Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Trust Me, I'm Lying

Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.

My Review

A nice debut from a new author. I agree with other readers that it was very nice to not have an instant romance in the story. Not every book has to have an relationship that is more than just friends or professional. Although, I did feel a little sorry for Julep's best friend, Sam. It was so obvious to me that he had feelings for Julep but she was naive or maybe she just chose to ignore the feelings. Either way it was sad.

The first half of the story started out just fine. Nothing too exciting. Although I got a good insight into who Julep is and just how good she is at being a grifter. Then the mystery surrounding her father started to slowly be revealed. I was than sucked into the story and the second half moved way faster. The ending was a nice set up to the next book in this series. "Trust Me," when I say that you need to pick up a copy of this book for yourself. You won't regret it. It has intriguing characters and a nice storyline with a twist. Mary writes like a seasoned professional and does not show that this is her debut novel.

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