I read one of Sharon Bolton’s books as part of my Goodreads reading challenge 2016. It was called Awakenings and I enjoyed it.
Little Black Lies was even better. I kept finding myself thinking about it while doing other things. I kept wanting to stop doing what I was doing and sit down to read!
Little Black Lies
Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
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.
I don’t know why but the setting of the Falkland Islands really appealed to me. Straight away I loved this book. It was hard to put down and if we hadn’t been decorating the living room I’d have spent even more time reading.
The book is split into three parts. The first part is about Catrin, the mother who lost her children due to an accident.
Part two is about Callum; a soldier who fought in the war and returned to live when it was over.
The third part is about Rachel, Catrin’s best friend. She’s the one who was looking after Catrin’s children when the accident happened.
As well as the three of them dealing with everything that happened in the past there’s also something happening on the island. Children have gone missing and most people don’t want to think that someone could be taking them. They want to believe the children wandered off and got lost. There are lots of cliffs, bogs and dangerous waterways that they could have encountered.
You’re kept guessing about what is actually going on but it’s not in an irritating way. Everything flows nicely and whilst there could never be a happening ending to a book where children have died, it’s a satisfying ending.
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