Dare You to Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch
Dare You to Lie is a book with which I'll have a love-hate relationship. First, it's clearly the start of a new series. I wasn't prepared to walk away with almost more questions than I had at the start. That's the "hate" aspect of this review. No. Sorry. I just don't want to wait to find out what happens next. Am I eager for the next release, you bet. I feel like I'm in one of those cliffhanger endings to a favorite TV show and now have to wait months or even a year to get some resolution.
With much of her hometown turned against her, Kylene Danners is back. She's at her old high school. The same football team that made her life hell are still ready to make her life hell. This time, it's harder. Her father, a former FBI agent, is in prison for a crime Kylene knows he didn't commit. Proving it isn't easy.
For now, Kylene needs to settle into her new home with her grandfather, get through school, and see if she can solve another mystery from her past. While she's trying to do that, someone is just as determined to keep her quiet. Even with new friends on her side and old ones returning to support her, Kylene learns the true depths people will go to keep the truth hidden.
I started Dare You to Lie this morning. I fully expected to follow my usual writing routine. Make coffee, see husband off at 6, read news with coffee in hand, shower at 7, walk the dog, start writing articles by 8. This book threw me off that routine. It was more read until I had finished the last page until 8. My dog couldn't figure out what was going on. The book was too good to put down. It reminded me a lot of Veronica Mars.
I felt rage for Kylene. I wanted to strangle some characters. I cheered her on when she pulled out her martial arts moves. My heart broke for her when she went into the prison to see her dad. I wanted to hug her and her friends many, many times. I was so taken with the characters that the mom in me wanted to be there for them.
As the mystery progresses, you are left wondering who Kylene can trust and who she cannot. Some aspects are resolved, but there's a lot left open for the next book. I just hope I don't have to wait long!