Review: Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton
Title: Sharon Bolton
Author: Little Black Lies
Publisher: St. Martin's Press and Minotaur Books
Published: May 19, 2015
Review: Ebook provided by NetGalley and the publisher
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.
I received this book from NetGalley to give an honest review.
I literally was on the edge of my seat with this book. You have children missing and no clue who is behind it, but there is more to this book than just missing children. We are told what is going on over a five day period between three different points of view. We start of with Catrin who is in rough shape she is a grieving mother and has been grieving for three years. Her best friend Rachel accidentally killed Catrin's two boys and things have never been the same for both of them. Catrin has been seeming to just live to live and has a plan to eventually end her life and Rachel's we see how Catrin lives her life day to day and what thoughts go through her head. When another child goes missing Catrin doesn't truly care but eventually it seems to change her in a small way.
When Catrin is suspected of kidnapping another child who has gone missing that is when things get dicey with everything because the said child is Rachel's. Oh snap you see where this going?
Then in comes Callum's point of view he is in love with Catrin and has his own issues he is going through. He has post-traumatic stress disorder and he has recurring black outs that has him wondering if he has done something that he can't remember. Then we have Rachel's p.o.v. she is just as damaged as Catrin is only she is barely making it through her life even with her children by her side. Her youngest child doesn't really want anything to do with her and it is because she doesn't have that bond with him. His older siblings try to take care of him as much as they can.
When all three confess to murder the police are completely baffled at this. Who is the one kidnapping the children? What happened to Rachel's son?
I did think about 72% through that I knew who committed the crime but I was far from the answers. When everything did come to light I was like oh snap why didn't I think of that. This book has you completely thinking it is one person but yet it totally isn't that one person. You feel for Catrin and Rachel both as they are best friends but yet something so tragic tore them apart.
The characters were depressing there was no middle ground which in this type of book I expected that. The plot was WOW! Yes the author does add things within the story that I could see it being without but it wasn't a huge bother for me I just saw it as adding more to the story. The mystery and suspense behind the kidnappings and the deaths awesome. the ending I found to be good didn't think about the person on the boat at all. I enjoyed this author's way of writing and dragging me into the book that I plan on reading more of her work.
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.