About the Book
Author: Kathy Cassel
Release date: June 19, 2022
For talented teen photographer Bailey Collins, small-town life is good if predictable. Great friends. Loving if overly-protective parents. Academic and artistic success. An amazing new boyfriend.
Until a school field trip to a Chicago photography exhibit turns upside-down everything Bailey has believed about her life. Why are the baby pictures missing from her own past exhibited under another child’s name? Who is this elusive artist whose own identity appears as much a mystery as her exhibit? Or the hostile stranger bizarrely claiming to be Bailey’s birth father?
Above all, if everything about Bailey’s life is a lie, who are the people she has always called Mom and Dad? And if they can’t be trusted, how can she trust the loving God in whom they’ve taught her to place her faith? As a mountain of unraveling lies place both Bailey and those she cares about in danger, she sets out on a peril-filled quest to expose the truth. Will uncovering her true identity bring the closure and purpose Bailey seeks—or turn out to be the worst mistake of her life?
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This is an engaging novel for youth. The first half of the novel is building up the mystery. Bailey's parents are obviously hiding something. I was a bit disappointed they were not more honest with Bailey. That aspect of the novel really shows the trouble caused by lies, even if one thinks it's best. The second half of the novel really picks up, offering opportunities for Bailey to be brave yet leading her into some really suspenseful situations too.
There is a clear gospel thread moving through the novel with a clear salvation message. There is also a clear message of the importance of supportive friends, ones who really care about you. There are many lessons learned in the novel, both by Bailey and her parents and, hopefully, the readers. Cassel's writing style is clear and fun to read. A good youth novel all around.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
More from Kathy
A book begins in my head long before the actual writing starts. For A Thousand Lies I had a vague idea in my mind of a girl discovering her parents weren’t her actual birth parents and setting out on a journey to find the truth.
I kicked the idea around in my mind for longer than I’d like to admit before writing A Thousand Lies. I chose three teens for main characters, Bailey, Reese, and Draya, and I chose NYC as the alternative setting because I fell in love with the city after my first visit there a few years ago.
After several drafts, I felt the story was a strong one and ready for publication. But as I lay watching my clock go around one night, a thought hit me. “What if the birthfather didn’t die in prison? What if he’s alive and free and comes after both Bailey and her birthmom?” And that started a rewrite that led to the completed YA novel A Thousand Lies.
I hope that my readers will find both the characters and the plot compelling as they join Bailey’s quest to find out her true identity.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)