Little Black Lies
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 wom ...more
The Falkland Islands is the setting chosen for this psychological thriller, a thriller that will leave you thinking about it long after you close the book.
Children are going missing in a relatively small community, but everyone knows everyone else - surely it can't be one of their own who's responsible could it? Maybe it's an outsider who's made th ...more
A Traveling Sister Read with Kaceey!
LITTLE BLACK LIES by SHARON BOLTON is a dark, haunting, emotional, and an extremely suspenseful thriller with an absolutely gripping and clever storyline that grabs your attention almost immediately and doesn’t let go until the very last sentence. We actually had to put this book on hold because of a few sister reads that we were both participating in and it sure didn’t take us long to get right back into the story (maybe we had to refresh ...more
Two words: Bloody Brilliant!!
It has been over a year since I read Ms. Bolton’s Now You See Me, which ended up as my favorite read of 2014. I cannot understand why it has taken me so long to get back to this author. What a magnificent story she has constructed in Little Black Lies. This stand-alone psychological thriller has it all: terrific char ...more
A heart-wrenching, dark and emotional read. Sharon Bolton does it again!
You are quickly drawn into a deeply tragic tale of two lifelong friends, torn apart by a sudden, horrid event that leaves them both emotionally fragile and psychologically damaged. One looking for revenge, the other barely hanging by a thread.
Catrin and Rachel grew up together on the Falkland Islands. Both married with two young sons. Soon each is pregnant and thrilled to have a third son ...more
I just loved this book. It deserved a lot more stars than 5. This book is so hard to review to give it the justice it deserves. First of all I have never been to the Falkland Islands but I sure felt that I was there. I could vision in it, and could even smell it. I love when the author description of a place is so well done that it felt like I just visited it. I love to visit places in my books. I also loved the characters in this ...more
The setting was unusual, the Falkland Islands, and the writing is so wonderfully descriptive, I could feel the wind, pi true the rocks and cliffs, the mine field, all the wild life, actually felt like I was there. Same with he characters, we get a glimpse of village life, those who run the newspaper and the police. The ...more
Ah, it happens. I had to "sit with" this book by Sharon Bolton afterwards and feel the grit of its words and close my eyes tightly to the deep impact of the character of Catrin Quinn. Sharon Bolton places her finger on the pulse of Catrin and reveals the inner workings of a woman who has suffered the unspeakable loss of two sons in a horrific accident. Only Bolton knows where deep in her soul this c ...more
This was a *Sharon Bolton* FIRST for me. “Black Little Lies” is a stand alone novel. I’ve heard great things about this English author of mystery fiction -especially about her Lacey Flint series- that before I invested time in a series(which I mostly resist)...
I wanted to see what all the hubba-hubba was about. I’m glad I did. Thank You to many Goodreads friends!
I loved the setting —Stanley, Falkland Islands... between Great Britain and Argentina and a little history o ...more
Sharon Bolton is the author of the bestselling Lacey Flint series. Little Black Lies is her first standalone thriller since Blood Harvest. This standalone mystery is about a mother who, three years after her two young children disappeared, is plotting revenge…to kill someone.
The novel is set in the Falkland Islands, and the writing instantly draws you into ...more
ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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 ...more
In Little Black Lies, three damaged souls recount personal stories of the same six disturbing days of their lives involving missing children within a small community on the Falkland Islands.
This tragic mystery-thriller really grabbed me at the start, was a bit redundant along the way, but ended in a way that surprised the hell out of me!
'I've been wondering if I have what it takes to kill. Whether I can look at 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.
"Imagine a drugged-up, drunken nightmare . The scariest images you can think of racing into your head one right after another. "
I would cut off my ...more
I'm in a daze, I don't even know where to begin...
Synopsis, yes... I'll start there... The novel is told from three viewpoints and begins with Catrin.
Catrin is struggling, grieving from the tragic accidental death of her two children three years prior. Not that she really sees their deaths as accidents, she blames her childhood friend Rachel who was looking after them that day. And Catrin has a plan for revenge. However when a child goes missing, the third in two years, she g ...more
My brain is still coming down from this tragic heart wrenching thriller that pulls at your heartstrings & doesn't let go till the end, I felt so many emotions while reading this superbly written novel about lifelong friends whose lives are torn apart both are emotionally fragile & mentally challenged.
I wont go into detail about this one but if you like a fast paced thriller that had just about everything you could want in a novel then this is fo ...more
Bolton takes us on a dark journey of friendships lost, of pain and despair, grief and anger and missing children. Narrated by three lonely and lost characters, Catrin, Rachel and Callum, we slowly get to know them and how they see the world. Two children were accidentally killed, leaving behind them a mother, Catrin, buried in her pain and her best friend Rachel, guilty ...more
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Bolton at Her Best - 5 Stars
Since Gone Girl , there seems to be a rash of books that tells the same story from multiple perspectives and through the eyes of broken characters. While this book may not be as good as Gone Girl (in my opinion) it may have a broader appeal than the Gillian Flynn's pair of unlikable sociopaths could muster. I have not read any of the other standalone novels written by Shar ...more
This did not meet my low expectations.
It wasn't anything like The Girl On The Train or, oh never mind.
It was multilayered and unpredictable.
I did not figure things out ahead of time.
It had the perfect atmospheric and surprisingly educational setting.
I most certainly did not foresee that wickedly twisted closing and admit that I read it three times.
Will I read more of this new to me author's work? You bet.
Little Black lies was an engaging read filled with twists and turns and lies and betrayals to keep the reader turning the pages.
I loved the setting of the Novel in the remote location of the Falklands Islands and really enjoyed the descriptions of the landscape, wildlife and the inhabitants and the references to the Falklands war.
The first half of the novel was without doubt entertaining and I found it suspenseful and I was eager to find out what happened to the missing boys. However ...more
The story is set on the Falkland Islands in 1994 and revolves around three characters: Catrin, Rachel and Callum, who are each struggling with grief and loss for different reasons. Catrin lost her two son’s in an accident 3 years ago, Rachel was responsible for that accident and Callum, a good friend of Catrin’s, is struggling with PTSD from being in the army. Since the ac ...more
The book is set in the Falkland Islands and provides a picture of the rocky topography, cool climate, bushy vegetation, and abundant animal life (especially birds and whales) of the region. It seems to be a beautiful but harsh environment, and forms an excellent background for the story.
As the book opens, a three-year-old boy named Archie, who belongs to a tourist family, goes missing during a picnic. He's the third little boy to disappear from the area within the last few years. The ...more
Set over five days in 1994 on the Falkland Islands and a child has gone missing. Only he isn’t the only child to have gone missing, two others have disappeared in recent years in a community t ...more
Set in the Falkland Islands, a place that the author brings utterly, vividly to life, we find a small community where tragedy struck, ripping apart close friends and leaving a dark sense of loss running throughout the lives of the inhabitants. When a child goes missing it starts off a chain of events which will ...more
The Hook - Which is a parent’s worst nightmare? Is it the death of your child or causing the death of your best friend’s children?
The Line – ”These people with their big hair, their bright man-made fabrics and their gleaming white trainers are here for the drama. They are here to inhale the stench of our trouble.”
The Sinker – Two women, Catrin and Rachel, childhood friends; two mothers, one filled with i ...more
If you've read the author's Lacey Flint series, you know she's a master of creating dark, gripping stories with flawed yet sympathetic characters. That continues in this stand alone novel.
The promotional blurb gives you the gist of the story but there is so much more to this richly atmospheric book set in a small, isolated community on the Falkland Islands.
When we meet Catrin, it's clear she was broken by the loss of her ...more
I've read all of the Lacey Flint novels but this is the first standalone novel for me. Little Black Lies is an emotionally charged story of unremitting grief, loss, pain and love. It's told in the form of three lead narratives over a period of a few days around Guy Fawkes night in November. Catrin is the grieving mother whose children were tragically killed in a freak accident. Callum is ex military ...more
It is a little over a decade after the Falklands war and almost three years since Catrin’s two young sons were killed in a tragic accident, when her former best friend Rachel left the hand break off her car by mistake, causing it to roll over a cliff. Now divorced, Catrin’s ex-husband B ...more
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Sharon J Bolton was born and brought up in Lancashire, the eldest of three daughters. As a child, she dreamed of becoming an actress and a dancer, studying ballet, tap and jazz from a young age and reading drama at Loughborough University.
She spent her early career in m ...more