Official Review: Easier to Lie by Stephanie Allen

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Official Review: Easier to Lie by Stephanie Allen

Post by bookowlie » 22 Aug 2018, 11:32

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Easier to Lie" by Stephanie Allen.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Easier to Lie by Stephanie Allen is a contemporary novel about two teenage girls who spend the summer in Myrtle Beach after graduating high school. Reggie (short for Regina) and Leah are best friends and happy to be on their own at Leah’s parents’ vacation condo.

It’s a good time to get away from their hometown a few hours away. In separate occurrences, two teenage girls went missing there and were found murdered. Based on the evidence, the police suspect a serial killer is on the loose. Once Reggie and Leah arrive in Myrtle Beach, dead bodies start piling up there with the same modus operandi.

I found it difficult to put down this character-driven book which contains a blend of themes - romance, mystery, friendship, mental illness, and family dynamics. Written in first person, the story is narrated by Reggie. I liked the way the facets of her personality are revealed throughout the story. She initially comes across as a typical self-conscious teenager. As the plot progresses, it turns out Reggie’s issues go much deeper.

Much of the plot focuses on the girls’ romantic pursuits. Reggie is busy falling for two different guys – Frankie, her high school crush who is in Myrtle Beach on vacation, and Eric, who lives in the condo next door. Leah gets hot and heavy with Adam, who she’s had a crush on for years.

The murder mystery feels like a minor sub-plot at times as the girls’ romantic entanglements take center stage. Reggie and Leah seem much more concerned with their respective romances than the fact that girls are turning up dead, first in their hometown and now where they are spending the summer. I found their reactions unrealistic, as well as their parents’. Reggie and Leah are upset each time a body is discovered; however, the initial shock wears off quickly and they don’t seem frightened. You would think they would be afraid to stay alone at the condo or that their parents would insist they return home.

The storyline is full of twists and turns in the latter sections of the story. The climax is busy as a few plotlines come to a head at the same time. Although several loose ends are tied up, one key issue is left unresolved.

I spotted approximately eight errors throughout the book, including typos, incorrect tense, a word that should be capitalized (August), and missing/incorrect words. Although the errors aren’t too distracting, a good polishing is needed.

I give this book a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. I would recommend it to teenagers who enjoy romance novels and mysteries. Although I was less than satisfied with the ending, this is an engrossing story with well-drawn characters.

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Post by AmySmiles » 23 Aug 2018, 07:25

How is Reggie short for Regina LOL. The story sounds interesting but the unresolved key issue, typos and such would annoy me. Thanks for the review.
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Post by gali » 23 Aug 2018, 07:34

A book revolving around two teenage girls, romantic entanglements, and murders sounds intriguing. Too bad about the errors and the disappointing ending. A bad ending can ruin the book for me, so I don't think it is for me. I am glad you enjoyed the book despite its flaws. Great review as always!
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Post by prhyme » 23 Aug 2018, 08:09

Seems intriguing.I like a book with a dash of mystery and horror.Though I wouldn't be too quick to pick it up,where it that both the girls end up dead,then it would be a different story
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Post by kandscreeley » 23 Aug 2018, 08:54

I hate books that have an ending that isn't quite up to par. Sometimes it feels like you wasted your time reading the whole story. Nevertheless, I love the plot of this one. It definitely makes for a good story. Thanks for a thorough review.
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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 23 Aug 2018, 11:20

Romance and mystery are my favourite genres. Needless to say that your review made me to want to check this out.
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Post by bookowlie » 23 Aug 2018, 12:09

Thanks everyone! Amy, I also thought Reggie was an odd nickname for Regina - it's a boy's name! The ending was so busy I had to reread certain parts and the motive for the murders was never explained. This bothered me.
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Post by Cecilia_L » 24 Aug 2018, 14:36

I found it difficult to put down this character-driven book which contains a blend of themes - romance, mystery, friendship, mental illness, and family dynamics. Written in first person, the story is narrated by Reggie. I liked the way the facets of her personality are revealed throughout the story. She initially comes across as a typical self-conscious teenager. As the plot progresses, it turns out Reggie’s issues go much deeper.
I love the blending of these genres. This sounds like an engaging story. I'm adding it to my reading list. Thanks for the recommendation!

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Post by bookowlie » 27 Aug 2018, 09:07

Cecilia_L wrote: ↑
24 Aug 2018, 14:36
I found it difficult to put down this character-driven book which contains a blend of themes - romance, mystery, friendship, mental illness, and family dynamics. Written in first person, the story is narrated by Reggie. I liked the way the facets of her personality are revealed throughout the story. She initially comes across as a typical self-conscious teenager. As the plot progresses, it turns out Reggie’s issues go much deeper.
I love the blending of these genres. This sounds like an engaging story. I'm adding it to my reading list. Thanks for the recommendation!
Thanks Cecilia_L for taking the time to read my review! Although the story kept me engaged, I think the mix of themes made it a little busy. For example, there was so much else going on that the serial killer plot got thrown to the background for long stretches.
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Post by Dolor » 03 Sep 2018, 18:35

Teenage girls romantically entangled and murder mysteries are too issues I like in this book. However, the unresolved issue and the errors had turned me off. Thanks for your candid review.

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Post by hsimone » 04 Sep 2018, 02:25

Oh boy, two murdered teenage girls and a possible serial killer? Sounds like an exciting read! I love that it was difficult to put down this book, and that the characters seemed to have been developed well. However, I agree, that if I were in Reggie's or Leah's shoes, I would be definitely be afraid and the fact that their fear wears off quickly does seem unrealistic. Too bad about the errors, but I'm glad you enjoyed this one!
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Post by topdan30 » 06 Sep 2018, 19:05

Thanks for the detailed review. A book about youth males books interesting to me.

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