Lies Like Poison, Chelsea Pitcher

I’ve been meaning to read Pitcher for quite a while, so I feel Lies Like Poison is a good introduction to her work. This book gives you an inclusive teenage cast, where the adults are so inept, they can pretty much fade into the background because of their lack of contribution, forcing the teens to take things into their own hands. That sort of plot works well at keeping the teens and their troubles in the foreground where they belong.

Pitcher has you questioning everyone because, as the title indicates, everyone is keeping secrets. Once they spill out, they don’t stop. This book might not be everyone’s cup of tea. That the police force and the existing parents are pretty terrible can be a thorn in people’s sides, which I totally get. But the storyline is gripping, and I enjoyed this one; nicely done.

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About the Book:

Poppy, Lily, and Belladonna would do anything to protect their best friend, Raven. So when they discovered he was suffering abuse at the hands of his stepmother, they came up with a lethal plan: petals of poppy, belladonna, and lily in her evening tea so she’d never be able to hurt Raven again. But someone got cold feet, the plot faded to a secret of the past, and the group fell apart.

Three years later, on the eve of Raven’s seventeenth birthday, his stepmother turns up dead. But it’s only belladonna found in her tea, and it’s only Belladonna who’s carted off to jail. Desperate for help, Belle reaches out to her estranged friends to prove her innocence. They answer the call, but no one is prepared for what comes next.

Now, everyone has something to lose and something equally dangerous to hide. And when the tangled web of secrets and betrayal is finally unwound, what lies at its heart will change the group forever.

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