Title: Hiding Lies
Author: Julie Cross
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: April 17, 2018
Page Count: 304
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
At Holden Prep, dirty little secrets always have a way of coming to the surface.
Eleanor Ames has never been what she seems. Average high school student on the outside, but reformed con artist trying to break free of her past on the inside. When Eleanor receives startling news about someone from her previous criminal life, plans for a new operation coinciding with her school’s upcoming field trip quickly consume her.
But operations rarely go according to plan. And this is one her irresistible teen FBI agent boyfriend, Miles, would never approve of.
Now, more than just Ellie’s reputation is at stake. If she fails, it could be her life.
The Eleanor Ames series is best enjoyed in order.
Book #1 Chasing Truth
Book #2 Hiding Lies
Hiding Lies by Julie Cross is the second book in the Eleanor Ames series. This series is a bit of a young adult mystery/thriller mixed with some romance. The series is one that the story carries over from one book to the next and is best read in order.
In Chasing Truth readers were introduced to Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Ames who is attending Holden Prep while living with her older sister. Ellie’s parents were con artists and had raised their girls in that life but now they are going straight and Ellie is trying to use her talents for something better now.
While Ellie’s FBI in training boyfriend, Miles, is away with his secret agent parents Ellie finds out that someone from her previous life is trying to run a con and it happens to be going down in the same location of her school’s field trip. Despite knowing it’s dangerous Ellie seeks Dominic’s help to tag along on the school trip and then agrees to be an informant and get herself involved in the new con.
This series is a fun young adult mystery with a snarky but likable main character. This second book picked up the pace which I loved after complaining the first dragged a bit. I also loved that we are finally given a lot closer look at Ellie’s background of being a con artist and her family. There was obviously more story that can be told after the end of this one so I’d definitely join Ellie on her adventures again if the series continues.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press). She’s also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, The Juniper Falls series (Off the Ice, Breaking the Ice), and the Eleanor Ames series (Chasing Truth, Hiding Lies). Julie recently left her home town of Champaign, Illinois and moved with her husband and three kids across the country to pursue her college degree at Stanford University.