Perfect Lie, by Teresa Mummert.
My tongue ran over my lower lip and I could taste the sin. It was thick and heavy in the air, and it made my head swim as I gazed into Abel's ocean-colored eyes. I wondered whether he tasted it too, whether his heart was pounding in his chest. I wondered most of all if it was artificial - a haze of adoration brought on by the pills. It had been so long since I'd wanted that; I didn't trust my own thoughts, but if felt too good to care.
I recently read White Trash Beautiful and White Trash Damaged by Teresa Mummert, and was fortunate enough to get in on a blog tour for this novel, Perfect Lie. As you may see on its Goodreads page, it has a crazy ending that will make you want to reread the book immediately; I won't spoil that ending here, but it's left me thinking about it for days afterwards.
|author Teresa Mummert|
Sometimes love burns so hot in your veins that it consumes all rational thought.
That's why Brock and I never had a chance. I had to start my life over. College was my chance to become someone new. I changed everything about myself to fit in, but one person saw through my facade.
The attraction between Abel and I was undeniable, but I still hadn't healed from the painful secret I carried around with me. Abel struggled to get me to face my past in order to move forward. In doing so, he revealed a secret of his own; one that changed everything I thought I knew.
A secret that would bring Brock back into my life and force me to face the truth of what really happened the day I lost him.
Delilah, who goes by "Lie," met Brock, her first love, at a shelter of sorts for kids. He had violent tendencies but was always sweet and kind with her. The story is told alternating between the past - her experiences with Brock and the shelter - and the present, where she has moved from Mississippi to Florida for college. Her roommate, Trish, is kind of a jerk, but through her she meets Abel, who seems to "get" her - he has demons in his past as well.
The characters in this novel are well-developed, except I would have liked to have known more about Brock, as he played an important part in Delilah's past as well as in the ending of the novel. Perfect Lie also reminded me a lot of a movie - I can't say the title here without giving away Lie's ending, though - that, upon its finish, completely changed the whole of the plot, so I needed to watch (in this case, read) it again.
Unfortunately or fortunately for you, dear readers, I am bound to secrecy on what this twist is, so you'll have to read Perfect Lie for yourself - and then come back and leave me a comment on what you thought of it. You can find a copy of the novel on Amazon, and it's only $3.99 too, which is a deal.
4.5 stars out of 5.
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