The Color of Lies by C.J. Lyons

Publisher: Blink

Release Date: November 6, 2018

Genre: Young Adult — Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons comes The Color of Lies, a world drenched in color and mystery.

High school senior Ella Cleary has always been good at reading people. Her family has a rare medical condition called synesthesia that scrambles the senses — her Gram Helen sees every sound, and her uncle Joe can literally taste words. Ella’s own synesthesia manifests itself as the ability to see colors that reveal people’s true emotions…until she meets a guy she just can’t read.

Alec is a mystery to Ella, a handsome, enigmatic young journalist who makes her feel normal for the first time in her life. That is, until he reveals the real reason why he sought her out —he wants to learn the truth behind her parents’ deaths, the parents that Ella had always been told died in a fire. Alec turns Ella’s world upside down when he tells her their deaths were definitely not an accident.

After learning her entire life has been a lie, Ella doesn’t know who she can trust or even who she really is. With her adoptive family keeping secrets and the evidence mixing fact and fiction, the only way for Ella to learn the truth about her past is to find a killer.

Perfect for fans of Caroline B. Cooney, Ally Carter, and Jennifer Brown, The Color of Lies blurs the lines between black-and-white facts and the kaleidoscope of reality.



“ The best lies always begin in the truth.” Now this sentence really captures the feel of this book in my opinion. This book captured my interest from the very first chapter. At first I got the feeling that the story would be very heavily romanced. But I noticed throughout the story it was very light on romance, just enough to give you a little something. I found the sections on reading auras so interesting. I enjoyed that the book was made up of multiple points of view (Ella and Alec). it really helped keep the mystery alive. I like how the author put in the fact that her grandmother Helen narrates audiobooks. It’s these little details that really made me feel part of the story.

In terms of characters I happened to like them all. Ella was Croatian which added some much needed diversity to the story. She was an introvert, which makes complete sense considering her synesthesia. I loved that Ella liked to swim and paint, I haven’t read many books where the main character likes to do two completely different hobbies. Rory was a pretty great best friend. She was confident and such a sweet presence brought to the book. Max was definitely more levelheaded and that helped keep the storyline in check , in my perspective. Alec was a very mysterious character and his chapters definitely kept me wanting more answers.

“I have synesthesia. It means my senses get tangled up, confusing what I hear with how my brain translates another person‘s words, all combining to form auras of brilliant colors and pictures in my mind. Images so vivid, I’ve spent my whole life coloring, drawing, painting, trying to reproduce them.” This part just really summed a lot of this up for me and I loved the descriptions. I thought the sections that showed Ella’s repressed memories were very interesting and portrayed wonderfully. I would highly recommend this book to people who enjoy a good mystery, with twist you don’t see coming.


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart. Two times winner of the International Thriller Writers coveted Thriller Award, CJ has been called a “master within the genre” (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as “breathtakingly fast-paced” and “riveting” (Publishers Weekly) with “characters with beating hearts and three dimensions” (Newsday). Learn more about CJ’s Thrillers with Heart on her WEBSITE!





Prize: 5 Copies of The Color of Lies by CJ Lyons

(USA only)

Starts: 11/5/18

Ends: 11/16/18


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