Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison
Publisher: Harlequin – Mira
An all-girls elite prep school that promises to open doors to Ivy League universities sounds like a dream come true for many young girls.
A lengthy history of fantastic results is proof it’s not all talk and false promises. Many influential women have attended this school and are now sending their daughters there. The only blemish on its stellar reputation is the murder of one of the students a long time ago….
After her parents die, young Ash Carlisle, a member of the elite in the United Kingdom has been offered the opportunity to attend the Goode school, situated in Marchburg a small town in the Virginia mountains.
She is still mourning the loss of her parents and having to deal with it all on her own. Her brother died when she was just a little girl so she has no one to help her with her grief.
When she arrives at the school nothing is what it seems and no one is who they claim to be.
Secrets, Lies and Everything In Between
The story begins when they find one of the girls hanging from the school gate. It’s immediately clear to the headmistress Ford Julianne Westhaven who this girl is, but J.T. Ellison did a great job to keep the reader guessing as to who eventually ends up dead on the school gate.
The atmosphere created throughout the book is one that seems exactly what you would expect from a prestigious school with an all-female student body. Where cliques thrive, secrets hide in every corner and where friends become enemies and enemies become your friends.
When a popular student is found dead rumour has it that she committed suicide, but to be thorough the sheriff is called in to investigate. Especially because the murder in the past, under Dean Westhaven’s mother’s reign was a disaster for the school’s reputation.
And now, while the student’s death is being investigated, another girl is found hanging from the school gates.
Which brings us back to the beginning of the book, and the identity of the girl on the gates. Who is she, why is she on the gates and how does the new girl Ash fit into all of this.
I really enjoyed reading this book, I felt myself submerged in the on-goings of an elite all-girls school and often questioned how I would handle certain situations myself. I hadn’t seen the ending happening as it did. Which made for a nice twist.
Good Girls Lie is available from December 30, 2019
Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley and Harlequin-Mira Books in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.