Review: “Lie” by Caroline Bock
Lie by Caroline Bock
Preorder: Amazon – Barnes & Noble
Review copy from St. Martin’s Griffin (won on LibraryThing)
Paperback, 224 pages
Expected publication: August 30th 2011 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Everybody knows, nobody’s talking. . . .
Seventeen-year-old Skylar Thompson is being questioned by the police. Her boyfriend, Jimmy, stands accused of brutally assaulting two young El Salvadoran immigrants from a neighboring town, and she’s the prime witness. Skylar is keeping quiet about what she’s seen, but how long can she keep it up?
But Jimmy was her savior. . . .
When her mother died, he was the only person who made her feel safe, protected from the world. But when she begins to appreciate the enormity of what has happened, especially when Carlos Cortez, one of the victims, steps up to demand justice, she starts to have second thoughts about protecting Jimmy. Jimmy’s accomplice, Sean, is facing his own moral quandary. He’s out on bail and has been offered a plea in exchange for testifying against Jimmy.
The truth must be told. . . .
Sean must decide whether or not to turn on his friend in order to save himself. But most important, both he and Skylar need to figure out why they would follow someone like Jimmy in the first place.
My rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
Rating: I actually give LIE 3 1/2 stars.
LIE is a story about a vicious hate crime. To say this was an easy read would be a lie. While I was reading LIE, I found myself wanting to scream at the characters – especially Skylar, Jimmy, and Lisa Marie. The story is told using multiple narrators, which actually works incredibly well for this story.
On a Saturday night. Skylar and Lisa Marie decide to follow Jimmy and Sean to see what they’re doing. As Sean stops the SUV they are driving in, Skylar hides with Lisa Marie, who is passed out, beside a restaurant, watching. They were just supposed to scare them, but things got out of hand. “Everyone knew. No one told.”
Skylar and Lisa Marie tell the police that they weren’t there that night, that they couldn’t provide any information. But Skylar finds herself struggling through out most of the story – as Jimmy’s girl, she’s expected to protect him, but what about the truth? Don’t they need to know the truth?
Sean, Jimmy’s assistant that night, is having second thoughts too. Thoughts that will lead to tragedy.
LIE is a story about right and wrong. It’s a story with a powerful message, a story that will tear at your heart strings as you read along.