Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing an ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed The Darkest Lie. I really did. However, I think it strayed a bit too far into predictability land for me. I really love the first half of the book, but then it lost me when everything became too obvious and unsurprising. I got really annoyed with the fact that CeCe was extremely oblivious to obvious things. I found that to be a bit unrealistic and odd. It's a shame because the first half was SO GREAT.
I was really intrigued by the fact that this teacher accused of having sex with a student is a WOMAN. Usually that plot line is reserved almost exclusively for men. So KUDOS to the author for that because I haven't read many (or many even any??) books where it was a female and not a male accused of that. That's really what drew me into this story in the first place and so I was hoping that the rest of the book would be just as different. It wasn't. I thought of something though that could have made this a way more intriguing novel, but I can't say what because that would include a spoiler. If you've read it and are curious then feel free to message me on Twitter about it!
Another thing is that the last half or so of the novel tried too hard. It tried too hard to mysterious and not hard enough on being unique. I can't stand when that happens and all the answers are so obvious to the reader and should be to the main character as well. Something else that irked me a little bit was that I didn't feel FEAR for CeCe. I don't know why that was, but I never really felt suspense about her well being. Hmm...that's usually a good thing for a mystery/thriller to have. :x
I did really like CeCe as a character though. I don't think she had the best personality or anything, but she was likeable. Also, I did really feel for her character emotionally. After all this that happened with her mother and then with the way she was treated at school I just felt really bad for her, but I didn't think she was whiny. As I'm writing this review I'm realizing even more that I feel really split about the book. Half of The Darkest Lie I liked and half of it I didn't. I don't think there's been a time that a three star rating has ever been more appropriate for me.
Overall The Darkest Lie wasn't a bad book. Basically it comes down to something simple: I wanted more thrills and mystery in this mystery/thriller. It was good, but not mindblowing or different enough. The plot was predictable, but I can't deny that it was an entertaining read. I read the entire thing in practically one sitting. It was a nice and fast read perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
I recommend The Darkest Lie to mystery/thriller fans that don't mind a bit of predictability and mediocrity. Hey, that's not necessarily a bad thing either. I think those are fun ones to read sometimes in between heavy reads!
Expected Publication Date: June 28, 2016