Little Black Lies: Three Confessions. Two Liars. One Killer. by Sharon BoltonLittle Black Lies: Three Confessions. Two Liars. One Killer. by Sharon Bolton

Little Black Lies: Three Confessions. Two Liars. One Killer.

bySharon Bolton

Paperback | April 26, 2016

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A tense, twisty, up-all-night, stand-alone psychological thriller from this bestselling author.

     Three confessions. Two liars. One killer.

     Three friends have had their lives ripped apart. Their pasts haunt them. They are consumed by guilt. And they don't trust anyone. Not even themselves.

     But in their small, isolated, island community, trust is the only way to survive.

     Now a child has gone missing.

     And no one knows who to believe...
SHARON BOLTON is the author of seven critically-acclaimed novels: this is her eighth and is her first stand alone since Blood Harvest. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and The CWA Dagger in the Library. Sharon lives near Oxford with her hu...
Title:Little Black Lies: Three Confessions. Two Liars. One Killer.Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.9 × 5 × 1.2 inPublished:April 26, 2016Publisher:TransworldLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping!! OMG I did not want to put this book down, it was gripping. I really liked how it was put together with the 3 different perspectives. As well what an interesting location, this is the first book I have read set in the Falkland Islands so there was lots to learn. This author has become a favourite. I will definitely look out for other books by this author.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not an easy read but worth it... Wow! This book got off to a slow start for me, but once I hit the halfway mark, it took off and I couldn't stop reading. The atmosphere, the setting, the tone of the book is all dark and moody. This is entirely appropriate, though, as the book is about missing and dead children. Catrin was a mother until the day her best friend let her sons die. If that doesn't grab your attention, I don't see what else could. One of the passages in the book, Catrin. "I've been wondering if I have what it takes to kill. Whether I can look a living creature in the eye and take the one irreversible action that ends a life. Asked and answered, I suppose. I have no difficulty in killing. I'm actually rather good at it." This book involves a lot of characters but mostly Catrin, Rachel and Callum. The story is told in three parts, each from the viewpoint of one of the main characters. I found my sympathies shifting with each one of these viewpoints. In Catrin's part, I felt the loss she felt, her absolute need for revenge and her inability to forgive. In Rachel's part, I felt her overwhelming guilt and her need for forgiveness. In Callum's part, I felt his need to find the missing children and his love for Catrin. This book is not an easy read, it is rough and raw. I do recommend it though. It's a great novel and quite suspenseful. As a bonus, I learned a lot about the Falkland Islands and the wildlife that lives there, very interesting.
Date published: 2015-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Appropriate This book showed up in my library on my Birthday, with no evidence of a receipt. I started to read and found so may twists, it keept me guessing right to the very end. I feel the rating of five stars is fair, I couldn't put the book down. I liked the use of hate between, long time friends, because you were always looking for the love of many many years, to show. The true color of a person will always show in the end. I thought the use of the diary was very brilliant for a mother to mourn her Boys, when the Boys fall to their deaths, accidents happen, it's part of life. I truly enjoyed this book and will search out this Author for future reading.
Date published: 2015-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GREAT READ Catrin and Rachel had been best friends since girlhood. In one split second of inattentiveness that all changed. While Catrin’s children were in Rachel’s care, Rachel left them in the car to tend to an errand, somehow the handbrake was disengaged and the car rolled over a cliff and onto the rocks far below. The boys were dead before the car hit the rocks. Obviously, the friendship ended, but who was suffering more? Catrin, who lost her children or Rachel, the woman who was responsible? To Catrin it seems that everyone has carried on with his or her lives while she cannot let go of her grief. Her, now ex, husband has gone on to remarry and have a new son. Rachel still has her two sons and the son she was pregnant with at the time. Catrin has nothing but her work and her grief. In the years since the accident two boys have gone missing and have never been found – boys that bear a remarkable resemblance to Catrin’s sons. When a third child disappears the island is in an uproar. Catrin’s ex-lover finds that child; a little worse for wear, but alive and just when everyone is breathing a sigh of relief another boy disappears and this time its Rachel’s youngest son. It happens on the anniversary of the tragic accident that killed Catrin’s boys. All eyes are beginning to turn toward Catrin. Could she hate Rachel that much? And that is as far as I am going to go with my description of the book. To take it any further would be to give away too much. This is an intense mystery/thriller where something happens on every page. The characters are well developed and I became more and more invested in them as I read. Even the minor characters have personality and give the action some much-needed lightness every once in a while. In this passage Callum, the very tall, very large ex-soldier and war hero is taken to task over his foul language: “Mable is back, standing directly in front of me, holding a bottle of washing up liquid. I look down. At it; at her. “Mind your mouth, young man, or I’ll wash it out,” she tells me. “This might be a newsroom but we’re not on Fleet Street and we’re not the ones writing this crap.” Mable is half my height, probably a quarter of my weight and yet I have a feeling that, were I to smile right now, I’d regret it. “But I’m allowed to say crap? Right?” She waves the Fairy Liquid in my face. “No, I’m allowed to say crap because I’m ninety-two and I don’t give a shit. You can say yes ma’am, no ma’am, sorry to give offence ma’am, but if I were you I‘d be out of here and trying to find Catrin.” This book is written using three separate points of view. Catrin starts, giving the readers bits and pieces of information as she tells her story. Just as she is about to share a dark secret Callum’s voice takes over, and the book ends with Rachel’s narrative. When Callum took over the telling I was taken aback. I had that moment of “REALLY??? NOW???” I soon got over it. Yes, there was a little overlap, but soon enough we were back on track and I realized that changing the narrator made perfect sense. After all, they each had a little piece of the puzzle that they were sharing. I forgive Ms. Bolton for pulling that out of the hat when I was least expecting it. Ms. Bolton does a superb job at describing the ruggedness of the landscape, the isolation of the village and the harshness of the climate. She set a backdrop that could almost be described as gothic. One example of setting a perfect mood came when Catrin, who works on and in the water for her job, was describing a shipwreck she and Callum are preparing to investigate in their search for the missing boy: “The wreck looks enormous from the water. It rises up before us, black and dead. Maybe sixty or seventy years ago it was left behind by those it served well. Not for the first time, I wonder if ships feel pain when their days on the sea come to an end. It’s swaying in the rough sea. As we get closer, it rocks and pitches in a sad echo of how it used to move on water. I dive wrecks from time to time, but I never really enjoy doing so. They attract a particular sort of ocean life into their secret places. Boats belong on top of the waves, not beneath them. Wrecks speak of lost hopes, of wasted lives, of dreams that didn’t survive the storm.” This story unfolds in the same manner a storm might build over the sea surrounding the Island. The waves start rolling slowly, crest, and then a bigger wave comes to take its place … each one a little higher and a little more dangerous than the last. I can’t say too much about the ending because it would require a significant “spoiler alert” but suffice it to say I was perched on the edge of my chair reading the last third of this book. I couldn’t put it down because I had to know the final outcome. When I finally felt as if I could almost relax a little because now I knew the truth – nope – that final unexpected and devastating wave crashed into the shore … I got a shiver reading the last few paragraphs. Ms. Bolton certainly gave me the definition of a thriller with this book. When I finished the book I felt there was one unanswered question left hanging. It wasn’t until I was thinking about what to write for this review that it dawned on me that it had indeed been answered in the last three sentences. When you read this book, and you should, watch for all the clues that should be clear as day, you just don’t know it until the end. I have not read any other of Ms. Bolton’s books but I understand she has a series featuring DC Lacey Flint. This is where I once again start chanting my mantra of “I do not have time to start another series … I do not have time to start another series”, but I will definitely be checking out her other two stand-alone novels.
Date published: 2015-05-30

Editorial Reviews

   • "A dark and haunting thriller. It creeps under your skin and doesn't let you go." --Paul Hawkins, bestselling author of The Girl on the Train    • "I loved it! I stayed up entirely too late and completely ignored my family. It is the perfect thriller. A riveting portrait of small town secrets and big time betrayals. Friends, lovers, neighbours, everyone has something to hide..." --Lisa Gardner    • "Sharon Bolton is a very talented writer and it is always thrilling to see a new novel from her on the shelves." --Belinda Bauer