This Story is a Lie

Tom Pollack

ISBN: 9781616959111

Published: August, 2018

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Hardcover $18.99

eBook $10.99

Tom Pollack

London

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A YA thriller described as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time meets John le Carré, about a teen math prodigy with an extreme anxiety disorder who finds himself caught in a web of lies and conspiracies after an assassination attempt on his mother.

Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman is a math geni...

A YA thriller described as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time meets John le Carré, about a teen math prodigy with an extreme anxiety disorder who finds himself caught in a web of lies and conspiracies after an assassination attempt on his mother.

Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman is a math genius. He also suffers from devastating panic attacks. Pete gets through each day with the help of his mother—a famous scientist—and his beloved twin sister, Bel.

But when his mom is nearly assassinated in front of his eyes and Bel disappears, Pete finds himself on the run. Dragged into a world where state and family secrets intertwine, Pete must use his extraordinary analytical skills to find his missing sister and track down the people who attacked his mother. But his greatest battle will be with the enemy inside: the constant terror that threatens to overwhelm him.

Weaving between Pete’s past and present, This Story Is a Lie is a testimony from a protagonist who is brilliant, broken and trying to be brave.

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“Unrelenting twists and turns . . . Even the last page will keep readers wondering if there's truth to the title.”
—Kirkus Reviews
“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
“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
“[A] departure from typical works of suspense . . . Filled with all the best components of the genre, this is a sensitive depiction of mental illness.”
—School Library Journal