Blog Tour Review: Two Truths and a Lie by April Henry

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

A dark and twisty thriller with an intriguing premise and excellent execution

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and April Henry for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary ARC and media kit!

Book Information

Genre: YA Thriller
Publishing Date: May 24, 2022

A group of teens are trapped in an old motel with a murderer in this chilling YA mystery by New York Times bestselling author April Henry.

Nell has always wanted to be an actor, but doubts her ability. As a member of her school’s theater program, she prefers working backstage. On the way to a contest, an unexpected blizzard strands her acting troupe in a creepy motel. Soon they meet a group of strangers from another high school—including the mysterious and handsome Knox, who insists they play the game Two Truths and a Lie. When it’s Nell’s turn, she draws a slip of paper inked in unfamiliar handwriting:

I like to watch people die.
I’ve lost count of how many people I’ve killed.

Suddenly a night of harmless fun turns into a matter of life and death. As guests go missing, it becomes clear that a murderer is hiding in their midst ready to strike again. In a room full of liars and performers, the truth is never quite what it seems. Nell is going to have to act like her life depends on it—because it does.

Content and Trigger Warnings

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About the Author

New York Times-bestselling author April Henry knows how to kill you in a two-dozen different ways. She makes up for a peaceful childhood in an intact home by killing off fictional characters. There was one detour on April’s path to destruction:  when she was 12 she sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to noted children’s author Roald Dahl. He liked it so much he showed it to his editor, who asked if she could publish it in Puffin Post, an international children’s magazine. By the time April was in her 30s, she had started writing about hit men, kidnappers, and drug dealers. She has published 26 mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults, with more to come. She is known for meticulously researching her novels to get the details right. 

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Review (no spoilers)

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here.

Hello again! Yesterday I shared my review for a YA horror novel, and today we have a YA thriller.

I can’t quite put my finger on exactly why I loved Two Truths and a Lie so much, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading it. The book centers around two separate groups of teenagers who are on their way to a competition when a snow storm forces both parties to take refuge in a mysterious and slightly-creepy inn. As a way to bond with each other, the two groups decide to play a game of two truths and a lie. But when the main character, Nell, pulls out a piece of paper that indicates a murderer is amongst them, chaos begins.

I love so many things about the premise of this novel. I always love a good locked-room mystery where characters are stranded in one location and are slowly picked off one by one. There’s something about it that is so thrilling. The fact that a bunch of the characters are theatre kids, who know how to pretend to be someone they’re not, added an extra layer of mystery and suspense to the mix.

The novel is well written with a decent amount of twist and turns as you make your way through the book. I had started off the first 60% or so thinking it was going to be predictable, but nope. April Henry did an excellent job, from my point of view, at shaking things up every so often to make me question what exactly was going on.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good YA thriller novel. The themes and scenes are ones that you can expect in this genre, but nothing ever gets too gruesome or graphic. I think this book would be perfectly suitable for even the younger YA audience.

Two Truths and a Lie was released this week, so if you’re interested, don’t forget to grab your copy at the links above!


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