I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review – Thanks to them and Entangled Publishing for sending me a copy.
Title: We Told Six Lies
Author: Victoria Scott
Genre: Teen & Y/A
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: 5th February 2019
Remember how many lies we told, Molly? It’s enough to make my head spin. You were wild when I met you, and I was mad for you. But then something happened. And now you’re gone.
But don’t worry. I’ll find you. I just need to sift through the story of us to get to where you might be. I’ve got places to look, and a list of names.
The police have a list of names, too. See now? There’s another lie. There is only one person they’re really looking at, Molly.
And that’s yours truly.
We Told Six Lies follows Cobain, a teen boy who is socially awkward and isolated, leading to him being on the outskirts of both his family and peers at school. He has a pretty mundane existence until he meets Molly Bates, who pays him attention and captivates him. So begins, an extremely twisted and tumultuous relationship. Everything seems normal until one night, Molly goes missing…and the prime suspect is no other than her loving boyfriend, Cobain.
Everyone seems to think he is somehow responsible, the police, his peers and his family. Nothing seems to add up…but does Cobain have something to do with Mollys disappearance? Or is he innocent?
The first thing I have to mention, which is at the centre of the novel, is Cobain and Mollys relationship. While usually I can’t help but root for the main couple, I just found their relationship super bizarre. He’s obsessive and a borderline stalker, whilst she is constantly lying and putting on a facade. Now I get why they both act the way they do but there was something about both of them together that just didn’t fit for me.
Another major theme in the story is lies or deception. Many of the characters wear a mask, including Molly, which leads to even more mystery. This is also true for Cobain, who is such an unreliable narrator. I wasn’t sure if he was suffering from split personality disorder or some other mental health issue as he has blackouts, fits of rage and has trouble controlling his emotions.
I had to suspend my disbelief a little whilst reading this book as some things felt a bit cliched and convenient but I did feel compelled to finish the book anyway. Just something to keep in mind!
At first, I thought I had the plot figured out but I have to give kudos to Victoria Scott here and admit, she kept me guessing! The plot is quite slow to start off with but picks up gradually leading to a tense and surprising ending. I was satisfied with the big reveal and I think it makes up for the pacing issues.
Overall, the suspense and reveal was the highlight of this book for me, because the romance fell flat for me and I didn’t really connect with any of the characters. However I would still recommend this book if you want a more unconventional thriller and an explosive ending.
★★★ – 3 Star Rating
Does We Told Six Lies sound like a book you’d read? Do you enjoy a good unconventional thriller or do you prefer a tried and tested conventional story? Would love to chat in the comments!
Until next time,