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The Truth Lies Here

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The Truth Lies Here

When Penny thinks of her hometown, she thinks of the local ice cream shop, her childhood crushes and her father, a reporter who specializes in the paranormal. When she was little, she believed in her father and his outlandish claims, but since her parents' divorce and her subsequent move to Chicago, she sees the truth in his “supernatural” findings.

"THE TRUTH LIES HERE...was exciting, had distinct and colorful characters, and kept me on the edge of my seat until the last page. It was all at once nostalgic and new. "

But when she goes back to Bone Lake, Michigan for the summer, her father has mysteriously disappeared without a trace, leaving no note and her stranded at the airport. With the help of her childhood best friend and the town’s star quarterback, Penny begins looking for the truth about the town’s recent deaths and her father’s disappearance. As she digs deeper, she begins to realize that there is a lot more going on than she could have ever imagined, and her sleepy summer in Bone Lake has been turned on its head.

As someone who has been suffering from lack-of-“Stranger-Things” drought for the past year, this book came as a relief and refuge for me. Currently, “X-Files”-but-with-teenagers-and-more-angst is my favorite genre. It has never failed me, and THE TRUTH LIES HERE by Lindsey Klingele, author of THE MARKED GIRL and its sequel, THE BROKEN WORLD, was no exception.

The plot felt familiar but at the same time entirely new. Klingele took pieces from classic works of science fiction but made it entirely her own. This novel actually reminded me of the book I read and reviewed last month, NOTES FROM MY CAPTIVITY by Kathy Parks. Both main characters were aspiring journalists and had conspiracy theorist fathers, and thus I thoroughly enjoyed both novels. THE TRUTH LIES HERE is also reminiscent of “The X-Files,” “Stranger Things,” Signs, and “Riverdale.” It was the most beautiful conglomeration of all of them, so you have enjoyed any of those shows/movies, you would love this book.

Additionally, this book is the first in a while to truly suck me in; the day I started reading it, I read 200 pages. I could not help it! It is almost aggressively readable and incredibly intriguing. Even more surprising, I only predicted ONE of the plot twists. Usually, I can call every plot twist from a mile away, but THE TRUTH LIES HERE got me good.

Overall, there are not a lot of negative things that I can say about THE TRUTH LIES HERE. It was exciting, had distinct and colorful characters, and kept me on the edge of my seat until the last page. It was all at once nostalgic and new. And in the end, the story was truly one of humanity, love and family --- no matter the extenuating and alien-esque circumstances.

Reviewed by Bryn D., Teen Board Member on September 12, 2018

The Truth Lies Here
by Lindsey Klingele