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Summary

Gone Girl meets Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls in this mesmerizing debut novel about a toxic friendship that turns deadly.

Remy Tsai used to know how her story would turn out. But now, she doesn’t even know what tomorrow will look like.

She was happy once. Remy had her boyfriend, Jack, and Elise, her best friend - her soul mate - who understood her better than anyone else in the world.

But now, Jack is dead, shot through the chest...and it was Elise who pulled the trigger.

Was it self-defense? Or something darker than anything Remy could have imagined? As the police investigate, Remy does the same, sifting through her own memories, looking for a scrap of truth that could save the friendship that means everything to her.

Told in alternating timelines, this twisted psychological thriller explores the dark side of obsessive friendship. 

©2019 Sarah Lyu (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • Ashley Torres
  • 10-07-19

Only ok

This book wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. I found myself a lot of times having to go back and re-listen to parts because it wasn’t holding my attention. It could have been better, and there really isn’t much of a mystery or a twist.

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  • Pink Amy
  • 04-04-21

Delicious

5 GIGANTIC STARS

-Enmeshed friendship on steroids
-Dead boyfriend
-Best friend holding the gun
-Dysfunctional families

I can’t remember the last time a debut stunned me as much as THE BEST LIES. Sarah Lyu’s first, of I hope many, YA novels dripped voice and heart thumping tension. I wished I could have finished in one sitting.

Lyu’s gorgeous, smart writing had me highlighting many passages on my kindle, her words so profound. With its intensity, THE BEST LIES reminded me of Eileen Cook’s WITH MALICE and Abigail Haas’s DANGEROUS GIRLS. I never knew the reliability of Remy as a narrator, whether her obsession would lead to tragedy or if Jack deserves his fate. I did know Elise was trouble from the get go and why Remy fell for her charm. The rest I’ll leave readers to discover as not to spoil one word.

THE BEST LIES is the perfect mystery/thriller and beach read.

ETA: the audiobook is also wonderful.

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  • Terri Campbell
  • 03-12-20

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Not bad, not great. Fairly predictable. I just don’t know who is as vulnerable, stupid and so easily swayed as Remy. Hard to listen to, at times.

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  • 06-05-20

Good story, a bit much whining.

I enjoyed the story however I felt the some of the conversations between Elise and Remy went on too long, seemed like a lot of whining.

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  • Dianne Warner
  • 26-07-19

Worst narration in all books I’ve ever listened to.

Not to mention a plot that doesn’t add up, repetitive writing and in the grand total: boredom.