Lies & Secrets, oh my! // Chasing Truth by Julie Cross

Lies & Secrets, oh my! // Chasing Truth by Julie CrossChasing Truth by Julie Cross
Series: Eleanor Ames #1
on September 27th 2016
Rating: five-stars
Genres: Young Adult, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Love & Romance
Pages: 400
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"An enjoyably twisty, romantic, and thoughtful prep-school mystery." -Kirkus Reviews
At Holden Prep, the rich and powerful rule the school—and they’ll do just about anything to keep their dirty little secrets hidden.
When former con artist Eleanor Ames’ homecoming date commits suicide, she’s positive there’s something more going on. The more questions she asks, though, the more she crosses paths with Miles Beckett. He’s sexy, mysterious, arrogant...and he’s asking all the same questions.
Eleanor might not trust him—she doesn’t even like him—but they can’t keep their hands off of each other. Fighting the infuriating attraction is almost as hard as ignoring the fact that Miles isn’t telling her the truth...and that there’s a good chance he thinks she’s the killer.
Book #2: Coming in Fall 2017

Chasing Truth is one of those books that has you hooked, beginning to end. I’m not even kidding, it took me over a week to read (because, life) but every time I picked it back up, I knew what had come before, and I was so, so invested in Ellie’s life. What I liked is the book just chucks you into the deep end – there’s no pre-amble, no flashbacks to the night Simon died, we just know he died and that it bothers Ellie, a lot. And that there were shady things in her past, that are hinted at but never fully seen, and it definitely seems like the family drama will continue as the series progresses because, yes, this is the first in a series, and if the other book continue in such a fast-paced, amazing way, then everyone is in for a helluva ride!

I just loved everything about Chasing Truth. I loved the characters – Ellie is so kick-ass, and carries the story so well. SO WELL. Then there’s mysterious Miles, who had me swooning from the off, and much like Ellie I was never sure if we were supposed to trust him, but I liked him anyway, whether he was involved in Simon’s death or not, because he was such a charmer, such a smooth talker, and he just made me sigh in happiness. As did Aidan, which was weird. But he seemed like such a protector, and he worked for the secret service which means he must wear lots of suits. He seemed so masculine and protective and the way he cared for Ellie and Harper was so sweet. And I’d love to know more about Harper, she very much was a bit of a wallflower, only around to be the parental figure for Ellie, but she seems like she has her own stories, so we shall see!

This book literally has it all. Swoon-worthy scenes, action that has your heart pumping madly, an absolutely jaw-dropping final act, and it was just everything that I wanted in a book, and more. It kept me hooked from beginning to end, and I can’t wait for book two! I need more Ellie and Miles in my life, because man, do those two have a connection and I’m looking forward to them solving many, many more crimes/suspicious deaths/anything really that means they need to be in the same room together, investigating. This is genuinely one of my favourite young adult thrillers, it had my heart racing from start to finish and I never knew where the plot was going to go next (actually that’s a small lie as I was very, very worried something would happen with Aidan, in that maybe he was too good to be true? Man, did that have me nervous/sweating). Chasing Truth is a must-read, I absolutely devoured it.

Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press). She’s also the author of the Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres.

Outside of her reading and writing cred, Julie Cross is a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.


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