The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr | A Review

So when I got back home and found this gem of a book waiting on my bed in all it’s glory, I got very very excited. Anything by Emily Barr is a delight to read, particularly after I read The One Memory of Flora Banks and completely fell in love with it. Barr’s most recent novel follows a 17 year old girl of the name of Ella Black, who thinks she has her life together. She might not have many friends but her two closest are lovely and kind, and her mum might be protective but she has all that she needs in the world. Inside, there is a part of her that wants to scream and tear and destroy, but for seventeen years she has hidden this away from everyone. So to the people around her, Ella is shy but nice in general, and on the inside she is Bella, dark, dangerous and extremely unpredictable. At first, I didn’t enjoy reading this as much as Barr’s other novels, just because it seemed similar to the other protagonists in her books, but I chose to stick it out and I’m glad I did. The plot is intriguing and immersive, with extraordinary character development that makes the impossible events that occur seem realistic. This is the first book that I have ever read that grew on me after each turn of the page, and by the end I just couldn’t put it down. Who knew that many feelings could be cramped into three hundred pages? Thoroughly recommend. X

Thanks to Love Reading who provided me with this copy of The Truth and Lies of Ella Black, publication date 2018

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