ARC Review: Lies Like Wildfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Man y’all, I’ve been reading some really good books lately and Lies Like Wildfire is definitely no different! Thank you so much to Delacorte Press and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of this book. Lies Like Wildfire came out on September 7, so make sure y’all go and grab it as soon as possible (after reading my review, of course)!

Lies Like Wildfire 4.5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

An intense high-stakes story about five friends and the deadly secret that could send their lives up in flames, perfect for fans of Karen McManus and E. Lockhart.

In Gap Mountain, California, everyone knows about fire season. And no one is more vigilant than 18-year-old Hannah Warner, the sheriff’s daughter and aspiring FBI agent. That is until this summer. When Hannah and her best friends accidentally spark an enormous and deadly wildfire, their instinct is to lie to the police and the fire investigators.

But as the blaze roars through their rural town and towards Yosemite National Park, Hannah’s friends begin to crack and she finds herself going to extreme lengths to protect their secret. Because sometimes good people do bad things. And if there’s one thing people hate, it’s liars.

Oh I loved so, so much about this book. I loved how it started out at one point, moved to the past, told you part of the story, came to the point you started with, and then moved forward from there. That timeline was so great in this book because it hooked you so well without giving away too much of the book- like at the very beginning, I thought that this was just a murder/missing person mystery, but it was so much more than that- heck the murder/missing person part of this book didn’t even happen until like halfway through! Most of the first half of the book was about the wildfire, and y’all, as someone who lives on the East Coast, wildfires are never a thing I really think about. Like we get hurricanes, tornados, snowstorms, thunderstorms- all of that kind of stuff- but wildfires? A wall of fire that you have to evacuate for? Being so careful and having certain days where you do things because they’re a fire risk? That’s so scary to me! I can’t even imagine what it would be like to accidentally set a fire that burns acres upon acres, burning down houses, killing people and animals, but man, I saw what it did to Hannah, Drummer, Violet, Mo, and Luke, and that’s rough. So much pressure! Overall, I really liked the plot of the book and I liked the execution- pacing was great, the action level was great- I wasn’t always a huge fan of the characters, but I think that made the book more enjoyable. These characters were flawed 17 and 18 year olds who had screwed up really badly- of course they were going to be annoying at times. Of course they were going to make bad decisions and feed off of each other (negatively). I definitely think closer to the end you realize just how unhealthy this friendship/the pacts they made were (especially Hannah’s insistence on following them), but man, it made for a great book. Make sure you go out and grab Lies Like Wildfire today!

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