Good Girls Lie: A Novel
Some people attract drama. Or, perhaps more accurately, they create it. That’s the guiding belief of the Charlottesville detectives called in to The Goode School, the exclusive all-girls boarding school in the quiet town of Marchburg, Virginia, where senators and ambassadors business moguls send their daughters for their education. But then a series of unexplained deaths rocks their community. And when one particular girl seems to be the epicenter of the chaos and tragedy, well—the detective on the case knows she needs to take a close look. In alternating points of view, we learn that Ash Carlisle has plenty of secrets she’d like to keep. What’s more, we learn that Ash isn’t the only one with something to hide, far from it. As the narrators shift, the new perspective subtly changes what you, the reader, think you know. And Ellison pushes the story further than you ever imagined it going. Ellison says she always wanted to write a good campus novel, one that would allow her to draw on her own educational experience at a women’s college. Reader take note, this book merits a heap of trigger warnings.
J.T. Ellison’s pulse-pounding new psychological thriller examines the tenuous bonds of friendship, the power of lies and the desperate lengths people will go to in order to protect their secrets.
Goode girls don’t lie…
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.
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.
Don’t miss this fast-paced suspense story from New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison!