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Pub Date May 28 2024 | Archive Date Apr 30 2024

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Is it better to believe a lovely lie or to know the horrible truth?

1999: The night of their senior picnic, Scarlett Russo and her best friend Pepper were involved in a car accident that left two of their classmates dead. Afterward, they lied to the police, protecting each other from the consequences. Then Pepper left town and Scarlett never heard from her again…

Now: Twenty-two years later, Scarlett has buried that deadly incident deep in her mind and built a comfortable life for herself, working in a hotel on the west coast of Florida and raising her teenage son with her husband Vince. Her peace is disrupted, however, when Pepper’s daughter shows up with news of Pepper’s death. Zoey is twenty-one and studying to be an investigative journalist. She has a cryptic letter from Pepper addressed to Scarlett that alludes to the events of that fateful night and Pepper’s initial intentions to get an abortion. Now Zoey wants answers about her mother’s past. Who is Zoey’s father? And what really happened after the senior picnic? As Zoey continues to dig into the past, all of Scarlett’s buried secrets threaten to rise to the surface.

Jaime Lynn Hendricks, “the queen of the page-turner” (Ashley Winstead), will have you questioning who you can trust in this intricately twisted thriller.

Is it better to believe a lovely lie or to know the horrible truth?

1999: The night of their senior picnic, Scarlett Russo and her best friend Pepper were involved in a car accident that left two of...

Advance Praise

"Hendricks knows how to keep the pages turning in her latest mystery about a decades old murder and the lie that’s kept the truth buried. Totally addictive!" - Wendy Walker, bestselling author of What Remains

"Juicy, beguiling, and utterly delightful! With ratcheting tension and a clever, compelling plot, you’ll love this fantastic twistfest about how the repercussions of the past reverberate into the present. An irresistibly gripping thriller." - Christina McDonald, USA Today and Amazon charts bestselling author

"Deliciously wicked and briskly paced, A LOVELY LIE simmers with deadly secrets, whiplash twists, and a whole lot of attitude. An irresistible page-turner." - Heather Chavez, author of Before She Finds Me

"Expertly plotted, full of head-snapping twists, suspenseful and funny, authentic and full of heart, A Lovely Lie is everything a thriller should be. I read my eyes out and loved every minute. A must read!" - Michele Campbell, internationally bestselling author of The Intern

"What happens when the mistakes of youth threaten to destroy the life you now live? The latest from Jaime Lynn Hendricks pulls back the curtain on a friend group with a deadly secret, and the new generation of teens desperate to know the truth. Full of tension and hairpin turns, A Lovely Lie is a no-holds-barred thriller guaranteed to make you gasp." - Tessa Wegert, author of Devils at the Door

"My favorite kind of thriller: a crime at the edge of the millennium, buried teenage secrets coming back to haunt, and twist after twist. A Lovely Lie is a lovely and clever story, and might just be Jaime Lynn Hendricks’s best yet!" - Alex Finlay, bestselling author of The Night Shift

"Jaime Lynn Hendricks kicks the family thriller up ten notches in A LOVELY LIE, making me gasp out loud multiple times as the twists kept coming. Immersive, compelling, and utterly binge-worthy, it's a wild ride from start to finish. Highly recommended!" - Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of The Revenge List

"A Jaime Lynn Hendricks book is always the perfect escape. A Lovely Lie is yet another wildly entertaining, delectably twisty, edge-of-your-seat thriller. Told in multiple POVs from a cast of captivating characters, this sensational suspense takes the reader on a journey from a tragic party in senior year of high school to a nail-biting showdown years later. With her signature wit and addictive voice, Hendricks has written another magnificent novel that is impossible to put down." - Samantha M. Bailey, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of A Friend in the Dark

"When you read a Hendricks book, you can expect to be hooked by one twist after another, a relentless pace, and smart writing. In A Lovely Lie, Hendricks combines wit, plotting and pace into an irresistible, fresh, tangy cocktail of high-wire tension and engaging characterization. Unmissable." - Damyanti Biswas, bestselling author of the Blue Mumbai series

"Hendricks knows how to keep the pages turning in her latest mystery about a decades old murder and the lie that’s kept the truth buried. Totally addictive!" - Wendy Walker, bestselling author of...

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Another great read by Hendricks!! I loved I Didn’t Do It and this was just as good! From the unreliable narrators, to the multiple POVs and suspenseful nature throughout the entire book, I was hooked from chapter one! What I love most about Hendricks’ writing style, is the way she just jumps right into the storyline and keeps the reader guessing after each plot twist. The ending was amazing and I loved how everybody was lying, including some of the protagonists!

Thank you NetGalley and Jaime Lynn Hendricks for an advanced copy.

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Many thanks to @NetGalley and Penzler Publishers, Source Books for the gifted eARC to read and review!

Hendricks has consistently made my annual top 5 lists with her prior releases, so it’s no surprise that 𝗔 𝗟𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗟𝗬 𝗟𝗜𝗘 is one of my 𝗠𝗢𝗦𝗧 𝗔𝗡𝗧𝗜𝗖𝗜𝗣𝗔𝗧𝗘𝗗 books for 2024. I even abandoned my current read so I could dig into this beauty!

This was another solid one from Ms. Hendricks! These characters confused the heck out me; one minute I hated them, the next I sympathized with them. JLH is the queen of complex characters and it’s so fun getting into each of their heads through the dual POVs! 🙌

Read this if you:
✨live for dual POVs
✨love a good narcissist
✨grew up in the 90s
✨geek out over sarcastic inner monologues

Also, how about this cover? 😍 So gorgeous! Can’t wait to display my preordered copy next to the rest of my JLH collection when this one pubs in May!

“You have no idea about the backstabbing that goes on when people pretend to be friends.”

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A lovely lie

I’m not sure how she does it but Jaime Lynn Hendricks keeps me on my TOES! This book is so twisty and chock full of secrets, I read the entire thing in one sitting. It’s been a while since I’ve finished a book in one day without the assistance of audio but this one downright demanded it!

With multiple points of view, flashbacks to 1999, and a few unlikeable characters, 𝘼 𝙇𝙊𝙑𝙀𝙇𝙔 𝙇𝙄𝙀 is perfect to binge with friends because I promise, you’re going to want to talk it through! Thankfully, I had the pleasure of reading with a few friends and we all had our jaws on the floor. Gather up your book buddies, preorder this book, and schedule a reading date because this is one you’ll be sad to miss!

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Thank you to ThrillerBookLovers Promotions, Scarlet, #partner, for an advanced e- copy of A Lovely Lie in exchange for my honest review.

This is the second book I’ve read by Jaime Lynn Hendricks and I am a fan! You better believe I will be adding her other two books to my tbr immediately!

I flew through this book…it is so addictive and twisty! From the very first page, I was hooked and that never let up. Told from multiple points of view and alternating between the present and the past, this book kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat the entire time. I also loved the inclusion of the police interrogations because it added another layer to an already complex story line and had me questioning who and what I could believe.

I love a story where I am not sure how I feel about all the characters and I love it even more when my feelings change throughout the book and that definitely happened here. Characters I was lukewarm about to begin with I ended up growing to like towards the end, and the reverse happened with a few, too. And of course, I’m always a sucker for books about lies and that is the foundation of this story and it all spins horribly out of control from there. So many lies are told over the course of this book…it’s hard to keep track.

This is one book you do not want to miss. It’s totally binge-worthy and filled with such great twists and turns, many of which I did not see coming. Jaime Lynn Hendricks has definitely become a must-read author for me!

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Thanks @netgalley and @penzlerpub for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am reminded of how much I love this author’s books. There were so many twists in this one and I couldn’t stop reading it. I appreciated the multiple points of view. She had me hooked right until the very last page. Definitely check this book out when it hit shelves in May 2024. This was a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for me. #avivaandfriendsrecos

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A lovely Lie

Betrayal is something NO one forgets! How far this cast of characters goes to keep their secrets kept me reading until late in the night!

B-🔥Be ready to read in one setting.

E-🔥Expect to have all you want in a fast-paced suspenseful novel.

T-🔥Thankful for Thriller Book Lovers Promotions for introducing me to Jaimie Lynn Hendricks books last year. TRUST me her books are a MUST read!

R- 🔥Ready for real life drama filled with secrets, lies, betrayal and jealousy.

A-🔥As high school friends Scarlett and Pepper were close until a party changes their lives forever.

Y-🔥YOU will WANT to preorder. ComIng out May 28, 2024.

A-🔥All the characters in this novel have something to hide, which makes for a thriller book.

L-🔥Love can make you do crazy things and you will see how far this cast of characters will go for love.

🔥A Lovely Lie is a MUST have and not to be missed by the Thriller lovers. This was my second novel by here and I will be reading the rest.

Thank you @thrillerbookloverspromtions and @jaimelynnhendricksauthor for having me on your tour.
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This was a thriller!! There was no shortage of twists, and the suspense was continuous. There was always something wild happening, and I loved every second of it. I was fully devoted to this book from start to finish. I thought I had it all figured out, but I was happy to learn I wasn't. There were so many layers to this one, that one shocking revelation just wasn't enough. There were many. This one will mess with your mind, but in the best way. I highly recommend going in blind, but if you're interested in the synopsis I will include it below.

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