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The Safest Lies

The Safest Lies, June 2016
by Megan Miranda

Crown Books for Young Readers
Featuring: Ryan Baker; Kelsey
368 pages
ISBN: 0553537512
EAN: 9780553537512
Kindle: B014NZE5NU
Hardcover / e-Book
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"On the edge of your seat YA thriller"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Safest Lies
Megan Miranda

Reviewed by Samantha Randolph
Posted June 29, 2016

Young Adult Suspense

Kelsey's mother hasn't left their house in 17 years. She was kidnapped at Kelsey's age and is fearfully worried that the tragedy will repeat itself. Kelsey tries to keep under the radar, but a car accident that puts her and her mother's name in the newspaper changes everything. One day, she discovers her mother is missing. In order to get to the truth, Kelsey will have to dig into the past to solve the problems of the present.

THE SAFEST LIES is an emotional thrill ride. Kelsey has a strong voice, and the love for her mother is clear from the first chapter. The theme of fear, particularly fear in families, is fascinating, and adds a beautiful nuance to the story. Readers will wonder where exactly fear comes from and what it means to go into battle with it. Kelsey grows remarkably as she navigates her own fears and worries while also wanting to experience life and be brave.

Though the plot has a couple of predictable moments, the structure is very refreshing and stands out. What is often saved for the big finish happens about midway in the book, leaving an even bigger mystery for the rest. The action will keep readers on the edge of their seats, desperate for answers. The romance with Ryan and the friendship with Annika add several funny and sweet moments, showing the power of good relationships, trust, and honesty.

Megan Miranda is a master storyteller with her latest, THE SAFEST LIES. The complicated mother-daughter relationship, sweet romance, and layered mystery will keep readers frantically turning the pages.

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Fans of Jennifer Donnelly and E. Lockhart will be captivated by this YA psychological mystery about a girl who must face her darkest fears—but can she outrun the past?

Kelsey has lived most of her life in a shadow of fear, raised to see danger everywhere. Her mother hasn’t set foot outside their front door in seventeen years, since she escaped from her kidnappers with nothing but her attacker’s baby growing inside her—Kelsey.

Kelsey knows she’s supposed to keep a low profile and stay off the grid for their protection, but that plan is shattered when her dramatic car accident and rescue by volunteer firefighter and classmate Ryan Baker sparks media coverage.

A few days later, she arrives home to find her mother missing. Now, to have a chance at a future, Kelsey will have to face her darkest fears. Because someone is coming for her. And the truth about the past may end up being the most dangerous thing of all.

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