Review : There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake 

From Printz-winning Nick Lake come the ultimate thrill ride about the lies others tell us . . . and the lies we tell ourselves.

In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car.

Shortly after, her mother will steal her from an Arizona hospital without explanation, and take her on a winding road trip toward the Grand Canyon.

All Shelby knows is that they’re running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past–and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what’s real, what isn’t, and who she can trust . . . if anybody.

Award-winning author Nick Lake proves his skills as a master storyteller in this heart-pounding novel–his most commercial offering yet. This emotionally charged thrill ride leads to a shocking ending that will have readers flipping back to the beginning.  (From: Goodreads)

Title: There Will Be Lies 

Author: Nick Lake 

Genres: YA, contemporary 

Publisher: Bloomsbury (US), 2016

Edition: paperback, 454 pages 

I’m going to be hit by a car in about four hours, but I don’t know that yet.

So…yeah.  Now we both think this is a story about her physical therapy or something.  


We were both wrong.  It’s a story about lies and truth.

Things I Liked About It 

– the lies 

Shelby’s mother was a big fat liar!  Yeah.  You thought she was telling the truth.  Nah.   She wasn’t.

– the story 

Shelby’s contemporary life was plotted well.

Things I Disliked About It 

– the dreaming 

Shelby’s fantasy life was a fucking mess.  I had no idea what those parts were about.

– the writing style 

So…Shelby was deaf.  She couldn’t hear people talking.  Instead of using quotation marks when people talked in the story, the author used italic words.  And that annoyed me in a big time.


Honestly, I don’t recommend anyone to read this book unless you’d like to discover more about Shelby’s complicated dreaming.

That’s all for my review of There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake.  Have you read this book?  Let me know what you think!

Have a nice day and I’ll see you next time.  Bye-bye 👋


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