book I was dying to know what would happen, then the rest I was dying to know what would happen about what had happened. My curiosity was fully satisfied.

Shelby makes an excellent narrator, both personable and eloquent, with some wonderful descriptions of her emotional experiences and enough silence to let her actions say the rest. For someone who has pretty literally interacted with almost no one her entire life, she has a great ability to relate herself to others. This book is a mystery and so much more.

Definitely recommended.

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TrueCanadianGirl
Aug 01, 2016

Sexual Content: Just a little

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TrueCanadianGirl
Aug 01, 2016

Violence: Near the end

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Aug 01, 2016

TrueCanadianGirl thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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