The truth is out there and Penny wants to find it. The “real” truth, of course, and not that garbage her paranormal conspiracy-theory touting father feeds the readers of his publication, Strange World. In Lindsey Klingele ’s The Truth Lies Here, Penny is determined to get accepted into Northwestern’s school of journalism, even if that means returning to her tiny hometown of Bone Lake to write the article that will get her there. What Penny finds, however, is much more than she bargained for.
Things seem immediately amiss, as Penny’s father doesn’t pick her up from the airport, and, in fact, seems to be missing. Couple that with the fact the people keep repeating the same phrase to her over and over, strange men are wandering around town and burned bodies keep showing up in the woods, and Penny has to rethink her stance on the paranormal. She decides to take matters into her own hands and begins to search for her father with the help of Dex, her closest childhood friend, and Micah, the high-school quarterback (and Penny’s hidden crush). This search leads all of them to discover that things in Bone Lake are much stranger than they believed.
Ideal for fans of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” The Truth Lies Here brilliantly keeps readers second-guessing. Multiple, complex plot lines are woven together with rich, thoughtful characters, and an eerie and unsettling mood hangs over every page. This is the kind of book that keeps you up at night. You won’t want to stop reading until you reach the deeply satisfying and somewhat disturbing conclusion.