Review: This Story Is A Lie

Author: Tom Pollock.
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller.
Rating: 🍫🍫🍫🍫🍫💖


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 who suffers from an extreme anxiety disorder, one that subjects him to intense panic attacks. He only manages to get through his daily life with the constant help of his scientist mom and his beloved twin sister, Bel. But when their mother is nearly assassinated in front of their eyes--during a major awards ceremony in her honor--Pete finds himself separated from Bel, alone, and on the run.
Dragged into a strange world where state and family secrets intertwine, Pete has to use his extraordinary analytical skills to find his missing sister, uncover the mystery of his mother's life's work, and track down the people who attacked her--all the while fighting to keep a grip on the fear response that threatens to overwhelm him. Weaving back and forth between his past and present, the novel is an extraodinary testimonial from a protagonist who is brilliant, broken, and trying to be brave.

Cover Review

The cover is abstract, screams YA, and I love it. I've noticed that I have very few orange books in my collection, so this cover is a welcome addition. 

Book Review:

This story is a lie. My advice to you: Do not ignore the title. 

This book was absolutely wow. I mean, granted, YA is my favourite genre, but still this book, being a YA thriller still read more like a YA psychological thriller. And it was wow. Did I already say that? I'm sorry. 

As you can see, this book has been a shock. I loved loved loved it. It had action, it had adventure, it was exciting, scary, intense—as in, nail-bitingly intense—all at the same time. 

The characters were superbly created, with with a million flaws and many good qualities too. 

All in all, it was a thriller, mind-boggling read, and I'd definitely recommend you to read it! 

My Chatter

Oh my God. This book was so intense, right from the very beginning. The way Peter described his panic attack had my heart beating louder. It was so real. 

It wasn't just intense, it was awesome, mind-boggling, and oh-so-good. It was out of this world. God. 

The ending was so weirdly awesome that I'm still in shock, wondering the actual fuck happened. I'm not sure whether I hated the ending or loved it. 

I mean, if I think as a writer, I'm like "Yeah, that's probably the best ending. Writing more would've ruined the climax."

But as a reader, all I can think is, "I NEED TO KNOW!" 

But whatever it may be, one thing's for sure. You must read this book! I loved it. 

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