“How do you kill a narcissist?”
In Good Girls Lie, a 16-year-old’s body is found dangling from the gates of the elite Goode school – an all-girls boarding school – on a chilly morning. Right at the very beginning. This scene had me leaning forward in my seat, leaving me in an unexpected jaw-dropping state, as I wasn’t expecting the author to capture anything that insidious on the outskirts of her domestic suspense realm. J. T. Ellison is already a celebrated author and I think her new novel will strengthen that.
The first half of the book brims with menace, but only lightly so as to prep the right amount of tension that will eventually burst at any instant towards the end. But here’s what boosts the thrill of the events – the murder victim is our main protagonist. You can imagine, putting this book down sounded like a dreadfully silly idea. I had to know what happens.
The gothic feel to the school, the hauntings surrounding its premises, the strange occurences in its hallways and rooms, a secret passageway, a deadly staircase, a past murder…All of this provided a great deal of thrill and excitement for me. The author introduces to us the special Goode girls. They’re innocent. They’re culpable. They’re victim to their own upbringing. A fire is engraved within them and it gives birth to a crooked path towards survival. This path is devious. Dangerous. The ending was…whew, a swerving road!! So many twists.
Someone is plotting, conspiring in the shadows. But surely, these girls are good. They’re the Goode girls. Goode girls don’t lie. Do they?
“Welcome to Goode. You’re going to love it here.”