**received this book as an e-arc. As always all opinions that follow are my own and are not influenced in any way**
**Also this book contains trigger warnings of anxiety and domestic violence. Please keep that in mind.**
Title: This Story Is A Lie
Author: Tom Pollock
Publisher: Soho Teen
Release date: August 7th, 2018
Genre: thriller, mystery, suspense, teen
Page count: 336
Amazon synopsis: A YA thriller described as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time meets John le Carré, about a teen math prodigy with an extreme anxiety disorder who finds himself caught in a web of lies and conspiracies after an assassination attempt on his mother.
Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman is a math genius. He also suffers from devastating panic attacks. Pete gets through each day with the help of his mother—a famous scientist—and his beloved twin sister, Bel.
But when his mom is nearly assassinated in front of his eyes and Bel disappears, Pete finds himself on the run. Dragged into a world where state and family secrets intertwine, Pete must use his extraordinary analytical skills to find his missing sister and track down the people who attacked his mother. But his greatest battle will be with the enemy inside: the constant terror that threatens to overwhelm him.
Weaving between Pete’s past and present, This Story Is a Lie is a testimony from a protagonist who is brilliant, broken and trying to be brave.
My thoughts: MAN do I love a GREAT unreliable narrator! This book had the master of unreliable narrators! If there was a text book written about how to make the perfect unreliable narrator, it would just be this book because the narrator was perfection!
I knew this was going to be an interesting read just from the title which is why I requested it as an ARC to begin with. I knew there would be no character I could trust including the main narrator, but I did not see all of those amazing plot twists and turns and the ride that the this book took me on!
The plot was great. Fast paced, action packed. Everything I love in a great YA book. It was told through. Series of flashbacks as well as what was happening in the present. The format had serious Gone Girl vibes. It was very much set up like that adult fiction novel.
The characters were just a stroke of genius…literally. Like every character was a literal genius. Our main character himself is math prodigy; pretty much a human calculator. His sister is equally as smart but in more “physical” ways (I don’t want to give any spoilers so that’s the best way I can describe Bel). And their mother is a brilliant, and award winning scientist. This family is scary smart. But they way they were written as well was just as brilliant. Tom Pollock’s writing was just outstanding! I didn’t except to laugh at this book but there were some parts I laughed out loud with. From his character development, to plot devices and world building, everything was expertly done!
The ONLY reason I gave this four stars (which really if I was in the business of giving half stars, it’d be more of a 4.5) was some of the math parts were a bit confusing and convoluted for me. Math was my WORST subject in school so a bit of the writing went over my head, but not so much so that I didn’t understand what was happening or why. I still highly enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it!
A side note before I close: I have never in my one year history of being a book blogger have ever done this with an ARC but upon finishing the book, I immediately went over to Amazon and purchased the hardback verison. This book DESERVES to be featured on my shelf! Normally when I am finished with an ARC, I am just satisfied in having the e-book but this one was special and I can’t wait for it to come in!
Definitely worth the money and time to read this if you are looking for a fantastic mystery/thriller novel. I definitely will be keeping my eye out for anything else with Tom Pollock’s name on it! Fabulous writing!