Good Girls Lie
by J.T. Ellison

Good Girls Lie is not the first book that I’ve read by author J.T. Ellison; until now, I have read most of her Lieutenant Taylor Jackson series, as well as her 2018 stand-alone novel, Tear Me Apart.  That being said, I can definitely say that this is my absolute favourite book that she has written, so far.  It is a haunting, intricately woven, and beautifully written suspense novel that just pulls you in from the very first page.

Ellison’s novel follows sixteen-year-old Ashlyn Carr as she moves from Oxford, England to Marchburg, Virginia, to attend a prestigious all-girls preparatory boarding school, known as The Goode School. The young women who typically attend Goode are the daughters of influential politicians, lawyers, and CEOs.  Once there, students are expected to abide by the rules, study hard, and adhere to the school’s strict Honour Code; as long as they do so, they are guaranteed bright futures with early acceptances to the Ivy League university of their choice.  Being the daughter of a powerful and wealthy couple in England, Ashlyn Carr is no different—except that right before her departure to America, her father suddenly passes away causing her mother, heartbroken with grief, to take her own life, leaving Ashlyn an orphan all on her own.

Filled with grief, Ashlyn arrives in Virginia and changes her name to Ash Carlisle, in the hopes that she can leave everything behind her and start a new life.  However, Ash struggles to settle in to this new life at Goode and she faces typical high school challenges, such as cliques and mean girls, bullying, and difficult courses that test her in ways that she has never before experienced.  As she continues to get accustomed with her new life, Ash realizes that nothing at Goode is as it seems and that everyone, herself included, is hiding something.

Good Girls Lie opens with an unsettling scene that grabs the reader’s attention immediately—a young woman’s body has been found dangling from wrought iron gates, located just at the entrance of The Goode School campus.  The story then takes a step back, as readers follow Ash’s journey from England to Virginia, where we learn of her life and of the sinister events that lead up to how this mysterious young woman’s body appears.    

Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison is an incredibly addicting and binge-worthy read.  I just loved everything about it, especially the mysterious, haunting and secret-filled boarding school setting (filled with secret societies, haunting tales and stories of murder, as well as hidden secret passages!).  Ellison is an excellent writer who is able to bring the reader directly into the story and overall setting… for a moment, I was lost and felt like I, too, was a student at Goode!  I’d also like to add that the ending worked and completely made sense to me, but I also never saw it coming at all.

If you like Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl, this is definitely the book for you, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Check out more of the synopsis below!


Goode girls don’t lie…

Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school knows as a Silent Ivy.  The boarding school of couch for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest.  Its elite status, long-held traditions and honour code are ideal for preparing exceptional young woman for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond.  But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.

In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behaviour of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder.  But when a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored.  Rumours suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.

But look closely…because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.


Simple amazing. Everyone should read this one.

— Rebekah Dolmat

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