The Secrets of Lily Graves

The Secrets of Lily Graves

by Sarah Strohmeyer

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Overview

Gone Girl meets Six Feet Under in bestselling author Sarah Strohmeyer's romantic YA mystery about a girl who must unravel a web of lies in her small town before it's too late.

Descended from a long line of female morticians, Lily Graves knows all about buried secrets. So after senior-class president Erin Donohue—perfect saint to the community—turns up dead, Lily believes it's her job to find the culprit. But Lily has feelings for Erin's ex-boyfriend, Matt, which makes both of them suspects and makes Lily's investigation . . . complicated. As her world crumbles around her, Lily must figure out the difference between truth and deception, between genuine love and a web of lies. And she must do it quickly, before the killer claims another victim.

Fans of Sara Shepard who enjoy realistic contemporary fiction with a dash of mystery will love the secrets, lies, and romance swirling in this sexy, intriguing novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062259608
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Sarah Strohmeyer is a bestselling and award-winning novelist whose books include The Secrets of Lily Graves, How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True, Smart Girls Get What They Want, The Cinderella Pact (which became the Lifetime Original Movie Lying to Be Perfect), The Sleeping Beauty Proposal, The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives, Sweet Love, and the Bubbles mystery series. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Boston Globe. She lives with her family outside Montpelier, Vermont.

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The Secrets of Lily Graves 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
heartjess More than 1 year ago
Creeptastic, Great Story & Fun Read I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This book grabbed my attention pretty much from the first or second chapter and never let go. It was a fascinating background for a YA book -- a family that owns/lives at a funeral home. I have to admit that element creeped me out at first, but also drew me in. Logically, my brain was able to see that this book had typical elements: a hot boy, a girl who seems to be an outcast, a loyal best friend, and a popular girl arch nemesis. This book was very high school and those elements were very typical. It didn't go outside the norm on what you'd expect from a teen book -- and whether or not that is reality in high schools, that is the reality in a YA high school. However, emotionally this book excelled. It had my heart racing and I was transfixed on the mystery. I wanted to know who done it and of course that mystery fueled by creepy dead people in the basement kept me in tachycardia.  The characters themselves varied between typical (especially the adults) and connective (Lily and her beau). I connected with Lily, because I understood her, what it is like to be on the outside. I thought it was so interesting how Lily and Matt were blamed for the death of Erin. It kept me engaged and asking questions in my head. I thought I had some ideas of how the book turned out and while I was right about 2 of the 3 big surprises, there was one that really shocked me. I should have seen it coming looking back, because Strohmeyer gives you clues, but I guess I wanted to believe the best in people. Strohmeyer may exaggerate what a typical teen looks likes, but her story writing and plot building are highly effective. I loved the words and the end of the last chapter was just exquisite. I thought it came to a great conclusion and the epilogue was perfect. It wasn't abrupt or too much of anything -- it had the right amount of balance between wrapping things up and giving us the information we needed. Overall, most of my rating was based emotionally -- this book just sucked me in and I had a great time. I got creeped out and had to turn the light on at one point in time, but I enjoyed every moment of it. For this review & more, visit Such a Novel Idea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!! I never left it.
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
By family tradition Lily Graves lives and works in a funeral parlor with her mother, aunt and grandmother. She might have a crush on football player Matt. And when his ex-girlfriend Erin is found dead, Lily has more than one problem. She now becomes main suspect after having a fight with Erin. The title is a bit misleading because Lily Graves isn't the girl who's keeping secrets all the time, lying to everyone. She's quite a nice girl under all that dark goth exterior. The story setting was a very good source for the general dark and mysterious mood of the book. In the end Lily and Matt's romance wasn't strong enough to make the story a really good read, but the murder mystery was engaging and had some gruesome details to it, thanks to all the resources a funeral home offers. 3/5 *** THE SECRETS OF LILY GRAVES - A perfect read for fans of Pretty Little Liars, only less lying and more graveyard visits. Sarah Strohmeyer's new YA release is on the darker, more mysterious side of summer reads with a gentle romance and a morbid, gothic touch to it. You'll enjoy the murder case most, lots of teenage drama in there, too.
LibraryMom4 More than 1 year ago
This is not just a YA book. I loved it. We all remember high school and it's difficulties. This book was more than that. Lily is a wonderful character. I learned a lot about the funeral home business and some science. The female run funeral home idea is fantastic. It's a great read. I highly recommend this for adults and young adults. Awesome! My favorite Strohmeyer book!
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
Where do I start? The Secrets of Lily Graves is one of my favorite 2014 reads so far. It was so unique and addicting. I actually started it at one early morning thinking I would read a chapter or two then get back to studying, but I ended up finishing the book by the afternoon. What does that mean? it means you need to go buy this book ASAP. It combines so many elements I enjoy in a book, murder mystery, a smart and likable protagonist, a cute potential romance, memorable plot, and lastly, the most important, being able to keep you at the edge of your seat trying to figure out the mystery. Lily Graves comes from a family of morticians. Her family is seriously cool and I love that Lily embraces this aspect of her life. She doesn't shy away from being related to her mortician family and dresses the way she likes, and is content with her life. That is the one thing that is usually missing in many of the main protagonists's lives.. contentment with what they have and are.  Beware, once you read the first chapter, you will be hooked. I loved how the first chapter got us straight into the plot.. no slow introductions, it's like ACTION! BAM! MURDER! MYSTERY! THERE YOU GO. All that in the first chapter or so. I loved the progression of the mystery and the little tidbits of clues that were thrown our way. I personally had some suspicions on who the killer could be but it was much more intricate than that. As for the romance, it isn't really a big part of the plot, but i really enjoyed it. I think Matt is just so cute and sweet and surprisingly protective of Lily and I loved that Lily treated him like any boy, because him being so popular means nothing to her. Lily is true to herself and I applaud her for that. Basically, this book is a quick, fun, and thrilling read and I definitely recommend it to all contemporary and mystery fans, you won't be disappointed! 
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of Sarah Strohmeyer's writing. Thus far, I've adored the wit and humor she incorporates into her reads. The Secrets of Lily Graves is different form her previous works also in that it doesn't have the humor of Smart Girls or the romantic, magical feel of How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True (which also had humor). Instead, Lily Graves keeps the plot moving with the secrets surfacing like puzzle pieces slowly building the completed picture to reveal the surprise plot twist at the end. On the spectrum of crime novels, Lily Graves falls more on the investigation side than on the action / thriller / life-is-on-the-line end. Not until the end did I really get the feeling that Lily's life was seriously in danger from anything more than a potential false arrest. This was disappointing, as I was expecting more danger with Lily pursuing the real killer, as the synopsis suggests that there will be more victims. Suspense is created through the unraveling of clues and through flashbacks to time Lily and Matt spent together during their 'tutoring sessions'. Narrating the story from a futuristic point of view also helps add tension with foreshadowing comments from an older Lily. However, this results in an anticlimax towards the end when the secrets don't live up to the suspense created at the beginning. Also, many don't even have to do with Lily, as the title suggests. Character-wise, I love how Lily is surrounded with unique, quirky people. Lily loves to wear black with heavy makeup. While I wouldn't classify her as a goth like one of my good friends (other than clothes, she doesn't seem to participate in the culture), and I appreciate this piece of diversity in the book. There's also her aunt Boo with her tattoos and easy-going attitude and Lily's crime-investigator-wannabe best friend Sarah who has a disability (withered arm). Sarah is very expressive and has an over-the-top personality. She plays such a big role in Lily's life that I wish we saw more of her. The same goes for Matt. Lily and Matt have a definite chemistry going on between them, and I wish that the story spent more time going over what happened between them. I'm still at a loss for how the romance between them developed to the point where they care so deeply for each other or why Matt joined the investigation when earlier he wasn't responding to her texts and phone calls. I wish that the story spent more time exploring character motivations. While I really hated Erin's friends for how they treat Lily, I don't feel like we ever really did get to know them and how they're involved in events other than the party they threw on the day of Erin's murder. There's also Erin and who she really was under the image she conveyed of the girl who had everything. And the real culprit and those involved with the culprit. The plot wraps up pretty quickly after Lily uncovers the identity of Erin's murderer, and we don't really get a chance to figure out what's going to happen and how events have changed the lives of all involved. I'm especially surprised by the involvement of one particular character and would like to know more about why and how s/he got tangled in this affair. Overall, this has been an enjoyable read, and I would recommend it to those looking for a YA murder mystery with likable characters and a surprising plot twist at the end. Though not to those looking for a heart-pounding, action-packed crime novel with high stakes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago