Book InfoDevious Little Liars by Elle Thorpe
Series: Saint View High #1
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Genres: New Adult Romance, Romantic Suspense
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He murdered my uncle then covered it with fire. A fire that should have killed me, too. Instead, he hauled me from the floor while flames licked the walls, strong arms holding me close.
He saved my life.
Now I want to know why. I never saw his face. All I know is the letters on his shirt. SVH.
Saint View High.
The worst school in a hundred miles. Full of drugs and despair. Breeding ground for future criminals. Armed security guards and weapon checks at every door.
A far cry from my privileged life of money, private school, and fancy vacations.
With the police doing nothing, I take matters into my own hands. I enroll in a school I have no business being at.
But the Untouchables are quick to let me know exactly how big a mistake I’ve made. They’re the group of boys even the teachers are scared of.
Colt. Banjo. Rafe.
Every teenage girl’s dream. Good looking. Popular. Powerful.
And determined to break me.
Thing is, I’m not that easily broken. And I’m coming for them, too.
Devious Little Liars is the story of three bad boys and a girl who knows how to stand her ground. It is a mature high school/new adult, #whychoose romance, meaning the main character has more than one love interest. This book contains enemies-to-lovers and bullying themes. It is the first book in an ongoing trilogy.
Devious Little Liars - My Review
I kinda got to know the town of Saint View all out of order. My first introduction to the wrong side of town was in the Saint View Prison series, which was a fabulous read. One of the characters from Saint View High makes a brief crossover into the prison, but it never really occurred to me to go back and read the series. After all, books set in high school aren’t really my thing. Then I read Start A War and I wasn’t ready to let Saint View go just yet. I tried, but I kept coming back to the place. It was time to go to the beginning and pick up Devious Little Liars.
I enjoyed this book more than I expected to, probably because it was one of Elle Thorpe’s books and she really does know how to write a gripping story. The Untouchables of Saint View High are mysterious, and not just because any one of them could either be a killer or Lacey’s saviour. They’ve got untold secrets and they seem to be aware of each other but none of them is prepared to share with Lacey.
If I’m honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of Lacey’s character. Firstly, who decides, a week after their uncle’s death that it’s a good idea to enrol at a completely new school where they know nobody and will be a social outcast thanks to their economic status, with the sole purpose of investigating a murder? I know there needs to be a catalyst for the story but that one seems even more farfetched than a harem. (Side note: farfetched or not, I’m still waiting for mine to arrive on my doorstep.) Secondly, she gets so caught up in hot guys that she all but forgets her investigation to chase after them. I have other issues with the girl, but I’m going to stop my rant here because I don’t want to drop spoilers, and they’re big ones.
Devious Little Liars hasn’t turned me into a high school story fan but it was a good read that sucked me in. I’m putting that entirely down to Thorpe’s writing because I think that a lot of other authors couldn’t have done the same with the plot. I’m curious to see where she takes the secrets that she alluded to and how Lacey’s character will develop in the next book. In true Thorpe style, she’s left us with a blinding cliffhanger and I sense some epic revelations coming in the continuing storyline.