For Abigail, a new school could be the fresh start she so desperately needs. With her parents in the army and her sister Beth too far away to run to, she knows this year needs to be different. She’s never been part of the cool crowd and for the first time Abby wants to fit in. And all it takes is just one little white lie…because some truths are too painful to share.
But at Cotswold Community College, Abby isn’t the only one with a past she’d rather forget. And when she stumbles across a closely-guarded secret, Abigail realises that her one little white lie could reveal everything she’s worked so hard to hide…
I read Zoë’s debut novel Under My Skin last year and completely fell in love with her writing. This is a delicious follow-up to that novel and will suit fans who like their YA just a little on the dark side. OK A LOT on the dark side! Also, I challenge anyone to work out that bloody twist before the ending! I know I didn’t.
What harm can a white lie do? If you’re Abby, quite a lot. She desperately wants to fit in and be accepted, but that’s no easy task when you’re carrying around a secret as big as hers. However, at her school, secrets and lies are lurking round every corner and she soon finds herself embroiled in Cotswold Community College’s dark, sinister history.
I love a story with lots of twists and turns; White Lies has these in abundance. I definitely yelled ‘OH MY CHRIST’ on a few occasions! I also loved how relatable the characters were, as this brought balance to the darker elements. I think every one of us has felt out of place at some stage of our lives, just as Abby has. Zoë Markham has again managed to delicately balance horror and realism in this wonderful book. Beware though; once you pick it up, you won’t be putting it down until you’ve finished!
Zoë lives in West Oxfordshire with her husband, son and the obligatory two cats. A full-time copy-editor by day, she writes late into the night, fuelled by coffee – not, as she tells all her son’s friends – fresh blood and cold empty darkness.
Zoë likes her fiction dark and disturbing, loathes even the tiniest element of pink fluffiness and has an inexplicable fear of mushrooms. She will do anything to avoid interacting with the Real World wherever possible.
If you’d like to know more, Zoë can usually be found talking books on Twitter, and rarely bites if you’d like to say Hello.