When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move in with her grandfather, back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her. All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. As the threats gain momentum, Ky finds an unlikely ally in the rookie FBI agent sent to keep an eye on her. Determined to expose the town's hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herself into a much bigger plot. They thought she’d forgive and forget. They’re about to learn they messed with the wrong girl.
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Dare You to Lie
DARE YOU TO LIE by Amber Lynn Natusch is a young adult suspense novel that follows Kylene after she moves back to a small town, the place she left after nude photos of her were spread through her high school. When it happened, she suspected six football players, including her ex-boyfriend, but no one was ever charged with the crime. Her father, on the other hand, was unfairly convicted for a separate incident and sent to prison. Kylene is determined to prove her dad’s innocence, but realizes she needs to find out who did her wrong first. With the help of a lawyer, her mom’s best friend, and an FBI agent, her father’s old partner, Kylene starts searching for the truth, but the closer she gets, the more dangerous it becomes.
I love Kylene’s character. She’s a witty, sarcastic, modern-day Nancy Drew. She’s too angry for her own good, which tends to get her into trouble, but her smarts save her time and time again. She also has wonderful people around her that have her back. I have a soft spot in my heart for Gramps, and Tabby is a compelling character, who I would have loved to see come through in more resourceful ways like she does in the parking lot scene. After that, Natusch relegates her to the yappy, upbeat sidekick, and we the audience, lose out on all she has to offer.
The book itself is a very enjoyable read and I was invested in the story, but with that being said, so much happens in such quick succession that I never felt the lingering effects of fear. As a result, though entertaining, it wasn’t necessarily a page-turner. It was a book I had to digest in sections.
I would have liked this book to be a standalone, or at least for both crimes to have been solved by the end. It felt like it took a little while to really get the ball rolling. However, I am happy that there’s potential for a sequel, so we can see Kylene put her sleuthing skills back to the test.
Overall, DARE YOU TO LIE is timely, delivering a relevant political message with sass and ingenuity.
Thrilling page turner
DARE YOU TO LIE follows Kylene Danners after her father is framed for murder. After being found guilty Ky must return to the town that she ran from after a photo scandal. Ky’s only care is clearing her fathers' name but no one will let her forget her past and Ky will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to uncover the truth, get her father out of prison, and keep her and her friends safe.
Dare You to Lie was the perfect blend of creepy and intriguing and there is nothing I like more than an intense page-turner. Ky from the very beginning was a great character who at times could be unlikable. She couldn’t let things go and she always had to have the last word but those moments made her feel more real to me. She was a character that stuck to her guns even if someone didn’t agree and I admired how dedicated she was to clearing her fathers' name.
Other than the characters what really pulled me into this and had me turning the pages as fast as I could was the conspiracy behind both Ky and her fathers' cases. Two seemingly random cases that begin to relate to each other more and more. And every time you got more of the puzzle you just ended up more confused than ever. I love being able to guess who the bad guys are but even I was stumped. Natusch not only writes great characters but writes an amazing plot that keeps you guessing far past the ending. One thing I will mention is that this book does have mentions of sexual assault and abuse. It’s nothing graphic and they don’t go into detail but it does come up throughout this book.
Overall I went into this book only knowing it was related to Veronica Mars and I left with a whole mess of questions and a need for the next book. Natusch has caught my attention and kept it. With a plot that won’t quit and characters you can’t help but like Dare You to Lie is a must read. It’s clever, funny, edge of your seat thrilling and I read the entire book in a day. If mysteries and town conspiracies are your thing then I highly recommend picking up Dare You to Lie.