I will admit that any time a book is split into two, or more, I find myself a little concerned. Continuations sometimes feel the same as book-to-film adaptations; will I love it as much as the first? Will it answer all my burning questions? Will I still have all the feels?
When it comes to AV Geiger’s Tell Me No Lies, the continuation of her remarkably original, gripping and fangirl multi-faceted Follow Me Back, I can gladly say yes to all the above questions.
I can still remember my reaction when I finished Follow Me Back last summer. Reaching the end, I exhaled a breath I had been holding for the last several chapters. I was excited and anticipating the joining of the two characters, Tessa and Eric, after an entire book of them communicating only online. I couldn’t wait to see how their relationship would progress to the live and in person realm.
Then, she sprung the final chapter on me, and I threw the book across the room. I kid you not, it ‘thunked’ against the wall, sliding down to a little heap on the floor, as I frantically DM’d Geiger telling her I needed more, and needed it now.
It took about a year, but she delivered, and delivered in a big way. The follow up to her debut hit came in the book Tell Me No Lies, bringing Tessa and Eric together, but in a twisting and turning thrilling challenge that I could never have expected. I love thrillers, and especially trying to figure out ‘who done it’. I usually guess right, but this time I was surprised when I came to the conclusion and found the identity of the person behind the keyboard. I had considered them a suspect, but it wasn’t until Geiger cleared the dust and laid out all the little pieces that it all fit like the most perfectly placed puzzle.
Geiger has assembled the most perfect high-concept plot to bring aspects of every fangirls dream to life on the page. A hot, talented singer. Social media fandom. A secret love developed through messages, building trust and truly knowing the person without ever meeting face to face. She has literally written the ultimate fan dream, but it isn’t all fun and love. There are a lot of games, too, and not the ones the characters want to play.
Here is a blurb to Tell Me No Lies:
No one knows what happened to pop icon Eric Thorn. His Twitter account? Frozen. His cell phone? Cracked and bloody, buried in the snow.
Agoraphobic fangirl Tessa Hart knows the truth, but she’s finally left her #EricThornObsessed days behind. She has no intention of ever touching her Twitter app again. But Snapchat… That’s safer, right?
After months of living under the radar, Tessa emerges from hiding, forced to face the deadly consequences of her past. But in the interrogation room, answers only lead to more questions in the pulse-pounding conclusion to the Follow Me Back duology.
Geiger has a unique ability to take us on a high thrills ride from the first pages of Follow Me Back, to the last of Tell Me No Lies, and not once do you regret the hours of binge reading she has subjected you to. Anyone who has ever been a part of fandom (and let’s be honest, that is ALL of us) you can connect with Tessa and the challenges that come with toeing the line of fandom and fans, even when you are one. Eric is the pop star who hates his job. Lets be honest, being a celebrity now isn’t all its cracked up to be, and Eric shows us the plight of fame and fandom in this current age. Where every step is tracked, every move is documented online, and every little thing you think/say/do/feel is commented on by millions. It is life in our generation, but with deadly twists as the two try to escape their own demons, and those that continue to chase them across the country.
If you are looking for a young adult romance that isn’t all hearts and flowers, that will leave you breathless and tingling with adrenaline, then this is the read for you. No other series has taken the pop culture of social media and fandom and placed it on the page in a way that translates so seamlessly as Geiger has, and no matter your preferences for reading, you will find something to love in this finale. Romance, young adult, thriller, suspense and murder.
She has left nothing out.
Get your copy June 5, 2018.