EVERY SINGLE LIE, by Rachel Vincent
Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: January 12, 2021
Page Count: 352 pages
*I received an ARC from Bloomsbury Publishing and the Terminal Tour Group free of charge, and my opinions are completely my own.*
I can’t hear what they’re whispering, but I know. And the longer this goes on, the harder it is to pretend I don’t care what they’re saying. What they’re thinking.
White trash. Teen pregnancy. Addict. Crooked cop.
It doesn’t matter. I know it doesn’t matter.
Fact-Check Rating: False.
It matters, no matter how badly I want it not to.
Beckett has had a rough go of it the last few months. Her father died in a haze of alcohol and pills, her best friend ghosted her, and her boyfriend Jake is keeping secrets from her, prompting her to break up with him. However, it all pales in comparison to the dead baby that Beckett finds in the girls’ locker room at school. As the news teams swarm the town of Clifford, anonymous online accounts insist that Beckett is the mother and the subsequent murderer of the posthumously-named baby Lullaby Doe. When she is cyberbullied and threatened, Beckett takes it upon herself to not only uncover the truth behind the baby, but the truths hidden in her everyday life.
I really enjoyed the twisting and turning plot of Every Single Lie. Every single time I thought I knew what was happening and/or who had done it, Vincent approached that idea and then flipped it upside down. It felt like Vincent was there, sitting next to me on the couch, discussing the mystery. I imagine the conversation to go something like this (MILD SPOILERS AHEAD):
Maybe it was Jake’s baby? He was acting pretty sus around Beckett…
Gold star for trying, reader, [REDACTED].
Okay, well how about Penn? He is old enough, and he goes to that school…
I am glad you are thinking in that direction, [REDACTED].
And so on and so on. By the time I reached the end, I gave up on guessing because I knew that Vincent was already a few steps ahead of me, and the ending hit me like one of those infamous football team duffel bags hitting me in the stomach.
There are a few things to be wary of in Every Single Lie trigger warning-wise. Beckett's father did deal with opioid and alcohol addiction before he died, which is discussed in greater detail as the book goes on. The cyberbullying that Beckett is put through culminates in death and assault threats and even migrates into the “real world” at some points. However, none of it is written in a sensational manner - it is in the plot to help start a conversation, not to be salacious.
Of course, a book like Every Single Lie has to come with a musical journey alongside it. This playlist contains a few songs about keeping secrets, and trying to survive the onslaught of rumors, as Beckett experiences. There are also some songs about the grief that comes with losing a baby (or with finding a dead baby), culminating in the mourning of innocence lost. To listen to the whole playlist, check it out on my Spotify.
Still not sure about reading Every Single Lie? A mystery about a dead baby and an absent father wasn’t enough? Fine, I guess if you like these books:
Little White Lies, Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Lies Like Poison, Chelsea Pitcher
One of Us is Lying, Karen M. McManus
Then you’d enjoy Every Single Lie too.
The good thing, Every Single Lie is officially out on January 12th or just five days away! You can get a copy from your local bookstore or library, or you can get a copy online. Click on these buy links and you can get your own copy: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Indigo, and Indiebound.
Many thanks to Terminal Tours for allowing me to join the Every Single Lie book tour! You can check out the rest of the tour stops on their Tour Schedule webpage.
Rachel Vincent is the New York Times bestselling author of several pulse-pounding series for teens and adults. A former English teacher and a champion of the serial comma, Rachel has written more than twenty novels and remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy. Rachel shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her number one fan from the start. You can find out more about Rachel on her website www.rachelvincent.com or by following her on Twitter @rachelkvincent.