Published by Mira Books on December 30th, 2019
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. But 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.
<b> <i>J.T. Ellison’s pulse-pounding new novel examines the tenuous bonds of friendship, the power of lies and the desperate lengths people will go to to protect their secrets.</i> </b>
Ending and beginning the new year reading a mystery book was certainly a GOOD thing. With Good Girls Lie, J.T. Ellison shows the devious side to teenage girls from wealthy families. Not all the young ladies at The Goode School are bad, but the bad ones are well trained and plentiful.
The story opens with a pivotal incident, but then we are taken back to the start of the term and are quickly embroiled in hi-jinks of this all-girls boarding school. Primarily told through two points of view, that of the Dean, Dr. Ford Westhaven and new to the school girl Ashlyn Carr, the story unfolds across the semester where we learn about school hazing, called tapping, and the mystery of who Ash is and what she’s running from.
Ash is targetted early, as jealously swirls for this young British girl. The girls of Goode give no quarter and highly distrust anyone new to the environment. Immediately Ash finds herself in the crosshairs of senior Becca Curtis but overtime is brought into the fold. But no one appears to be safe at Goode and there is no shortage of suspects. Pay close attention because the story culminates with a new voice and a great twist, one I had to re-read a few times to make sure I was absorbing this new information.
I found this to be a very captivating and unsettling mystery thriller. This is my first read of a J.T. Ellison story and you guessed it, it won’t be my last. 4.5 Stars – I highly recommend this gripping thriller.
~Review by Cyndi
About the author:
J.T. Ellison is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 20 novels, and the EMMY-award winning co-host of A WORD ON WORDS, Nashville’s premier literary show. With millions of books in print, her work has won critical acclaim, prestigious awards, and has been published in 26 countries. Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.