Here’s a little truth about We Told Six Lies by Victoria Scott: the synopsis sucks. If I had to base my decision to add this book to my TBR entirely on that synopsis, I wouldn’t be reading it. It wouldn’t be on my radar to consider. The synopsis gives you the gist of the book, basically making it sound like every single other disappearing kid, best friend is the suspect mystery YA novel you’ve already read. It seems like the book is going to tell the exact same story. And yet, from what I can tell, it doesn’t. In fact, this story seems incredibly unique–at least, from the reviews that I’ve read thus far–in that the story is told in multiple timelines and point of views as well as that the relationship is portrayed in a way that shows toxicity and does not romanticize it. So, if my sources are correct, this might be the first book in a long time that shows an abusive relationship and doesn’t romanticize it. And that, my friends, is an extremely good reason for me to read this book. I know I’ve discussed on numerous occasions my absolute abhorrence for books that romanticize abuse, but I don’t really talk about the importance of books that portray it and let their readers know that the relationship is problematic as often as I should. And I would like to be able to account for some of those stories as well.
As I said, this story seems to be your typical YA mystery with a best friend/boyfriend suspect for the missing girl. Apparently there’s a whole lot of confusion and a bunch of difficult to answer questions throughout the story, leaving the mystery to be one of those tales that results in you guessing at the truth until the final twist. I’m curious to see how the alternating timeline point of views turn out and what that leaves me with as far as the story goes. All in all, this is actually a mystery I’m somewhat excited to read which is a bit of a shock since I don’t typically enjoy these stories.
Remember how many lies we told, Molly? It’s enough to make my head spin. You were wild when I met you, and I was mad for you. But then something happened. And now you’re gone.
But don’t worry. I’ll find you. I just need to sift through the story of us to get to where you might be. I’ve got places to look, and a list of names.
The police have a list of names, too. See now? There’s another lie. There is only one person they’re really looking at, Molly.
And that’s yours truly.
And how about all of you? Is it a TBR add or a TBR skip? Do you think this is a story that you might enjoy or one you’d hate? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments! Happy reading, everyone!