**Disclaimer: I recieved a free eARC of This Lie Will Kill You from NetGalley and the publishers for review purposes. Thank you to them for letting me read the book.
This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher is a YA mystery novel. The main characters are five teenagers: Juniper, Ruby, Gavin, Brett, and Parker, who are all in their final year of high school and who have all been invited to compete for a mysterious $50000 scholarship by participating in a murder mystery party. Each teen is asked to bring something to the party. The competition is held at a creepy semi-abandoned mansion. Pretty quickly it is revealed that things are not what they seem and perhaps this scholarship isn’t quite as legitimate as it might have seemed. Could it be connected to the fiery death of one of their classmates the previous year? Who knows.
I gave this book three stars. It has been compared to Clue meeting Riverdale, and I totally agree with those comparisons. There is a lot of teenaged drama in this book, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that it’s just not my usual cup of tea, and the mystery definitely reminds me of clue. Each character takes on a role such as “The Underwater Acrobat” and they each have a secret weapon that they bring to the table. Those aspects of the story were super fun, and I was really intrigued to figure out who had invited them all to this event and why they had been invited. As the story progressed, I was caught up in what happened and wanted to know who was responsible. There were lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing and I really enjoyed that.
However, for me I had a hard time liking the characters. Some of them were definitely designed to be unlikeable, but I didn’t enjoy most of them which made it hard for me to care if they actually made it out of the house safely or not. That’s possibly a bad thing to admit, but that’s definitely how I felt. I also didn’t really enjoy the teenage drama that kept happening, though it did come across as realistic, which is definitely a plus for the story.
I really liked the ending of the book. It was just what I hoped I would get out of it. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t be specific but I did really enjoy the end of the book.
Overall, I recommend the book if you enjoy mysteries and also if you enjoy Riverdale. I think it’s a worthwhile read and I am definitely down for more YA mysteries. It’s a genre that I love, dating back to my love of Nancy Drew and Veronica Mars. There isn’t a teenage detective in this one, but you should still pick it up and give it a shot. Also the cover is super cool and perfectly suited the book.
This Lie Will Kill You comes out on December 11th.