The Truth And Lies Of Ella Black – Arc Review


This book was not what I expected when I picked this up at all 

I thought this book would be a twisty thriller that had me gripped straight away, that wasn’t what I got exactly. What I got was some sort of dramatic teenage farfetched… thing, I don’t even know how to explain it.

There was a bit in this book that put me off straight away, I don’t want to give away too much but it involved a hammer – I didn’t like it, I didn’t think it necessary to be in there and it wasn’t something I enjoyed reading very much at all. Not only that but it was also something that I never expected to read in the book ☹

It started to go okay from there then all of a sudden, she is whisked to Rio de Janeiro with her parents with no reason as to why (which not only left Ella confused but the readers too), it was a bit out of the blue and not really explained for a long time to why she was actually in Rio.


Yep, like the most insta love I have seen in a long time. Usually I don’t mind insta love if done well and it’s cute and whatever but this was just out of nowhere, like they are soulmates meant to be with each other, they were put on earth for that reason and all that crap.

Even more things happen that I won’t spoil but Ella goes off on her own, instead of dealing with things rationally? I was just shocked at how badly things were dealt with and I just wasn’t impressed with this book at all ☹

Other than Ella’s parents I didn’t really like much about this book at all, I thought it was a bit ridiculous and farfetched, the writing was okay but I don’t think it was much of a thriller at all.

So yeah, not for me this one.

➡️ thank you to Penguin Random House UK Children’s publishing and netgalley for the arc in return for an honest review.  

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