Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond. But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.
In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder. But when a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.
But look closely…because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.
I’m not sure what inspired it, but I’ve always loved novels set in boarding schools, long before Harry Potter arrived. I think it might be because they’re like a small society of their own, with their own leaders, rules, and secrets. That’s the number one reason why Good Girls Lie appealed to me. That and I love a girl with a dark, twisted past.
Ash is an interesting and complex character. Arriving from England after the death of her parents, she’s lost and unsure of herself in this new country. Add into it the fact that she’s being dropped in the middle of an elite boarding school full of rich and entitled girls, and her wariness only increases. When the nice girls turn out to be mean and the mean girl is not, what can you really believe? Honestly, in this book? You can’t trust anyone or anything, not even Ash.
This book was insane, and I mean that in the best possible way. From the get-go, it was fast paced and engaging, constantly keeping you on your toes. I never knew what was truth and what was lies right up until the end. The author does a great job of building sympathy for the narrator, even when you don’t fully trust her.
*Thank you to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of this book.