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A teen girl disappears from her small town deep in the bayou, where magic festers beneath the surface of the swamp like water rot, in this chilling debut supernatural thriller for fans of Natasha Preston, Karen McManus, and Rory Power. La Cachette, Louisiana, is the worst place to be if you have something to hide. This tiny town, where seventeen-year-old Grey spends her summ A teen girl disappears from her small town deep in the bayou, where magic festers beneath the surface of the swamp like water rot, in this chilling debut supernatural thriller for fans of Natasha Preston, Karen McManus, and Rory Power. La Cachette, Louisiana, is the worst place to be if you have something to hide. This tiny town, where seventeen-year-old Grey spends her summers, is the self-proclaimed Psychic Capital of the World--and the place where Elora Pellerin, Grey's best friend, disappeared six months earlier. Grey can't believe that Elora vanished into thin air any more than she can believe that nobody in a town full of psychics knows what happened. But as she digs into the night that Elora went missing, she begins to realize that everybody in town is hiding something - her grandmother Honey; her childhood crush Hart; and even her late mother, whose secrets continue to call to Grey from beyond the grave. When a mysterious stranger emerges from the bayou - a stormy-eyed boy with links to Elora and the town's bloody history - Grey realizes that La Cachette's past is far more present and dangerous than she'd ever understood. Suddenly, she doesn't know who she can trust. In a town where secrets lurk just below the surface, and where a murderer is on the loose, nobody can be presumed innocent--and La Cachette's dark and shallow lies may just rip the town apart.


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A teen girl disappears from her small town deep in the bayou, where magic festers beneath the surface of the swamp like water rot, in this chilling debut supernatural thriller for fans of Natasha Preston, Karen McManus, and Rory Power. La Cachette, Louisiana, is the worst place to be if you have something to hide. This tiny town, where seventeen-year-old Grey spends her summ A teen girl disappears from her small town deep in the bayou, where magic festers beneath the surface of the swamp like water rot, in this chilling debut supernatural thriller for fans of Natasha Preston, Karen McManus, and Rory Power. La Cachette, Louisiana, is the worst place to be if you have something to hide. This tiny town, where seventeen-year-old Grey spends her summers, is the self-proclaimed Psychic Capital of the World--and the place where Elora Pellerin, Grey's best friend, disappeared six months earlier. Grey can't believe that Elora vanished into thin air any more than she can believe that nobody in a town full of psychics knows what happened. But as she digs into the night that Elora went missing, she begins to realize that everybody in town is hiding something - her grandmother Honey; her childhood crush Hart; and even her late mother, whose secrets continue to call to Grey from beyond the grave. When a mysterious stranger emerges from the bayou - a stormy-eyed boy with links to Elora and the town's bloody history - Grey realizes that La Cachette's past is far more present and dangerous than she'd ever understood. Suddenly, she doesn't know who she can trust. In a town where secrets lurk just below the surface, and where a murderer is on the loose, nobody can be presumed innocent--and La Cachette's dark and shallow lies may just rip the town apart.

30 review for Dark and Shallow Lies

  1. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Woodward

    "You know what's so awful, Grey?" Evie wipes at her face. then she wraps her skinny arms around her chest and shivers hard. "The dead? They lie. Just like the rest of us." Magic and mystery collide in this spooky tale, set deep in the heart of the Louisiana bayou...and I was swept into the eye of the hurricane! La Cachette is replete with everything you'd expect from a bayou: foggy swamps, alligators, a heavy humidity hanging in the air...and of course, a plethora of psychics. This small town "You know what's so awful, Grey?" Evie wipes at her face. then she wraps her skinny arms around her chest and shivers hard. "The dead? They lie. Just like the rest of us." Magic and mystery collide in this spooky tale, set deep in the heart of the Louisiana bayou...and I was swept into the eye of the hurricane! La Cachette is replete with everything you'd expect from a bayou: foggy swamps, alligators, a heavy humidity hanging in the air...and of course, a plethora of psychics. This small town is home to the Summer Children, sets of twin flames, many of whom have been blessed with special powers, from psychic foresight to empathic abilities. Grey "Greycie" feels she does not have such a gift, but ever since her twin flame and soul sister Elora went missing a year ago, life has not been the same. Elora's disappearance has left Grey adrift, relying on grandmother Honey, longtime crush Hart, and other friends from town to help her pick up the pieces. Grey knows there is more to the story than meets the eye, and she can't help but wonder if Elora might be trying to reach her through the wind, through the trees...or through her mind. Could this disappearance be connected to the murders of two other Summer Children from the past? What secrets did Grey's mother take to her untimely grave? Does she possess gifts she might not even fully understand? And who is that stranger with the ice blue eyes that she cannot get out of her mind? Has Elora's fate become one more secret the bayou will hold forever...no matter the cost? I was lucky enough to read an excerpt from this book several months back, and ever since, it stuck with me. Myers Sain drew me in so quickly and deeply that I was transported to the Louisiana south in a way no other book has...and I was desperate to find out more! The mystery of Elora's disappearance is set up neatly at the beginning of the story, but Myers Sain makes you wait and wait for resolution...and it is ABSOLUTELY worth the wait! Sure, there are red herrings aplenty...but all of Grey's theories seem plausible at one point or another, and as a reader, I was never completely settled on what seemed most likely...and it was wonderful. I love that the mystical elements of the narrative kept me guessing and wondering and I love that even in its resolution, nothing was cut and dried. There is room for backstory and expansion aplenty here, and perhaps if this someday gets a screen adaptation (which would be fabulous!) all of that potential could be explored. Myers Sain is a newcomer to the YA scene, but you'd never know it: her prose is lovely, short but never too choppy, and full of haunting and foreboding atmosphere that took me out of rural IL (which is always welcomed) and set me firmly in the swampy South. Myers Sain comes from the theatre world but mentions in her acknowledgements a couple of poets she admires, and poetic certainly describes her prose here. When certain descriptors stick with you days after reading them (particularly one sentence where she captures the exact sound of flip-flops on the boardwalk) you KNOW the author has done their job. While La Cachette might be a terrifying place, it felt incredibly REAL, and I wouldn't be surprised if readers who aren't familiar with Louisiana actually went looking for it. Her characters also spring off the page, full of vim, vigor, and of course, an aura of mystery. I did not anticipate that this would be such a spooky and satisfying read to round out the Halloween season, but color me an absolutely satisfied reader! Already looking forward to Myers Sain's next book (and I'd be happy with that film adaptation in the meantime!) 😉 4 ⭐

  2. 4 out of 5

    Miya

    I like it, but I wanted to love it. From the beginning it seemed so magical and intriguing, but then it kind of got weird and uncomfortable. There was a very unlikable character (I don't want to spoil things)...this person just all around creeped me out and it was justified throughout the book. That left a bad taste in my mouth. I did like the gifts the characters had. I thought that was neat. I think a lot of people would really enjoy it who may not be as easily triggered by toxic males as me. I like it, but I wanted to love it. From the beginning it seemed so magical and intriguing, but then it kind of got weird and uncomfortable. There was a very unlikable character (I don't want to spoil things)...this person just all around creeped me out and it was justified throughout the book. That left a bad taste in my mouth. I did like the gifts the characters had. I thought that was neat. I think a lot of people would really enjoy it who may not be as easily triggered by toxic males as me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    THIS SOUNDS LIKE EXACTLY MY CUP OF DARK TEA

  4. 4 out of 5

    Angela Staudt

    Thank you to Penguin Teen for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Dark and Shallow Lies is one of my favorite reads of 2021. If this isn’t on your radar it really should be. It was dark, atmospheric, eerie, and full of amazing characters. This is the perfect book for fall and you can’t convince me otherwise. I can’t believe that this is a debut because from the very first page I was intrigued and couldn’t stop reading. The setting is what really had me hooked, the author wrote such vivid des Thank you to Penguin Teen for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Dark and Shallow Lies is one of my favorite reads of 2021. If this isn’t on your radar it really should be. It was dark, atmospheric, eerie, and full of amazing characters. This is the perfect book for fall and you can’t convince me otherwise. I can’t believe that this is a debut because from the very first page I was intrigued and couldn’t stop reading. The setting is what really had me hooked, the author wrote such vivid descriptions of La Cachette, Louisiana that it felt like I was there and could picture exactly what this town of 106 living souls looked like. A town that is forgotten about when it isn’t tourist season, a town full of secrets, a town where murders go unnoticed. Grey, the main character spends every summer in La Cachette with her grandmother and her best friend Elora. This summer is different though, Elora has been missing for six months and no one knows what happened. She disappeared into thin air and was never seen again. La Cachette is home to a lot of psychics, but not a single one has a clue what happened to Elora. Grey is spending the summer figuring out where her best friend; her twin flame went, but it seems like everyone knows a secret or two in La Cachette and they don’t want to be uncovered. Not to mention the boy in the storm with the icy blue eyes that Grey has never seen before this summer. Does he have something to do with Elora missing? I fell head over heels in love with Dark and Shallow lies. The small town vibes, the mysterious characters full of secrets, and the hint of something supernatural. I was guessing until the end what was going on and even when I thought I had solved the mystery, I realized I was so far off. I loved how atmospheric this entire book was, the writing was perfection and had me captivated from the start. Dark and Shallow lies is full of secrets, betrayal, and lies. I can’t recommend this book enough!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    I generally don't gravitate toward YA books or books that are supernatural-heavy in theme, but I absolutely loved everything about this book! 17-year-old Elora disappeared six months previously from La Cachette, Louisiana, the psychic capital of the country, and her best friend and "twin flame," Grey, is determined to find her. Grey doesn't believe that Elora vanished into thin air any more than she believes that in a town full of psychics, no one knows what happened to Elora. But as she digs int I generally don't gravitate toward YA books or books that are supernatural-heavy in theme, but I absolutely loved everything about this book! 17-year-old Elora disappeared six months previously from La Cachette, Louisiana, the psychic capital of the country, and her best friend and "twin flame," Grey, is determined to find her. Grey doesn't believe that Elora vanished into thin air any more than she believes that in a town full of psychics, no one knows what happened to Elora. But as she digs into the night that Elora went missing, she begins to realize that everybody in town is hiding something and no one is to be trusted. To further complicate matters, Elora keeps making brief appearances in Grey's mind that are dark and disturbing. When a mysterious stranger emerges from the bayou with links to Elora and the town's dark history, Grey realizes that La Cachette's past is far more present and dangerous than she'd ever understood. To be honest, this didn't really seem very YA, except for the fact that the main characters are all teens. It is dark, creepy, and just as steamy as its setting in the bayou of Louisiana. I suspected so many different characters at different times, and even when I eventually settled on the right one, I wavered again - my favorite type of read! So many surprises and twists that left my head spinning and the reveal and aftermath were fantastically chilling. I also thought the supernatural elements were very fitting. Overall, Sain is a master at misdirection - this book kept me guessing until the very end - and for that I can't help but give it all the stars!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    Trigger Warnings: arson (death by fire), domestic violence, death of children, death of a parent, drowning, emotional and physical abuse/violence, grief, incest (step-siblings), murder (graphic, multiple), self-harm (mentioned, briefly described), suicide/suicidal ideation Ginny Myers Sain debut novel Dark and Shallow Lies is a dark, atmospheric and creepy novel with a supernatural twist that had me on the edge of my seat and looking over my shoulder to make sure no one was staring at me from th Trigger Warnings: arson (death by fire), domestic violence, death of children, death of a parent, drowning, emotional and physical abuse/violence, grief, incest (step-siblings), murder (graphic, multiple), self-harm (mentioned, briefly described), suicide/suicidal ideation Ginny Myers Sain debut novel Dark and Shallow Lies is a dark, atmospheric and creepy novel with a supernatural twist that had me on the edge of my seat and looking over my shoulder to make sure no one was staring at me from the shadows . . . Dark and Shallow Lies follows soon-to-be 17 year old Grey returning home to La Cachette, where she attempts to unravel the mystery of what happened to her best friend/twin flame Elora, and the 13 year old mystery of what happened to two of the other Summer Children Ember and Orli. Because as she soon begins to suspect, the murder and tragic loss of those two girls may have something to do with the disappearance of Elora. Grey is also seeing these weird visions, what she thinks is Elora's last moments, but she doesn't know how to control them . . . then there is also the mystery of what else she can do, as she knew her mother had power and was haunted by it . . . And what a mystery this all was! Why was Elora so mean to Grey last Summer? What was she trying to protect her from, what - who - was she hiding? And what about Case, Elora's boyfriend. Hart, Elora's step-brother, is utterly convinced he had something to do with it, and so is Grey after she finds evidence that points towards him. I found Case to be an interesting character, and I kept wanting to see more of him in the novel. This is the same for the remainder of the Summer children. While we did have some scenes with them, I wish we got to see them more, and had them more involved in the story. Apart from giving Grey hints and clues, I think they were largely under utilised, which is a shame because the snippets we got of them they had a precious and wonderful friendship (i.e., Mackey and Grey going running together, etc). It just felt disappointing that a lot of the book mentioned the Summer children, the significant of the number, yet we barely got to see any of them & for me those characters & their abilities were compelling. There was a lot put on the relationships to make this story feel emotional, tense. Specifically with Grey and Elora. We know that they are twin flames. That they think of each other as being their other half. But I didn't feel it. Apart from Grey mentioning how they'd accidentally buy the same dresses, or that they provided comfort to each other, the grief being felt by Grey didn't really come through. Sure, it was sad and you can read on the page that she was grieving, but it wasn't emotive because the chemistry, that bond, wasn't really ever evident on page apart from the reader explicitly being told. This happened with Grey's relationship with Hart, too. Although that was a bit better as we got to see some of their interactions, but ultimately, no. (This also could be because I didn't like Hart much . . . at all). One other example is Hart and Elora. I will not give spoilers on this, but the *reveal* about them was just . . . ugh no thanks I hate it, but also like ???? (view spoiler)[Like I find it gross because they were step-siblings and it came out of nowhere that they were romantically involved, and just made no sense when you consider Grey & Case. It felt like the author wanted to give her a love interest but the cast of characters was so small she had to make it Hart (hide spoiler)] . This is the same for the mystery, really. A lot of it came out in the last 5% and I accurately guessed who it was. My jaw did drop at some of the plot twists / reveals - like the truth about Grey's visions!! I honestly did not expect that and I was like OH MY GOD!! That's not what she thought it was, but that!! It was brilliant, and worked so well. Also the other plot twist about one of the other Summer children and the fire, oh it was so tragic and sad, I wanted to cry. And finding out the truth about that, and how that incident festered and turned the town and it's people ugly, was just . . . wow. So the ending was a hit and miss for me, really. I enjoyed the reveal about Grey's visions, I thought that was good and well done. But as for the rest of it, it just felt very rushed after the first 95% moved slowly. There's a few other things I am mulling over, but ultimately the ending didn't satisfy me as it did not live up to the potential it could've. 3 stars. (Also I loved Zale. But in the words of Edward Cullen, doesn't he own a shirt?) Thank you to Netgalley & Farshore/Electric Monkey for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fareya

    If you've started making your Fall TBR and are on the lookout for an eerie and atmospheric story to read on a cool September evening, Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Myers Sain might just be the perfect book. Set in a small coastal Louisiana swamp town of La Cachette, laced with magic, mystery and the supernatural, and peppered with some Cajun culture, Dark and Shallow Lies will pull the readers in with its uncanny beginning and keep them turning pages up until the absolutely shocking conclusion. If you've started making your Fall TBR and are on the lookout for an eerie and atmospheric story to read on a cool September evening, Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Myers Sain might just be the perfect book. Set in a small coastal Louisiana swamp town of La Cachette, laced with magic, mystery and the supernatural, and peppered with some Cajun culture, Dark and Shallow Lies will pull the readers in with its uncanny beginning and keep them turning pages up until the absolutely shocking conclusion. "The dead? They lie. Just like the rest of us." Seventeen year old Grey spends summers with her grandmother in La Cachette, but this summer is brutal. Elora, Grey's best friend and twin flame, has been missing for six months, and no one knows how she could possibly disappear into thin air with no trace. What's worse is that every other person in La Cachette is supposedly psychic, and yet no one can say for certain what happened to Elora. Another thing bothering Grey is the mysterious unpredictable flashes she's started experiencing right after entering La Cachette. What she can't seem to figure out is- is Elora trying to contact her, is she trying to tell her something, is she still alive? As Grey tries to untangle the mysteries, she feels like they keep getting more entangled and convoluted. Everyone seems to be hiding secrets that they're not ready to let be uncovered. And then there's that icy-blue eyed stranger she spotted in the storm one night. What's the deal with him? "Knowing is hard, but it's a thing you can survive. The not knowing will kill you in the end. It's the secrets that fester." Dark and Shallow Lies is an expertly crafted mystery that had me guessing until the very end and twice I thought I had it all figured out but I was totally wrong. The ending was an absolute shocker. Smartly placed twists and turns throughout the story both strengthen the plot and confuse the readers and it all makes up for an engaging reading experience. But, what I loved most about this book was the atmosphere and creepiness that tags along from page one, the swamp setting adding another layer to the overall eeriness. This is a story full of secrets, lies and betrayals and it also gets awfully dark at times, so be forewarned. Recommended if you're looking for an unsettling atmospheric mystery braided with secrets and sprinkled with a hint of the supernatural. Dark and Shallow Lies comes out next month on 8/31 and is currently available to pre-order. The quotes are from an uncorrected proof and might change in the finished copy. **A free paperback ARC was provided by Penguin Teen in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own**

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    Dark and Shallow Lies is an enchanting and profoundly spine-chilling Southern Gothic debut young adult thriller simply oozing atmosphere and the supernatural; it is undoubtedly one of my favourite books of the year so far. It tells the story of a teen girl who disappears from her small town deep in the bayou, “where magic festers beneath the surface of the swamp-like water rot”. Seventeen-year-old Grey’s annual visit to La Cachette, Louisiana is different this year. This tiny town, where she spe Dark and Shallow Lies is an enchanting and profoundly spine-chilling Southern Gothic debut young adult thriller simply oozing atmosphere and the supernatural; it is undoubtedly one of my favourite books of the year so far. It tells the story of a teen girl who disappears from her small town deep in the bayou, “where magic festers beneath the surface of the swamp-like water rot”. Seventeen-year-old Grey’s annual visit to La Cachette, Louisiana is different this year. This tiny town, where she spends her summers helping to run her grandmother’s spiritualist bookstore, is the self-proclaimed Psychic Capital of the World—and the place where Elora Pellerin, Grey's best friend, disappeared six months earlier. Elora and Grey had been nicknamed twin flames as they had both been born in the same hour on the same day. Together they were birthed as part of 10 youngsters throughout a single summer and became known as the Summer Children. It's a town of only 106 inhabitants, every one of them bears magical powers and strange abilities such as prophetic insight and bilocation. As Grey digs into what happened to Elora that night, it becomes clear to her that everyone is hiding something: her grandmother; her childhood crush, Heart. Even her late mother, whose secrets continue to reverberate through Grey’s life from beyond the grave. And when she unearths a connection between Elora’s disappearance and a pair of grisly murders from 13 years ago, Grey realizes La Cachette’s past is far more present and dangerous than she’d ever understood. The town’s watery secrets don’t lie as deep as some of its inhabitants may think... and although everyone seems to have something sinister to hide it begs the question: how do you keep a secret in a town full of psychics? This is a compelling, wickedly twisty and darkly atmospheric thrill ride set in the bayous of Louisiana in a tiny little town modelled on the real-life Floridian town of Cassadaga. It's an enthralling and spooky small-town supernatural mystery thriller that will leave readers stunned as La Cachette’s secrets reveal themselves. An intensely romantic and richly atmospheric read full of twists and turns with a simmering undercurrent of magic and mystery that will keep you guessing, while it also explores the shifting nature of family and community in a small town where grief, secrets and traumas have been passed down through the generations. Myers Sain has woven an astonishingly brilliant debut that I simply couldn't put down so much so that it took me rather by surprise. The masterful and descriptive sense of time and place is spellbinding and you can almost taste the crawfish, hear the live Zydeco and marvel at the alligators that creep across the road in the bleak of the night; instilled with Cajun and Creole myth and legend as well as language and culture, the taut and suspenseful narrative moves at quite a clip. The swampland is at the heart of the landscape in the book and the magical La Cachette has a town square lined with fortune tellers, astrologists, palm readers and all sorts of interesting little shops. I couldn’t put it down after reading the first page and it kept me awake all night. Its intensity, atmospheric setting and expertly woven supernatural backdrop make this the perfect crossover novel for both the YA and adult audience and the beautifully developed cast of characters is vivid with each coming alive on the page. It's a book that is bound to get readers talking. Simply stunning; I can't recommend this highly enough.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Patty (IheartYA311)

    Dark and Shallow Lies is an excellent book. The story is unique, and the world building is executed superbly. The characters are complex, relatable, endearing, emotional and interesting. I usually struggle with books written in first point of view but not with this book; it seems it is the only way it could be told. There were lulls and hiccups in pacing, and the writing style became too plain at times (more tell than show) but I wasn't bothered much by it. As much as I loved almost all of the b Dark and Shallow Lies is an excellent book. The story is unique, and the world building is executed superbly. The characters are complex, relatable, endearing, emotional and interesting. I usually struggle with books written in first point of view but not with this book; it seems it is the only way it could be told. There were lulls and hiccups in pacing, and the writing style became too plain at times (more tell than show) but I wasn't bothered much by it. As much as I loved almost all of the book, the ending was kind of a let down. It would have been better if more information was provided to make the culprit feel plausible. It felt rushed, impassionate, not powerful. It's hard to put my finger on exactly why the ending left me deeply unsatisfied, and my rating was 5 stars until then. Regardless of the uncompelling and disappointing conclusion, Dark and Shallow Lies has earned a spot on my 2021 Favorites shelf on Goodreads (where it joins only 4 other books-- I'm very critical and picky). I will be on the lookout for more work by this author. Thank you to BookishFirst for offering this book to review. **Check me out on Bookstagram/Instagram! I'm @Iheartya311 **Looking to make new book friends? Join LiterALLy BOOKiSh on Facebook to read reviews, play games, join discussions and more!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Maier

    From the first line, this debut novel was unputdownable. The setting, the characters, the voice, the atmosphere, and the mystery all snagged my attention, and I was guessing all the way until the very end. Dark and Shallow Lies is definitely going in my read-it-again pile.

  11. 4 out of 5

    ella

    ★★☆☆☆ 1.5/5 the meat of the book was a snoozefest. unfortunate because the synopsis was banger. new orleans?! psychics?! missing girl?! hell yeah! in actuality, nothing happened for 400 pages and the last 20 made me want to throw my phone across a room and voluntarily take a yoga class to get myself to calm down because that ending was... something (derogatory)

  12. 5 out of 5

    vanna

    the way my jaw just dropped

  13. 4 out of 5

    Leah (LeahsLittlePleasures)

    “𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐞'𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐮𝐩 𝐛𝐲 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐬. 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐩 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐦𝐞." I finished this book last night and WOW. I loved it!! 😮🙌🏻 A small-town mystery x paranormal thriller with fantasy elements?! Gimme, gimme. The plot twists had me reeling! And I'm still a little in shock! 😂 We follow Grey, one of the Summer Children in La Cachette, a remote Louisianna town and psychic capital of the world deep in the bayou, as she makes her yearly return to her hometown for the summer. But this year everythi “𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐞'𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐮𝐩 𝐛𝐲 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐬. 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐩 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐦𝐞." I finished this book last night and WOW. I loved it!! 😮🙌🏻 A small-town mystery x paranormal thriller with fantasy elements?! Gimme, gimme. The plot twists had me reeling! And I'm still a little in shock! 😂 We follow Grey, one of the Summer Children in La Cachette, a remote Louisianna town and psychic capital of the world deep in the bayou, as she makes her yearly return to her hometown for the summer. But this year everything is different. Her best friend and twin flame, Elora, has mysteriously gone missing and Grey is determined to find Elora and discover what happened. In a town full of spiritualists and psychics, you'd think there would be no secrets, right? WRONG. Chillingly intoxicating and utterly mysterious, this story is chock full of secrets, secrets, and more secrets 😳 The complete eerieness of it all had me fully captivated. There are things hidden and concealed and shrouded and untold. Strangers and darkness and romance. The story unfolds in a slow, massive build of events and strange happenings and then ⚡ jaw-dropping, full audible gasp plot twists. One after another after another 😳😳😳 Another amazing tale I’d love to see come to life on screen 🙌🏻 It would be SO GOOD. • READ THIS FOR/IF YOU LIKE • — small Louisiana town x the bayou — a disappearance + missing girl — psychics x tarot cards x numerology — eerie and ominous vibes — twin flames/souls — ghost stories — summer days — myth & legends about shifters — elemental magic — a friendlyish? but still scary croc 🐊 — intense kissing moments 💋 CW: kidnapping, mention of suicide + domestic violence, arson, murder, hurricane/mention of Katrina Thank you to Penguin Teen and Ginny for my advanced e-copy!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    This book has a fantastic establishment of atmosphere that is completely ruined by how fucking stupid the characters are and how little sense the plot makes in the end.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Happy Pub Day!! Go get a copy of this beautiful thing!! Oh, this book! I felt it all in the pit of my stomach. Its darkness. Its sadness. Everything about this was gorgeous and tragic, just as the alluring cover promised it would be! Dark and Shallow Lies is the story of a missing girl in a town full of psychics. Grey, the best friend of the victim, has returned for her yearly summer visits. She is determined to solve the mystery of what happened to Elora. There are layers beneath this mystery, t Happy Pub Day!! Go get a copy of this beautiful thing!! Oh, this book! I felt it all in the pit of my stomach. Its darkness. Its sadness. Everything about this was gorgeous and tragic, just as the alluring cover promised it would be! Dark and Shallow Lies is the story of a missing girl in a town full of psychics. Grey, the best friend of the victim, has returned for her yearly summer visits. She is determined to solve the mystery of what happened to Elora. There are layers beneath this mystery, though, and the townspeople know far more about past tragedies, which seem to connect to the present, than they are willing to reveal. This was all so much more than I was expecting! The author effortlessly pulled small town prejudices and willful ignorance, along with deep guilt and overwhelming loss, into a profoundly imagined, twisty tale with an ending I never saw coming! I really loved some of the characters in this. I won’t tell you who my favorite was, as I don’t want to affect your list of suspects when you read this, but there was definitely one character, in particular, I especially adored. I thought the character development, in general, was incredible. Some psychics were wholly tortured in their empathic abilities and it was written in a way that made me feel it all, too. And how about that writing?! 😍 Ginny Myers Sain told this story with such poetic eloquence! She captured the atmosphere perfectly and never failed to probe at my heart with her tragically beautiful lines. Plunging into Dark and Shallow Lies was quite the experience for me and I can’t wait for other readers to experience it, too! There wasn’t a single thing I didn’t love! This is a story that will haunt me for a long time as I continue to process all that unraveled. I am immensely grateful to Razorbill Books and BookishFirst for my review copy. All opinions are my own. Dark and Shallow Lies will be out on September 7.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andreea Zelenyak

    Wow….that was a hell of a ride!!! Perfect for October!!! I recommend

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carola | adreamofpages

    Rating and review to come after my bookclub meeting

  18. 4 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    17-year-old Grey searches for answers about the disappearance of her best friend in a small town where magic festers beneath the surface and where a years-old secret threatens to upend everything she thought she knew about herself, her family, and her home. a magical small town with a decades-old mystery? hell yeah 👀 Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram 17-year-old Grey searches for answers about the disappearance of her best friend in a small town where magic festers beneath the surface and where a years-old secret threatens to upend everything she thought she knew about herself, her family, and her home. a magical small town with a decades-old mystery? hell yeah 👀 Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  19. 4 out of 5

    talia ♡

    the atmosphere in this book is literally god-tier - truly exceptionally executed. HOWEVER, i didn't like any of the characters (they were all deeply stupid and stereotypical). there were wayyyy too many plot twists and turns that made the final reveal seem very sloppy. the worst thing though was how hard this book tried to be very deep and profound with its writing (which i feel like a LOT of YA books tend to do nowadays...), but it is done so poorly and only manages to be reminiscent of tumblr the atmosphere in this book is literally god-tier - truly exceptionally executed. HOWEVER, i didn't like any of the characters (they were all deeply stupid and stereotypical). there were wayyyy too many plot twists and turns that made the final reveal seem very sloppy. the worst thing though was how hard this book tried to be very deep and profound with its writing (which i feel like a LOT of YA books tend to do nowadays...), but it is done so poorly and only manages to be reminiscent of tumblr poetry c. 2013. specifically when the author writes about how tortured and wise and mature the "bad boy" is, when he is like, only 17. instead of reading this book as the ~serious~ one it intended to be, i walked away cringing. also, i guessed the "major" plot twist which i found to be painfully obvious like, before the halfway point of the book. like i said, stupid characters.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Thank you so much to Penguin Teen/Razorbill and Netgalley for providing an e-arc copy. All thoughts and opinions are still my own. I've read a lot of paranormal thrillers lately and was a little worried going into this one that it would get lost in the mass. But I knew from the very first chapter that this book was going to blow me away. Ginny Myers Sain's writing is so captivating and dreamy. I was sucked straight into this haunted bayou town. And the beautiful writing led to a setting that comp Thank you so much to Penguin Teen/Razorbill and Netgalley for providing an e-arc copy. All thoughts and opinions are still my own. I've read a lot of paranormal thrillers lately and was a little worried going into this one that it would get lost in the mass. But I knew from the very first chapter that this book was going to blow me away. Ginny Myers Sain's writing is so captivating and dreamy. I was sucked straight into this haunted bayou town. And the beautiful writing led to a setting that completely transported me. I felt the heat and rain. I felt the character's pain and grief and every emotion in between. Everything about this story held me captive until the last page. This also perfectly executed unlikeable characters. Everyone in here is dealing with deep grief as well as personal secrets and the every day struggles of being a teenager. And because of that they make some not-so-wise choices are act irrationally. But I loved them all anyways. Every character felt individual and realistic and I was rooting for them even through the bad. I also loved that the lush world and characters held my attention so fully that I completely missed the final reveal. I love reveals that you don't guess but seem so obvious once they happen. I 100% should have seen this coming, but I was too wrapped up in the story to spend a second building plausible conclusions. And I love that feeling in thrillers! Overall I'm just obsessed with this magical, haunted story and I can't wait to read more from this author as soon as possible!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jodie (Geauxgetlit)

    Coming from your south Louisiana girl, this book was on fleek! I loved it so much and it did ring true of what it can be like living down here. Cajuns are known to be spiritually gifted. This is about a fictitious town where they hail from all the way down the boot. Loved all the Cajun references made! Do not miss this book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    jules

    i cant even-

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ishi Time

    Thank you, Penguin Teen, for sending me a Net Galley ARC! The cover, the title, and the blurb all caught my attention, and I was very excited to read this book. The first sentence really pulled me in and I loved the first couple chapters as well. The small town vibe, the group of friends, the magic. I loved it! I loved the writing too. It was vivid and atmospheric. I loved the beginning and I loved the ending, but there was just a lot of muddle in the middle. Because of that, I couldn't enjoy the Thank you, Penguin Teen, for sending me a Net Galley ARC! The cover, the title, and the blurb all caught my attention, and I was very excited to read this book. The first sentence really pulled me in and I loved the first couple chapters as well. The small town vibe, the group of friends, the magic. I loved it! I loved the writing too. It was vivid and atmospheric. I loved the beginning and I loved the ending, but there was just a lot of muddle in the middle. Because of that, I couldn't enjoy the book as much as I could have. I hated Hart from the first time we see him in the book. I found him to be a very toxic and abusive character. But it was apparently okay because he and Grey grew up together and loved Elora? There was a scene in which he was dragging Grey around. His handprint ended up bruised into her skin, and she kept telling him that he was hurting her. But it was just never addressed again? Grey just continued romanticizing him and feeling sorry for him. It didn't sit right with me that his abusive actions were kind of explained away because he had a terrible childhood. And also, (view spoiler)[him being in love with his step sister was gross. (hide spoiler)] I really liked Zale and I have nothing bad to say about him. He was my favourite character. But the way Grey started to suspect him after one conversation with Hart really frustrated me. It seemed like things were just happening to Grey. She wasn't proactive at all, and didn't seem to take any actions on her own. The only think she really figured out (accidentally) was Zale's identity. Everything else was told to her, or she didn't figure out until it was literally happening in front of her eyes. I really liked Case as well. I would have loved to see the other Summer Children in the story more. Evie really annoyed me and I don't like how that whole story wrapped up. I don't understand how (view spoiler)[small little Evie managed to hurt Elora in the way that she did. All in only 15 minutes too. (hide spoiler)] Overall, it was okay. I enjoyed it, but it's not one of my favourite reads.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... Review: 5 Stars “What do you feel?” he asks me. “It’s like you said,” I tell him. “Nothing but fear.” Run and hide. Hide and run. I’ll count from ten, then join the fun. Say a prayer and bow your head. If my light finds you, you’ll be dead. Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one. Ready or not, here I come. I’m Dempsey Fontenot. You better run. Dark and Shallow Lies is the type of boo You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... Review: 5 Stars “What do you feel?” he asks me. “It’s like you said,” I tell him. “Nothing but fear.” Run and hide. Hide and run. I’ll count from ten, then join the fun. Say a prayer and bow your head. If my light finds you, you’ll be dead. Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one. Ready or not, here I come. I’m Dempsey Fontenot. You better run. Dark and Shallow Lies is the type of book that tears through you as you tear through it. While I typically just read fantasy novels I couldn't help but be drawn to this one. I love books with southern gothic vibes and this book is filled with them. Ever since I read Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea I've sought out books with southern gothic vibes and this book reminded me of that duology in all the best ways. Dark and Shallow Lies is a vivid and eerie mystery set in Louisiana that I ripped through in a day. “There are things out here in the dark, Greycie.” He finally releases me, and I stagger backward a step or two. He’s still got ahold of me with his eyes, though. “Dangerous things.” The writing is lyrical and captivating. I found it incredibly easy to sink into the humid Louisiana summer setting and follow Grey as she hunted for clues to what happened to Elora. The writing was so vivid and atmospheric, but managed to keep a fast pace. I loved the setting and felt like I was watching every minute of the book play out in my head. I really loved the dialogue as it helped show each of the character's personalities. The writing had me captivated and highlighting so many quotes. “Knowing is hard,” he says, “but it’s a thing you can survive. The not knowing will kill you in the end. It’s the secrets that fester.” I loved the characters so much, they were all so well done. Grey was a fantastic main character to follow and I really connected with her. The writing really showed all of her emotions and I could feel her guilt, her grief and her desperation as she searched for answers. Hart was another character who I really liked. He was so broken and there were times here my heart just ached because I could feel his pain. Zane was a favorite of mine as well and I loved all of the scenes with him and Grey. All of the characters were so well developed and their reactions to events made this story come to life. Because if she were really dead, surely I would be, too. How do you go on living with only half a heart? Suddenly I can’t get enough air. I’m panicking. Gasping for breath. My vision is blurry. I’m trembling. Zale reaches over to take my hand, and I feel the electric shock of his skin against mine. My whole arm tingles. I pull my eyes away from Elora’s ring. Zale’s hand on mine. And I find myself in the blue of his eyes. I picked up a copy of Dark and Shallow Lies because I saw it on my friend Brithanie's Instagram and it looked right up my alley. I was hoping for some southern gothic vibes, but I didn't expect this book to leave me feeling so gutted. I was so emotionally invested in this story. I am so grateful for the recommendation and I really loved this book. If you have this one on your radar do yourself a favor and read it now. “Lots of people fall in love with monsters,” he tells me. “Only they don’t realize it until it’s too late.” More Favorite Quotes “You know what’s awful, Grey?” Evie wipes at her face, then she wraps her skinny arms around her chest and shivers hard. “The dead? They lie. Just like the rest of us.” “This place is a riptide. And we’re all caught in it. Nobody ever gets outta here.” He looks down at me. “Well, nobody but you. The rest of us, we’re stuck here. For good.” My heart aches. I should have been there. I should have been the one to save Elora. To sit with her in the darkest part of the night. I think about something Honey always says when she does a tarot reading. It may not be what you were expecting, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t what you need. Zale turns those ice-blue eyes on me, and for the first time, I notice the deep sadness in them. “How do you keep a secret in a town full of psychics?” I ask him, and light flashes bright inside those ice-fire eyes. “You tell the truth,” he answers. “At least part of it.” “Dat ol’ rougarou? He’s a shape-shifter, sure enough. So you be careful, Grey. He may come right up on ya. Might sit down real close. Maybe even hold your hand. And you won’t ever know it till you see dem teeth.” Wrynn turns and disappears into the night, but her words float back to me like the sound of wind chimes. “And by den, it’s too late. You’re already dead.” And it feels so good to talk to someone. Really talk to someone. About things that don’t hurt. And about things that do. Night after night, we sit out there until the sky goes inky and the owls start to call and I know I’m late for supper. And then some. But I never want to go in. Because being with Zale makes me feel like maybe I’ll be okay. And the whole time I’m with him, I drink up that peaceful, slightly fuzzy feeling like it’s cold, fresh water. And I’m dying of thirst. And it feels so good to talk to someone. Really talk to someone. About things that don’t hurt. And about things that do. Night after night, we sit out there until the sky goes inky and the owls start to call and I know I’m late for supper. And then some. But I never want to go in. Because being with Zale makes me feel like maybe I’ll be okay. And the whole time I’m with him, I drink up that peaceful, slightly fuzzy feeling like it’s cold, fresh water. And I’m dying of thirst. Had I let him soothe and charm me with magic eyes and an ocean-deep voice and a touch that took my breath away? And the world is perfectly calm when he kisses me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    ABookwormWithWine

    I didn't even know I was reading a debut novel but apparently, that is exactly what Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Myers Sain is! I have to hand it to her, this was a super gripping and well-written YA mystery/thriller, and I loved it. It is very atmospheric, and I really liked the way the audiobook is done with water sounds for the second viewpoint (which is quite small). Most of the story is told from the viewpoint of Grey, but the bayou also felt like a character in itself which is a major pa I didn't even know I was reading a debut novel but apparently, that is exactly what Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Myers Sain is! I have to hand it to her, this was a super gripping and well-written YA mystery/thriller, and I loved it. It is very atmospheric, and I really liked the way the audiobook is done with water sounds for the second viewpoint (which is quite small). Most of the story is told from the viewpoint of Grey, but the bayou also felt like a character in itself which is a major part of why the book felt so atmospheric. There is also a fantasy/supernatural aspect that I really enjoyed and the mystery of what happened to Elora among other things was very surprising and well done. I loved the way the audiobook was executed, but I wasn't too keen on the narrator which was Emma Ashton. I somehow listened to her twice in a row and at times I thought she was slightly better in this one, but still not my favorite narrator. Her pauses seemed really off to me which made the book feel choppier than it actually is. The element of the water sound was spot on though and I am glad I got to experience the book that way. Dark and Shallow Lies had me interested from the very first moment, and I could definitely see this being a reread of the physical book at some point. I couldn't believe how real the town of La Cachette felt to me and Sain really nailed the setting of this novel. If you like psychic and supernatural elements plus YA, then you definitely need to read Dark and Shallow Lies. I received a complimentary digital copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    4.5 STARS Boy, I read this one FAST! There were a few things that didn’t quite make sense as the story resolved itself, but I was still pleased with the ending. I loved the setting and the characters were so vivid.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    For my full review, visit me at https://mrsbrownsbooks.wordpress.com/... I had high hopes with this young adult, supernatural read. I loved the idea of mysticism against the backdrop of Louisiana however, unfortunately I predicted too much of the plot far too early on, and I thought the conclusion became rather prolonged. For my full review, visit me at https://mrsbrownsbooks.wordpress.com/... I had high hopes with this young adult, supernatural read. I loved the idea of mysticism against the backdrop of Louisiana however, unfortunately I predicted too much of the plot far too early on, and I thought the conclusion became rather prolonged.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brittany (whatbritreads)

    *Thank you to Electric Monkey for sending a copy of this book my way for review!* If you liked ‘Lies Like Wildfire’, I think you’ll enjoy this book. It gave me the exact same vibes. Slightly different plot and obviously different characters, but the similarities were there. For a book supposedly so witchy and mysterious, I do admit that I found the magical/fantasy elements in here a bit lacking. I didn’t really understand the point in the inclusion of it if it wasn’t going to be properly explained *Thank you to Electric Monkey for sending a copy of this book my way for review!* If you liked ‘Lies Like Wildfire’, I think you’ll enjoy this book. It gave me the exact same vibes. Slightly different plot and obviously different characters, but the similarities were there. For a book supposedly so witchy and mysterious, I do admit that I found the magical/fantasy elements in here a bit lacking. I didn’t really understand the point in the inclusion of it if it wasn’t going to be properly explained and have a backstory. I liked the vibes it created but for a book where the plot revolves around this magic, it was underdeveloped I think. The characters were fine and I liked their dynamics, I just wish we got into the friendship group a bit more and got to see their interactions on the page. A lot of it felt more telling than showing and it would’ve been fun to meet and interact with a few more characters. I love how throughout the entire book you don’t actually know who to trust or believe. It does an amazing job of keeping up that mystery throughout so you end up second guessing everything all of the characters do and it’s really fun. I didn’t emotionally care much for them though to be honest, they were forgettable. Plot wise, when I finished the book I was happy with the overall story when I figured out what was actually going on - I just wish getting there was more engaging. For the first 50% or so of the book, genuinely nothing much happened. It was just our protagonist walking around feeling a bit creeped out and having the same conversations with the same people repeatedly. It flt bit stagnant and nothing was happening. It really picked up towards the end though and that’s where my final four star rating came from. While I guessed a few of the minor plot twists throughout, I did not guess the ending. It took me by surprise, which I really liked. For the last 30% the pacing was perfect, it was full of suspense, and I loved it. Wish it was like that from the start. It was a quick and easy read, and in the end I enjoyed it. If you want an atmospheric and slightly spooky October mystery to read, this is a good one.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jinghay (these.blank.pages)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A spooky read about a small town of psychics and a girl who suddenly goes missing.. - I'd already had a few theories about who the killer would be but it just didn't make any sense, so I was waiting to be proved wrong 😭.. but alas. To be honest it still doesn't really make much sense, and I could do with a better explanation 👀 The ending was just so heartbreaking.. Like why?? I also feel like Elora and Hart's "secret" was quite unnecessary and it left a bad taste in my mouth. For shock-factor sure A spooky read about a small town of psychics and a girl who suddenly goes missing.. - I'd already had a few theories about who the killer would be but it just didn't make any sense, so I was waiting to be proved wrong 😭.. but alas. To be honest it still doesn't really make much sense, and I could do with a better explanation 👀 The ending was just so heartbreaking.. Like why?? I also feel like Elora and Hart's "secret" was quite unnecessary and it left a bad taste in my mouth. For shock-factor sure, but plot-wise eh 😕 The summer children are constantly mentioned through out the book, and there's supposed to be something really special about them, but they're hardly utilised in the story! I wanted to see more of their gifts and have them involved with solving the mystery - and yet 😓 Atleast Zale was an interesting character. Rating: 3/5

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tracy (The Pages In-Between)

    Thank you to Penguin Teen/ Razorbill Books for gifting me an ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own. I give this book five stars. I knew from the second I read the first page, that I was going to devour this book. I don’t know that I have read a book in 2021 that has consumed me like this one did. The writing was perfection, the plot was phenomenal, the characters were well developed, and were so easy to grow attached to, and this small town in Louisiana that she Thank you to Penguin Teen/ Razorbill Books for gifting me an ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own. I give this book five stars. I knew from the second I read the first page, that I was going to devour this book. I don’t know that I have read a book in 2021 that has consumed me like this one did. The writing was perfection, the plot was phenomenal, the characters were well developed, and were so easy to grow attached to, and this small town in Louisiana that she created with so vivid and rich that I envisioned it perfectly. I am blown away still how good DASL was. I started it last night around 9 pm, and was finished today by noon. I had theories of what happened to Elora, and maybe thought there was more to some characters than what was being lead on. I loved Grey, I love that she didn’t give up, that she loves her friends fiercely, and she would risk her life for theirs. The romance throughout the book was great too. and I LOVED the Paranormal/Supernatural/Magical aspect that is scattered through the story. So dang good!! I could literally just go on and one with this book. I also want to point out that the Author does this really cool thing, at the End of the chapter, there is a snippet from someone’s viewpoint. It definitely kept me turning pages! I am not even sure that I can pin point this genre, I think it’s definitely several of them, is that called Genre Bending? Are you looking at that cover?!?!

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