My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Grief and guilt are heavy throughout this next book in the Granton University series. The aftermath of the mass school shooting from Fighting Fate is the backdrop of Loving Lies.
In the first book Jonah Abbott was thought to be one of bullies tormenting the guy who ended up shooting and killing so many on campus including himself and his best friend who he watched die right before his eyes. Jonah’s childhood and the truth about how he was connected to the shooter were both shocking and heartbreaking.
Tessa is a suitemate in the college dorm of Paige’s from the first book. Her roommate is Bailey who is really the only humorous part in the book. Tessa is a sweet soul. She doesn’t have a tragic childhood she needs to overcome as a lot of the characters in a Linda Kage book usually do. When she see one of the shooting victims (Jonah) at the hospital she and Bailey are volunteering at throwing a fit and finds out he has amnesia and no one has come to visit him in the two weeks since the shooting she drawn into his room and pretends she is his girlfriend.
Their scenes while he was still in the hospital were so touching. This is where it hit me where the title of the book came from. They were both lying to the other but it was done lovingly – and if you say yeah but a lie is a lie – you’d have to read the book to understand.
I loved how as the book went on a the author slowly revealed more about what really happened before the shooting and how so many of the characters were inadvertently connected and how some of the things we thought from the first book were not what really happened.
Love this series and Bailey was a powerful force through this book and I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for her in the next book.