Readers of “Where the Truth Lies” intuitively suspect what happens without it explicitly being said, however, that perception is not always accurate. The narrative also hints that everyone in this small town knows what others do not; that is absolutely not correct.
Abigail Blake, seventeen, went to a party. Emma Alvarez left her there; Abigail did not make it home. The police question everyone, and by the end of the week, Abigail’s face grins emptily from a hundred flyers tacked to telephone poles and church billboards, flapping in the Rocky Mountain breeze. She still does not come home.
This is the story of people, both adults and children, and a town. It points out the things that people take for granted and the things they should not. The narrative goes back and forth in time, before all “this” happened, setting the scene for what actually did happen. Everything appeared to be ordinary, usual, blissful, and not dangerous at all, but once people started down that path, the situation proved to be none of those things.
“Where the Truth Lies” is a thought-provoking look at how things can go so wrong for so many so quickly. No one wins in this scenario. The story is focused and evenly paced. Details are important because one small modification along the way could have changed things. But in the end, there are just too many secrets in this town for anything but a self-imploding tragedy.
I received a review copy of “Where the Truth Lies” from Anna Bailey, Simon & Schuster, and Atria Books. It is a story of viciousness and exploitation by evil-minded people. It is thought provoking, but perhaps not for every reader.