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When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move in with her grandfather, back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her. All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. As the threats gain momentum, Ky finds an unlikely ally in t When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move in with her grandfather, back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her. All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. As the threats gain momentum, Ky finds an unlikely ally in the rookie FBI agent sent to keep an eye on her. Determined to expose the town's hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herself into a much bigger plot. They thought she’d forgive and forget. They’re about to learn they messed with the wrong girl.


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When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move in with her grandfather, back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her. All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. As the threats gain momentum, Ky finds an unlikely ally in t When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move in with her grandfather, back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her. All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. As the threats gain momentum, Ky finds an unlikely ally in the rookie FBI agent sent to keep an eye on her. Determined to expose the town's hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herself into a much bigger plot. They thought she’d forgive and forget. They’re about to learn they messed with the wrong girl.

30 review for Dare You to Lie: A Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Laura Thalassa

    OMG, I got a *physical* copy of this one!!!! I need to post a pretty picture of it!!! Also, this is next up on my TBR!!! Can't freaking wait--Amber is kinda sorta who I want to be when I grow up ...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy Bartol

    A blackout. Lies. The Six. Friends turned enemies. A miscarriage of justice. Lives ruined. Secrets dark and diabolical. Nothing’s what it seems. Dust off your telephoto lens and brush up on your Muay Thai maneuvers because DARE YOU TO LIE’s all-out, good-girl-turned-mad, in-your-face-suspense-thriller is a conspiracy that will taunt you at every turn to solve its mystery—and my advice: Trust no one. Kylene Danners didn’t return to Jasperville, Ohio searching for her happily ever after. She came b A blackout. Lies. The Six. Friends turned enemies. A miscarriage of justice. Lives ruined. Secrets dark and diabolical. Nothing’s what it seems. Dust off your telephoto lens and brush up on your Muay Thai maneuvers because DARE YOU TO LIE’s all-out, good-girl-turned-mad, in-your-face-suspense-thriller is a conspiracy that will taunt you at every turn to solve its mystery—and my advice: Trust no one. Kylene Danners didn’t return to Jasperville, Ohio searching for her happily ever after. She came back to right a wrong—two wrongs—one that will set her father free from an unjust prison sentence, and the other to clear her name as the town liar. If that means burying The Six a few feet under with their deceit, so be it. But a place like theirs and people like this don’t surrender secrets without a fight. Uncovering the truth will prove to be an epic battle to the death—one that few people will see coming. Amber Lynn Natusch’s brilliant and fast-paced storytelling shines through in her strong, good-girl-turned-raw heroine, Kylene Danners. This is no after-school-special; it’s authentic, cunning, and fraught with the kind of devastating, real-life events that will hammer dents in anyone’s veneer. Natusch weaves in sharp-witted dialog for her well-developed characters, creating everything from behind-the-hand giggling to full-out barking laughter as I turned the pages. Read this book the way it was meant to be read: consumed in one sitting. Once you do, you’ll be clamoring for more. If you're a Marshmellow (a fan of Veronica Mars), add this to your TBR shelf. You'll love it. *I received an ebook ARC for review. I loved the ebook so much, I pre-ordered the hardcover with my own cash.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel E. Carter

    Veronica Mars fans, this book is for you. For anyone who wanted a YA mystery/thriller where the protagonist (gasp!) actually trains to be kickass and spouts feisty dialogue without sounding forced/cliche, this is for you. For anyone who wanted a YA romance to actually build with tension over the series instead of proclamations of love or instalike in the first book, this is for you. Not only was this book amazing, but Amber builds to a climactic finish promising even more conspiracies and potent Veronica Mars fans, this book is for you. For anyone who wanted a YA mystery/thriller where the protagonist (gasp!) actually trains to be kickass and spouts feisty dialogue without sounding forced/cliche, this is for you. For anyone who wanted a YA romance to actually build with tension over the series instead of proclamations of love or instalike in the first book, this is for you. Not only was this book amazing, but Amber builds to a climactic finish promising even more conspiracies and potential romance to come. I loved this book so much that I had to go out and preorder a signed hardcover in addition to my ARC!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Caden Armstrong

    IF YOU ARE A FAN OF VERONICA MARS THEN YOU MUST READ THIS AMAZING THRILLER NOVEL! I loved this story and its complex story and characters! I cannot wait for the sequel!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    I had the opportunity to read this book as a beta reader and see the transformation of this book go from "I am loving the whole idea of this book" to "holy shit, you really nailed YA Mystery with the whole Veronica Mars vibe." I did read the final version of this book and even book a physical copy because I love it so much. The only way to describe this book and not give anything away is saying it is a great blend of Veronica Mars and Riverdale . If you are a huge fan of Veronica Mars, then you I had the opportunity to read this book as a beta reader and see the transformation of this book go from "I am loving the whole idea of this book" to "holy shit, you really nailed YA Mystery with the whole Veronica Mars vibe." I did read the final version of this book and even book a physical copy because I love it so much. The only way to describe this book and not give anything away is saying it is a great blend of Veronica Mars and Riverdale . If you are a huge fan of Veronica Mars, then you will love this book. It has all the mystery and suspense along with the "take no shit" attitude and some very hilarious moments with other characters and you get one hell of an amazing story. Kylene is kick-ass heroine who decides she is not going to sit back and just take her father's guilty sentence lightly. She knows that truth but needs to somehow prove it. But she has her own hands full starting back at the school she left because of her own problems there. This book moves at a fast pace with a lot of moving parts and I love it. There is no slow down and you find yourself getting caught up in the witty and snarky comments from Kylene as well as her friends. I loved every single bit of this book and can't wait for the next book to release. This is Amber's first dive into an genre outside of her normal writing and she delivers a page turner. If you love YA, mystery or just a great book that will keep you glued to the pages, this book is for you.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    Sassy, snarky, sarcastic characters!  This was such a fun book for me. Trigger/content warnings for sexual assault and physical abuse. Kylene's father was recently convicted of murder and her mother left.  So Ky has to move back to her home town and live with her grandpa (who I loved).  Her family left a couple years earlier after Ky had naked pictures taken at a party and leaked online.  The suspects were all football players and they were protected instead of her.  One was also her ex boyfriend. Sassy, snarky, sarcastic characters!  This was such a fun book for me. Trigger/content warnings for sexual assault and physical abuse. Kylene's father was recently convicted of murder and her mother left.  So Ky has to move back to her home town and live with her grandpa (who I loved).  Her family left a couple years earlier after Ky had naked pictures taken at a party and leaked online.  The suspects were all football players and they were protected instead of her.  One was also her ex boyfriend. Ky falls back into her normal friendship with Garrett easily.  She didn't really talk to him when she was gone and it really broke him.  But he's a great guy and willing to let it go.  They also become friends with the new girl from Canada, Tabby.  The friendship between these three really made the story for me.  They were all so sarcastic and funny, but the love was obvious.  Tabby fit right in with them. Kylene still wants to prove who took those photos of her and she also wants to find a way to prove that her dad is innocent.  She's smart, but she also can't keep quiet and it makes her a target.  Some of the football players start threatening her.  She gets followed, harassed, and her house is broken into.  Things start to get scary for her as she weaves through so many things that all seem connected.   I don't want to get into the story too much because it's best to go in without knowing anything major.  Ky has to figure out who she can trust and realizes how big these threats really are.  The pacing is great and it's so easy to like most of the characters in the book.   Besides the main three, I really liked Gramps, her dad's old partner, and Meg.  Agent Dawson grew on me and I ended up liking AJ a lot, too.   There were also plenty of people to hate. I gave this book 5 stars and I cannot wait until I can read the next book.  Thank you to Tor Teen for sending me a copy for review.  Also thank you to Amber for helping me get a copy.  

  7. 5 out of 5

    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    The marshmallow in me is tingling with excitement and nostalgia. Veronica--I mean Kylene is my dream character in contemporaries but OMG I hate the author so much right now! I need more! Come on! I'm fairly certain I thought everyone was guilty at one point or another's throughout the book and got to keep falling in love with Veronica Mars--i mean Kylene.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melanie (TBR and Beyond)

    "NEXT TIME WILL BE WORSE" Trigger Warning: Sexual assault (not graphic), slut shaming, domestic violence, bullying Thank you to Amber Lynn Natushch for giving me this copy for my honest review. Where are all my Marshmellows fan at? If you are a fan of that sassy, loveable trouble-maker Veronica Marsthen you're going to love Ky Danners. This book is marketed as a cross between Veronica Mars and Riverdale and that sounds about right. Dare You to Lie basically plays out like the first season of Ma "NEXT TIME WILL BE WORSE" Trigger Warning: Sexual assault (not graphic), slut shaming, domestic violence, bullying Thank you to Amber Lynn Natushch for giving me this copy for my honest review. Where are all my Marshmellows fan at? If you are a fan of that sassy, loveable trouble-maker Veronica Marsthen you're going to love Ky Danners. This book is marketed as a cross between Veronica Mars and Riverdale and that sounds about right. Dare You to Lie basically plays out like the first season of Mars and I was still withdrawing from the series, so this book was just the hit I needed. Our main protagonist, Ky Danners, is a spunky, sarcastic bundle of trouble and I loved her. The book starts out with Ky's father for a crime she claims he didn't commit and she's moving back to her hometown to try and move just that. The main storyline in this book is Ky trying to find out who took topless photos and shared them with the entire school when she lived her last. There are six suspects and she is determined to find out who was really responsible. All the characters do get some development and some stay fairly in the background on purpose - I assume for the next book. I loved Ky's friendship with her best friend Garret and I loved the romance that is hinted at in this book with someone I will not name. I don't want to ruin any of the surprises in this one. The romance is barely there in this one though and the actual mystery does take 100% priority. The friendships are great, the villains are frustrating and you'll want to throw them off a balcony and many of the citizens in this town are shady as hell. I thought the story was fast-paced, clever and had some fun twists and turns. I didn't figure it all out, which is always nice and I was surprised by a couple of the reveals at the end. I'm really pumped for the second book - the author assured me that it's even better than this one and has a lot more going on! Check it out if you want a fun, cozy mystery to add to your fall/winter reads.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher/NetGalley *Genre* Young Adult / Thriller *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* Dare You to Lie, by author Amber Lynn Natusch, is the first installment in the authors Hometown Antihero series. Kylene Danner's is your protagonist for this series. Ky didn’t return to her former hometown of Jasperville, Ohio searching for her happily ever after. She came back so that she could right a few wrongs that have been done to herself and to her father FBI Detective Bruce Danners. The second part won't be *Source* Publisher/NetGalley *Genre* Young Adult / Thriller *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* Dare You to Lie, by author Amber Lynn Natusch, is the first installment in the authors Hometown Antihero series. Kylene Danner's is your protagonist for this series. Ky didn’t return to her former hometown of Jasperville, Ohio searching for her happily ever after. She came back so that she could right a few wrongs that have been done to herself and to her father FBI Detective Bruce Danners. The second part won't be so easy as she believes. Especially in a town filled with secrets. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Felicia Mathews (Bookishly Slytherclaw)

    I received an ARC of Dare You to Lie through Netgalley. All thoughts are my own. Mystery books are not my typical genre so I was initially worried I wasn't going to enjoy this story, but I'm so glad I gave it a chance because I absolutely love it. Kylene is such a badass character! I'm obsessed with her and her wit and sarcasm. The characters in Dare You to Lie felt so real and it made me never want to stop reading even though I forced myself to go through it slowly since it's not a genre I typic I received an ARC of Dare You to Lie through Netgalley. All thoughts are my own. Mystery books are not my typical genre so I was initially worried I wasn't going to enjoy this story, but I'm so glad I gave it a chance because I absolutely love it. Kylene is such a badass character! I'm obsessed with her and her wit and sarcasm. The characters in Dare You to Lie felt so real and it made me never want to stop reading even though I forced myself to go through it slowly since it's not a genre I typically read. I'm really excited that this is the start of a series because there is so much going on in this book and I need more!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melliane

    4.5/5 Mon avis en Français My English review I did not know about the author but I was curious to discover the novel and I must say that I was really pleased to have the opportunity to read it because I loved it! Ky is back in the city she left with her parents two years ago. But here she has no choice. Her father is in prison for a crime that she is sure he did not commit and she is determined to prove it even if she is the only one to do it! But coming home also means facing what she fled until th 4.5/5 Mon avis en Français My English review I did not know about the author but I was curious to discover the novel and I must say that I was really pleased to have the opportunity to read it because I loved it! Ky is back in the city she left with her parents two years ago. But here she has no choice. Her father is in prison for a crime that she is sure he did not commit and she is determined to prove it even if she is the only one to do it! But coming home also means facing what she fled until then. They all hope that she will not try to dig in the past, to try to understand what happened that night but it’s not knowing Ky. Because if she did not want to investigate things after this debacle, this time, our heroine is determined to find out who humiliated her and especially to show that she is not the liar they make her look like. I loved Ky! She is a determined girl who does not hesitate to confront her problems, even if it is sometimes not the best way to cope. It will attract more problems than she thought and she will be part of a story that exceeds her completely. I was really captivated by the author’s ideas and I was eager to find out exactly what was happening and who the culprit of the pictures was. And how to resist Garrett and Taby, her two friends? I loved them too! However, it is a bit more difficult to decide on Dawson and A.J. This novel allows us to discover a first part of Ky’s story, but it also allows us to glimpse many tracks for the future and especially with respect to her father and I can not wait to discover all that!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Candyce Kirk

    4.5 stars Dare You to Lie is definitely a book for fans of Veronica Mars, Pretty Little Liars and Riverdale. I loved the dark and mysterious vibe this book gave us. This book is actionpacked and just when you think you may know who is behind everything, it turns out to be just a bit different. Kylene hasn't had an easy time. Her father is in prison, her mother left her to go live with her new boyfriend and she's back at the school where there are too many bad memories. Kylene is convinced her fath 4.5 stars Dare You to Lie is definitely a book for fans of Veronica Mars, Pretty Little Liars and Riverdale. I loved the dark and mysterious vibe this book gave us. This book is actionpacked and just when you think you may know who is behind everything, it turns out to be just a bit different. Kylene hasn't had an easy time. Her father is in prison, her mother left her to go live with her new boyfriend and she's back at the school where there are too many bad memories. Kylene is convinced her father is innocent and will do anything she can to find proof. Dare You to Lie is a definitely a book I couldn't out down. I felt so bad for her with the photo scandal. No person should have to go through what Kylene does. Especially when the kids that were responsible got off without any punishment. I do think that's something we still see in society. Girls get blamed when things like this happen. I loved all the twists and turns in this book. I kept trying to figure out who was playing with Kylene and I was surprised. I love that there is so much more to this story than just her father's case and the photo scandal. Everything seems connected on a whole other level. I don't want to say too much though, because this is a book you really need to experience yourself. I knew it was a good book for me when I really wanted to slap some of these characters. I really needed them to be punished or that someone would notice what they were doing. If an author can make me feel things like that, they're definitely doing something right. I think my favorite thing about this book are Kylene's friends. Tabby and Garrett are amazing! Kylene's grandfather is one of the characters I love as well. Even though Kylene had a lot of enemies, she had plenty of people in her corner as well. I can't wait for the next book and see how everything plays out! Dare You to Lie is the perfect read for the dark and rainy nights that we will be seeing in our near future.

  13. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves 💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏

    4.5 STARS Kylene reluctantly returns to her hometown after her FBI father is imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Her goal is to prove his innocence. Still reeling from naked photos from freshman year, Kylene is repeatedly confronted by bullies, though she gives as good as she takes. With the help of some friends, Kylene investigates what really happened the night she was photographed. Things are about to get dangerous. Kylene, sarcastic and ready for a fight, unlike most YA characters. Her s 4.5 STARS Kylene reluctantly returns to her hometown after her FBI father is imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Her goal is to prove his innocence. Still reeling from naked photos from freshman year, Kylene is repeatedly confronted by bullies, though she gives as good as she takes. With the help of some friends, Kylene investigates what really happened the night she was photographed. Things are about to get dangerous. Kylene, sarcastic and ready for a fight, unlike most YA characters. Her strong sense of justice never waivers; the corruption she encounters only makes her more determined. Unafraid to get physical, she fights the boys responsible for her humiliation. I wasn’t comfortable with the guys getting physical with her. DARE YOU TO LIE is nonstop action and intrigue. Any number of suspects could have been responsible for what happened to Kylene freshman year, changing my theories frequently. Amber Lynn Natusch kept the tension-filled pace moving along nicely. She gave Kylene a smart, witty voice and the characters great dialogue and banter. I can’t wait for the second book of DARE YOU TO LIE TO BE RELEASED.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mischa Thrace

    If you like badass girls who take zero shit, plots chock full of scandal and snark, and a friendship worthy of Buffy/Willow/Xander (without the supernatural baddies), then you're going to ADORE this book. DARE YOU TO LIE is a furiously fast-paced introduction to what better become a series!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carlene Inspired

    Find this review and others at Carlene Inspired. Lawyer isn't Ky's career goal, but she's prepared to be a teen version of when in order to track down the truth behind her father's imprisonment. She just has to deal with the bullies and the bad memories following her around upon her return to her old high school. They all know about her dad, but they all also know about that night that produced the photos that chased her out of town. It doesn't help that her dad's old partner as put a babysitter Find this review and others at Carlene Inspired. Lawyer isn't Ky's career goal, but she's prepared to be a teen version of when in order to track down the truth behind her father's imprisonment. She just has to deal with the bullies and the bad memories following her around upon her return to her old high school. They all know about her dad, but they all also know about that night that produced the photos that chased her out of town. It doesn't help that her dad's old partner as put a babysitter on her, a handsome FBI agent with zero trust in her last name. What starts as investigating what happened with her dad turns into investigating the past, knowing she must uncover what happened to her first before she can focus on the next, if she can make it out alive. I know I'm not the first to say it, but this was just like watching Veronica Mars. Ky is a tough girl with a sassy attitude and the ability to throw a mean punch if she has to. What starts as a single investigation turns into a multi-faceted story about a small town with dark secrets kept quiet by deep pockets. Of course, she's still only in high school, but somehow she knows the ropes. She's got contacts in the FBI, a father that's passed his determination onto her, and two of the best friends around. What happened to her during her freshman year is a story we've all heard, the kind we'd never wish on anyone, and her outcome is just as dire as those we hear on the news. Rich, popular jocks getting away with assault, a girl left embarrassed and with a tarnished reputation, but Ky just uses that as fuel. She fights the system, manages to do her homework, and despite the danger at every turn continues to face fear head on to uncover the truth and protect it from happening to others. While Dare You to Lie is definitely a young adult story, the story is one that is relatable and interesting to read for readers of all ages. If you like suspense, characters with tenacity, and mysteries you can't predict, this one's for you. I didn't know it was a series when I started it, but I'm here for it now and definitely eagerly awaiting the next. While one crime is solved in Dare You to Lie, there's certainly more to be revealed. Plus, I really like Detective Dawson and want to see his character in a positive light, please give me that Amber Lynn Natusch! Full of moving parts, a fast-paced storyline, and gripping prose, Dare You to Lie is a fantastic new release in the YA-Suspense genre. ARC provided.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    I love my mysteries as much as I love my romances and this one drew me in as the author K.A Tucker had mentioned on the cover two of my favorite series - Riverdale and Veronica Mars. I also have an infinity for Teen girl detective like characters. I have to admit though that the main character reminded me more of Veronica Mars and a bit like Jughead rather than the female characters of Riverdale as she had more bite and guts and didn't come off as hiding even when things got tough. Kylene aka Ky I love my mysteries as much as I love my romances and this one drew me in as the author K.A Tucker had mentioned on the cover two of my favorite series - Riverdale and Veronica Mars. I also have an infinity for Teen girl detective like characters. I have to admit though that the main character reminded me more of Veronica Mars and a bit like Jughead rather than the female characters of Riverdale as she had more bite and guts and didn't come off as hiding even when things got tough. Kylene aka Ky's father has been framed for a murder of a fellow FBI agent, and now she has to move back to her childhood hometown and live with her grandfather who is the prison warden of the prison her dad is in. Before this happened, Ky was part of a sex tape fiasco and photos of her were distributed, and no-one charged, and she was made out to be the one who cried wolf. Now she's back at the high school and facing all her old enemies and the few friends she has left. Ky is adamant her dad was set up and is determined to find proof of his innocence but as she delves deeper into the case, her friends and herself will start to uncover a town widespread conspiracy and soon will prove that you can't trust anyone as they are all connected even her best friend Garrett's dad - the sheriff of their town. Can Ky and her friends unravel the conspiracy before more people are hurt, and innocents are framed? Find out in Book #1 of the Hometown Anti-Heroes Series "Dare You To Lie" as it's move over Veronica Mars and make way for Kylene Danner's with Amber Lynn Natusch's new series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Olivia (The Candid Cover)

    3.5 Stars Dare You to Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch is an intense thriller in which multiple cases are being investigated at once. I enjoyed the concept and the main character, but I had some issues with the pacing. Overall, I still had an enjoyable experience with the book, and it is perfect to curl up with this fall. Full review on The Candid Cover

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kit Frick

    A fast-paced thriller with a whip-smart and smart-mouthed protagonist. I immediately loved Kylene, both for her "act first, think later" attitude and for her grit and propulsive drive to get to the bottom of the highly personal scandal haunting her return to her Ohio hometown. As Kylene works to uncover the truth about the person or people who wronged her, as well as her FBI agent father's almost certainly wrongful conviction for murder, you'll be drawn in by her bad-assery as well an endearing A fast-paced thriller with a whip-smart and smart-mouthed protagonist. I immediately loved Kylene, both for her "act first, think later" attitude and for her grit and propulsive drive to get to the bottom of the highly personal scandal haunting her return to her Ohio hometown. As Kylene works to uncover the truth about the person or people who wronged her, as well as her FBI agent father's almost certainly wrongful conviction for murder, you'll be drawn in by her bad-assery as well an endearing supporting cast. There are plenty of high-tension moments and mysterious subplots to keep even veteran readers of YA thrillers engaged and turning pages.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cristin

    Dare You to Lie is ONE OF US IS LYING meets Veronica Mars with an endearingly smart-mouthed protagonist, a well-developed cast of lovable side characters, and a looming sense of danger. This was fun, tense...unputdownable!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sha

    Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Tor/Forge and NetGalley. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. The copy I am reviewing is an Uncorrected Digital Galley. I don’t like to DNF a book, but I’m currently at 8% in Amber Lynn Natusch’s Dare You to Lie and I really want to put this book down and also really far away. The first chapter of the Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Tor/Forge and NetGalley. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. The copy I am reviewing is an Uncorrected Digital Galley. I don’t like to DNF a book, but I’m currently at 8% in Amber Lynn Natusch’s Dare You to Lie and I really want to put this book down and also really far away. The first chapter of the book was well-written and set up the plot very well. To be fair, the first chapter took about two minutes to read because it just consisted of Kylene hearing the judge pronounce her father guilty, but the entire mood of the chapter framed the book perfectly for a teen determined to clear her father’s name. Then chapter two started and I felt like I was reading this whole other book. First of all, Kylene has the most brash way of talking. She is aggressive and immediately identifies others as “mean girls” or “bullies.” All her interactions with her peers in the pages I have read (excluding Tabby and Garrett, but I will get to them) are negative. Either they are verbally fighting and trading crude insults or she is throwing nasty looks. In one scene, Kylene actually trades insults with a teacher. Kylene meets up with her old best friend, Garrett, in chapter two. The meeting is immediately made awkward (to me, anyway) when Garrett sizes up Kylene’s chest and Ky responds with an offhand comment on how little he has changed. Garrett and Ky’s friendship is played to be this comedic duo, where they frequently burst out laughing at each other’s jokes and antics, but a lot of the jokes are very middle-school level … or not funny at all. Also on her first day, Kylene meets Tabby, a new girl at the school. Their encounter has to be the most uncomfortable meeting of friends I have ever read. Tabby enters study hall, where a bully immediately asks her if the “carpets match the drapes.” So ensues a huge verbal spar between Ky and the bully and then Tabby and the bully and then basically everyone where people are told they have small breasts, have crabs and lice, and are called illegal immigrants (because they come from Canada??). If Ky’s juvenile behaviour and aggressive speech is not frustrating enough, Natusch has the habit of creating overly dramatic scenarios for Kylene to “solve” to make her look heroic. Scenarios that I find are unnecessary and burdensome to the plot. For example, during her lunch hour, Kylene happens to stumble upon a car rocking suspiciously. She approaches and sees a guy trapping a girl inside. Then we have this dramatic fight between her and the guy (physical) and she rescues the trapped girl. Now I do not take physical or sexual abuse lightly. I do not believe Natusch threw in this scene for a joke either. However, there is little weight attached to the scene because of how comedic the fight is and how little actual and meaningful discussion takes place following the assault. I’ll repeat that I dislike DNF’ing books. For this reason, halfway through the review (aka, just now) I left to continue reading the book. However, I was only able to continue to 60% with major skimming and now need to officially announce this book is a DNF. I believe in giving a book every chance — if I DNF, I won’t know if a character sees the error in a behaviour that I disliked. However, even at 60% Kylene is obnoxious and abrasive. To update my previous statements, Kylene does follow-up on the girl whose boyfriend is abusive. But it’s such a “saviour” dynamic where Kylene is shown as the all-knowing hero, there to rescue the girl (Amy) while Amy is completely clueless about what is happening and how to help herself. Every other chapter either shows Kylene yelling at/insulting some one who either disagrees with her viewpoints or is classified as a “bully/mean girl” OR shows her physically assaulting someone (punching etc). I could not get behind any of her decisions, or her attitude. Besides her aggressiveness, Kylene constantly acted well below her years: she would lash out, make juvenile jokes and her plans to save her father were not always well thought out. In fact, most of the characters in the book lacked maturity. I’m giving this book one crown, bearing in mind it is a DNF (my first in more than a year, sadly). I tried with this book, but there is little I enjoyed. Kylene is not a pleasant main character. Her supporting cast (Garrett and Tabby) do nothing but follow her lead in name-calling/juvenile behaviour. Many of the B-characters are categorized as “bullies/mean girls” and add nothing to the plot but needless drama. The mystery plot in the book is almost drowned out by Kylene’s ongoing school drama. I would not recommend this book. Join me on my book journey!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sionna

    *I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* 3.5 stars I will admit, I almost did not finish this book. The writing style doesn't mesh with me. It feels too fast and the dialogue is always full of sarcasm and Ky talking big. It isn't until I made the connection to Veronica Mars that I started getting into it more. I loved that show and since these main characters are so similar, why couldn't I just like Ky more? I still might not be Ky's biggest fan *I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* 3.5 stars I will admit, I almost did not finish this book. The writing style doesn't mesh with me. It feels too fast and the dialogue is always full of sarcasm and Ky talking big. It isn't until I made the connection to Veronica Mars that I started getting into it more. I loved that show and since these main characters are so similar, why couldn't I just like Ky more? I still might not be Ky's biggest fan, but I see how she might grow in the series and I realized suddenly that I really did want to know how the mystery would work out -- and I wanted to make sure it didn't involve a character I did like. Ky has a temper and a love for justice. She doesn't follow the rules and can't help but step in when someone needs assistance. She might not be my favorite character, but I do respect her. I'm glad some of the other characters were redeemed as well. Not the football players, because ugh, but I do like Dawson. This is fast-paced and sometimes feels it. I wasn't always sure on timeline at times and I wouldn't have mind things slowing down, but there isn't ever a dull moment in this book. Slowly I began to realize that this mystery was going to be bigger than just one book and my attention was grabbed even more. Now, I want to read the sequel! I had problems with this book, I almost didn't finish it, but I did eventually get into the groove of it and now wish I had more because I just need to know what is going on in this small town. I'm also curious about the relationship building between Ky and Dawson -- She's a minor and he isn't, which is made obvious at multiple times in the book, but... I really like them together??? If she turns 18 soon then I won't mind if that is where the series is going, but if not then I might have issues-- but the author is so cognizant of this considering the subject matter of the next book! So, yes, I have feelings and a desire to know what happens next. If you like Veronica Mars, girls out for justice, and/or fast-paced thrillers, you should check this book out!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rae

    Check out this review and others on my blog: https://thriftybibliophile.com Dare You to Lie is a mystery about a crime-fighting detective who happens to be a 17-year-old girl. When Ky's father is framed for murder, she takes it upon herself to clear his name. In the process, she also works to expose the guilty parties who posted scandalous pictures of her on the internet. Even though the town has seemingly turned against her, Ky shows remarkable courage in the form of grit, wit, and sarcasm. I ado Check out this review and others on my blog: https://thriftybibliophile.com Dare You to Lie is a mystery about a crime-fighting detective who happens to be a 17-year-old girl. When Ky's father is framed for murder, she takes it upon herself to clear his name. In the process, she also works to expose the guilty parties who posted scandalous pictures of her on the internet. Even though the town has seemingly turned against her, Ky shows remarkable courage in the form of grit, wit, and sarcasm. I adore thrillers and mysteries on audiobook, so I was excited to listen to this one! While on the whole I liked it, unfortunately I didn't love it. The writing was solid, but the story didn't suck me in, and the plot seemed to drag at times. I think part of the reason why the story didn't suck me in is because of the two very different cases Ky was working on. Ky was not only working to solve her father's case, but she also had her own photo scandal case. I think it would have worked well to have one case or the other--not both. Having both cases discussed in the same book was distracting. The ending was fine. There are still unanswered questions, but I would imagine those will be covered in the next book. I did like Ky as a protagonist. She was a fierce character who didn't take guff from anyone. She put people in their places and stood up for what she believed--even if that put her in the line of fire. I like fierce female characters, so Ky fit the bill. I also liked her trusty sidekick Garrett. Their friendship was sweet, and their banter delightfully witty. The other characters in the book were okay. I didn't find the antagonists particularly compelling. They felt generic--nothing about them stood out to me as unique or interesting. The voice-acting was nicely done. I enjoyed listening to the voice actress narrate the book. Her voice worked well for the book's content. I recommend this book to Veronica Mars fans and those looking for a light read. Thank you to MacMillan Audio for providing the audiobook version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)

    Review To Come

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dennise

    This was a 3.5 for me, but I rounded up because I want to continue on with the series, it definitely ended up drawing me in. Kylene is obnoxious. She has some superiority-hero complexes. She does not think her crap stinks, that is for sure. Her speech verbiage is also off-putting. Not like any high school student I ever met. I really struggled with the beginning of the book. While I wanted to know the story, I did not want to read about Kylene at all. Once things got going, the plot kept me inter This was a 3.5 for me, but I rounded up because I want to continue on with the series, it definitely ended up drawing me in. Kylene is obnoxious. She has some superiority-hero complexes. She does not think her crap stinks, that is for sure. Her speech verbiage is also off-putting. Not like any high school student I ever met. I really struggled with the beginning of the book. While I wanted to know the story, I did not want to read about Kylene at all. Once things got going, the plot kept me interested. I really liked Garrett. He was my favorite character. The bad guys made good bad guys. The book sets up two cases. The first, being her dad convicted for a crime Kylene is sure he didn't commit. The second, the circumstance that led Kylene's family to leave Jasperville a couple years before. While Kylene sets out to tackle both, her dad's case is rarely mentioned. Only visited twice, but there was supposed to be another visit that was never spoken of again. Most of the focus is on her case from a few years ago, and figuring out how to bring Donovan down a notch or 10. I would have liked some more time on her dad, too. Overall I enjoyed the story, especially seeing how deep everything goes. I am definitely looking forward to reading where the next book takes things.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    THANK GOD THERE WILL BE MORE BOOKS. THAT ENDING WAS UGH

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    Hometown Antihero! What a great name for a series

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Pennington

    So excited for this one!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aimie

    DNF @34% The first chapter was promising, it was well written and had a plot that was not only set up well but seemed capable of holding a reader's attention. However, my opinion of this book quickly changed as I continued to read (and later skim) it. The MC, Kylene, is juvenile at best, aggressive at worst. She has negative interactions with almost every person, including her friends, as well as trade insults with many more. If her behaviour and attitude don't annoy you enough then her hero comp DNF @34% The first chapter was promising, it was well written and had a plot that was not only set up well but seemed capable of holding a reader's attention. However, my opinion of this book quickly changed as I continued to read (and later skim) it. The MC, Kylene, is juvenile at best, aggressive at worst. She has negative interactions with almost every person, including her friends, as well as trade insults with many more. If her behaviour and attitude don't annoy you enough then her hero complex/syndrome will be sure to do it. For example, during lunch Kylene happens to hear someone crying, comes across a car rocking, and approaches it. When she sees a guy trapping a girl inside a fight ensues between said guy and Kylene and she ends up rescuing the girl trapped in the car. I do not take domestic violence lightly, whether it be any type of violence (ex. physical, sexual, emotional, etc.). These are serious and dangerous situations that should not be taken lightly or made to make others laugh. With that being said, I do not believe that Natusch put this specific scene in to make a joke out of any of these situations. However, I felt like what could have been a moment to teach young adults about the seriousness of situations like this was made light of because of the rather idiotic fight that took place. With that being said, Kylene does end up coming across Amy, the girl who she rescued from the abusive boyfriend, again. Due to Kylene's hero complex/syndrome, she believes that she is all-knowing when it comes to abuse. Amy, being an adolescent teen in high school, does not know how to help herself out of this situation, especially in a town that turns against victims and protects abusers. Another scene was how her and her grandfather talked about the women and girls who go through abuse and stay with abusers. No one knows a person's circumstances, what they may be going through, or how they may feel. I think Natusch could have handled that scene a lot better and at a more respectful, mature, and educational manner. Honestly, I think that whole aspect, domestic violence, was unnecessary in this book and was written in a way that did not do justice to those who are or have gone through it. Any seriousness of this heavy situation was ultimately rushed around and pushed aside as the bigger aspect of the plot took centre stage. Almost every chapter depicts Kylene like a bully/mean girl, insulting those who disagree with her, shows her getting physical with others, or acting obnoxious and aggressive. I could not agree with her decisions, behaviour, attitude, and general lack of maturity. ARC was provided by Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review. For this review and more, check out: Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Wattpad

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Lamb

    *4.5 stars Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for sending me a free advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review. I loved this. It was not at all what I was expecting but in the best way possible. I didn't realize that I needed a new mystery series in my life, but guess what? I did. The plot in this book is so heavy and dense but it somehow never feels at all overwhelming. I've seen other reviewers compare it to Veronica Mars, but I've never read anything in that series or even *4.5 stars Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for sending me a free advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review. I loved this. It was not at all what I was expecting but in the best way possible. I didn't realize that I needed a new mystery series in my life, but guess what? I did. The plot in this book is so heavy and dense but it somehow never feels at all overwhelming. I've seen other reviewers compare it to Veronica Mars, but I've never read anything in that series or even watched the tv show so I have absolutely no idea if this is anything like it, but if it is, then maybe I need to check out Veronica Mars. There are so many different mysteries going on in this that it all kind of turns into one big conspiracy and I love that. I mean, how many times do I have to say 'love' in italics or bold print to really get my point across? The characters all feel a little shady (besides our main character, Kylene), so you're always guessing who's guilty of what and wondering who is worthy of trusting. Personally, I can't wait to find out who else is hiding secrets in future books in the series. I have lots of theories. It took me a little while to warm up to Kylene because she has one of those really thick heroine personalities that is trying to not come off as heroic and this usually ends up with the character saying things that kind of make me cringe (which definitely happens here). But even though I didn't really care so much for her personality, I was all in for the cause. There is so much going on in this book that not liking how some of the characters are written won't distract you for long. Overall, I'm so excited for the next installment. Natusch has got a winner on her hands.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Girard

    When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move in with her grandfather, back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her. All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. As the threats gain momentum, Ky finds an unlikely ally in the rookie FBI agent sent to keep an eye on her. Determined to expose the town's hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herse When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move in with her grandfather, back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her. All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. As the threats gain momentum, Ky finds an unlikely ally in the rookie FBI agent sent to keep an eye on her. Determined to expose the town's hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herself into a much bigger plot. They thought she’d forgive and forget. They’re about to learn they messed with the wrong girl. The vengeance is real and so is the truth. Dare You to Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch has got me messed up! This book was so suspenseful, chilling and wrong for all the right reasons. This fast paced mystery/thriller is seen through the eyes of a raw, kickass Kylene Danners who will undoubtedly become your favourite badass. The witty dialogue kept you involved in the real life, authentic surroundings that became Natusch’s perfect read for every reader. I absolutely loved how impulsive and real Ky’s character was an no doubt, the character development was hit out of the ballpark and continued throughout the entire story. Ky’s character is that girl that you want to have your back, go on adventures with and trust with your life. Revenge is bittersweet but Ky will do anything to clear her family's name and make it through her everyday challenges, that become worse, everyday. There are secrets everywhere and everyone has them. I would recommend this book to those who love a good mystery/thriller. Natusch’s debut book is a gamer changer and will seriously keep you on your toes! Dare You to Lie better be on your TBR!

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