The Liars Beneath
Heather Van Fleet
Publication date: January 27th 2022
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
A romantically dark YA thriller set in the backdrop of Iowa’s suspenseful farmlands.
After a tragic accident ends her best friend’s life, 17-year-old Becca Thompson succumbs to grief the only way she knows how: by wallowing in it. She’s a fragment of the person she once was—far too broken to enjoy the summer before her senior year. But when Ben McCain, her best friend’s older brother, returns home, Becca must face her new reality head on.
She isn’t interested in Ben’s games, especially since he abandoned his sister during the months leading up to her death. But when he begs for her help in uncovering the truth about what really happened the night of his sister’s death, Becca finds herself agreeing, hoping to clear up rumors swirling in the wake of her best friend’s accident.
An unhinged ex-boyfriend, secret bucket lists, and garage parties in the place Becca calls home soon lead her to the answers she’s so desperate to unveil. But nobody is being honest, not even Ben. And the closer Becca gets to the truth—and to Ben—the more danger seems to surround her.
Clearing her best friend’s name was all she wanted to do, but Becca is quickly realizing that the truth she craves might be uglier than the lies her best friend kept.
My Blurb (3.5/5):
The Liars Beneath sounds like just my kind of read. I was totally in the mood for a romantic suspense and this did not disappoint. I pretty much just devoured it in a day, really. I loved this BFF’s brother trope.
To begin with, I was really frustrated with the protagonists, Becca Thompson. So she had some concessions for wallowing after the death of her BFF but then her continual stubbornness and blindness about Ben McCain nearly drove to the wall. However, I guess that was got me to keep reading because I just couldn’t wait for the scales to drop from her eyes and heart. I love a good slow burn 😉
The mystery itself is rather slow going til the last third of the book when things were shaking down. It took some time for Ben to get Becca to cooperate and then, it took some more time because they had trust issues to begin with. In the end though, I loved that Becca learnt so much and developed to be such a strong character especially when it comes to Ben.
The Liars Beneath was a fairly easy read especially after Becca has gone over the wallowing in grief hurdle. As the story is told solely from Becca’s perspective, it’s only then that I feel the story begins. There were some flashes from the past which I found hard to read because they all seemed to be tinged with sadness. However, I enjoyed the mystery twist and definitely, am on board with the romance.
My thanks to Xpresso Tours for ecopy of book in exchange of my honest thoughts
Heather Van Fleet is a stay-at-home-mom turned book boyfriend connoisseur. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, a mom to three girls, and in her spare time you can find her with her head buried in her Kindle, guzzling down copious amounts of coffee.
Heather graduated from Black Hawk College in 2003 and currently writes Adult contemporary romance. She is published through Sourcebooks Casablanca with her Reckless Hearts series and Bookouture with her Red Dragon series.