Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green

Challenge 29 ~ “A book by an author who writes under more than one name.”


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I’m one of those people who likes to read the acknowledgements at the end of the book, and the ‘About the Author’. With Truth or Dare the latter of these proved very useful – validating this book for this challenge, and sending me on the hunt for the sequel. Truth or Dare was a thrill of a read, and a definite stand-alone – I’m intrigued to see where Green is going to take it for the rest of the series!

Despite being told through three alternating perspectives, with characters who have their own backstories and associated characters, the novel was not in the least confusing. Green kept the character-base relatively small, whilst ensuring character relations were realistic. The characters too were realistic, as was the plotline (if you take into account artistic licence). Not only that, but Green added a level of maturity that turned it from your everyday novel into a strong work of young adult literature – it was a little dark, unpredictable and constantly engaging.

Best of all, Green places hints throughout the novel, but unlike many other contemporary young-adult mysteries, avoids the pothole of making them too obvious. There are even subtleties and clues to which the observant reader feels proud to notice, but then subsequently turn out to be red herrings. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable structure to the plot, and one I hope to see in the rest of the trilogy.

Truth or Dare is not one of those trilogies that has dominated the young-adult word. In fact, I’ve not seen it on a single booklr to date. However, it is truly deserving of a read (at least, the first one is – I’ve yet to read the other two!) Nevertheless, if they’re filled with equal levels of suspense and action, and are written just as superbly, I will no doubt recommend those as well. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a thrill, look no further than Truth or Dare.


Recommended for fans of:

  • Torn by Cat Clarke
  • Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
  • No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

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