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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Two Truths and a Lie

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Bunch of theater and so called geeky kids stranded during blizzard in a haunted hotel where two unsolved brutal murders have taken place and probably one of them is a killer who plays mind games with them during their “ Two Truths- A lie” game! Firstly this one is quick, gripping, riveting read! Secondly, the first half of the book seemed like full of cliches: combination of everything what horror movies consist: claustrophobic vibes of being trapped in a place reminds of us Overlook Hotel (even Bunch of theater and so called geeky kids stranded during blizzard in a haunted hotel where two unsolved brutal murders have taken place and probably one of them is a killer who plays mind games with them during their “ Two Truths- A lie” game! Firstly this one is quick, gripping, riveting read! Secondly, the first half of the book seemed like full of cliches: combination of everything what horror movies consist: claustrophobic vibes of being trapped in a place reminds of us Overlook Hotel (even the room number is closer Shining’s number 237) without bathing naked scary lady and Grady twins ( and Jack Torrence chases you with an axe), references of Christie novels including Mousetrap, Ouija board help the characters connect with spirits, a haunted murder story, bad boy reminds us of Edward Cullen flirting with our main shy, smart, handy, blonde character Nell and bad girl Maeve at the same time. I have to admit: I was planning to give this book three stars when I’m reading the first half which looked like teen parody but after the twist which was well played, the second half picked up the pace and give us more logical, action packed chapters. I hated most of the characters, especially second group of pretentious kids who think they are way too much cool, insist they’re preparing for state robotic competitions. At the second half team Adam and Nell are most likable and tougher kids than the other characters who are mostly self absorbed, irritating ones! The conclusion of the story which also is a tribute to another Agatha Christie book was satisfying enough! It’s fast, interesting, claustrophobic popcorn read which made me round up 3.5 stars to 4! Special thanks to NetGalley and Little Brown Books for Young Readers for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    Hic etiam sumus. Hic etiam occissor est. If you have had any Latin instruction, you might be able to translate the above phrase: We are still here. And so is the killer. How's that for a message from the beyond when you are stranded in a blizzard? This new mystery from April Henry had many a nod to Agatha Christie. Ten high school kids, their chaperones, and a handful of other guests spend the nigh in a rundown hotel out in the boonies. All have been stranded by a midwestern blizzard. There was a Hic etiam sumus. Hic etiam occissor est. If you have had any Latin instruction, you might be able to translate the above phrase: We are still here. And so is the killer. How's that for a message from the beyond when you are stranded in a blizzard? This new mystery from April Henry had many a nod to Agatha Christie. Ten high school kids, their chaperones, and a handful of other guests spend the nigh in a rundown hotel out in the boonies. All have been stranded by a midwestern blizzard. There was an unsolved double homicide committed in the very same hotel twenty years ago. While I am not a fan of ouija boards (and neither is one of my favorite characters), Henry does use said board as an opening to a new layer of chills and thrills. Points to our author for including a likable character who has biblical knowledge and is faithful to his beliefs. Thanks to Christy Ottaviano Books and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This was a fun YA thriller! I love books with a winter setting. It was creepy and atmospheric. The writing style wasn’t my favorite but I enjoyed the premise. It also dragged for awhile, but once the action picked up I was hooked! A group of kids on their way to a theater contest decide to spend the night at a creepy hotel because of an impending blizzard. This motel is old school with metal keys to open the door. Nell and her group of friends meet another stranded group of kids from another scho This was a fun YA thriller! I love books with a winter setting. It was creepy and atmospheric. The writing style wasn’t my favorite but I enjoyed the premise. It also dragged for awhile, but once the action picked up I was hooked! A group of kids on their way to a theater contest decide to spend the night at a creepy hotel because of an impending blizzard. This motel is old school with metal keys to open the door. Nell and her group of friends meet another stranded group of kids from another school. There is no cell service at the motel so Knox suggests they all play a game, two truths and a lie. Nell draws a paper with unrecognizable handwriting. It says “I like to watch people die”. “I’ve lost count of how many people I’ve killed”. To make matters worse, the group discovers the horrendous history of the motel. One by one the guests begin disappearing and they realize that a murderer is on the loose. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this arc in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Behring

    Two truths and a lie was a pretty typical locked room thriller . The characters were pretty interesting and it was easy to figure out who the killer was, but it still was an entertaining book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Omg this sounds amazing

  6. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown Books for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I had a hard time putting this one down. I love an isolated murder mystery, and I've always had an obsession with Agatha Christie. This one was a compelling story. The short chapters made it so easy to just "one more chapter" this one late into the night, and the setup was riveting. Unfortunately for me, the ending fell a little flat. It was kind of predictable, as I guessed the sol Thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown Books for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I had a hard time putting this one down. I love an isolated murder mystery, and I've always had an obsession with Agatha Christie. This one was a compelling story. The short chapters made it so easy to just "one more chapter" this one late into the night, and the setup was riveting. Unfortunately for me, the ending fell a little flat. It was kind of predictable, as I guessed the solution really early. And while I know this one was YA, I never really felt like the stakes got high enough. Overall, I'd give it 3.5 stars out of 5, and I'll round up for the amazing start and the way it held my attention enough to read it so quickly in two sittings. I also really liked the main character, so that bumped it up too.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Nell is excited to travel to the big city for a theater competition. The group's advisor, Ms. McElroy, has even managed to get a school van. In addition to Nell, there's Maeve, Jermaine, and Raven, and when bad weather forces the group off the roads, they end up at a creepy motel in the middle of nowhere. Stuart, the owner, gets them rooms and tells them a bit about the motel and its ammenities, including a game room and closed Tiki bar. Another group of high school ki E ARC provided by Edelweiss Nell is excited to travel to the big city for a theater competition. The group's advisor, Ms. McElroy, has even managed to get a school van. In addition to Nell, there's Maeve, Jermaine, and Raven, and when bad weather forces the group off the roads, they end up at a creepy motel in the middle of nowhere. Stuart, the owner, gets them rooms and tells them a bit about the motel and its ammenities, including a game room and closed Tiki bar. Another group of high school kids, a robotic team, shows up with their college aged advisor, Oscar. Mrs. McElroy gets her team settled and tells them to behave since she is going to bed, so of course all of the kids meet in the game room and start to play the game Two Truths and a Lie while scarfing down dodgy vending machine food. When one of the slips of paper, and an extra one at that, has alarming information saying that one of the people likes to watch people die and has killed more people than can be counted, the teens take the obvious preventive measure and consult a Ouija board. It, of course, replies in Latin, and things start to go badly wrong. An odd handyman who talks in the third person tells them the checkered past of the motel, where a double murder took place 25 years previously, and things take a grim turn. One girl appears to be murdered, and the kids try to figure out what is going on. Secrets are revealed, tensions rise, and no one seems safe. As the winter storm rages on and the killer is afraid of being caught, will anyone survive? (Tried not to spoil the twists and turns!) Strengths: This gets double bonus points for one particular scene where there is lots of blood and gore... that turns out to be theatrical blood made of food coloring and corn syrup. This is perfect, because my readers want gore, and I don't particularly want to give them too much human on human violence. Henry is great at writing older characters in a way that is still appropriate for middle grade readers to read; this reminded me very much of the Joan Lowry Nixon titles from the 1990s that have recently seen a huge surge in popularity in my library. To bring the story into the 2020s, though, there's a bit of LGBTQIA+ representation (Nell talks about her two moms, Maeve is interested in one of the girls on the robotics team), and a small subplot about the exploitation of asylum seekers. The motel is super creepy, and I loved the details of the Tiki bar and the dusty carpet... ugh! While there is a tiny bit of alcohol (which Nell doesn't think is a great idea) and some romantic tension, the focus is mainly on escaping the maniacal killer. Remember, young readers have hopefull NOT seen all of the teen slasher horror films, so this will all be new to them. Adding in the decades old murder was a good call, and its connection to the current situation worked out nicely. I have one 6th grade boy who is going to be so thrilled to get this one-- he would check every day to see if The Girl in the White Van had been returned! This is a great title to read along with Alexander's Vacancy and Nixon's The Dark and Deadly Pool. Weaknesses: There are always a number of people who don't understand Henry's work and audience and give it two stars on Goodreads. Don't listen to these people. Middle school readers LOVE these books and absolutely devour them. Henry does her research into the criminal details and adds just the right amount of scary elements. Is this book a little bit cheesy? Yes. Is that what my readers want? Absolutely. What I really think: The only question is whether or not I should buy two copies. Since someone moved away with a brand new copy of Eyes of the Forest, the answer to this question is probably "You should buy THREE."

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heather *coffee and flowers*

    Hmm. I was entertained by this book, and I finished it in less than a day. It wasn't anything spectacular, but I could tell the many characters apart, which is always a good thing. I loved the setting of a creepy, isolated motel, and I would definitely visit. When the reveal came around, though, I was a bit confused. Because what was the point of the Ouija board if (view spoiler)[there weren't actually ghosts? Or were there ghosts? But then why was the message from the board in Latin, because so Hmm. I was entertained by this book, and I finished it in less than a day. It wasn't anything spectacular, but I could tell the many characters apart, which is always a good thing. I loved the setting of a creepy, isolated motel, and I would definitely visit. When the reveal came around, though, I was a bit confused. Because what was the point of the Ouija board if (view spoiler)[there weren't actually ghosts? Or were there ghosts? But then why was the message from the board in Latin, because someone specifically said these two dead people from the 90s did NOT speak Latin? And what was up with the paper hurting Nell's fingertips if there wasn't anything supernatural? (hide spoiler)] GIVE ME ANSWERS. 2.5 stars. Might have been four if not for the unexplained things.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)

    Nell and her high school acting troupe are on their way to a competition when a snow storm forces them to stay the night at a run-down hotel. When another group of students shows up, they decide to have some fun in the common room with a game of Two Truths and a Lie. The slip of paper Nell draws turns out to be a murder confession, and the night suddenly turns grim as guests begin to go missing. Trapped by the snow, Nell and her friends are going to have to figure out who is lying in a group whe Nell and her high school acting troupe are on their way to a competition when a snow storm forces them to stay the night at a run-down hotel. When another group of students shows up, they decide to have some fun in the common room with a game of Two Truths and a Lie. The slip of paper Nell draws turns out to be a murder confession, and the night suddenly turns grim as guests begin to go missing. Trapped by the snow, Nell and her friends are going to have to figure out who is lying in a group where everyone is good at it, and everyone has something to hide. I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Little, Brown. Trigger warnings: character death, suicide, human trafficking, fire, injury, blood, racism, slurs, threats, underage drinking. I'm fond of YA thrillers, so I'm happy to read variations of the same stories over and over again, but the truth is that most of them are about average, and this one doesn't really stand out. I guessed the killer and the first major plot twist, and while there are a couple small surprises near the end, it's all a bit obvious. Regardless, I had fun following the characters as they tried to unravel what was going on, although I didn't much care for the attempts at blending the paranormal with human monsters. There's some unexplained weirdness with a Ouija board early on, and then the novel seems to forget that it ever tried to invoke the supernatural at all. None of the characters particularly stand out, and even Nell is an almost blank slate as a narrator. It's interesting that half of them are actors though, who are always a particularly dramatic bunch, and they have their own little culture and language of the stage. I didn't enjoy Nell's cocky love interest, Knox, or the jealous girlhate between her and Maeve over him. Ladies, I promise you, any guy who encourages that doesn't deserve you. I liked her quieter friendship with Adam more, and I wished they had more page-time together earlier in the book. I think the hotel is meant to be creepy, but I found it really cool with its abandoned Tiki bar and various other charming details you'd never find in a chain. There are some attempts to distract from the real killer when pretty much every guest is some variation of Terrible Person, but in my opinion, there was only ever one option. (view spoiler)[I mean, you've seen Psycho (1960), right? Stuart is full on Norman Bates, and he was the only one with access to the basket during the game. (hide spoiler)] The ending is a bit bonkers, with stakes that seem quite a bit higher than they would be in real life, but it's fun for fans of the genre. I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com.

  10. 4 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE by April Henry in exchange for my honest review.*** Trapped in a blizzard at a run down hotel, a group of high school thespians encounter a group of Robotic competitors from another school and settle in for a game of TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE. Filled with a diverse cast of characters, I devoured April Henry’s latest ya thriller in one sitting during an ice storm, the perfect backdrop for the story. I liked that TWO TRU ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE by April Henry in exchange for my honest review.*** Trapped in a blizzard at a run down hotel, a group of high school thespians encounter a group of Robotic competitors from another school and settle in for a game of TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE. Filled with a diverse cast of characters, I devoured April Henry’s latest ya thriller in one sitting during an ice storm, the perfect backdrop for the story. I liked that TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE included a group of friends and a group of strangers, which added to the mystery of who narrator Nell could trust as well as opened the possibility of new flirtations. I guessed one bad guy right away, but there were enough other twists that I still had some surprises. Mystery and thriller lovers will enjoy TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sara (A Gingerly Review)

    While this is a quick read, there is just too much happening. The teens felt wildly immature, and so did the adults, if I'm being honest. I felt they weren't really present during much of the story except for when it was convenient for them to speak. The pacing was not consistent, which caused the story to drag in places where it shouldn't have. Don't get me started on the end of the story, how many huge topics were casually thrown in, and it was all rushed. I wanted a good thriller when I start While this is a quick read, there is just too much happening. The teens felt wildly immature, and so did the adults, if I'm being honest. I felt they weren't really present during much of the story except for when it was convenient for them to speak. The pacing was not consistent, which caused the story to drag in places where it shouldn't have. Don't get me started on the end of the story, how many huge topics were casually thrown in, and it was all rushed. I wanted a good thriller when I started this but sadly that is not what I ended up reading.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    Yet again April Henry writes an amazing book. All I have to say for this book was it kept me on my feet the whole time and it definitely scared me multiple times but I think this has be one of my favorite books from her now it’s was just so good, I definitely was not expecting the book to be like this.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

    This is NOT A YA thriller- it reads closer to middle grade.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ta || bookishbluehead

    In my years as a reader I’ve read quite a few April Henry books, especially when I was younger and when I heard there was a new book coming out by her I knew I had to read it. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC and dove straight into it. Two Truth and a Lie gives the reader exactly what it promises: a good YA Mystery-Thriller. It was well executed and I always thought April Henry’s prose was very accessible and I enjoyed reading it again. If you have read some of my reviews you’ll know that I L In my years as a reader I’ve read quite a few April Henry books, especially when I was younger and when I heard there was a new book coming out by her I knew I had to read it. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC and dove straight into it. Two Truth and a Lie gives the reader exactly what it promises: a good YA Mystery-Thriller. It was well executed and I always thought April Henry’s prose was very accessible and I enjoyed reading it again. If you have read some of my reviews you’ll know that I LOVE whodunits. There are so many great books out there with this trope and it never seems to bore me. And so it’s no wonder I liked it in this book as well. There aren’t many big reveals or twists, at least I thought it was very obvious where the story was going BUT still it was a very enjoyable read. I liked most of the characters, Nell especially, she didn’t bore me or get on my nerves, even though I didn’t really understand her penchant for Knox. The characters were a little flat and could have been a little more flashe out for me though.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karen Barber

    A fast-paced thriller that plays on some of our worst fears, deftly playing on our assumptions before veering in another direction. This would, I’m pretty sure, have to go down as the school trip from hell though the worst elements of it stem from what is anticipated. A group of theatre students are travelling to a competition when a heavy snow storm derails their plans. They have to seek refuge in a rundown motel, which has clearly seen better days. Another school group and a couple of extras are A fast-paced thriller that plays on some of our worst fears, deftly playing on our assumptions before veering in another direction. This would, I’m pretty sure, have to go down as the school trip from hell though the worst elements of it stem from what is anticipated. A group of theatre students are travelling to a competition when a heavy snow storm derails their plans. They have to seek refuge in a rundown motel, which has clearly seen better days. Another school group and a couple of extras are also forced into this environment, and our stage is set for a tense experience. Naturally, the hotel was the site of a gruesome murder. As they learn the details of the story from the creepy caretaker, we can’t help but feel something bad is on its way. An innocent game of Two Truths and a Lie quickly exacerbates the unease. A note claiming to enjoy watching people die and stating someone will be killed scares them…but not as much as finding the body of one of the group the next morning. All I will say is that nothing is what it first appears. Henry manipulates her characters (and us) with delight as she forces them into a desperate bid for survival. I was more than ready to find out who was behind this, and while it might not exactly take you by surprise it was good fun to watch events unfold.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult / Thriller / Suspense *Rating* 3-3.5 *Thoughts* April Henry's Two Truths and a Lie is an omage to Agatha Christie’s famous play, Then There Were None. Nell and her theater group, Adam, Jermaine, Raven and Min, along with the group's advisor, Ms McElroy, are traveling across the state for a competition. There will be college recruits there, opportunities for scholarships, and to finally gain recognition for all the hard work they have been putting in throughout *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult / Thriller / Suspense *Rating* 3-3.5 *Thoughts* April Henry's Two Truths and a Lie is an omage to Agatha Christie’s famous play, Then There Were None. Nell and her theater group, Adam, Jermaine, Raven and Min, along with the group's advisor, Ms McElroy, are traveling across the state for a competition. There will be college recruits there, opportunities for scholarships, and to finally gain recognition for all the hard work they have been putting in throughout high school. Ms. McElroy, has even managed to get a school van which normally is used by the schools sports teams. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title to review. All opinions are my own. I have been in a reading slump lately, and this was a breath of fresh air. I downloaded this for the road trip to my in-laws Thanksgiving weekend and managed to read it in one sitting. It was a great option for all collections who have kids that are clamoring for more mystery/thriller options while still being relatively tame and more along the lines of PG than PG-13. Besid Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title to review. All opinions are my own. I have been in a reading slump lately, and this was a breath of fresh air. I downloaded this for the road trip to my in-laws Thanksgiving weekend and managed to read it in one sitting. It was a great option for all collections who have kids that are clamoring for more mystery/thriller options while still being relatively tame and more along the lines of PG than PG-13. Besides a few plot holes/hiccups, this was great. I know that all of my kids will love it and I'm excited to continue to be able to give them thriller options that aren't too graphic or racy for a middle school collection. Nell and her theatre group are traveling across the state for a competition. There will be college recruits there, opportunities for scholarships, and to finally gain recognition for all the hard work they have been putting in throughout high school. But on the way, a wicked Midwestern blizzard begins and they are forced off the road and into an out-of-the-way inn. There they meet another group of students heading to a robotics convention and also forced off the road. As the power dwindles, and the night gets colder, they decide to pass the time by playing games. And when they begin to read out the notes from two truths and a lie, they begin to realize that something is going wrong. Because one note says "I like to watch people die." and "I've lost count of how many people I've killed." As the teens begin to panic, they also learn that their hotel has a dark past of its own. And history seems to be repeating itself.

  18. 5 out of 5

    alisha

    girl who hates theatre kid teenagers voluntarily signs up to read about insufferable theatre kid teenagers: hijinks ensue! 2/5 stars thanks to netgalley for the arc! the kids are just so immature i couldn't stand reading them like ik theatre kids are annoying (i was one) but DANG could they be any MORE intolerable in this book the whole 'theatre kid' twist was pretty obvious and so was the murderer twist the rapid escalation at the end made absolutely no sense to me??? overall the pacing of the book wa girl who hates theatre kid teenagers voluntarily signs up to read about insufferable theatre kid teenagers: hijinks ensue! 2/5 stars thanks to netgalley for the arc! the kids are just so immature i couldn't stand reading them like ik theatre kids are annoying (i was one) but DANG could they be any MORE intolerable in this book the whole 'theatre kid' twist was pretty obvious and so was the murderer twist the rapid escalation at the end made absolutely no sense to me??? overall the pacing of the book was really off - it felt too quick in some places and too short in others, especially when it came to fleshing out the characters also the way no adults were taking responsibility or acting normally,,,, wtf

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maxine

    A group of teens are on their way to a drama competition when a sudden blizzard forces them to pull into a creepy old motel. Shortly after, another group of teens as well a few adults also find themselves stranded in the same place. When the two groups of teens meet in the common room, they decide to entertain themselves with a game of two truth and a lie.Someone suggest they make it a little more difficult by writing down their responses on slips of paper and placing them in a basket, then rand A group of teens are on their way to a drama competition when a sudden blizzard forces them to pull into a creepy old motel. Shortly after, another group of teens as well a few adults also find themselves stranded in the same place. When the two groups of teens meet in the common room, they decide to entertain themselves with a game of two truth and a lie.Someone suggest they make it a little more difficult by writing down their responses on slips of paper and placing them in a basket, then randomly drawing them out so they have to guess not only which is the lie on each slip but who wrote it. It is all going well until a very strange and frightening slip is pulled out and no one will admit to being the author. If that isn’t scary enough then the caretaker tells them about a murder that took place in the motel twenty years ago. To everyone’s horror, the next day, one of the kids is found dead with a sign pinned to her with the words, all in capital letters, THIS IS THE FIRST.. Two Truths and a Lie by April Henry is a YA thriller that reads like a homage to Agatha Christie’s famous play, Then There Were None. The story moves at a fast pace thanks to Henry’s use of short paragraphs and dialogue and there were plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing right to the final twist at the end. I am way past the intended audience but I was completely drawn into the story right from the first page and it kept my interest throughout, A fun fast read and one I recommend to anyone who enjoys YA thrillers. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sasha

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for granting me an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was fine. I probably won't remember that I read it in like a week. It was almost like the author was adding every stereotypical mystery/thriller trope into one novel. The premise was interesting and the isolated setting atmosphere was top notch! I love love love isolated settings and then add snow? 100/10. A lot about this book was just fine. The characters were fine, the Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for granting me an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was fine. I probably won't remember that I read it in like a week. It was almost like the author was adding every stereotypical mystery/thriller trope into one novel. The premise was interesting and the isolated setting atmosphere was top notch! I love love love isolated settings and then add snow? 100/10. A lot about this book was just fine. The characters were fine, the pacing was fine, the writing was fine, the ending was fine i guess, etc. Nothing, other than the setting, stuck out as a great part of this novel. The ending was a little anticlimactic considering the insane build up which is always a bummer. I also really struggled with the amount of problems the author added into this. It felt like one negative after another for these characters. Another thing I struggled with was the "Mary Sue" style character. Our main character was weirdly rational/smart when any other sixteen year old would literally be shitting themselves in this situation. Overall, this book was fine. Definitely nothing special. I had higher hopes for someone who has written so many mystery/thriller novels in the past but oh well.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This was an ok read - it was fast paced and I read most of it in one sitting, which was nice, but I feel like the execution fell a little flat for me. This is a thriller and I do think the author did a good job capturing the atmosphere, and the spookiness of being trapped in a motel in the middle of nowhere during a blizzard. And the fast pace helped cement the urgency that the characters faced. But I don't think any of the characters were well enough developed, as I felt most of them could be i This was an ok read - it was fast paced and I read most of it in one sitting, which was nice, but I feel like the execution fell a little flat for me. This is a thriller and I do think the author did a good job capturing the atmosphere, and the spookiness of being trapped in a motel in the middle of nowhere during a blizzard. And the fast pace helped cement the urgency that the characters faced. But I don't think any of the characters were well enough developed, as I felt most of them could be interchangeable and I did confuse most of them on more than one occasion. That could also just be the fact that there was a large cast of characters introduced in a very short amount of time. I also figured out the killer as soon as we met them, so that was a bit anti-climatic for the ending, which in general felt a little rushed and confusing. But overall, this was a quick, fun read, and if you like thrillers, you should check this one out. Thank you so much to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an arc for review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    M.C. Chronister

    April Henry has done it again with Two Truths and a Lie. This book gave me almost everything I was looking for in a read. A bunch of teenagers trapped in a haunted hotel during a blizzard with no way to escape until it's over. A plot that seems to come straight our to a horror movie that any lover of classic 80s horror movies will love. And just enough teeny amount of romance mixed with all that suspense to quench the thirst of anyone that enjoys their horror/thrillers to come with a side of lov April Henry has done it again with Two Truths and a Lie. This book gave me almost everything I was looking for in a read. A bunch of teenagers trapped in a haunted hotel during a blizzard with no way to escape until it's over. A plot that seems to come straight our to a horror movie that any lover of classic 80s horror movies will love. And just enough teeny amount of romance mixed with all that suspense to quench the thirst of anyone that enjoys their horror/thrillers to come with a side of love. I would have given this book 5 stars because I loved it so much but the only thing that was holding me back was the fact that a few of the cliches seemed to be a little over the top but that did not stop me from flying through this book. It was a quick and entertaining read and I highly recommend it to anyone that is a lover of YA thrillers and horror.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    I didn't know anything about this book before I read it, except that it was a mystery/thriller. Some of my friends were reading it so I decided to jump in and see how it went. It was fun going in blind and I liked the setting of an old hotel and wondering which of the guests or employees was the killer. There was a twist I didn't see coming at all, so big praise to the author for that! I also appreciated that the main character Nell didn't fall for the aloof jerk like I thought she would. I get I didn't know anything about this book before I read it, except that it was a mystery/thriller. Some of my friends were reading it so I decided to jump in and see how it went. It was fun going in blind and I liked the setting of an old hotel and wondering which of the guests or employees was the killer. There was a twist I didn't see coming at all, so big praise to the author for that! I also appreciated that the main character Nell didn't fall for the aloof jerk like I thought she would. I get sick of girls falling for guys that treat them poorly. The ending was a bit rushed and could have played out a bit better. It didn't make complete sense to me, but I did like the ramp up in tension. The audiobook narrator did a pretty good job and this is a quick mystery story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    “This will all seem better in the morning.” 1 Sentence Summary: Nell’s theater troupe is on their way to a competition when they get stranded by a blizzard at an old motel where they meet a group of strangers from another school, but when people start dying, it’s clear a killer is in their midst, and there is nowhere to go and nowhere to hide. My Thoughts: It was kind of slow at the beginning with too many teen relationship dynamics and some weird stuff with a Ouija board, but toward “This will all seem better in the morning.” 1 Sentence Summary: Nell’s theater troupe is on their way to a competition when they get stranded by a blizzard at an old motel where they meet a group of strangers from another school, but when people start dying, it’s clear a killer is in their midst, and there is nowhere to go and nowhere to hide. My Thoughts: It was kind of slow at the beginning with too many teen relationship dynamics and some weird stuff with a Ouija board, but toward the middle and end it got really good and suspenseful. I used to be obsessed with April Henry’s books when I was in middle school, so when I saw this was coming out I knew I had to read it. I was a tiny bit disappointed; the writing wasn’t that great and there were some weird parts, but it was still a good story and even had a plot twist I didn’t see coming (and Agatha Christie references!!). Not the best mystery I’ve read, but not bad either. Recommend to: Fans of creepy mysteries featuring groups of strangers stuck together. (Warnings: death)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Locked room mystery featuring drama students. Sign me up. Sadly this one is pretty darn predictable. There is a part of the book where the characters go off a out stereotypes and how characters should be fully formed but at least one (*cough* more than one) characters are both stereotypes as well as "easy targets" for the mc to consider the villain. I also had a hard time with the dialogue. Most of it didn't sound like teenagers. Christine Lakin did the narration and she was great. Two Truths and a Locked room mystery featuring drama students. Sign me up. Sadly this one is pretty darn predictable. There is a part of the book where the characters go off a out stereotypes and how characters should be fully formed but at least one (*cough* more than one) characters are both stereotypes as well as "easy targets" for the mc to consider the villain. I also had a hard time with the dialogue. Most of it didn't sound like teenagers. Christine Lakin did the narration and she was great. Two Truths and a Lie is an easy read and I found the audio enjoyable enough.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    It was a fast paced read which I appreciated (I read it in one sitting), but that’s about all the praise I can give it. There were too many characters introduced all at once which made it very difficult to tell them apart. It was also pretty predictable. I had high hopes for this one, but I didn’t like it all that much in the end.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linzi Meldrum

    You know, I didn’t have super high expectations for this book when I started it, but it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat at times! There Were so many unexpected twists and turns, and yet, there was a level of predictability in it as well! It’s worth it if you’re looking for a quick, thrilling read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nadine McCoy

    I received an ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This book reminded me of a whodunnit, almost like clue. It was a really great read trying to find out what the story was and who the bad guy is. It was a quick and easy read that keeps your attention the whole way through.

  29. 4 out of 5

    s

    i am definitely too old for this

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marina Ramon

    I bought it for the plot, which reminded me of Bloody New Year (1987), but honestly I was expecting more from April Henry. While most of her "YA" books that I've read do tend to lean more middle grade there have been some stand outs. This, unfortunately, is not one of them. The subjects are juniors/seniors but the writing style is much more simple and juvenile than most YA novels for that age group. It's a rushed story and most things either aren't explained or are extremely obvious. The charact I bought it for the plot, which reminded me of Bloody New Year (1987), but honestly I was expecting more from April Henry. While most of her "YA" books that I've read do tend to lean more middle grade there have been some stand outs. This, unfortunately, is not one of them. The subjects are juniors/seniors but the writing style is much more simple and juvenile than most YA novels for that age group. It's a rushed story and most things either aren't explained or are extremely obvious. The characters are all extremely one dimensional and crushes come and go without rhyme or reason. Also a college aged student teacher KISSES a student (because the student had never been kissed before) and a thought briefly crosses our main character's mind as "oh, he could really get into trouble for that" and then it's never spoken of or thought about again. Henry throws a lot out of ideas out of left field here, including, but not limited to, ghosts, killers (view spoiler)[bank robbery, ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND HUMAN SMUGGLING (WTF was with that 'they were good immigrants so they got to stay' vibe BS) and a serial killer! (hide spoiler)] I wish someone else had written this book because it had the potential to be a fun slasher, but only ends up disappointing. And I hope I learned my lesson with April Henry novels, no matter how interesting the plot sounds.

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