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Little Black Lies

by Sharon Bolton

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Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton
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  • Published May 2015
    368 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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  • Millicent G. (Cypress, TX)
    Little Black Lies
    Why did this book appeal to me? I am hooked on Sharon Bolton's Lacey Flint series ... I gravitate towards mysteries, strong female leads, smart writing, unusual settings , multi- dimensional characters, nonpredictable plots lines...books that I still think about after I reach the last word. Did this book check off all those boxes...absolutely! This is not a cozy...or Chick Lit...or a police procedural..these characters are real...flawed, damaged ordinary people dealing with extraordinary problems. A surprise perk of reading this novel was what I learned about the Falkland Islands, their "troubles" and marine life of the area. Highly recommended...
  • Anne G. (Byram, MS)
    Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton
    A dark and compelling tale set against the wildly beautiful Falkland Islands. The lives emotionally damaged people will converge with the mysterious disappearances of young local boys. In a close knit community where everyone knows everyone, suspicion festers and a veil of fear and distrust descends over the inhabitants. For members of the community dealing with their own almost unbearable emotional problems, the mysterious disappearances create a heavily charged atmosphere of tension. Catrin and her ex-husband Ben are both struggling with the accidental loss of their two young sons in their own ways, Catrin's ex-lover Callum is dealing with severe PTSD, and Catrin's best friend Rachael is guilt ridden by her own secret.
    Little Black Lies is a thriller that will keep readers turning pages until the surprising twist at the end.
  • Mary Anne R. (Towson, MD)
    Little Black Lies
    Sharon Bolton uses three individuals to narrate her story of how these people were touched by the death of Catrin's children. All three people are flawed and all affected by the death. In each of the narrations we learn the of angels and demons. Her characters are dynamic. Using this technique helped me feel that I knew each intimately and cared about.

    The plot moves with suspense. The suspense is sometimes a physical or emotional event that kept me wanting to read on.

    The story takes place on the Falkland Islands. The author's description of the ocean scenes are memorable. Her descriptions of the island, its history and its creatures are what I liked most.
  • Becky M. (Crumpler, NC)
    Hooked from the start
    I knew that I couldn't possibly have this mystery figured out from the start, and the technique of having three speakers, with three motives, certainly proved that to be true. Whenever a novel deals with missing children, the tension is high, and the desire to find them an impetus to continue reading. Bolton weaves a psychological drama which will keep the reader guessing--and even when the solution is revealed, mysteries abound. An added plus is the setting--the Falklands--to the average reader a place a little vague whose history sits at the edge of your memory but whose details are hard to remember. Sharon Bolton is a new writer for me, but I've already looked up other books by her and have them on my to-be-read-soon list. You won't be able to put this book down!
  • Courtney B. (Seattle, WA)
    When I read the summary of this book, I thought I was going to love it! I enjoy crime thrillers, so a book about vanishing children on a remote island intrigued me. I appreciated Bolton's excellent writing skills, but the plot seemed to stray from what I expected. I did like how the book was written in different perspectives, but it was also a bit distracting and not really what I am used to reading. I am always excited to read something different from my usual and Little Black Lies was definitely what I was looking for in that respect.
  • Dona H. (Muskegon, MI)
    Missing children, unreliable narrators, a dangerous and interesting setting in the Falkland Islands: all of these should add up to an exciting mystery. I admit that the story did keep my interest and I read to the very end, but I was not able to like or care about any of the three narrators. Maybe it is because each is so self-absorbed. I felt that the plot contained too many poorly developed side tracks, and readers were not prepared for the sudden twist at the end. I love a good mystery, but this one didn't do it for me.
  • Susan C. (Maple Grove, MN)
    Little Black Lies
    I enjoyed learning about the setting of this novel - the Falkland Islands - what it's like to live in what seem harsh surroundings, somewhat isolated location. The story did not flow well at times, seemed disjointed, and the characters' reactions did not always seem realistic. Not sure how I feel about the surprising ending. Not a bad book, just not as good as it could have been.

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