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Jul 02, 2019 | ISBN 9781641290326

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Praise for This Story Is a Lie

“Revelatory about mental health, ingeniously constructed and a thrilling ride . . .”
—The Sunday Times

“In this dark and twisted thriller, nothing is what it seems; but Pollock’s greatest triumph is the portrait of a psyche at war with itself.”
—The Guardian

“At times dark and gory and illustrated with strong language, Pollock’s paranoid world has real substance thanks to his skillful development of the characters.”
—The Irish Times

“Fans of the Bourne series, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time and all stories where everything is not as it seems will lap it up.”
—The Scottish Herald

“Gripping, dazzling, and pulse-pounding, Pollock’s YA debut is a thrill from the first page to the last . . . The final twist is well disguised and truly revelatory.”
—School Library Journal, Starred Review

“[A] sophisticated, dark novel . . . Readers who thrill to the combination of mathematics and psychological suspense will be utterly enthralled.”
—Booklist, Starred Review

“Unrelenting twists and turns . . . Even the last page will keep readers wondering if there’s truth to the title.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“This shape-shifter of a novel explores the tragic cost of family secrets and lies . . . a fascinating premise.”
—Publishers Weekly

This Story Is a Lie is easily one of the greatest page-turners I’ve read this year . . .  Intensely gripping because of its clever plot and memorable characters.”
—Washington Independent Review of Books

“Tom Pollock displays a graceful mastery of both words and numbers in this brainy, unpredictable, and truly original thriller.”
—Samantha Shannon, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Season series

“Dazzling. It’s as though Escher and Schrödinger had collaborated on a thriller.”
—M.R. Carey, bestselling author of The Girl With All the Gifts

“Unreliable. Unputdownable. Deeply empathetic. This Story Is a Lie is a magnificent rollercoaster of a book.” 
—Marieke Nijkamp, New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends

“Notable for its hi-octane drama but also its thoughtfulness in the story’s quieter moments . . . a tremendous read from start to finish.”
—Geek Dad

This Story Is a Lie is a terrific YA thriller. It’s enjoyable to read, the math underpinning provides solid food for thought without being too daunting for readers who may lack confidence with the subject, and Peter Blankman’s blurred perception of what’s happening to him intrigues us from the first page to the very last.”
—New York Journal of Books

“Readers won’t soon forget this very smart,thoroughly original science fiction action-adventure.”
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“An exceptional and deftly crafted thriller of a read from beginning to end, This Story Is A Lie showcases author Tom Pollock’s genuine flair for character and narrative driven storytelling.”
—The Midwest Book Review

“Incredible, my mind is blown.”
—Katherine Webber, author of The Heartbeats of Wing Jones
“A dazzling, dizzying rollercoaster of a novel, about memory and family and other things you can’t completely trust. It will twist your brain in the best possible way.”
—Will Hill, author of the Department 19 series
“Exceptional, funny, bleak and emotionally brutal and had me permanently on the edge of my seat.”
—Jack Grimwood, author of Moskva

“Taut, suspenseful and compelling . . . A very self-assured and breathtaking debut.”
—Worth Reading? Worth Sharing! blog

Praise for Tom Pollock’s previous work

“Vivid, inventive and truly weird.”
Daily Mail
“Gorgeously written and brimming with bizarre urban creatures, this darkly imagined and sometimes painful tale should delight fans of Neil Gaiman, China Miéville, and Holly Black.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review


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