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Little White Lies

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  764 ratings  ·  119 reviews
The first time Lou meets mysterious Christian, she knows he is The One. But Christian is hiding a terrible secret. Why does he clam up every time Lou asks about his past? Why doesn’t he have any family photos, and why does he dye his blond hair black? When Christian’s house goes up in flames, his tires are slashed, and he flees for his life, Lou insists on going with him. ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published December 9th 2014 by Delacorte Press (first published August 1st 2013)
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Anatea Oroz
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

Finally, a mystery book is done right! Little White Lies was everything I hoped it would be, and even more. I wouldn't say for myself that I'm a fan of mystery books, but I think it's mostly because so very few of them manage to really keep you guessing throughout the whole book. Little White Lies did exactly that.

When Lou starts college, she's not like every other freshman, she has a new identity and she's constantly living in fear that
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
I am very disappointed in Little White Lies. Have you seen the ratings on goodreads? I am definitely in the minority when it comes to how I rate and feel about Little White Lies. Bottom line, I disliked it and thought half of what went on in the book to be completely ridiculous. It is a mystery contemporary but all I got was full on romance until the last 100 pages or so. Lou starts university, which is only mentioned very briefly at the beginning. Don't you think a university student would ...more
Well, let me just start off by saying how un-stereo-typical this book is. Little White Lies kept my on my toes! I wrote out two predictions, two very well thought out predictions, AND THEY BOTH WEREN’T TRUE!! There are so many twists and turns in this story. Once I thought I was going to predict something, the story went in an opposite way. And this plot-twisting book still kept me engaged! I wasn't ever bored reading this book.

While reading, I was so absorbed into Lou’s character… it was like
Gah!!! Something is wrong with me! I didn't like this at all.
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Little White Lies is a thought provoking story of guilt and innocence, prejudice and judgment. It's a moving and insightful tale that makes you stop and wonder about things like the justice system and how bullet-proof it really is, or how seemingly unimportant decisions can turn into real pivotal points of our lives, altering our fates in unpredictable ways. It's also a story of lies and regret, and - ultimately - of trust, love and forgiveness.

This book is about Lou (not her real name), who
Oct 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little White Lies encompasses a thought provoking thriller with an unusual coming of age story. Fast paced, the tension is maintained throughout in various forms making a compelling read.

Told in first person narrative from Lou’s perspective. Truths and lies are woven through the narrative with such skill making the reader question every aspect. Red herrings abound adding not only to the tension but also make you question the characters motives, relationships and interactions. In all honesty, I
SJH (A Dream of Books)
UK author Katie Dale's second novel is equally as strong and compelling as her first. It throws up difficult questions about love and loyalty which got me to question what I would do in the same situation.

Lou is starting a new life at university when she meets Christian. He seems very secretive and doesn't like to talk about himself. She seems determined to get to the bottom of who he really is but when the truth is unravelled whose side will she be on? The story follows the two of them as
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic read from a UK author who is fast becoming a favourite author of mine. I thoroughly enjoyed every page and can't wait for the author to write more YA novels for me to devour.

Like Katie's previous novel Little White Lies was fast paced and engaging throughout. The storyline twists and turn keeping you getting for the outset and is an emotional roller coaster. I'm deliberately going to keep this review short because I don't want to spoil it for anyone but I will say that I loved
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little White Lies incorporated everything awesome about suspense novels and everything action packed about young adult novels and combined them to make one awesome story. Suspense is hard for young adult but Katie Dale managed to craft a wonderful story that kept me guessing until the very end.

If you follow me on Twitter or Goodreads, you might have seen some status updates about the main character. She annoyed me for a good portion of the book. Her actions made no sense to me and I couldn’t
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Holy moly, what did I just read?? I was NOT expecting Little White Lies to go from a cute college romance to an insane story of murder, mystery, and lies that build and build until there's no way of knowing what's true and what's not.

The moment she lays eyes on Christian, Lou can't stop thinking about him. But when she finally gets the chance to talk to him, it's clear that Christian's hiding something. Lou knows nothing about him, but she knows how she feels and she's willing to trust him when
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After reading this book, I can see why Katie Dale’s writing came so highly recommended to me. This book the tightest plot I’ve ever read. Nothing is wasted – every conversation, every action and every expression used are essential to the plot of the book. It’s one of those books that on finishing reading it, you find yourself wanting to pick to pieces to work out how the author made it so utterly brilliant.

The characters have interesting twists
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-copy-only
**Minor spoilers throughout**

I don't know whether to love or hate this book...

Lou is starting university at Sheffield, she meets a attractive guy at a coffee shop and practically stalks him while dealing with an unknown tragedy in her family. Christian (the attractive guy) acts oddly, not leaving his house after dark, keeping Lou at a distance and hanging out with old people. Lou and her friend Vic are dying to know why Christian is acting so suspicious and make it their mission to find out.

Sam Xavier
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me this book was really good because it had all sorts of genres all in one. Action, crime, horror, bit of comedy and a lot more. Also this book really was mindbogglingly, you don't know who to believe???? And so many people are lying, it really is worth reading if you like this type of genre!!!!:)
Chelsea Anne
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I’ve forgotten how to write reviews, where do I start?

It’s been a while since I’ve experienced a book that has played with my emotions and made me feel so much to the point where I feel everything the characters are going through, like I’m actually apart of the story with them.
Little White Lies was a pleasant surprise, a very underrated phenomenal read. The description makes it sound like it’s heavily focused on the romance, but it is anything but that. There were so many twist and turns, I was
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Can we all just take a couple of seconds, a minute maybe do dwell on the fact that this book is fan-fucking-tastic!!!!! Oh MY Jesus!!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK AND I WANT TO LIVE IN IT AND MARRY CHRSITIAN BECAUSE HE IS HOT AND NICE AND DAWWWWWWWW AND PLAES PLEASE READ IT
Like read this description!!! Read it. Read IT!!! READ IT!!!.

The first time Lou meets mysterious Christian, she knows he is The One. But Christian is hiding a terrible secret. Why does he clam up every time Lou
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
I had two of Katie Dale’s books sitting on my shelf waiting to be read and I honestly didn’t know which one to start. As you can see White Little Lies won over Someone Else’s Life but I’m wondering if that was a good choice because White Little Lies didn’t wow me as much as I was hoping for.

The story follows a teenage girl called Lou, who has just started at a new school in order to escape something that happened in her past. Lou is hiding secrets from all the people around her and she’s happy
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Full of deception and intense emotions, LITTLE WHITE LIES doesn't hold back once the truth starts unfolding - it will knock you down, over and over again. Once you start reading this book, you won't be able to put it down... murder, love, lies, and complicated relationships...

Our dear sweet Lou has moved to start at a new school, with a new alias, to escape a tragedy that happened the year before. She doesn't want anyone to know who she is, not even her roommate. It seems that Lou is determined
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
3.5 Stars
Little White Lies is a story about the relationship of Lou and Christian, who are hiding their pasts from each other. It’s a story riddled with lies and situations that force you to think about just how flawed the justice system can truly be at times. Little White Lies pulls you in with it’s half truths and sets you on a path that will have you just as unsure (if not more so) as Lou about the real truth.

Louise, is in a new city with a new name and struggling to make a new life while
Stephanie A.
Even getting past the exhaustive Briticisms right off the bat (I counted 10 in the first 12 pages; it comes across like an American trying to prove they TOTALLY KNOW British terminology), the first half of this book is shrouded in such obnoxious mystery for no good reason that I almost quit reading in frustration. Here's what you should know:

Lou's parents died in a car accident, so she lives with her aunt, uncle, and a cousin who became like a sister. They were separated for the first time when
Michelle Lynne
Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm giving Little White Lies a solid three out of five.

Upon starting reading, I wasn't sure how I was going to like it. It sort of read like a typical YA or even a fanfiction, Mary Sue-type character and all. But about halfway through, the plot really kicks in and things start to get interesting (and the Mary Sue-ness is explained, so I didn't hate her anymore). From then on, I really enjoyed the read. But even a small ways into that plot, I could tell how things were going to end; it seemed
More people should know about this book. When I went into it, I'm gonna be honest and say my expectations were low - partly because of that cover partly because I thought the romance was gonna take over the plot. But, I was pleasantly surprised. The mystery was amazing. We get just enough information to form a story in our head and the BOOM. Twist that changes everything. The characters and their dialogues were very realistic. Actually, everything felt real and I could connect with the ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
My goodness - what a roller coaster ride this turned out to be. It started slowly, but gradually as 'truths' were revealed the plot picked up pace and became a real page-turner. There were so many twists and turns, secrets, betrayals, lies and moral dilemmas that I was left guessing until the end. Just when I thought I might have an idea where the book was heading, the author delivered another revelation and threw me for a loop. The resolution was a bit too neat but, overall, this was a great ...more
⚡ mary
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
You can't change the past, however much you'd like to. That's the biggest tragedy of all.

oh my god.

Just when you think everything is solved, it turns out to be a lie and the whole world turns upside down and then it happens over and over again.

Little White Lies is full of action and is very suspenseful. It was a lot better than I had suspected.

I couldn't help but add this:

Little White Littles by One Direction
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story

Although the timeline of the action really didn't work for me, this book presented a really interesting story that had a much more complex plot than the average mystery. Thankfully, the author did a great job managing the various elements of the story. I loved how everything came to a head, and how the revelations came out. I am normally wary of stories where characters lie in order to insert themselves into their targets' lives, but reading this novel really paid off for me big time.
Sarah Gopie
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It has been a very long time since I was able to enjoy a book like this. I am one of the slowest readers out there and I finished this book in 8 hours. This book was everything you need in a book. Mysterious, romantic, happy and sad. I would recommend this book to anyone because of every little bit that it has. It was so easy to get lost in the book, feeling each characters emotions. If I didn't read this book already, I would want to.
Paula Fairlamb
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book! The only downside was that I worked out what really happened myself, but then, I am a 34 year old reading a book written for young adults. Really recommend this if you want a page turner with lots of twists but easy to read.
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. I was always wanting to read more. It made me smile like an idiot while on my way to work and it had me in tears. Just loved it! Will definitely be staff picking this at work and recommending for others to read and love!
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I'm not usually into mystery stories but this one intrigued me so I decided to read a little bit of it and it hooked me right away.
Sara Grant
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Romance and peril tangle in this wonderfully imaginative tale from Katie Dale. She'll keep you guessing until the end!
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, suspense
Yes, the author did a creditable job of keeping the reader in suspense about the whodunit. I found that by the time of the big reveal, I just didn't care.
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