“Think: The Affair meets Animal House meets your beach bag. Get into it.”

– TheSkimm


“Everything you could ever want in a summer read.”



“A page-turner. I devoured it in 48 hours.”

– Jessica Knoll, bestselling author of Luckiest Girl Alive and The Favorite Sister


"Tell Me Lies is as dark and daring as it is absorbing. I found myself immediately drawn into the desperation and misguided obsession of young love. Who hasn't, at one point, fallen this hard and gotten this lost?  Carola Lovering has created something unexpected and original, yet deeply familiar."

– Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo


“A dark, exhilarating coming-of-age story...there might be no better addition to your beach bag.” 

– Town & Country


"Ever wondered what that bad boyfriend was really thinking? You’ll find out in Carola Lovering’s addictive debut. For fans of Jessica Knoll and Caroline Kepnes, Tell Me Lies is a devastatingly accurate portrayal of a toxic relationship. Once its hooks are in, you'll have no choice but to tear through every page."

– Georgia Clark, author of The Regulars


"Riveting. With Tell Me Lies, Carola Lovering has given us a keenly observed, no-holds-barred examination of the mistakes we make under the guise of love. If you've ever fallen for the wrong personand let's be honest, you probably havethis book is for you."

– Grant Ginder, author of The People We Hate at the Wedding


"Tell Me Lies is a daring coming of age tale from a fresh new voice. This unvarnished look at both sides of a toxic romance is as resonant as it is harrowing, with characters so finely drawn they’ll linger in the imaginations of readers long after the final page. This book is unflinching, unforgettable, and unputdownable.” 

– Andrea Dunlop, author of She Regrets Nothing


“Passion, friendship, heartbreak, and forgiveness ring true in Lovering's debut, a fast-paced ride through hookups, breakups, and infidelities…there are unforgettable beauties in this very sexy story.”

– Kirkus Reviews


“Reading Tell Me Lies is a visceral and, at times, unbearably relatable experience that I was utterly unprepared for. Carola Lovering creates a story so deftly handled and characters so believably flawed that you can’t help but become fully immersed. This debut left me gutted and raw in the best kind of way.”

– Corinne Sullivan, author of Indecent


"A twisted modern love story.

– Parade


"Lovering’s debut is like a chemical reaction, exploding with sex, drugs, and all things that make a relationship toxic. Told by alternating point-of-view between Lucy and Stephen, this coming-of-age story will strike a chord with readers. From the emotionally raw, vulnerable, yet addicting lure that Lucy experiences with Stephen to his lack of guilt over his misdeeds, readers will be enraptured by this story that explores the darkest sides of a relationship gone wrong."

– Booklist


"Fans of Colleen Hoover will devour Lovering's new adult debut that is full of toxic love, secrets, and intense romance."

– Library Journal


“An addictive story you won't be able to put down, this seductive coming-of-age novel chronicles with searing honesty and keen insight the modern relationship.”

— Bustle


"A winning debut."

— Publishers Weekly