Thursday, 2 July 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?"

I was asked on receipt of this ARC by the publisher to, once I had finished reading, describe Little Black Lies. In three words. I eventually chose DARK, INTENSE and COMPELLING, because Little Black Lies is all of these things and so, so much more. It draws you in immediately, and won't let you go til the last page is read.
Based in the Falkland Islands, Sharon Bolton evokes a picture of a somewhat bleak place to live, with very few inhabitants, all intent on not only knowing each others secrets, but also keeping each others secrets from outsiders. There is almost a little mesh of intrigue hovering over the community, keeping the insiders in, and the outsiders from ever fully being welcomed. 
Alongside Catrin's story, which is the heartbreaking story of a mother who lost her children at the hands of her best friend, there is also a plot running parallel, about children disappearing from the island. I almost found this smaller, parallel plot more intriguing, as Bolton gives very little away. 
Some excellent strong characters and a highly secretive plot, combined with a subtle but neat ending makes this a fantastic five star read.

Little Black Lies is out on 2nd July and you can get it here:

**Thank you to the lovely peeps at Transworld for my ARC**

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