Sneak Peek: THE LIES AMONG US By Sarah Beth Durst

THE LIES AMONG US By Sarah Beth Durst
(Available for pre-order, releasing April 1, 2024)

From the award-winning author of The Bone Maker and The Lake House comes a haunting novel about sisterhood and grief, where difficult truths must contend with the corrosive power of unchecked lies.

Her captivating and evocative new novel THE LIES AMONG US (Lake Union; 4/1/24) is the latest example of these creative superpowers. It’s a paranormal family drama that delves deep into the complexities of grief, the intricate bonds of mothers and daughters, and the destructive nature of lies. Durst brilliantly and effortlessly blurs the lines between reality and the supernatural to create a unique story of self discovery for sisters Hannah and Leah Allen. THE LIES AMONG US is a story unlike anything you’ll ever read and should be your next book club pick!

After her mother dies, Hannah doesn’t know how to exist without her. Literally. In fact, Hannah’s not even certain that she does exist. No one seems to see or hear her, and she finds herself utterly alone. Grief-stricken and confused, her sense of self slowly slipping away, Hannah sets out to find new purpose in life—and answers about who (and what) she really is.

Hannah’s only remaining family is her older sister, Leah. Yet even Leah doesn’t seem to notice her. And while Hannah can see and hear her sister, she also sees beautiful and terrible things that don’t—or shouldn’t—exist. She learns there’s much more to this world than meets the eye and struggles to make sense of it all.

When Hannah sees Leah taking the same dangerous path that consumed their own mother— where lies supplant reality—she’s desperate to get through to her. But facing difficult truths is harder than it looks.


Sarah Beth Durst is the author of over twenty-five books for adults, teens, and kids, including The Bone Maker, The Lake House, and Spark. She won an American Library Association Alex Award and a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and has been a finalist for the Andre Norton Nebula Award three times. Several of her books have been optioned for film/television, including Drink, Slay, Love, which was made into a TV movie and was a question on Jeopardy! Sarah is a graduate of Princeton University and lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband, her two children, and her ill-mannered cat. Visit her at