Between the Lies

Cathy MacPhail

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  • A tense thriller from award-winning teen author Cathy MacPhail
  • Packed with sharp dialogue and a series of sensational twists
  • Authentically captures the voice and lives of teens -- bombarded with online harassment yet obsessed with living their lives on social media

Judith Tremayne is missing. She just seems to have vanished, until Abbie, a school nobody, receives a message: 'I want to come home'. Why would popular Jude contact loner Abbie? Will she stay missing? A tense teen thriller packed with sensational twists.

198 x 130 mm
Floris Books
Age Range:
From 12 to 15 years
280 pages
Publication date:
20 Apr 2017


Judith Tremayne is missing. She hasn't been online, nobody has heard from her. She simply appears to have vanished, until Abbie Kerr, a school nobody, receives a message: "I want to come home".

Suddenly everyone knows Abbie's name. The mean girls and the misfits alike are obsessed with Jude's disappearance. Abbie finds herself at the centre of a whirlwind of rumours, secrets and lies. Why would popular, fun Jude be messaging loner, loser Abbie? Why would Jude disappear? Can Abbie bring her home?

Award-winning author Cathy MacPhail authentically captures the voice and lives of teens -- desperate to be seen, bombarded with online harassment yet obsessed with living their lives on social media. This tense thriller is packed with MacPhail's trademark sharp dialogue and a series of sensational twists.


'An excellent and really well written novel that hooks the reader from the first page. The tension slowly rises as the story twists and turns, keeping the reader guessing until the final dénouement. Characters are well developed, the plot is clever, dialogue is sharp and authentic and skilfully blends the text with tweets and social media emoticons. This is a fresh, contemporary thriller which realistically captures the perspectives and lives of modern teenagers – wanting to be popular, desperate to be seen, bombarded by the media and obsessed with living their lives on social media, with no thought to the consequences. I loved it and couldn’t put it down!'
-- Annie Everall, Armadillo

'Between the Lies is a labyrinth of secrets and half-truths [...] A compelling story that will leave you guessing right up to the final page.'
-- Beth Goodyear, The Scotsman

"This is the Gone Girl for young adults. Abbie is thrown into the media spotlight when she supposedly receives a text from a school friend who has gone missing. Initially applauded as a hero, opinion turns viciously against her as the lies she has told begin to surface. The author cleverly has you sympathising with our flawed anti hero as her fellow pupils use social media to make her suffer & suffer she does. Just brilliant writing with twists & turns that have you grasping for the elusive truth."
-- Lara Mieduniecki, Blackwell's Edinburgh

"I never saw the ending coming… An intriguing book, perfect for its intended audience."
-- Artistic Bent


Cathy MacPhail is the award-winning author of over thirty children's books including Run Zan Run, Roxy's Baby, Out of the Depths and Grass. Her novel Mosi's War was shortlisted for a Scottish Children's Book Award, an award she's won twice before, and a film adaptation of her novel Another Me was released in 2014. Cathy writes spooky thrillers for younger readers and challenging teen novels and is acclaimed for her unique ability to get to the heart of serious, topical issues through the stories of her feisty characters. She was born and brought up in Greenock, Scotland, where she still lives.

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