ARC Review: The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr

Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for . . .

Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things.

And realises her life has been a lie.

Her mother and father aren’t hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place they’ll never think to look – the favelas.

But there she learns a terrible secret – the truth about her real parents and their past. And the truth about a mother, desperate for a daughter taken from her seventeen years ago . . .

Disclaimer: I was provided with an ARC by Penguin India in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

The blurb of book gets you doesn’t it? It gets your thoughts spinning and imagination whirling; and makes you wanna know Ella Black’s secrets IMMEDIATELY!

Straight off the bat, the author confronts the reader with all the problem that Ella Black has – it is creepy, psychological and definitely gets your motor running; and not all of it was in a good way – but that’s exactly what got me hooked into the book.

This ended up being quite a brilliant stroke by the author, for Ella Black is definitely not a character that any reader would like. She is whiny, a brat and definitely unpleasant heroine. If I had been introduced her like this at the start, I probably wouldn’t have even been able to get through even 1/3rd of the book –  but with how the author introduced Ella, I just couldn’t stop myself from reading the book.

The plot of the book, sadly is quite predictable – it doesn’t take the genius to figure out exactly what the big secret is and yet I still couldn’t stop myself from reading this book till the end.

I have to say that there is a slight improvement to the character of Ella; but honestly if it is not enough for me to actually like her any better.

I am giving the rating I did; mostly because of the fact that I couldn’t stop myself from reading this book; which is testament to the talent the author has! 


⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5


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