Little Black Lies

Little Black Lies

Book - 2015
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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"--
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2015
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250028594
Branch Call Number: MYS Bolt
Characteristics: 365 p

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hilln
Jul 30, 2017

More than a thriller (which it is in spades, btw), this novel explores deep themes of anger, loss, heartbreak, resentment and people who harbour deeply damaged psyches but nevertheless carry on with business as usual. When you think you've got the plot figured out, the author throws curveball after curveball at you, the reader, right up to the very last page. The way the story is told with multiple narrators over multiple days and not necessarily in chronological order kept me on my toes as I raced through this novel (sidebar: carefully note each chapter heading!). The story is excellent but the way it is told lifts this book into an upper echelon in the thriller genre. On the downside, I feel there are a few minor plot points that may stretch my willing suspension of disbelief a tad too thin, but overall I am awed by the depth of thought and intricacy of this novel.

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nannerl
Jul 22, 2017

Excellent mystery. This is the first book I've read by this author, but it's certainly not the last.

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empbee
Jul 12, 2017

Good plot, unusual location.

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JLMason
Feb 05, 2017

You will think that you can guess the ending, but you will be wrong!

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mjk236sb
Dec 21, 2016

Great book filled with sorrow and loss, however there are turns and twists that are very unexpected. As the story unfolds you begin to know the three main characters and you can feel their pain and see how they are all suffering. Just when you feel that you have figured out how this will all end, the author takes you a different direction and you are once again trying to figure out the resolution to this. Then when you think she has resolved the story and they are finding some peace in their lives she writes the last few pages and you will never have see this final scene coming and will leave you in awe. Job well done!!!

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terrybateman
Jun 28, 2016

Missing children always have an impact on a community, but if your community is as small and isolated as the Falkland Islands you're left to wonder. Accidents or intent? Local, or tourist? You hope and pray for accidental death. Catrin knows about loss--her two children were killed in an accident some years ago and this has altered every aspect of her life--she wants revenge on her best friend, she sees the ghosts of her children, and she has lost her husband. Now she is suspected as children one by one disappear. She is hiding a secret, but it's not what people think. This is a well-written mystery suspense that keeps you guessing right up to the end. I'd love to recommend it to my family, but occasional profanity makes this difficult. Nevertheless, the author has created a compelling and engaging book that is hard to put down.

laxchixrox Jun 04, 2016

It took me awhile to get into the book then I was hooked. The surprises kept coming. I had to read the ending twice because it was so unexpected.

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slang123
May 16, 2016

I probably should have rated this higher than a 3 as it is well written and has some lovely phrases (see "Quotes"), but it was really a dreary, sad book. "Eerie" and "haunted" are two other adjectives that are appropriate.

This is a story of how a horrible accident affects the lives of all involved; a story of tortured souls.

Andreatd Apr 28, 2016

I enjoyed everything about this book. I loved that the story moves through three characters and is told by three different perspectives. I enjoyed the description of the Falkland Islands, the culture and the wildlife. The last sentence of the book had me sitting in drop jawed shock.

Uyc Apr 13, 2016

I tell you, the build-up in to this story is intense. You start feeling paranoid about everything. Good ending, I must say. However, I did find that it was difficult to keep remembering what had happened in other narratives as there are three of them and they become jumbled.

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slang123
May 16, 2016

"Boats belong on top of the waves, not beneath them. Wreaks speak of lost hopes, of wasted lives, of dreams that didn't survive the storm."

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slang123
May 16, 2016

"I open the back door and the wind races in as though it's been waiting to pounce."

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trbateman
Jun 28, 2016

Missing children always have an impact on a community, but if your community is as small and isolated as the Falkland Islands you're left to wonder. Accidents or intent? Local, or tourist? You hope and pray for accidental death. Catrin knows about loss--her two children were killed in an accident some years ago and this has altered every aspect of her life--she wants revenge on her best friend, she sees the ghosts of her children, and she has lost her husband. Now she is suspected as children one by one disappear. She is hiding a secret, but it's not what people think. This is a well-written mystery suspense that keeps you guessing right up to the end. I'd love to recommend it to my family, but occasional profanity makes this difficult. Nevertheless, the author has created a compelling and engaging book that is hard to put down.

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