Review: Lie to Me (A Touched Trilogy Book 1) by Angela Fristoe

Book Blurb

Everyone fudges the truth, but only Phoebe hears them for the liars they are.

Phoebe has always felt broken. As one of the freaky Matlin triplets, she's supposed to be the Truth Teller. Yet, while her sisters already possess their abilities to see the future and heal people's pain, Phoebe has come to accept that the truth telling gift her mother prophecized she'd have just doesn't work.

Then her best friend, Tonya, tells one little lie and everything changes. With Tonya pissed at her for calling out the lie, being a Truth Teller doesn't seem like such a great gift. Although she's not gonna complain about knowing her crush, Nathan, finally dumped his stalker girlfriend for her.

But in lies, intention is everything, and she's positive Tonya's lies are covering darker and more serious truths. Except, knowing when someone is lying is the easy part; now she has to decide what to do about it. And with Nathan and her family's doubts about her ability confusing things, she's not sure she can help Tonya in time.

From USA Today Bestselling Author Angela Fristoe comes an emotionally touching trilogy for teens. Lie to Me is the perfect read for Young Adult fans of contemporary romance with a splash of the paranormal.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Three sisters are born as their mother dies.  She gives them each a special name and revealing the powers they will have.  Phoebe was the seer of truth. She will have the ability of knowing when someone is lying.  Chole is the seer of the future and Lily is a healer.
Both Chloe and Lily have their gifts and use them regularly.  Phoebe, on the other hand, doesn’t have hers and feels like a failure.  She also feels overwhelmed and angry thinking everyone expects her to be like her mother.  Nathan finally enters her life in the way she wants and things are looking up.  However when her best friend, Tonya, starts lying to her she has no idea what to do.  Her gift is growing stronger but she doesn’t want to drive Tonya away.  Phoebe is torn.  She fears something bad is happening but doesn’t trust her gift.  Those around her aren’t really helping her decide what to do.  She almost waits until it’s too late to act and her guilt almost causes her to lose everything.
The storyline was unique in this book.  It starts a bit sad then warps into the lives of the sisters who possess their gifts.  They are a bit dysfunctional.  The girls aren’t as close as they could be.  Phoebe has issues with her grandmother and her sister Chloe.  She really holds herself apart from them.  The author created a lot of tension in the family.  It truly drives the story.

Phoebe is struggling with her gift and trying to do what she feels is right.  Her stubbornness is front and center.  She is definitely part of her problem.  Her family is the first to point that out.  The story is littered with family issues and difficult relationships.  There is a lot going on that the reader isn’t aware of until the author reveals it.  Some of it is shocking and some remains mysterious.  It will be interesting to see where the author takes it in the next book.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

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