Review—The Darkest Lie by Pintip Dunn {+Giveaway!}

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In The Darkest Lie, Cecelia (CeCe) Brooks and her father are living in the aftermath of her mother’s suicide. CeCe cannot decide whether to feel grief or betrayal because of her mother’s alleged affair with one of CeCe’s fellow high school students. As she begins her senior year, CeCe works to remain invisible, only to find that, thanks to the new kid, Sam Davidson, that won’t be as easy as she thought.

The Darkest LieCeCe and Sam form a friendship, and begin working to uncover what actually happened to her mother, because once CeCe uncovers a coded message left behind by her mother, she realizes maybe her mother didn’t betray her and her father after all. Sam is almost CeCe’s personal Clark Kent/Superman, complete with an internship at the local paper, the Lakewood Sun, a nerdy aspect including pants that are too short over a muscular body, and glasses he repeatedly pushes up his nose.

But another friend, Liam, also a counselor at the school crisis hotline, also intrigues CeCe, as they’ve both lost parents, and she feels as though she can really talk to Liam about that loss, and how she cannot decide how to feel.

Caught between the two boys, CeCe faces the struggles of a typical high school girl, while trying to wade through the mystery surrounding her mother’s death. But she also learns the truth about “the darkest lie:”

The darkest lie is the one we tell ourselves, the one that makes us forget everything we know to be true, the one that makes us doubt something as simple and basic as a mother’s love. This is the lie that changes us, that turns us from someone fearless and strong to someone who cowers and hides and lets others be bullied.

But the real darkest lies CeCe and Sam uncover are more chilling and terrible than anyone could have imagined.

Pintip Dunn’s thriller captivated me from the beginning, when CeCe is the first to see her mother’s body laid out after her suicide, and held me until the very end. While there were many clues, there were just as many twists and obstacles CeCe faced as she continued working toward the truth, and a resolution for herself and so many others in her community.


“The mother I knew would never do those things. The Darkest Lie

But maybe I never knew her after all.”

Clothes, jokes, coded messages…Cecilia Brooks and her mom shared everything. At least, CeCe thought they did. Six months ago, her mom killed herself after accusations of having sex with a student, and CeCe’s been the subject of whispers and taunts ever since. Now, at the start of her high school senior year, between dealing with her grieving, distracted father, and the social nightmare that has become her life, CeCe just wants to fly under the radar. Instead, she’s volunteering at the school’s crisis hotline—the same place her mother worked.

As she counsels troubled strangers, CeCe’s lingering suspicions about her mom’s death surface. With the help of Sam, a new student and newspaper intern, she starts to piece together fragmented clues that point to a twisted secret at the heart of her community. Soon, finding the truth isn’t just a matter of restoring her mother’s reputation, it’s about saving lives—including CeCe’s own…

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Pintip croppedPintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,”

Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. She is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.

You can learn more about Pintip and her books at

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

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1 thought on “Review—The Darkest Lie by Pintip Dunn {+Giveaway!}

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