There Will Be Lies

There Will Be Lies

eBook - 2015
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Shelby Jane Cooper is seventeen, pretty and quiet. It's just Shelby and her mom, Shaylene, a court stenographer who wears pyjama jeans, stitches tapestry, eats ice-cream for dinner and likes to keep Shelby safe. So safe she barely goes out. So safe she doesn't go to school. Because anything could happen, to a girl like Shelby. Anything. When Shelby gets knocked down by a car, it's not just her leg that's broken: Shelby's world is shattered. Her mom turns up to collect her and drives off into the night, like it's the beginning of a road trip, like two criminals on the run, like Thelma and Louise or Bonnie and Clyde. And somehow, everywhere she looks, there's a coyote watching her, talking to her, telling her not to believe.Who is Shelby Jane Cooper? If the person who keeps you safe also tells you lies, who can you trust?
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified : publisher not identified], 2015
ISBN: 9781408853825
1408853825
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Aug 01, 2016

This book has a fantastic plot and well developed characters. It was a little depressing , but still worth reading. It made me appreciate my own peaceful life. Definitely for 10 years or older.

JCLChrisK Nov 24, 2015

"There will be two lies, [the coyote] says. Then there will be the truth. And that will be the hardest of all."

And what lies they are. Even more so, as the coyote promises, the lies exposed by the truth. Nothing will be the same.

Not ever.

And that's not even to mention the small surprises and little white lies along the way.

For all that she can remember of her nearly 18 years, Shelby has enjoyed a quiet, stable life. She and her mom live in a simple house, do simple things. She is homeschooled. They have a routine that never changes. And she has little contact with others. Shelby knows she is sheltered, but she doesn't mind because she is happy.

Then something unexpected happens, one of those unlucky moments life randomly throws at you. And after that, well, nothing expected happens. No more quiet, stable life. No more routine. No more Mom the way she has always been, because suddenly Shelby's mom starts acting like a completely different person.

Oh, Mom has good reason to act different. It makes a sort of sense, even if it's surprising. Except . . . a coyote spoke to Shelby. She might have passed it off as a trauma-induced hallucination, except it keeps happening. And Shelby finds herself guided into a strange, magical land called the Dreaming where animals talk and myths come alive.

And, really, is that so strange compared to everything happening in her real life? So Shelby finds herself shuttling back and forth between two confusing, off-kilter worlds, one reality (though not the one she's always known) and one mystical, chasing and being chased, questing for things she does not know or understand.

So maybe Mom's reasons for acting different can't be trusted. And despite the coyote's warning, nothing can prepare her for the big reveal.

Not only are Shelby's dual, interwoven journeys gripping and captivating, the story has enough length beyond that big reveal to give it proper depth and resolution. For the first two-thirds of the book I was dying to know what would happen, then the rest I was dying to know what would happen about what had happened. My curiosity was fully satisfied.

Shelby makes an excellent narrator, both personable and eloquent, with some wonderful descriptions of her emotional experiences and enough silence to let her actions say the rest. For someone who has pretty literally interacted with almost no one her entire life, she has a great ability to relate herself to others. This book is a mystery and so much more.

Definitely recommended.

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TrueCanadianGirl
Aug 01, 2016

Sexual Content: Just a little

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TrueCanadianGirl
Aug 01, 2016

Violence: Near the end

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Aug 01, 2016

TrueCanadianGirl thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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