Author: Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
Genre: YA Thriller
Published by: Penguin
Publication date: 09/09/21
My rating: ★★★★★
I received a free review copy from The Write Reads and Penguin in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis from Goodreads:
An intense high-stakes story about five friends and the deadly secret that could send their lives up in flames, perfect for fans of Karen McManus and E. Lockhart.
In Gap Mountain, California, everyone knows about fire season. And no one is more vigilant than 18-year-old Hannah Warner, the sheriff’s daughter and aspiring FBI agent. That is until this summer. When Hannah and her best friends accidentally spark an enormous and deadly wildfire, their instinct is to lie to the police and the fire investigators.
But as the blaze roars through their rural town and towards Yosemite National Park, Hannah’s friends begin to crack and she finds herself going to extreme lengths to protect their secret. Because sometimes good people do bad things. And if there’s one thing people hate, it’s liars.
Where do I start? Lies Like Wildfire is by far one of the best thrillers I’ve read in ages! I could not put it down, I have so much to say and so many thoughts running through my head. Everything about this was just brilliant, from the setting, to the characters and plot. Lies Like Wildfire is a ride from start to finish, so many elements and variables were thrown into the mix, I didn’t see half of it coming. Even after I had finished I had to seriously think about details and join the dots.
I love how the author explored the friendship dynamic, highlighting how a friendship can be toxic without you even realising it to begin with, how easy it is for a friendship to turn toxic and how easy it is for secrets to destroy so many people. The title of the book is fitting, as their lies were their own form of wildfire by the end. The character development is just brilliant, following them throughout the events in the book, finding out who they really are, what they did, the secrets they’re keeping was honestly the highlight of the book for me. I was constantly left guessing as to who was responsible for a certain event (possibly spoilery) – it took me awhile to guess who it was. Have I mentioned how brilliant this book is? Because it really is. The tension, betrayal, the lies that only multiply. It’s not just the best thriller I’ve read in ages, it’s also one of the best books I’ve read this year and will definitely make on my top ten list come the end of the year. I’m definitely up for a sequel in some form as I’d love to know what happens next.
You need to read this one, trust me! I can’t recommend it enough.