Tell Me Lies - Carola Lovering

Tell Me Lies

By Carola Lovering

  • Release Date: 2018-06-12
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 56 Ratings


Named a Best Book of Summer by Parade * Refinery29 * PopSugar * Bustle * Working Mother * Town & Country * Thought Catalog * PureWow * Betches * Literary Hub * Brides

“Think: The Affair meets Animal House meets your beach bag. Get into it.”—TheSkimm

“A twisted modern love story.” —Parade

“Everything you could ever want in a summer read.” —USA TODAY

Everyone remembers the one. No, not that one. The other one. The one you couldn’t let go of. The one you’ll never forget.

Lucy Albright is far from her Long Island upbringing when she arrives on the campus of her small California college, and happy to be hundreds of miles from her mother, whom she’s never forgiven for an act of betrayal in her early teen years. Quickly grasping at her fresh start, Lucy embraces college life and all it has to offer—new friends, wild parties, stimulating classes. And then she meets Stephen DeMarco. Charming. Attractive. Complicated. Devastating.

Confident and cocksure, Stephen sees something in Lucy that no one else has, and she’s quickly seduced by this vision of herself, and the sense of possibility that his attention brings her. Meanwhile, Stephen is determined to forget an incident buried in his past that, if exposed, could ruin him, and his single-minded drive for success extends to winning, and keeping, Lucy’s heart.

Lucy knows there’s something about Stephen that isn’t to be trusted. Stephen knows Lucy can’t tear herself away. And their addicting entanglement will have consequences they never could have imagined.

Alternating between Lucy’s and Stephen’s voices, Tell Me Lies follows their connection through college and post-college life in New York City. With psychological insight and biting wit, this keenly intelligent and staggeringly resonant novel chronicles the yearning ambitions, desires, and dilemmas of young adulthood, and the difficulty of letting go, even when you know you should.


  • Really great read

    By Dmmatg
    As someone who works in the medical field, the author’s depiction of sociopathic behavior is spot on !! I hope this depiction is due to research and not experience. That being said, this isn’t so much a love story but a hopeful journey of a young woman trying to find herself. It is very well written although I wish more emphasis was placed on Lucy’s own psychiatric issues which were implied but not always addressed. These things such as eating disorders are serious topics and do not just fade away.
  • Sad but true...

    By #FreeBird
    A really good read. Loved the characters and unfortunately everyone I know has had the sad experience of knowing (or not really knowing) a “Stephen”.