Kid’s Book Review: Every Word A Lie

Kid’s Book Review: Every Word A Lie

About the Book and Author

Every Word A Lie, by Sue Wallman, is a gripping murder mystery in which two friends, Amy and Stan, are pranked by their friend Hollie. Together, they plot the perfect revenge; catfishing Hollie pretending to be her crush. But their prank has unexpected consequences when she ends up dead.

Now, Amy is trapped in a world of grief and lies and doesn’t know who she can trust. The whole school blames her and Stan for Hollie’s death, but as the case begins to unfurl Amy uncovers the terrible truth; she could be next…

After gaining a degree in English Literature & Publishing at Oxford Brooks University, Sue Wallman worked for a newspaper in Paris, and magazines in London. Now she combines writing with working in a secondary school library.

Her journey to publication took eight years, and picked up pace when she won The Woman’s Prize for Fiction First Chapter Award in 2013. Her debut, Lying About Last Summer, was published in 2016. (It was actually the fifth young adult book I’d written!). Visit her website to discover more about Sue and her writing.


Book Review

Guaranteed to have your stomach in knots

This book is a particularly memorable murder mystery that is guaranteed to have your stomach in knots. It keeps you guessing, and draws you in to the very last page. The characters in this book, which is told from Amy’s perspective, are so well written and the storyline is perfect; the best of the murder mystery genre.

I would recommend this book to those in their early teens. It is a wonderful book, and I will definitely be looking out for more by Sue Wallman.

​Another reader on our panel reviewed another of Sue’s thrillers –  Such a Good Liar

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Margaret
  • Age: 14 years
  • Likes: reading, fossil hunting and writing
  • Dislikes: seafood and stir-fry
  • Favourite Book: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Favourite Film: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Favourite Song: Aberdaron by The Trials of Cato