Tell Me No Lies (Follow Me Back #2) – A.V. Geiger

tell me no lies

3 starGenre: Young Adult 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Love. Obsession. Jealousy. Murder.

No one knows what happened to pop icon Eric Thorn. His Twitter account? Frozen. His cell phone? Cracked and bloody, buried in the snow.

Agoraphobic fangirl Tessa Hart knows the truth, but she’s finally left her #EricThornObsessed days behind. She has no intention of ever touching her Twitter app again. But Snapchat… That’s safer, right?

After months of living under the radar, Tessa emerges from hiding, forced to face the deadly consequences of her past. But in the interrogation room, answers only lead to more questions in the pulse-pounding conclusion to the Follow Me Back duology.

Tell Me No Lies is the conclusion to the Follow Me Back duology that focuses on social media, mental health, and celebrity lifestyle. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy Tell Me No Lies as much as it’s predecessor, Follow Me Back.

Tell Me No Lies lacks the focus that Follow Me Back possessed with clarity. Instead, the sequel reads like a hodge podge of plot ideas that are not fully formed and fleshed out. Because of this lack of clarity in terms of plot progression, miscommunication became a driving force of the novel. Almost every problem could have been solved had the two main characters spoken to each other candidly. This miscommunication was frustrating and eye roll worthy.

Similarly to the previous novel, Tell Me No Lies focuses on mental health and illness, especially anxiety and anxiety disorders. Geiger packs a lot of useful and pertinent techniques on how to deal with anxiety throughout the novel. It’s expertly woven within the context of the novel so that it never feels out of place or obvious. For this reason, and this reason alone, I rated Tell Me No Lies three stars instead of two since it’s one of the better young adult novels that normalizes anxiety and anxiety disorders.

Overall, Tell Me No Lies is a disappointment after the almost flawless opening novel. If you enjoyed Follow Me Back for its commentary on the role social media plays in our daily lives and how it then interacts with mental health within a thrilling mystery, Tell Me No Lies will most likely disappoint you. My recommendation? Skip Tell Me No Lies and let your head cannon fill in the blanks.

 

Have you read Follow Me Back and Tell Me No Lies? What did you think?

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