Here We Lie

A riveting novel about how the past never stays in the past from the critically acclaimed author of The Drowning Girls and The Mourning Hours.

Megan Mazeros and Lauren Mabrey are complete opposites on paper. Megan is a girl from a modest Midwest background, and Lauren is the daughter of a senator from an esteemed New England family. When they become roommates at a private women’s college, they forge a strong, albeit unlikely, friendship, sharing clothes, advice and their most intimate secrets.

The summer before senior year, Megan joins Lauren and her family on their private island off the coast of Maine. It should be a summer of relaxation, a last hurrah before graduation and the pressures of postcollege life. Then late one night, something unspeakable happens, searing through the framework of their friendship and tearing them apart. Many years later, Megan publicly comes forward about what happened that fateful night, revealing a horrible truth and threatening to expose long-buried secrets.

In this captivating and moving novel, Paula Treick DeBoard explores the power of friendship and secrets, and shows how hiding from the truth can lead to devastating consequences.

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Praise for Here We Lie:

“A complex look at the long-standing consequences of privilege and toxic masculinity…. Compulsively readable!” —Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Year

“This story particularly resonates now, in the throes of the #MeToo movement.”—Booklist

“Suspenseful and evocative, with pitch-perfect prose and pacing, Here We Lie is a story that resonates long after the last word. An engrossing read.” —Kimberly Belle, bestselling author of The Marriage Lie

“From her riveting first chapter, DeBoard casts a line back in time and reels an unlikely college friendship ever closer to the novel’s inevitable conclusion…. Absorbing.” —Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of The Far End of Happy and The Art of Falling

“Here We Lie takes you on a remarkable journey of two girls who learn, together and alone, to decide who they will ultimately be…. At once observant, devastating, and thoroughly satisfying.” —Emily Carpenter, author of The Weight of Lies and Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

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Paula Treick DeBoard

Paula Treick DeBoard is the author of The Mourning Hours and The Fragile World. An Ohio native, she now lives with her husband Will and their four-legged brood in Northern California, where she also teaches composition. You can find her online at, or on Twitter @HerPlotThickens.

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