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“The mother I knew would never do those things. But maybe I never knew her after all.”Clothes, jokes, coded messages… Cecilia Brooks and her mom shared everything. At least, CeCe thought they did. Six months ago, her mom killed herself after accusations of having sex with a student, and CeCe’s been the subject of whispers and taunts ever since. Now, at the start of her hig“The mother I knew would never do those things. But maybe I never knew her after all.”Clothes, jokes, coded messages… Cecilia Brooks and her mom shared everything. At least, CeCe thought they did. Six months ago, her mom killed herself after accusations of having sex with a student, and CeCe’s been the subject of whispers and taunts ever since. Now, at the start of her high school senior year, between dealing with her grieving, distracted father, and the social nightmare that has become her life, CeCe just wants to fly under the radar. Instead, she’s volunteering at the school’s crisis hotline — the same place her mother worked.As she counsels troubled strangers, CeCe’s lingering suspicions about her mom’s death surface. With the help of Sam, a new student and newspaper intern, she starts to piece together fragmented clues that point to a twisted secret at the heart of her community. Soon, finding the truth isn’t just a matter of restoring her mother’s reputation, it’s about saving lives — including CeCe’s own…...

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The Darkest Lie Reviews

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    2019-06-08 23:58

    CeCe's mom killed herself six months ago after a student came forward saying that she had been having sex with him. She was his teacher. Imagine the bullying and just general teenager bull-crapery that Cece is having to put up with."Oh, sorry, is that my dick in your mouth? Guess I must've mistaken you for your mother.".Cece tries to be invisible and fly under the radar, it's her senior year and the boy involved has graduated and she is hoping for a better year. But these asshole teenagers have longer memories than that. They still are giving her a hard time. She meets the new boy Sam.(It is a young adult book after all.)Cece's mother had started a crisis hotline at the school and it's where she died at. Something nags at Cece about needing to be there, so when she has to do some 'community service' she chooses the hotline. Once there she finds out that all she thinks she knows about her mom may not be the truth.This story is kind of mediocre on the thriller/mystery thing. It's pretty easy to figure out where the story is going BUT the writing about the way Cece is handling her mom dying and her relationship with her mom was just greatness. I wasn't even at any sad spot in the book and something must have gotten in my eye..because stuff was leaking out of it.I think it's time for my period.2.5 stars rounded up. Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.Angel Erin's review is here

  • Sarah
    2019-06-02 02:01

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley.)“How could she do this to me? Take her own life, sleep with that boy. The mother I knew would never do those things.”This was a YA mystery story about a girl whose mother had committed suicide following allegations of sleeping with a student.I felt quite sorry for Cece, losing her mother the way she did couldn’t have been easy, especially when it happened in such a shocking way. It was obvious that she’d been really close with her mother too, which would have made things even harder.The storyline in this was about Cece trying to find out if her mother left her a final message, by volunteering for the crisis call centre which her mother founded. We got a bit of mystery over whether Cece’s mother’s death was really a suicide, and what exactly lead up to her final moments, and whether there was someone preying on young girls and taking sexually explicit photos of them. There was also a little bit of romance (although there was the slightest hint of a love triangle with Sam and Liam).The ending to this was okay, although I did kind-of guess who the guilty party was.6.5 out of 10

  • Angel Erin
    2019-06-10 08:02 you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing an ebook copy in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed The Darkest Lie. I really did. However, I think it strayed a bit too far into predictability land for me. I really love the first half of the book, but then it lost me when everything became too obvious and unsurprising. I got really annoyed with the fact that CeCe was extremely oblivious to obvious things. I found that to be a bit unrealistic and odd. It's a shame because the first half was SO GREAT. #ItStartedOffStrongI was really intrigued by the fact that this teacher accused of having sex with a student is a WOMAN. Usually that plot line is reserved almost exclusively for men. So KUDOS to the author for that because I haven't read many (or many even any??) books where it was a female and not a male accused of that. That's really what drew me into this story in the first place and so I was hoping that the rest of the book would be just as different. It wasn't. I thought of something though that could have made this a way more intriguing novel, but I can't say what because that would include a spoiler. If you've read it and are curious then feel free to message me on Twitter about it!#WomenCommitCrimesTooAnother thing is that the last half or so of the novel tried too hard. It tried too hard to mysterious and not hard enough on being unique. I can't stand when that happens and all the answers are so obvious to the reader and should be to the main character as well. Something else that irked me a little bit was that I didn't feel FEAR for CeCe. I don't know why that was, but I never really felt suspense about her well being. Hmm...that's usually a good thing for a mystery/thriller to have. :x#ObviousPlotIsObviousI did really like CeCe as a character though. I don't think she had the best personality or anything, but she was likeable. Also, I did really feel for her character emotionally. After all this that happened with her mother and then with the way she was treated at school I just felt really bad for her, but I didn't think she was whiny. As I'm writing this review I'm realizing even more that I feel really split about the book. Half of The Darkest Lie I liked and half of it I didn't. I don't think there's been a time that a three star rating has ever been more appropriate for me. #BookBiPolarDisorderOverall The Darkest Lie wasn't a bad book. Basically it comes down to something simple: I wanted more thrills and mystery in this mystery/thriller. It was good, but not mindblowing or different enough. The plot was predictable, but I can't deny that it was an entertaining read. I read the entire thing in practically one sitting. It was a nice and fast read perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.#EntertainingButPredictableI recommend The Darkest Lie to mystery/thriller fans that don't mind a bit of predictability and mediocrity. Hey, that's not necessarily a bad thing either. I think those are fun ones to read sometimes in between heavy reads!#Don'tSayMediocreLikeItsABadThingExpected Publication Date: June 28, 2016

  • Lilian
    2019-06-01 23:54

    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, but all the views mentioned are my own.Oh, this book. Judging from the description, I should’ve known I would hate it, but yet I still signed up for the blog tour and excitedly awaited my copy to arrive. Now, look at me. I had to drop out of the blog tour because I just couldn’t give this book a good review.This book and story started off well, and I believe it could have been done tastefully while still having been a great thriller. But, instead this book was written kinda childishly and full of content that I didn’t appreciate.I hate mysteries and thrillers that have completely underwhelming endings. I was hoping this book would be different, but it wasn’t. It built up to a huge, dramatic ending and then BAM it’s over and you’re wondering what happened to the action. The book was pretty predictable, so I kinda assumed it would be an underwhelming ending, but I was still hoping for the best anyway.With mysteries and thrillers, I have a hard time relating to any of the characters, cause I always assume they’ll end up being a villain. This book really wasn’t different, but I found 1 character I liked throughout it. Can you guess what happened? That character turned out to be the antagonist.This book is not clean at all. A lot of sexual innuendo. A lot of immature teen boys with sex references. A lot of cursing. If you’re looking for a good thriller, I would probably look elsewhere, but that’s my opinion. Maybe this book just isn’t for me. Who knows? I am still going to read more Pintip Dunn books, however, because I really want to give her another chance. I already own Forget Tomorrow, and I’m hoping to get around to it soon. Hopefully I’ll like it better!Are you planning to read The Darkest Lie when it’s released? What mysteries and thrillers do you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

  • Suze Lavender
    2019-06-17 04:34

    CeCe was very close to her mother. Her death came unexpected and left her loved ones with a lot of questions. The police discovered her mother committed suicide after a student confirmed having an affair with her. CeCe wants the rumors to go away, she'd like to be left alone, to be able to grieve in peace and to have a calm senior year. Instead she keeps being the center of attention and it's one incident after another. Because of it she hardly has a moment of tranquility.CeCe is trying to find out what happened to her mother. She's her mother's successor at the crisis hotline and she hopes some information will come to the surface. Sam wants to get a prestigious scholarship that would enable him to study journalism. He needs a good story for his internship so he can shine. If he helps CeCe she can help him. They're a team and are trying to uncover the school's secrets together. Someone CeCe's supposed to know is trying to scare her, but she doesn't know this person's identity. Who can CeCe really trust and what happens when she finds out the truth, will she and the people she cares about be safe?The Darkest Lie is a gripping story about a brave girl who tries to find out what happened to her mother. CeCe can't accept the accusations, because they used to be a happy family and she's sure her mother loved her. How could she have hidden such a big part of herself from her husband and daughter? CeCe starts to unravel a mystery which puts her in danger, only it isn't clear where it's coming from and who's behind it. The story kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't stop reading. Pintip Dunn builds the tension really well. She lets her readers follow a trail and constantly gives them small pieces of information, which I enjoyed very much. I had my suspicions and I couldn't wait to find out if I was right or not.The Darkest Lie is a fantastic story. The writing is strong and compelling. I was hooked immediately and loved this book from beginning to end. There's a lot going on in CeCe's life and she doesn't understand a big part of it, which made me curious straight away. I'm a big fan of stories about secrets and this is definitely a good one. The writing flows easily and Pintip Dunn combines it with an interesting puzzle that every reader will want to piece together. I loved both the energy of the story and the abundance of suspense. The Darkest Lie is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it.

  • Brenda Drake
    2019-06-21 06:42

    I got to read an early copy of this wonderful book by Pintip Dunn and I loved it so much! This fast-paced thriller will pull at your heart and keep you turning the pages well after your bedtime. Pintip really knows how to write characters that stick with you way after you close the book.

  • Meg
    2019-05-29 05:45

    First of all, I don't typically read thrillers. I'm a fan of Pintip's other books and was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this book, so I gave it a shot. Wow, guys. I could not put the thing down. It starts out with CeCe, the main character, trying to deal with the fallout of her mother's suicide and a scandal involving her mom (a teacher) having an affair with one of her students. CeCe's feelings for her mother are complicated, but when she starts working at the crisis call center her mother founded, she begins to learn that the official story of her mother's affair/death were not the truth. As she digs into the past, the threats begin. They're benign at first, but escalate. With the help of a new, cute boy at school with a nose for investigation, CeCe begins to put the pieces together. But the truth has been buried in a terrible, decades-old secret that someone will kill to protect.I loved CeCe. She's not perfect. All she wants is to blend in until she can graduate and get the heck out of her small town. She's a great character who I rooted for until the end! If you like thrillers, you'll LOVE this fast-paced novel of dark secrets, intrigue and romance. It will keep you guessing until the end and touches on a very real problem that many young people face. Highly recommend!

  • Jen
    2019-06-18 06:42

    Ok, I completely didn't see that ending coming. I don't tend to read thrillers though, so that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!I admit, I'm not really into contemporary or thrillers, but this wasn't a bad read for me.The author came to our store today for a signing and she is absolutely sweet and brilliant! She drove a very long (to me) way and we all had a nice time. She told us about her new books coming out and I can't wait to read them!This is for older readers. Lots of very dark and adult topics, so parents, vet it first if you have a strong, but younger reader. I would say older teens and adults.3.5 stars, rounded down to 3 stars because not my preferred genre. I recommend her sci-fi, those are clean and better for younger readers.Thank you Pintip for coming to our store today! We had a great time and enjoyed having you. :)

  • Sascha
    2019-06-24 05:46

    I am sitting here bleary eyed and sucking down coffee and I am blaming Pintip Dunn. If her new novel, scheduled for publication on June 28, 2016, The Darkest Lie weren’t so intriguing and almost literally page-turning (it would have been literally page turning if not for the fact that I was reading it on my tablet–or is that page turning? hmm), I probably would have eight hours of sleep but as it is I am hopelessly sleep deprived.Cecilia (Cece) Brooks has just lost her mother, Tabitha, to suicide, a seeming consequence of the revelation that Tabitha was sexually involved with a student, Tommy. Cece and her father are devastated.Cece is starting her senior year trying to blend in to the middle of the student body, thinking she won’t be noticed. In the months following her mother’s death there had been students, mostly friends of Tommy’s, who were only too happy to make her life miserable with sleazy jokes, graphic insults, and bullying. Now that most of them have graduated, she thinks it should be relatively easy to go unnoticed.Her father is turning inward, isolating himself, and ignores Cece except to ask if she’s eaten. He also has a theory that Tabitha hadn’t committed suicide, but to Cece, it just sounds crazy and to the police as well who evidently took his ravings as signs of grief.A new student, Sam, shows up at Cece’s school. He is interning at the local newspaper and wants to write an article on the suicide, not realizing as he is telling Cece of his intentions that it’s her mother who died. Sam seems to be a good guy, though, a regular knight, albeit a geeky one, on a three-wheel scooter.Cece begins working at the crisis hotline her mother founded after needing to fulfill community service as punishment for refusing to turn in her journal project. Her desire to blend in fails when she comes to the attention of MacKenzie, Tommy’s ex-girlfriend and class mean girl.Things start to unravel.After discovering a clue in one of Tabitha’s call records, Cece realizes that her mother may not have killed herself, but now it’s possible that Cece has stuck her nose where it doesn’t belong and that there may be consequences. Cece no longer knows just who she can and cannot trust.With clues derived from Cece and Tabitha’s love of puzzles, the mystery at the heart of The Darkest Lie begins to satisfyingly unfold resulting in a nail-biting climax.Cece’s character is very well written. She might start out as an invisible victim, but she decides resolutely that she is not going to stay one and resolves to be her own hero. Actually all of the characters are well done, round, with realistic depths and motives.Dunn’s storytelling draws you in immediately and pretty much doesn’t let you go until the end–and you won’t be dissatisfied with that either. Even if you do have an inkling as to “who done what,” you will still enjoy trying to figure out the “whys” and then you’re thrown into thrilling last sequence, which may, as in my case, have you staying up way later than you should.After reading The Darkest Lie, I am happily anticipating Pintip Dunn’s next novel.If you couldn’t guess, I highly recommend this novel. For categorization purposes, if this is important to you, this is probably classified as a YA mystery/thriller.I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

  • Caitlin Bauer
    2019-06-22 00:39

    Received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.THE DARKEST LIE by Pintip Dunn is dark, contemporary YA thriller about a teenage girl dealing with the aftermath of her mother’s alleged suicide. Cece’s mother was accused of sleeping with one of her students before her death and now Cece is paying the price for it. She’s mercilessly bullied by her peers, her father has completely shut down emotionally, and she’s just trying to survive high school. When a new boy comes to town (who happens to be interested in investigative journalism), her world is turned upside down. They begin to discover that things are most definitely not what they seemed.I LOVED this book. I pretty much devoured it in a single day. I was on the edge of my seat until the very last page—really keeps you guessing. Dunn’s writing style is excellent. Her pacing is fantastic and there’s a nice flow to both the words on the page and the story itself, thus making it very easy to read. She gracefully covers some extremely difficult topics such as rape, abuse (physical/emotional/sexual), bullying, suicide, etc. Nothing felt contrived or thrown in for the sake of it. Every tiny piece served the story. I cannot wait to read more from this clearly talented author!Simply put: UNPUTDOWNABLE!

  • Just Another Bookish Blog
    2019-06-10 23:40

    Note! I received this book from the author, Pintip Dunn, through Kensington Publishing. This does not affect my review in any wayNote 2.0: This book is YA, but contains several Trigger warnings. This relates to more controversial topics, such as suicide, inappropriate affairs, or harassment. Ok so I started reading this not really knowing what to expect. Actually, I just received it knowing it was a YA mystery, which I honestly haven’t read many of, so I was excited to try it out! This really, really surpassed my expectations. By a lot. Cecilia, or CeCe, is the victim of her mom’s controversial suicide. People constantly make fun of her, and she can’t go by unnoticed anymore. One day, she meets a newspaper intern, Sam, who tells her that he doesn’t think her mom’s death was self-inflicted. This starts off an investigation in which they track down what actually happened. It was put together so so well!!! Pintip should write more mysteries, because this was that awesome. What was great was that once you thought one thing would happen, the story would go in a totally opposite direction, leaving you like ‘well okay then I’ll just follow!’. The pacing of this book made it compulsively readable. The chapters were short and packed with elements that just made you need to read the next chapter. It’s the easiest thing to just say ‘just one more chapter’ before having to do something! Every element was carefully placed - nothing seemed out-of-place (Although I must admit that I thought the janitor was the culprit for a chapter or two... oops!) The characters are realistic and stick with you to the end. CeCe’s had it tough, but she is an awesome character. I mean just her thought processes are pretty relatable, where she thinks one thing several times then just continues. A lot of what she says/thinks is in small segments and sentences, which is, at least to me, pretty close to reality. She is bullies and goes out of her way to go unnoticed, which doesn’t always work for her. I like how she just wanted things to be simple, yet everything about her and around her was so complicated. Lastly, she’s really brave. She puts up with so much and still does things that could totally destroy her if she let it. Sam is amazing. He’s your typical cute-nerd type, a newspaper intern, and a guy who is kind to the core. Let me just say him and CeCe are perfect. He’s super helpful and really honestly smart and logical about the whole situation. Makenzie’s awful I can’t stand her! She’s the main bully and a real pest. Liam is the first one CeCe feels like she can relate to as far as parent-problems go. He’s there when he should be, and is always ready to talk to her. I won’t say much about the plot because, well, it’s a mystery and saying much would give away some huge spoilers. But just trust me when I say the intrigue is awesome, and that curiosity sticks with you until the very last chapter. I’m giving this a 5/5 feathers, because it’s honestly worth the read.

  • Heather
    2019-06-03 01:58

    In The Darkest Lie, Cecelia (CeCe) Brooks and her father are living in the aftermath of her mother’s suicide. CeCe cannot decide whether to feel grief or betrayal because of her mother’s alleged affair with one of CeCe’s fellow high school students. As she begins her senior year, CeCe works to remain invisible, only to find that, thanks to the new kid, Sam Davidson, that won’t be as easy as she thought.The Darkest LieCeCe and Sam form a friendship, and begin working to uncover what actually happened to her mother, because once CeCe uncovers a coded message left behind by her mother, she realizes maybe her mother didn’t betray her and her father after all. Sam is almost CeCe’s personal Clark Kent/Superman, complete with an internship at the local paper, the Lakewood Sun, a nerdy aspect including pants that are too short over a muscular body, and glasses he repeatedly pushes up his nose.But another friend, Liam, also a counselor at the school crisis hotline, also intrigues CeCe, as they’ve both lost parents, and she feels as though she can really talk to Liam about that loss, and how she cannot decide how to feel.Caught between the two boys, CeCe faces the struggles of a typical high school girl, while trying to wade through the mystery surrounding her mother’s death. But she also learns the truth about “the darkest lie:” "The darkest lie is the one we tell ourselves, the one that makes us forget everything we know to be true, the one that makes us doubt something as simple and basic as a mother’s love. This is the lie that changes us, that turns us from someone fearless and strong to someone who cowers and hides and lets others be bullied."But the real darkest lies CeCe and Sam uncover are more chilling and terrible than anyone could have imagined.Pintip Dunn’s thriller captivated me from the beginning, when CeCe is the first to see her mother’s body laid out after her suicide, and held me until the very end. While there were many clues, there were just as many twists and obstacles CeCe faced as she continued working toward the truth, and a resolution for herself and so many others in her community.

  • Kristine
    2019-06-05 00:43

    Original review can be found at book had all of the things that appeal to the young adult audience. There was high school drama, the mean girl, a new boy and a love triangle of sorts. On top of all that, there was an edge of your seat mystery surrounding the death of CeCe's mother after a sex scandal with one of her students.This book began six months after the death of CeCe's mother as CeCe tried to move on. Trying to fall under the radar was difficult when her mother was accused of having sex with a student and then committed suicide three days later. All CeCe wanted was to lay low and get through each day unnoticed but a new boy in the school and questions about what really happened to her mother made it impossible. When CeCe started receiving unusual text messages she could no longer ignore the possibility that her mother's death might not have been a suicide at all.I have to say that this book is definitely written with a young audience in mind with the school bullying and cute new boy. However it doesn't mean that someone older (like myself) could not enjoy and appreciate it. Where I was all over the mystery, younger people would also appreciate the budding relationship that went hand in hand with it.The story was well developed and kept me guessing from early on. With all the usual suspects I was able to narrow it down to two people and I am happy to report that I was on the money with my guess. I don't think that it was made obvious at all in the book but I made a lucky guess. So not only was I intrigued to find out what happened and who did it, all of my questions were answered by the time I turned the last page. There were no loose ends to leave me confused and frustrated.I really enjoyed this YA mystery. It was quick and easy to read and delivered everything that I was hoping it would. It was the first book by this author for me but it certainly won't be the last.

  • Pat Esden
    2019-05-29 06:40

    I absolutely loved The Darkest Lie. It’s about Cecilia whose mother has committed suicide after allegedly having an affair with a student. This book is an exciting read with great characters. It also deals with a lot of very tough issues (I’m not going to be very specific to avoid spoilers). I thought the way Cecilia copes with her mother’s death and the bullying she faces at school were presented realistically and with sensitivity. I liked how Cecilia was strong and smart, and at times overwhelmed by what she was uncovering as she attempted to unravel the mystery behind her mother’s death. There are a variety of romances in this novel, some healthy and others unhealthy. Cecilia herself is sorting out an attraction to a slightly older guy and to a new guy in her high school that has his own reason for wanting to unravel the mystery of Cecilia’s mother’s suicide. The Darkest Lie is fast paced and the writing is spectacular. I highly recommend it.

  • Abbie
    2019-06-22 23:50

    (I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)I didn't love the main character in this, but she was okay. I felt quite sorry for her, as what she was going through couldn't have been easy.This was an alright read, but there were one or two times where I started to lose interest slightly, and the mystery didn't suck me in as I would have liked. Overall, An okay read.

  • Misty
    2019-06-24 05:51

    3.5This started out pretty strong, and in some ways I really liked it, but man, there were some really questionable plot and character choices; once you hit the 2/3 mark, things start falling apart. Full review to come.

  • Leah
    2019-06-23 07:54

    The Darkest Lie was a book I was really looking forward to reading, and let me tell you, this is one heck of a whodunit. Confession: I figured out who it was waaaaaayyyyy early, but I didn't make the connections that put it all together, so yay for Pintip Dunn for tripping me up on that! It was interesting to see Cece's reactions to her moms death, I mea n you go through something like your mom being accused of having sex with a minor, then on top of that, she kills herself? That's hard to take, harder still because Cece thinks of her mom as her hero, basically, and she can't imagine her mother ever doing anything like that, ever. So when things start to not add up, she starts to investigate, which might just land her in the same sitch as her mom.This was one of those books that frustrated me, because Cece was quite hard to like. She distrusts everyone around her - the new boy, Sam; the lad at the counselling place, Liam; and she has her reasons too, but I kinda felt like she needed to let SOMEBODY in, because you can't bottle up all of that emotion and be okay. It's just not possible. It felt like she was ready to explode at any moment, Cece was like an unexploded bomb sometimes. I have no idea how she hadn't exploded before now. I really enjoyed The Darkest Lie. It was thrilling, and I did like Cece, I just wanted her to be a bit more open, a bit less paranoid, because not everyone was out to get her (just one person was, in the end...) and Sam was like a new puppy, and they just clicked and I wanted them to be this perfect match, but Cece made it quite difficult for him! I love that he persevered. He's a guy after anyone's heart, that one. This was a read that kept me on the edge of my seat to the very last page.

  • Jane
    2019-05-28 06:43

    Disclaimer: I received an ARC via jenhalliganpr for blog tour purposes. All thoughts are my own.This book is phenomenal. For real. It is a very well-thought-out book and it's evident with just how the book was written. I like the writing style, I could really feel the raw feelings and emotion that the characters were having and to that, I give kudos to Ms. Dunn (awesome job!).Don't even get me started with the characters! The characters were well-developed (not all, though), especially our main character, Cece. It is such an adventure following her journey in finding out the truth about her mother's death. Seeing (or reading or whatever it is called) her develop into this independent, strong woman from a shell of her former self was some an "eye-opening" experience, too.The book was fast paced, yes, and it would leave you guessing what would happen next. Although, I guess who's who right from the start (this is my reaction: I knew it. I fucking knew it!), I had a really great time reading the scenes that I like to call "the unfolding." The ending was a bit rushed, in my opinion, I would have love to have a more elaborate climax and conclusion.Overall, this was a truly remarkable book! It has a gripping story that would make you want to know more.

  • Brooke
    2019-06-18 01:34

    After thinking about it for a little while, I've decided on a rating of 3 stars. As you can probably guess, I have very mixed feelings about this book. My biggest problem was that the book was SO predictable! I had it all figured out really, really fast. The author tried to throw me off in the middle (and it almost worked) but I was still right in the end. I not only knew the person who was behind CeCe's mother's death, but I figured out their motives way before CeCe did.Speaking of CeCe, she really got on my nerves! Some of the decisions she made and the things she said irked me. Not only was she annoying, but she also tended to be extremely oblivious. For example: it took her FOREVER to figure out a "hidden message" that literally took me half a second. The hidden message was written in a different font as the rest of the paragraph so I really don't get how CeCe didn't see that.Bottom Line: Even though I had some problems with this book, I still enjoyed reading it. I was never bored while reading and once I got to a certain point in the story, I couldn't put it down!

  • Trisha
    2019-06-15 07:44

    "There are no guarantees in life. No proof that will ensure you're making the right decision. Sometimes, you just have to hold your breath and jump. And hope you land on your feet unscathed."an interesting tale that deals with some tough issues. Parent that is a teacher having inappropriate relationships with students, suicide, pornography - there's a lot in here. And I thought the main characters were interesting. The mystery was enough to hold my attention even if I thought the bad guy was easy to spot.I did find some of the conversations a little distracting. Words like "exact revenge" and that something is "evident" or the "backdrop"....I just didn't find those words credible words teenagers would use. I also (view spoiler)[ didn't buy that Cece would have stayed at a school where her mother was thought to have had an inappropriate relationship with one of the students. At the very least, she would have moved schools or started home schooling. There is no way she'd stay there (hide spoiler)] but if you suspend your belief on that long enough, the story was well done and I enjoyed it.

  • Inah (The Bibliophile Confessions)
    2019-06-09 23:57

    After reading Pintip Dunn’s Forget Tomorrow, I told myself to be on the lookout for her next novels because I liked her way of writing. And again, I wasn’t disappointed.This time Dunn offered us a contemporary/mystery that will leave us all hanging because it’s really gripping. It’s about a girl named CeCe and the mysteries surrounding her mother’s death.I loved how every character seemed open yet shady. It was really hard to pinpoint who the antagonist was and it was fun seeing it unfold as the story progressed.CeCe’s character was easy to follow. Her feelings and emotions was a bit overflowing so it was easy to catch as well. Her character development was one to read. Same goes for Sam. He’s a bit sketchy at first and it was a bit hard to trust. CeCe and Sam’s chemistry wasn’t hard to pick up but their romance was slow-burned so it was more than okay.Overall, it’s a pretty enjoyable read. Perfect for readers looking for a mix of mystery, romance and drama.

  • Joli
    2019-05-28 05:49

    Even before I knew what THE DARKEST LIE was about I wanted to read it because of the gorgeous cover. The shades of blue of blue and the girl looking out over the lake captured my attention and I had to know what she was thinking about and what she went through. THE DARKEST LIE combines the thrills of a mystery with the realities of young adult contemporary which make for a heart-pounding, heart-stopping, and sometimes, heartbreaking read. I read it almost straight through because from the get-go, this book had a hold of me, making me reading it furiously until the very end. When a book takes control of me like that, nothing else matters.I love that THE DARKEST LIE has the Veronica Mars vibe to it. It's serious and smart, with wit and romance and danger. It takes a look at the many relationships changed, broken, and destroyed because of the scandal. The mystery surrounding CeCe's mother's death was multi-layered with the truth blurred in with gossip leaving the town in an uproar and devastation all around, and we get to know how CeCe dealt with the aftermath of all of it.Favorite Quotes"My mother was chaos and passion, devastation and joy. Dad used to say you could reach deep into her eyes and pull out a song." (page 2) - CeCe thinking of her mother how she remembered her and not how she is currently presented to her in the casket at her funeral"I'm not going to kiss you," he says in a strained voice." After the night you've had, I don't want you to mistake a kiss for anything that other that what it is. But I want you to know, just because I don't kiss you doesn't mean I'm not thinking about it. Doesn't mean I'm not going to dream about it. Doesn't mean I won't want to do it, next time we're togother." - Sam to CeCe after an emotional day and devastating discovery. This is one of my favorite scenes in the book. I fell in love with Sam's character when he first appeared on this scene and this made me love him even more."Walking around this school is like wading into a pit of alligators. I never know which body part they're going to chew up and spit out." (page 146) - CeCe describing her high school (or any high school for that matter). Nailed it.Immediately after finished THE DARKEST LIE, I wished that I had someone to discuss it with. This is exactly the type of book that I would want to read with my book club. I'm sure that when other people finish reading THE DARKEST LIE, they will feel the same way. They will recommended it to their friends. This book has too interesting to keep it to themselves. It's an overall fantastic read. It's one that I will definitely keep on my shelf for future rereading. I loved it!

  • Bridget O'Toole
    2019-06-12 07:54

    I was thinking that there was no way that Pintip Dunn could top her previous release, Forget Tomorrow, but I’m definitely eating my words now. To put it simply, I was blown away by The Darkest Lie. It was UH-MAZE-BALLS. But be warned, The Darkest Lie is NOT my typical romance read–as in the romance exists, but it’s not the focus of the story, which is as it should be.The Darkest Lie deals with some heavy stuff–serious and dangerous accusations, an alleged suicide, extreme bullying, mental illness, and emotional disconnect between characters–but Pintip Dunn writes about all of this in such a way that you are going to keep begging for more instead of shying away while whimpering, “no more, it’s too sad!” I mean, of course it’s sad, but the story and its characters are so special that you have to keep going because you are dying to know find out what happened to them in the past and what will happen to them in the future.I really don’t want to comment on the plot too much because I don’t want to spoil anything. The Darkest Lie is an emotional journey you need to experience for yourself. The figurative battle between darkness and light is well written. You’re not getting anything else from me!Except for a few comments on the story’s main peeps…Cece is a very strong character. She’s brave for a number of reasons, least of which is her determination to piece together the pieces of her mother’s puzzle. As a reader, I found myself mirroring her emotions–especially when she was struggling between love and hate. She has two love interests–WAIT LET ME FINISH!–but it’s not the love triangle you’re thinking. Trust me, I HATE love triangles (WITH A FREAKING PASSION), but this one didn’t bother me. Just know that the boy Cece gives her heart to is totally worthy–he’s nerdastic. And Cece’s father–his faith in his marriage and love was extremely admirable. Seriously, all of the characters are just great–even the “villains.”I honestly cannot say enough about The Darkest Lie. JUST GET YO’SHELVES A COPY TODAY!You won’t regret it. (I hope)Thank you to Jen Halligan PR and Kensington for the review copy! (did not affect my review in any way).Review originally posted @ Bridget's Book Bungalow:

  • Amy's Book Reviews
    2019-06-25 02:51

    GRADE: BONE WORD: EnjoyableCecelia just wants to be invisible for her senior year, but when you're targeted by bullies ever since your mom, a teacher, committed suicide after being accused of sleeping with a football player, that's hard to do. Convinced there's more to the story about her mother and with the help of a nerdy-cute new student, Cece sets out to find the truth about her mother's alleged abuse and alleged suicide.Pintip Dunn drew me into THE DARKEST LIE with Cece's compelling voice and engaging narration on page 1 and I was sorry to see the story end. Cecelia was easy for whom to root, perfectly imperfect. Understandably closed off after the revelation and loss of her mother, she had good reason to mistrust Sam. I loved her relationship with her very-open-minded grandmother, who was a hoot. Both Sam and her hotline supervisor Liam were interesting potential love interests. I wished Mackenzie and Briony's characters had been further explored.For being such an important component of the story, Dunn could have done better research about the operation of crisis hotlines which wasn't accurate. Some of the clues seemed too forced and convenient. The payoff was mostly satisfying though didn't make complete sense.I enjoyed reading THE DARKEST LIE and will probably reread at some point.

  • Karen Barber
    2019-05-26 00:49

    CeCe has a lot to cope with after her mother commits suicide when an affair with a student is outed. Taunted by the friends of the boy, wrapped up in grief and increasingly alienated from her father, CeCe isn't sure what the new academic year will hold in store for her.Then she meets Sam, the new boy. She also decides to investigate the possibility that her mother's death wasn't quite what it seemed.Without revealing the intricacies of the plot, this quickly develops into a bit of a mud-slinging contest where a number of characters could have more to do with it than we realise. Eventually, something sticks but it's always a good idea to listen to gut instinct at times.This started out as quite an interesting idea, but it all became a bit obvious by the end. A shame, as there were some great elements to this.Thanks to Netgalley for the advance copy.

  • Melissa
    2019-06-09 00:57

    I received a copy for a honest review so here goes.I can not wait to order this for our library.This novel was with out a doubt amazing! Pintip Dunn hit on what it is like to be a teenager struggling with did her mother really commit suicide or is there more to the story? This story had me on pins and needles wondering what really happen? I can honestly say that that author played out the story so well that you never really know what is what til the end. I can not wait to me read more by this author.

  • Nina Rossing
    2019-06-21 03:01


  • Julie Reece
    2019-05-31 01:52

    Oh my gosh, you guys, so good. Go read this one. I swear, Pintip does it again. I love this writer!!!

  • carolina ☾
    2019-06-17 23:56

    I'm still rolling my eyes at that cliché epilogue. Seriously, i'm tired of YA books filled with unrealistic romantic gestures.

  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    2019-06-15 03:49

    This was a decent YA thriller. I'm pretty picky about these though so don't take my rating as a reason not to read it. I usually read adult thrillers, which in general are more compelling to me than YA ones.