Review: Black Flowers, White Lies by Yvonne Ventresca

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Goodreads Summary:

Her father died before she was born, but Ella Benton knows they have a supernatural connection. Since her mother discourages these beliefs, Ella keeps her cemetery visits secret. But she may not be the only one with secrets. Ella’s mother might be lying about how Dad died sixteen years ago. Newfound evidence points to his death in a psychiatric hospital, not as a result of a tragic car accident as her mother always claimed. After a lifetime of just the two of them, Mom suddenly feels like a stranger.

When a handprint much like the one Ella left on her father’s tombstone mysteriously appears on the bathroom mirror, at first she wonders if Dad is warning her of danger as he did once before. If it’s not a warning, could her new too-good-to-be-true boyfriend be responsible for the strange occurrences? Or maybe it’s the grieving building superintendent whose dead daughter strongly resembles Ella? As the unexplained events become more frequent and more sinister, Ella becomes terrified about who—or what—might harm her.

Soon the evidence points to someone else entirely: Ella herself. What if, like her father, she’s suffering from a breakdown? In this second novel from award-winning author Yvonne Ventresca, Ella desperately needs to find answers, no matter how disturbing the truth might be.

Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Timesbestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home. 

***I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***

My Review

I was intrigued by Black Flowers, White Lies from the get-go! I mean look at the gorgeous cover!!  The story pulled me in instantly. First off Ella loves cats and books, so we immediately related! Although she’s definitely a crazy cat lady, not that there’s anything wrong with that! Any who, her life gets turned upside down when her mother remarries and she meets her hot and endearing step brother Blake. However, before she knows it she’s unraveling secrets about the death of her father and soon begins questioning the reality around her. Sinister plots lurk around her from every corner, and she finds herself struggling to distinguish the lies from reality.

Black Flowers, White Lies had a fast plot that was filled with twists and questions on every page. I was falling into the same traps with Ella. I desperately needed to know what was real and what was actually happening to Ella. Certain things however were most certainly predictable, although not everything turned out the way I had anticipated. The suspense was pretty constant.

I flew through this book, however the ending was a bit anticlimactic, so you can imagine that I was a little disappointed that there was no bang! Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the book, I was just expecting more of a big finish. This lead me to the expectation that there would have been a second book, but this book is in fact a stand alone.

If you are looking for a fast thriller that will hook you in from page one, I would most definitely recommend reading Black Flowers, White Lies. Buy it on Amazon here!

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