The Darkest Lie by Pintip Dunn

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Is it better to live with a lie, or risk everything for the truth?

“Heartbreaking and heroic. You won't be able to turn the pages fast enough!” --Romily Bernard, author of the Find Me trilogy

In Pintip Dunn’s gripping and timely novel, a young woman whose life unravels in the wake of her mother’s alleged suicide sets out to clear her name.

“The mother I knew would never do those things. But maybe I never knew her after all.”

Clothes, jokes, coded messages…Cecilia Brooks and her mom shared everything. At least, CeCe thought they did. Six months ago, her mom killed herself after accusations of having sex with a student, and CeCe’s been the subject of whispers and taunts ever since. Now, at the start of her high school senior year, between dealing with her grieving, distracted father, and the social nightmare that has become her life, CeCe just wants to fly under the radar. Instead, she’s volunteering at the school’s crisis hotline—the same place her mother worked.

As she counsels troubled strangers, CeCe’s lingering suspicions about her mom’s death resurface. With the help of Sam, a new student and newspaper intern, she starts to piece together fragmented clues that point to a twisted secret at the heart of her community. Soon, finding the truth isn’t just a matter of restoring her mother’s reputation, it’s about saving lives—including CeCe’s own…

“A twisty, fast-paced thriller that kept me guessing to the end.”—Shannon Grogan, author of From Where I Watch You

“This one will tug your heart and leave you breathless!”--Natalie D. Richards, author of Six Months Later

“A headlong rush into the shadows of secrets that should not be kept.”  –Michelle Zink, author of Prophecy of the Sisters

About Pintip Dunn

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When her first-grade teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, Pintip replied, "An author." Although she has pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered. Pintip graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language and her J.D. at Yale Law School. She is a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.
Published June 28, 2016 by Kensington. 256 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Darkest Lie

... Dunn's heartbreaking novel might show a sickening side of humankind, but the
end result is a hopeful and moving narrative that will stick with ...

Jun 28 2016 | Read Full Review of The Darkest Lie

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CeCe is struggling to unearth the facts behind her mother’s last moments, yearning to find concrete proof that Tabitha was actually the kind woman CeCe thought she knew, not the cruel, falsehearted person described by the news and the town gossip.

Jun 22 2016 | Read Full Review of The Darkest Lie

Gr 9 Up—CeCe is left reeling after her teacher mother committed suicide following a student's claims that he was having an affair with her. CeCe feels abandoned and betrayed by her mother. She is also slut-shamed when her mom's story comes out. When her despondent father admits that he doesn't th...

Jun 01 2016 | Read Full Review of The Darkest Lie