Thursday 18 June 2015

Little Black Lies - Sharon Bolton


What's the worst thing your best friend could do to you?
Admittedly, it wasn't murder. A moment's carelessness, a tragic accident - and two children are dead. Yours.
Living in a small island community, you can't escape the woman who destroyed your life. Each chance encounter is an agonizing reminder of what you've lost - your family, your future, your sanity.
How long before revenge becomes irresistible?
With no reason to go on living, why shouldn't you turn your darkest thoughts into deeds?
So now, what's the worst thing you can do to your best friend?

What did I think?

Well I didn't see any of that coming!  This was quite a page-turner and the author has us leaning one way, then the other, then BAM! it hits us right between the eyes.

Catrin's sons were killed in an accident when her best friend, Rachel, was looking after them.  Catrin's pain and quest for revenge was evident in every page.  She's an empty shell with only one goal, to get revenge on Rachel.  Then a child goes missing and Catrin, along with her friend Callum, is drawn into the search for him, but little Archie is not the first nor will he be the last to go missing...

When Rachel's son, Peter, goes missing three people own up to killing him - I couldn't read fast enough to find out what had happened to him.  Who is telling the truth and who is bring protected?

The book is split into three parts telling the story from the point of view of the main characters - Catrin, Callum and Rachel.  Rachel's story is quite poignant - although Catrin lost her sons, it is Rachel who has to live with the guilt, particularly because of the reason she took her eyes off them.  Callum was a soldier in the Falkland's conflict and his story, including his PTSD, is told with honour and respect.  Catrin comes across as a bit of an emotionless machine, and it's not surprising following the death of her sons.  She has nothing left to live for and nothing to lose in hatching a plan to avenge her sons' deaths.

An absolutely incredible read with two amazing twists that I certainly didn't see coming.

I received this e-book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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