Title: Three Little Lies
Author: Melissa Wolff
Audience: Young Adult
Formats: E-book and Paperback
Publisher: Melissa Wolff
Cover by: Janine Fourie
Editor: Emily Hendricks
Pages: 260 pages
Date Published: June 4, 2014.
It is the summer of 2012. The sky is blue, the ocean is crisp, and six young women are missing, including Madison Porter.
At the disappearance of her best friend, Amber Swanson falls into a spiral of destruction. She smokes, drinks and gets caught stealing. Her parents don't know what to do with her, so she is sent to live with her half-sister, Rebecca, in Virginia.
Ethan Hunter lives by the saying ‘blood is thicker than water’; even when his mother up and left him. At sixteen, he’s torn between holding on to the only family he has left and forging his own path for the future. He secretly plans his escape from his small, southern town.
The two lives collide and, as Amber puts the pieces of her best friend’s disappearance together, she and Ethan are thrown into a whirlwind of secrets, deceit, and murder.
This book was a really great change for me. I tend to get stuck reading books from the same genre all the time. This book is a story of growth and determination with young love thrown into the mix. However for me the best part of this book was the mystery and suspense. Which I have to say kept me guessing throughout. Amber is the main character, she has had a troubled past with parental separation being the biggest problem. She goes to spend the summer with her estranged older sister. She grows and changes whilst there and their relationship changes for the better. The trait I think which suits Amber the most is stubbornness, she won give up on the search for her best friend who went missing a few months ago. I'm deliberately going to avoid mentioning her search and discoveries because it would spoil this great book for you, but if you enjoy a little romance, a bit of family drama and a whole lot of mystery then this great book is for you. It has opened my eyes to trying different types of books and I am confident in awarding this book 5 stars.
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“Amber!” My eyes snapped open and I looked around wildly. Cold sweat beaded my forehead and my hands were shaking. My wooden leg wasn't next to me but my sister and Jacob were. Jacob held crutches and handed them to me as our eyes met.
“Thanks,” I muttered, forgetting for a moment that I didn’t like him. “Why are you screaming at me?”
“Because you were screaming yourself,” Rebecca said. “You must have fallen asleep and you started crying out.” I sat up straighter. Not this again I thought. The doctor said the pills would take care of it.
“How bad?” I asked. “What did I say?”
“I couldn't understand you,” Rebecca admitted. “But it sounded pretty bad. Is everything okay?”
“It's fine,” I said sharply. There was no way that I was going to tell Rebecca about the dream. “I'm fine.”
“There's no reason to be so angry Amber,” Jacob said. “Your sister is just trying to help.”
“I said I'm fine,” I snapped. “She's not trying to help as much as trying to get on our father's good side. She was always the goody two shoes...daddy's little princess. If her perfect reputation wasn’t at stake, she wouldn’t give a damn about me.”
1. Sugar We’re Going Down – Fall Out Boy
2. Don’t Speak – No Doubt
3. With Me – Sum 41
4. Flagpole Sitta – Harvey Danger
5. Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet
6. Thnks Fr Th Mmrs – Fall Out Boy
7. Wannabe – Spice Girls
8. Jumpin, Jumpin – Destiny’s Child
9. We’ve Got Tonight – Glee Cast Version
10. Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
Melissa Wolff was born and raised on Long Island. This is her second self-published young adult novel. She is also a writer for LIB Magazine and has been featured on Patch.com as well as the Post Pioneer.
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