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Chasing Truth / Hiding Lies by Julie Cross #Review #Teen/YA #Contemporary #Series

Series: Eleanor Ames #1 / #2

Title: Chasing Truth / Hiding Lies 

Author: Julie Cross

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Pages: 384

Published: September 27th, 2016 / April 17th, 2018

Rating: 4/5

I was luck enough to be able to read books one and two of this four part series and, rather than tell you about them in two separate posts I decided to do this joint one.

The first book in the series is Chasing Truth. The main character is Eleanor Ames – or that’s what she’s known as at the moment! She’s a student at Holden Prep, but only started going there after moving to live with her older sister, Harper, and her boyfriend, Aiden. Before that she lived with her parents who are both renown con artists and Eleanor has been taught all the tricks of their trade but, like her sister, wants a more honest future for herself – and going to school is part of her attempted reformation. She initially struggled to make friends but when her best friend and homecoming date, Simon, apparently commits suicide straight after the event, she just doesn’t believe it and is determined to discover the truth.

A handsome new teen neighbour moves in, Miles Beckett, and they’re the same age and both go to Holden Prep. Unfortunately he keeps catching Ellie doing things which make him suspicious and Ellie annoyed!. Add in that he’s an obsessive rule follower and you just know these two are going to clash. Despite such inauspicious initial encounters, the two are seriously attracted to each other but both try to resist temptation. However, both are suspicious of Simon’s death . . . should they investigate it together or go it alone?

I’m not going to say any more about the plot or I’ll end up giving away spoilers. What I will say is that I really enjoyed this teen story because of the great characters and the skilfully woven plot lines which only come together to reveal the whole picture in the end. If you can think of an acronym for a government agency, they’re probably involved in this story – yes, I mean organisations like the FBI, CIA and Secret Service – there are even special military schools! There are plenty of twists, turns and surprises along the way and I really couldn’t wait to read the sequel as soon as I finished this, it just has to be packed with more trouble for these two.

I requested and was given a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.

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Hiding Lies is the second book in this series and I have to say I thought it was even better than Chasing Truth – and I enjoyed that one! Actually, I think it important to read these books in the correct order as they show events in chronological order, building on events from the previous book. However, I also acknowledge that the author has included reminders of previous events so it could be read as a standalone. Now my problem with writing this review is endeavouring not to include any spoilers for anyone planning to read the first book . . . . so I’m going to give most of that a miss.

I’ll just say that the main character in both stories continue to be Eleanor Ames but in this story the focus is on the con Ellie’s Dad and other members of her extended family are involved with in New York. When Holden Prep take Ellie and other students on a visit to New York, it offers her the opportunity to catch up with her family – but does she really want to be drawn into their cons once more? Again, the FBI are involved as they continue to try to bring her father to justice. It is a story where family loyalties are tested. One where initial assumptions can so easily prove inadequate or flawed and one where friendship proves to be so essential but lies and secrets can be so disheartening and destructive.

The great character development, intriguing plot and surprises make this a very entertaining read and I only have one problem now – I’d love to read the final two books in this series straight away! Unfortunately they aren’t published yet, so I’ll just have to wait but I’ll definitely keep an eye out for their release. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this to anyone who enjoys fascinating teen mysteries with compelling writing that makes them a real page turner – even if you left your teens decades ago!

I requested and was given a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.

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Chasing Truth by Julie Cross

‘At Holden Prep, the rich and powerful rule the school—and they’ll do just about anything to keep their dirty little secrets hidden.

When former con artist Eleanor Ames’ homecoming date commits suicide, she’s positive there’s something more going on. The more questions she asks, though, the more she crosses paths with Miles Beckett. He’s sexy, mysterious, arrogant…and he’s asking all the same questions.

Eleanor might not trust him—she doesn’t even like him—but they can’t keep their hands off of each other. Fighting the infuriating attraction is almost as hard as ignoring the fact that Miles isn’t telling her the truth…and that there’s a good chance he thinks she’s the killer.

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Hiding Lies by Julie Cross

At Holden Prep, dirty little secrets always have a way of coming to the surface.

Eleanor Ames has never been what she seems. Average high school student on the outside, but reformed con artist trying to break free of her past on the inside. When Eleanor receives startling news about someone from her previous criminal life, plans for a new operation coinciding with her school’s upcoming field trip quickly consume her.

But operations rarely go according to plan. And this is one her irresistible teen FBI agent boyfriend, Miles, would never approve of.

Now, more than just Ellie’s reputation is at stake. If she fails, it could be her life.

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The Eleanor Ames series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 Chasing Truth
Book #2 Hiding Lie


5 comments on “Chasing Truth / Hiding Lies by Julie Cross #Review #Teen/YA #Contemporary #Series

  1. bookwormscornerblogspot
    April 23, 2018

    They look good. Great review.


    • bicted
      April 23, 2018

      Thank you! I enjoyed them – the second even more than the first and I’m looking forward to reading the subsequent books in the series whenever they’re released.


  2. Carrie
    April 24, 2018

    Great reviews! I’m with you in liking the second a bit more than the first but I really think for me that was just the length of the first, a little on the slow side for my taste.


    • bicted
      April 24, 2018

      Thanks, Carrie! I’m disappointed to discover that it doesn’t seem the series has been made into a duology now, so will have any more books in it. I just hope that isn’t true as the author’s pace and style have obviously improved within these books and I was looking forward to discovering what happens next!

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      • Carrie
        April 25, 2018

        I wasn’t sure if it was supposed to continue or not and couldn’t find anything on it. Shame though, seems I’m reading a lot of Entangled titles lately that are just begging to continue and don’t seem to be.

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