Title: This Lie Will Kill You
Author: Chelsea Pitcher
Genre: Horror, Mystery, YA Fiction
One year ago, there was a party.
At the party, someone died.
Five teens each played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.
But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are too good to be true. They were each so desperate for the prize, they didn’t question the odd, rather exclusive invitation until it was too late.
Now, they realize they’ve been lured together by a person bent on revenge, a person who will stop at nothing to uncover what actually happened on that deadly night, one year ago.
Five arrived, but not all can leave. Will the truth set them free?
Or will their lies destroy them all?
I was/am a huge fan of late ’80s early ’90s teen horror books. R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Richie Tankersley Cusick and then some. They were my favourite. I loved huddling under the covers clutching the book and reading it as I shivered through the chill crawling up my spine.
This book and the way it was written brought that feeling back, along with feelings of nostalgia.
It is reminiscent of those books, of Clue, of season 1 of Riverdale and more.
The characters are so flawed and it is magnificent, there was only one or two of them I didn’t like but more than anything I found myself rooting for some of them. (Not Parker, don’t worry. He is terrible.)
The plot is a bit of a slow burn, and yes, infinitely unrealistic but that is one of the things that made this book so magical for me. It is implausible in a way that a lot of horror movies and fiction are. I was not in it for the realism.
Read This If:
- you loved I Know What You Did Last Summer
- Clue (the book or the movie, not the game)
- 90s YA Horror
- S1 of Riverdale
- Cheryl Blossom’s aesthetic