Review: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

January 23, 2015 Review 0

Review: There Will Be Lies by Nick LakeThere Will Be Lies by Nick Lake
Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books on January 6, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 464
Source: Publisher
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kate
4 Stars

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

Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey 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 new novel. This emotionally charged thrill ride leads to a shocking ending that will have readers flipping back to the beginning

THERE WILL BE LIES isn't the typical book you'd find here on All Things Urban Fantasy, but I felt it was one worth sharing. With this thriller, Nick Lake has written a book that is really difficult to review without spoilers, but I'll do my best.

I was lucky enough to see Lake in person on his book tour, and he talked a bit about stories and lies, and what the difference is. Stories, he believes, bring us together, and lies don't. In THERE WILL BE LIES there are definitely lies, but it is an excellent story.

THERE WILL BE LIES has a strong-willed, brilliant protagonist in Shelby, and her voice was amazingly authentic. I could tell when she was being sarcastic, when she was scared or when she was being serious. In thanks part to the strong narrative voice, the book flowed really well, too. This is a book I sat down and read all within a day, because I couldn't put it down.

The fantastical portions of THERE WILL BE LIES were focused on Native American culture, featuring Coyote, but also had aspects of other fairy tales woven in, which was very interesting. Shelby's travels through The Dreaming in the book offer an interesting counterpoint to the travels she is having in real life. In my opinion, one of the main focuses of THERE WILL BE LIES was Shelby's coming of age. At the cusp of 18, she is almost an adult, a point which becomes important in The Dreaming. It is especially fascinating how Lake tied in the lessons that Shelby learned in The Dreaming to the decisions she had to make in her real life.

Overall, THERE WILL BE LIES was a fascinating book with fantastical elements that any reader would enjoy. It definitely surprised me with how much I like it - give it a chance to see if it will surprise you, too.

 

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