Dark and Shallow Lies, a review by Cat

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Dark and Shallow Lies
Ginny Myers Sain

Published September 7, 2021
By Razorbill
432 Pages

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Who doesn’t love a chilling debut novel? Dark and Shallow Lies is the debut novel of Ginny Myers Sain, and guys – I am officially adding her to my auto-read list, as I was so blown away by this book.

La Cachette, Louisiana, may seem like a town where no crime goes unanswered – for it is a small town inhabited almost entirely by psychics. Yes, you read that right. This is the town that Grey hails from, though she is one of the rare few without a known talent.

When her best friend goes missing, Grey knows that she must return home. If for no other reason than to come to terms with what has happened. One would think that those within the town would quickly find Elora – or her body. But that would require the town to open the floodgates for all the other horrid secrets hidden within.

Now, this is exactly the sort of novel that I need in my life! A paranormal young adult thriller with lots of suspense and drama? Yes, please! Seriously, I was blown away by Dark and Shallow Lies and was so sad when it ended. Again, not because it was an upsetting end (the ending was quite perfect if you ask me) – but because it was over.

To be clear, Dark and Shallow Lies is not what I would call light reading. It covers child death, abuse, and missing persons. It does not shy away from these elements, as they are a huge part of what makes the town so messed up.

But those layers and layers of secrets are part of what makes Dark and Shallow Lies such a thrilling novel to read. It’s impossible to guess who is behind what or even the reason behind their lies. It’s twisted and fascinating, in all the best ways. I want more like this, please!

Thanks to Razorbill and #BookishFirst for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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