Martie Wheeler is a normal thirteen year old girl dealing with tragedy and loss after the death of her father. She’s anxious but keeping it all inside as her older sister Blaire has been acting out and fighting with their mother so Martie wants to be the good daughter.
Their mother decides it would be best to move across the country to give the family a fresh start. Before leaving Martie learns of the kidnapping of two young girls around her age and the thought of what could happen to them also weighs heavily on young Martie.
Taking place in 1974 during the time of Nixon leaving office The Lies We Tell is a haunting tale of love, loss and the way one family deals with tragedy. A young girl doing her best to learn to cope with the loss of her father and learn the truth about just what happened that day.
Absolutely loved young Martie as she was a character that immediately upon learning her story. Reading her voice as she’s telling of her family and life just made me want to hug and comfort her and make her pain go away. Her mother is focused on her older sister who is being a typical teenager and reacting by yelling and disobeying but Martie is keeping it all bottled up inside.
As for the setting, if Nixon weren’t mentioned occasionally I don’t know that I’d even of been able to tell what time period this took place in. The focus is on the healing of this family and the events that led them up to that point in their life.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.