Review: The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

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Book Title: The Secrets Of Lily Graves
Author: Sarah Strohmeyer
Publish Date: May 13th, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA Thriller
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Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
With the intrigue of Pretty Little Liars and plenty of romance, bestselling author Sarah Strohmeyer weaves a story of secrets and lies—set in a funeral parlor.

Growing up in a house of female morticians, Lily Graves knows all about buried secrets. She knows that perfect senior-class president Erin Donohue isn’t what she seems. She knows why Erin’s ex-boyfriend, hot football player Matt Houser, broke up with her. And she also knows that, even though she says she and Matt are just friends, there is something brewing between them—something Erin definitely did not like.

But secrets, even ones that are long buried, have a way of returning to haunt their keeper.

So when Erin is found dead the day after attacking Lily in a jealous rage, Lily’s and Matt’s safe little lives, and the lives of everyone in their town of Potsdam, begin to unravel. And their relationship—which grew from innocent after-school tutoring sessions to late-night clandestine rendezvous—makes them both suspects.

As her world crumbles around her, Lily must figure out the difference between truth and deception, genuine love and a web of lies. And she must do it quickly, before the killer claims another victim.

Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

Review:
This book had been floating pretty far under the radar among my fellow book bloggers so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. What I got was a mind-blowing, hangover-inducing twisty ride that I never wanted to get off of.

Lily Graves lives in a home with her mother, grandmother and aunt, all of them being morticians. That was so totally awesome. I completely enjoyed that aspect of it. I had always found funeral homes & the morticians that run it, incredibly fascinating. So a family of morticians was awesome and unique.

Then there was her best friend Sarah. Lily & Sara had been friends their entire childhood. They bonded over the fact that they were “freaks” Sara had a deformed hand & Lily and her family lived in a funeral home. Despite Sara’s family’s very strict rules, Lily and Sarah’s friendship had lasted a long time.

After Erin is found dead, things begin to change for everyone. Lily & Matt, Erin’s boyfriend are now surrounded by suspicious people. No one believes that Lily and Matt had nothing to do with this. Even Sara doesn’t believe that Matt is innocent.

So now Lily must figure out what the police department cannot figure out. Who killed Erin? Was it suicide or homicide? If it was a homicide, who was responsible? Lily must figure all of this out before another life is lost.

Now this book was filled with twists and turns, most of them, I didn’t even see coming. The tangled web of lies and deceit had been weaved so brilliantly that once I finished reading I was left with a massive book hangover.

I absolutely loved this book and it should surprise no one that I am giving it 5 stars. The pacing was quick and exciting, the beginning was awesome and it allowed for me to be immediately drawn into the story, which absolutely loved. The ending absolutely blew my mind and it was crazy-awesome, twisty and shocking. I would totally recommend it to anyone that likes mysteries because while this was a thriller, it was also a mystery and a very well written one at that.I literally have nothing else to say about this crazy ride except, you need to read it.

4 comments on “Review: The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

  1. Emma says:

    Super excited to read this book, and glad you quite liked it.

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  2. pretty nice blog, following 🙂

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  3. Jon G. says:

    Ooh, I have this one on my shelf and now I'm pretty curious about it! Great review!
    -Scott Reads It!

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  4. totally agree! this book was ADDICTING and fast paced and full of twists left and right! i loved every second of it.. my ONLY complaint would be that it was short.. i wished i was able to stay more in lily graves' world! 😀 awesome review,

    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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