Blog Tour: Review: White Lies by Zoë Markham

Welcome to BrizzleLass Books for today’s stop on the White Lies Blog Tour organised by Neverland Blog Tours. My review of this book is below I hope you enjoy it and pick up the book for yourself. Oh and of course, enter the Giveaway at the end of the post, there’s a £10 Amazon Voucher up for grabs!

A haunting YA thriller you won’t be able to put down, White Lies is a boarding school story – with a shockingly dark twist.

Everybody hurts

For Abigail, a new school could be the fresh start she so desperately needs. With her parents in the army and her sister Beth too far away to run to, she knows this year needs to be different. She’s never been part of the cool crowd and for the first time Abby wants to fit in. And all it takes is just one little white lie…because some truths are too painful to share.

Everybody lies

But at Cotswold Community College, Abby isn’t the only one with a past she’d rather forget. And when she stumbles across a closely-guarded secret, Abigail realises that her one little white lie could reveal everything she’s worked so hard to hide…


And Zoë Markham does it again…

When I read her debut, Under My Skin, last year, Zoë Markham well and truly hit the ball out of the park for me. She introduced a young adult novel which was not only relatable and enjoyable but well and truly gripping and full of suspense to a woman in her mid-thirties!

Because of this, I had extremely high hopes for White Lies, but these were in no way let down, if anything Zoë Markham has raised the bar!

We meet our protagonist, Abby, as she heads to her new boarding school for the first time. It becomes quickly apparent she is full of anxiety. This is not a surprise given she has never boarded before and has both parents in the army, her father already in Afghanistan and her mother leaving after dropping her at school. Her Sister, and best friend, is at uni and for the first time she is truly alone.

Markham introduces us to Abby’s new world in a vivid and clear way, introducing characters we can relate to and understand. As the book develops the more sinister side of the plot unfolds and it becomes apparent that this book is as much a psychological thriller as it is a mystery.

At one point I thought I had everything worked out and then a twist came along which completely blind-sided me and threw all of my theories out of the window. I like that…a lot!

What I have to commend our author on here more than anything is how she has tackled a number of mental health issues throughout this book. From the early pages to the last issues which affect thousands of teenagers the age of Abby and her friends are discussed in a very well handled, subtle and believable manner which I can only applaud her for.

Overall, this is another corker from Zoë Markham which will appeal to all ages.

Thanks to Neverland Blog Tours and Zoë Markham for inviting me to take part on this blog tour.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

About Zoë Markham:
Zoë lives in West Oxfordshire with her husband, son and the obligatory two cats. A full-time copy-editor by day, she writes late into the night, fuelled by coffee – not, as she tells all her son’s friends – fresh blood and cold empty darkness.

Zoë likes her fiction dark and disturbing, loathes even the tiniest element of pink fluffiness and has an inexplicable fear of mushrooms. She will do anything to avoid interacting with the Real World wherever possible.

If you’d like to know more, Zoë can usually be found talking books on Twitter, and rarely bites if you’d like to say Hello.

Author Links: Twitter | Website

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Title: White Lies
Series: N/A
Author: Zoë Markham
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Mental Health
Publisher: Carina UK
Publication Date: 18 January 2016
Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 235
Buy: Kindle Nook iBook

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I'm BrizzleLass, I am a bookworm and my book blog BrizzleLass Books is where I share my love of books by writing reviews, sharing guest posts from authors, interviews and even the odd bookish giveaway! I have Bipolar and have been dealing with mental illness in one form or another since childhood, I was first diagnosed with depression at nine. It's not easy speaking out about my experiences, some of them are extremely painful, but if I can help even one person then I have succeeded in sharing my story. My personal blog is where I talk about my mental health among other things that interest me.

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