Parents' Guide to

Three Truths and a Lie

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Teens are stalked by killer in fast-paced, edgy thriller.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Many unnecessary cuss words, violence and sex.

Many unnecessary cuss words, violence and sex.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Two teenage couples, a long-buried secret, lots of sexual tension, a creepy cabin in the woods, and a killer on the loose make for a chilling page-turner. Brent Hartinger's novels featuring gay and bisexual teens are both popular and well-reviewed, so his handling of the relationship between Liam and Rob and the pair's conflicts with Galen is both sensitive and insightful.

Teens who are regular viewers of shows such as Game of Thrones or fans of writers such as Stephen King may find the novel's "scare" quotient a bit low, but it will suit readers who want a thriller that isn't nightmare-inducing and lacks large quantities of gore. A clever twist should surprise most readers.

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