The Darkest Lie by Pintip Dunn


“The mother I knew would never do those things.
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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I really wanted to read The Darkest Lie because I loved Pintip Dunn’s Forget Tomorrow. This is a completely different type of book but the same storytelling that captivated in Forget Tomorrow did not fail to do so here. I was completely absorbed.

I couldn’t put the book the down. The plot is addicting and fast paced. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Of course I had my suspicions about certain people but I wasn’t sure how everything fit together. I really liked the how much information was revealed at each point in the book. I didn’t feel like there was any slow points.

Not only is the book a thriller and dealing with murder. There is also other underlying issues like verbal abuse, physical abuse and sexual exploitation. The way those things were weaved into the story and showed how someone could fall into a situation like that is well done.

I enjoyed Cece’s character. She has lost her mother and with that has lost herself. She’s trying to deal with her rage as best she can. As more things come to light she also has to deal with the guilt of doubting things like her mother’s love for her.

I enjoyed Sam and the slow burn that their relationship has. They become friends first and soon partner up as he is working hard to gain a scholarship from his internship at the Newspaper. I don’t want to give anything about him besides that.

There are also some great side characters that are important to keep the plot moving.

I read The Darkest Lie in a day, Mother’s day actually which is oddly fitting. I loved the book!

Pintip 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

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