Author : Carys Jones
Title : Dead Girls Can’t Lie
Pages : 330
Publisher : Aria
Publication date : August 15, 2017
Best friends tell each other the truth – don’t they?
When North Stone’s best friend Kelly Orton is found hanging lifeless in a tree, North knows for certain it wasn’t suicide. Kelly had everything to live for – a loving boyfriend, a happy life, and most importantly of all, Kelly would never leave North all by herself.
The girls have been friends since childhood, devoted to each other, soul sisters, or at least that’s what North has always believed. But did Kelly feel the same way, or was she keeping secrets from her ‘best friend’ – deadly secrets…
When the police refuse to take North’s suspicions seriously, she sets out to investigate for herself. But her search soon takes her to a glamorous world with a seedy underbelly, and before long North is out of her depth and getting ever closer to danger. Determined to find the truth, she soon wishes that dead girls could lie, because the truth is too painful to believe.
When North’s best friend Kelly is found hanging from a tree on a well-known jogging route, the police are quick to rule the incident a suicide. But North doesn’t believe her friend took her own life. Kelly had no business being on that route as she didn’t jog, she had everything to live for and most importantly North is convinced her friend would never leave her alone. Best friends since the age of two, they did everything together but how well did North know Kelly? And is lack of sleep making her paranoid?
North hasn’t had an easy life. She lost her parents quite early on and Kelly has always been a constant in her life. The two girls are very different. Kelly is adventurous and up for anything, wanting to live life to the fullest. North is a planner and takes her courage from Kelly, who regularly drags her out of her comfort zone. So when Kelly is found dead, North feels incredibly lost.
She was the captain directing the ship that was North’s life. Only instead of going down with the ship, the captain had jumped overboard, surrendered herself to the sea, leaving the ship rudderless and lost in the darkness.
There’s a solid plot as North not only tries to figure out what truly happened to Kelly but also finds strength within herself to stand on her own two feet. Through flashbacks, we get a great insight into this wonderful friendship which really brings home why North’s loss cuts so deep. Overall, I feel this needed a bit more depth and a lot more tension to really hit the mark as a psychological thriller but Dead Girls Can’t Lie was an enjoyable read that held my interest until the end.
Many thanks to the publisher for my advanced copy, which I received via Netgalley and chose to review honestly!
Dead Girls Can’t Lie is published on August 15th.