Sunday, November 19, 2017

Between the Lies by Cathy MacPhail - ADVISABLE

MacPhail, Cathy Between the Lies, 280 pages.  Kelpies Teen, 2017.  $10.  Language:  PG (4 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (some danger)

When Jude, fourteen, disappears from school, for some reason it Abbie, the school loner, whom she texts for support.  But when Jude doesn’t return during the city-wide candlelight vigil, it all comes out that Jude and Abbie planned the whole thing as payback to Jude’s former best friend, Andrea, who dumped Jude just days earlier.  Now Abbie looks like an idiot and now everyone trusts her less than before.  Even worse - someone is out to actively make Abbie’s life miserable, whether it’s veiled threats. or making her look more like a fool, or even framing her for something bad that happened to another student.  Abbie needs to figure out who this UNKNOWN is, or her life may really be in danger.

I have read a couple of MacPhail’s earlier works; she writes a very taut, nerve-wracking thriller.  I avoid horror movies like the plague, so even reading well-crafted horror books gives me the willies.  And MacPhail can do that in spades. 

MS - ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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