Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Release Day! Here We Lie by Paula Treick DeBoard ~ My Thoughts

Happy Release Day!


Here We Lie

Here We Lie by Paula Treick DeBoard 
Print & e-book, 368 pages
Published January 30th 2018 by Park Row

A riveting novel about how the past never stays in the past, from the critically acclaimed author of The Drowning Girls and The Mourning Hours

Megan Mazeros and Lauren Mabrey are complete opposites on paper. Megan is a girl from a modest Midwest background, and Lauren is the daughter of a senator from an esteemed New England family. But in 1999, Megan and Lauren become college roommates and, as two young women struggling to find their place on campus, they forge a strong, albeit unlikely, friendship. The two quickly become inseparable, sharing clothes, advice and their most intimate secrets.

The summer before their senior year, Megan joins Lauren and her family on their private island off the coast of Maine. The weeks go by, filled with fun and relaxation, until late one night at the end of the vacation, something unspeakable happens, searing through the framework of the girls' friendship and tearing them apart. Many years later, in the midst of a political scandal, Megan finally comes forward about what happened that fateful night, revealing a horrible truth about Lauren's family and threatening to expose their long-buried secrets.

In this captivating and moving novel of domestic suspense, Paula Treick DeBoard explores the power of friendship and secrets and shows how betrayal can lead to disastrous, and deadly, consequences.


My thoughts about Here We Lie~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First lines—"It was raining and I was going to be late. The press conference was scheduled for 10 o'clock, and by the time I found a parking space in the cavernous garage, I had twenty minutes. I slipped once on the stairs, catching myself with a shocked hand on the sticky rail. Seventeen minutes."

Two young women, both who have secrets and tell those little 'safe' lies to make themselves be someone they are not, meet in college and become fast friends. But what happened that one summer before their senior year, tears them apart. Once the lies and secrets start to unravel, will the truth restore their friendship or keep them apart forever?

Here We Lie is an intriguing story with very interesting and memorable characters. The story starts out in the present, at a press conference, where the truth from fourteen years ago is finally going to be told. Then the author takes us back to that time in the past where it all started. The author does a wonderful job of weaving friendship and animosity, the past and the future, the lies and the truths—to create a chain of events that is so timely in today's world.

I was immediately drawn into this story and was impressed with the author's wonderful way with words. She is a new-to-me author but I will definitely be checking into her other books. 

I received a copy of Here We Lie from Goodreads and this is my honest opinion.

About the author

Paula Treick DeBoard

Paula Treick DeBoard is a writer, latte drinker and all-around slave to public education. Her first novels—written in the back seat of a 1977 Chevy Caprice station wagon where her parents let her jostle around, unprotected by a seatbelt—were sadly lost in one cross-country move or another. 

The Mourning Hours (2013) was her first novel to survive. Paula is also the author of The Fragile World (2014) and The Drowning Girls (April 2016). 

She holds a BA in English from Dordt College and an MFA in Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She breaks up the monotony of staring at her laptop screen for long hours with her teaching commitment as a lecturer in the Merritt Writing Program at the University of California, Merced. 

Her heart—and any remaining spare time—belongs to Will and their four-legged brood. ~ Goodreads

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