Monday, January 6, 2020

Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison (thoughts)

Summary from Goodreads:

"Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond. But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.

In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder. But when a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.

But look closely…because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened."

My Thoughts:

Good Girls Lie was an entertaining thriller that kept me reading and guessing throughout!  I'm a sucker for books set in boarding schools - as soon as I heard about this one and that it featured a boarding school I was adding it to my TBR list.  One of the things I enjoyed about this book was the fact that it was written in a way where I wasn't sure who to trust.  It felt like everyone in this book had secrets or was hiding something.  It really helped to add to the overall level of suspense that was present throughout the book.  I also enjoyed the fact that Goode school had all of things that seem to come with a boarding school.  Supposedly haunted buildings and mysterious deaths?  Check.  Secret societies?  Check.  A questionable past and a present where bad things keep happening?  Check, check, check.  How could I not enjoy a book when it had all of these things and more?  All of these things combined into a suspenseful and atmospheric read that I really couldn't get enough of!  I also really enjoyed the fact that I didn't see the end of this book coming whatsoever.  I had plenty of guesses of what was going on but I was completely wrong.  I can't help but appreciate a thriller that keeps me guessing and manages to surprise me with the ending!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a thrilling read!  I've read previous books by this author (not her standalones but a couple in one of her series that she has written) and really enjoyed them as well.  This book was a great reminder of how much I've enjoyed all of her books - I need to work on catching up on her backlist more in the new year!  I really think that readers of suspense and thrillers will enjoy this book.  Ultimately, this book was a great way to end my reading year in 2019 and also an easy book for me to recommend!

Bottom Line:  A thrilling read that kept me guessing until the very end!

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley and am participating in a blog tour hosted by the publisher.  Honest thoughts are my own.


  1. I like thrillers that keep me guess too. This sounds like a fun read and I am glad you enjoyed it. I haven't read too many thrillers recently, but I have a few coming up in my TBR pile.

    1. Wendy, this was a really enjoyable one but especially if you enjoy the boarding school type of setting! And it was definitely a fun read!

  2. What is it about boarding school and secret societies? I love that too and I do have this book to read at some point. (I keep saying that about so many books, right? Ha!) Glad it worked well for you. I think I've read one or two others by the author - one was a standalone - Lie To Me (something like that) and maybe one of her series. I'm excited about this one!

    1. Kay, I have Lie To Me on my shelves - what did you think of it? This is my first standalone by her but I honestly think I'm going to add all of her books to my TBR - I really haven't read a book by her that I didn't enjoy yet! You'll have to let me know what you think if you read this one!

    2. As I recall, I liked Lie To Me. Can't remember if I listened to it or read it in print. And I didn't write anything on my blog about it. Probably during one of my 'breaks'. I do plan to read this one, but it may be a little while.

  3. This book seems to be a favorite all over blogland! I really want to read it.


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