Tenley, Caitlin and Sydney are three high school girls from Echo Bay with something to hide. But when each starts receiving mysterious notes that ask them to take dares or risk their secrets being exposed, they don’t know who to suspect…or to trust. Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green takes the popular party game to a whole new level.
Caitlin is one of the popular girls at school, and she’s running for class president her senior year. Tenley is Caitlin’s best friend, and she is returning to Echo Bay after being away for several years. Her truth and dare games from the past are legendary. Sydney is living with her single mom, the two of them trying to get by as best they can since her dad left. She loves taking photographs, and she avoids the popular crowd as much as she can. Each girl is flawed in her own way, and maybe that’s why they try to solve the mystery of who’s sending the dares on their own.
There’s also a town mystery at play. Three girls died tragically during the town’s fall festival in the past, and the festival was suspended. But this year it’s back on, and the air is charged with nerves that tragedy will strike again. As the plot unfolds, secrets are revealed and the girls are pushed to perform ever-more-daring acts until the dramatic conclusion.
Truth or Dare is creepy in that it seems someone is always watching the girls to know whether they carry out their dares. It also seems this someone knows things about them that one person shouldn’t know. The secrets they hide are also dark, so it’s easy to shift sympathy both for and against each girl as more about them all is revealed.
This book is the start of a series, and while the ending was a bit more of a cliff-hanger than I usually like, it’s bound to pull a lot of readers in.
The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.