Two Truths and a Lie by Meg Mitchell Moore, Narrated by Courtney Patterson

Published June 16th 2020 by HarperCollins, HarperAudio

3.5 Stars: 

Two Truths and a Lie is a great summer read. It deals with family secrets, cliques, being the new girl, family relationships and “rich community politics.” The story is told from three POV, The Squad (the group of mothers), and two of the teens. There was a bit of a mystery, some sneaking around by both teens and a couple of the mothers, some family relationship issues, some romance and teenage angst all woven together in a well-written story. Saying that, the story itself was a bit underwhelming. While I enjoyed it, it wasn’t as good as I was expecting after loving her last book, The Islanders. There were some sections that bogged down for me, but it seems that I am in the minority here, so if you enjoyed Big, Little Lies then you will probably love this book.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Courtney Patterson. She is able to give a voice to all the main characters as well as give personality to the numerous secondary characters. Her expression and inflection showed the characters emotions well. I enjoy her narration and will not hesitate to listen to other books she narrates. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

Synopsis: From the author of The Islanders comes a warm, witty and suspenseful novel filled with small-town secrets, summer romance, big time lies and spiked seltzer, in the vein of Liane Moriarty.

Truth: Sherri Griffin and her daughter, Katie, have recently moved to the idyllic beach town of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Rebecca Coleman, widely acknowledged former leader of the Newburyport Mom Squad (having taken a step back since her husband’s shocking and tragic death eighteen months ago), has made a surprising effort to include these newcomers in typically closed-group activities. Rebecca’s teenage daughter Alexa has even been spotted babysitting Katie.

Truth: Alexa has time on her hands because of a recent falling-out with her longtime best friends for reasons no one knows—but everyone suspects have to do with Alexa’s highly popular and increasingly successful YouTube channel. Katie Griffin, who at age 11 probably doesn’t need a babysitter anymore, can’t be left alone because she has terrifying nightmares that don’t seem to jibe with the vague story Sherri has floated about the “bad divorce” she left behind in Ohio. Rebecca Coleman has been spending a lot of time with Sherri, it’s true, but she’s also been spending time with someone else she doesn’t want the Mom Squad to know about just yet.

Lie: Rebecca Coleman doesn’t have a new man in her life, and definitely not someone connected to the Mom Squad. Alexa is not seeing anyone new herself and is planning on shutting down her YouTube channel in advance of attending college in the fall. Sherri Griffin’s real name is Sherri Griffin, and a bad divorce is all she’s running from.

A blend of propulsive thriller and gorgeous summer read, Two Truths and a Lie reminds us that happiness isn’t always a day at the beach, some secrets aren’t meant to be shared, and the most precious things are the people we love.