Lies Like Wildfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

I was drawn to this book by the intriguing title and thought-provoking cover. I really enjoy books that cover themes of secrets, lies and friendship.


The monsters have known each other their whole lives. This is their final summer before college – time to hang out, fall in love and dream about the future.

Until they accidentally start a forest fire which destroys their hometown and leaves death in its wake.

Desperate for the truth to remain hidden, the group make a pact of silence.

But the twisted secret begins to spin out of control and when one of the friends disappears they all become suspects.

We know how it starts but where does it end?

Secrets and lies are everywhere in this compulsive page-turner, perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying.

My thoughts:

I cannot explain in words how much I loved or needed this book. After a few reads that didn’t pull me in, I felt like I was getting into a slump but this book has pulled me right out of it.

It is described as a YA book, so as a 30 year old reader who doesn’t really read much YA, it came as a surprise to me how much I enjoyed it. The writing is simple and accessible, the structure easy to follow, but the plot and themes are definitely engaging for adults of all ages.

I read this book in just 2 sittings as I just really could not put it down.  It is gripping and I particularly liked the cliffhangers laced throughout.

The characters are in some ways relatable and sympathetic. I felt a little nostalgic thinking about their teen worries and this book definitely highlights the importance we place on friendship during our teen years.

I also loved reading the author’s note and finding out that the author did so much careful research into the two main aspects of the story: the police investigation and the wildfire. This gave the story more power and importance, in my opinion.

Overall, this has been a sophisticated, unputdownable, highly engaging and excellent book. It is one I would recommend to people who enjoy thrillers and police procedurals. I loved it!



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