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... 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.'
-- Lara Mieduniecki, Blackwell's Edinburgh

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

'I give Between the Lies five out of five stars.'
-- Random Ramblings of a Writer

''Between the Lies totally delivered on the promise of sensational twists. At more than one point in the story, I had no idea what would happen next.'
-- The Story Sanctuary

'[Cathy MacPhail] writes a very taut, nerve-wracking thriller. I avoid horror movies like the plague, so even reading well-crafted horror books gives me the willies. And MacPhail can do that in spades.'
-- Kiss the Book blog


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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