LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sharon BoltonLittle Black Lies by Sharon Bolton
Published by Macmillan, St. Martin's Press on May 19th 2015
Pages: 368
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural, Suspense, Thrillers, Women Sleuths
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In such a small community as the Falkland Islands, a missing child is unheard of. In such a dangerous landscape it can only be a terrible tragedy, surely...When another child goes missing, and then a third, it's no longer possible to believe that their deaths were accidental, and the villagers must admit that there is a murderer among them. Even Catrin Quinn, a damaged woman living a reclusive life after the accidental deaths of her own two sons a few years ago, gets involved in the searches and the speculation.And suddenly, in this wild and beautiful place that generations have called home, no one feels safe and the hysteria begins to rise.But three islanders--Catrin, her childhood best friend, Rachel, and her ex-lover Callum--are hiding terrible secrets. And they have two things in common: all three of them are grieving, and none of them trust anyone, not even themselves.In Little Black Lies, her most shocking and engaging suspense novel to date, Sharon Bolton will keep the reader guessing until the very last page.

Reading time 4 mins

This book had my attention right away. The author took me on a guided tour of the Falkland Islands. Little Black Lies exposes the shallows of a little town with a missing child problem. It also delves into the depths of hatred and regret.

In the beginning of this story we meet Catrin, who lost both of her children two years ago in an accident. She is tasked with helping the volunteers search for a missing child, a child visiting the Falkland Islands with his parents. This is the third child gone missing, and the visitors suspect the town is protecting a local criminal. As we search for the child, Catrin plans something sinister for her old friend Rachel. The friend who let her children die. This book is really about the complexity of losing a child(ren) accidentally while they are in the care of someone you trust. This book is also about the damage war torn soldiers bring home. We get to know Callum, who is Catrin’s love interest and suffers uncontrollable PTSD.  Little Black Lies explores regret at having made choices that can never be taken back.

The Good: I loved the story telling. The author was able to draw me into each characters life and make me understand their motivation completely. I could see murderous intent as fitting revenge for Catrin. I could understand why she couldn’t remain friends with Rachel. I could see Rachel falling apart and I really wanted Callum to get his wish. I actually hated Rachel right along with Catrin and was a bit shocked when she got to tell her part. Turns out I am not very loyal once someone else starts telling their side of the story.

The location is fantastic. The Falkland Islands is on my bucket list, so the setting was great. The boats, the small town, the tourists, and the locals all made for a very tense backdrop to a missing child case. We get a feel for the accents of the people, without having to read them. (thank you Sharon, very much. I hate that) I rooted for the characters. I wanted justice for the grieving mothers and for them to find the children, but I was scared of what they would find. I was unable to guess what really happened. The author didn’t give anything away in the story. It was a very well written suspense.

The Bad (or in this case, the not so good): The story has three POVs. I actually didn’t mind this so much, since the story is broken into three parts, with each character taking telling their part of the story separately. I just really hated that each part ended just as we were getting to the truth. I know each side of the story was important, I just got pretty frustrated once I realized Callum’s story didn’t reveal the end, we still had Rachel’s part to go. Once I got into her story, I relaxed a bit. Her story is not a repeat at all, she barely interacts with Catrin and Callum, so her story is unique.

Conclusion: This is a great suspense/mystery. The author was careful to not use dirty tactics to shock the reader. The focus is on the left behind more than the horror of what could happen to a child in the wrong hands. I would definitely like to read more from the author.

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About the Author

Sharon J Bolton was born and brought up in Lancashire, the eldest of three daughters. As a child, she dreamed of becoming an actress and a dancer, studying ballet, tap and jazz from a young age and reading drama at Loughborough University.
She spent her early career in marketing and PR before returning to full-time education to study for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Warwick University, where she met her husband, Andrew. They moved to London and Sharon held a number of PR posts in the City. She left the City to work freelance, to start a family and to write.
She and Andrew now live in a village in the Chiltern Hills, not far from Oxford, with their son and the latest addition to the family: Lupe, the lop-eared lurcher. Her daily life revolves around the school run, walking the dog and those ever-looming publishing deadlines.

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