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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...
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 2nd 2015 by Bantam Press (first published May 19th 2015)
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debra I, too, had to re-read the last page, and, unfortunately, it took away from the book. I don't care how much you love someone-who lets them go on…moreI, too, had to re-read the last page, and, unfortunately, it took away from the book. I don't care how much you love someone-who lets them go on killing children. Think it would have been much better if an "outside narrator" disclosed that last bit of info and left the characters unaware.(less)
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Maureen
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was definitely late to the party with this one, as it was released last year, but undeterred, I delved straight in and didn't want the party to end!

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
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Norma * Traveling Sister and proud Grandma!!!
5 Holy Moly Stars!!

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
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Christine
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christine by: Kimberley to read
I wish to thank Net Galley, Minotaur Books/St. Martin's Press, and Ms. Sharon Bolton for an ARC of Little Black Lies in exchange for an unbiased review.

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
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Kaceey
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Traveling Sister Read with Norma!

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
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Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
This is highly recommended for all thriller fans! I just loved it!

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
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Diane S ☔
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever since I finished this book yesterday I have been debating whether to give it four or five stars, but since after a certain point I couldn't pit the darn book down, five it is.

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
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Andrew Smith
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd managed to sidestep war - or rather, I was lucky. I was born 3 years after food rationing ended, following WWII. That war was something that happened to another generation – my parents and grandparents. I was vaguely interested, from a historical point of view, but it wasn’t my war. Then the Falklands War came along. I was 23 and, like everyone else I knew, I’d never heard of the islands. But here we were sending troops down to battle with the Argentinians over this piece of land hardly ...more
Linda
"But the woman Ben had married wasn't there any more and neither he nor I knew where to find her."

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
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Elyse  Walters
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Library- ebook: Overdrive

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
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Sue
Many thanks to Netgallery, Minotaur books and Sharon Bolton for supplying the ARC copy of “Little Black Lies” in return for a honest review.

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
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: "I'm moving faster now, telling myself to slow down, but feeling the normal panic of a mother who can't find her children. Even her dead ones."

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
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Carol
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol by: Susan W.
Someone is not telling the truth........

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!

 Li'l Owl
A terrifying psychological masterpiece! Haunting and profoundly disturbing!

Catrin
'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.

Callum
"Imagine a drugged-up, drunken nightmare . The scariest images you can think of racing into your head one right after another. "

Rachel
I would cut off my
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Lisa
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
TWO FRIENDS TORN APART BY A TERRIBLE TRAGIC EVENT!!


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
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Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
Wow... Just wow...
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
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Christine
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sharon Bolton takes a break from her Lacey Flint series and brings us a fantastic standalone novel set in the Falkland Islands.

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
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Tim The Enchanter
My Number 7 Read and Bronze Gavel for Best Book of 2015

Posted to The Literary Lawyer

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 Sharon
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Cathrine ☯️
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cathrine ☯️ by: Reviews from Diane S & Julie
Shelves: group-challenge
4.25
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.

Brenda -Traveling Sister
Little Black Lies is a character driven story of a friendship destroyed by a tragic loss caused by one character's negligence resulting in overwhelming grief, guilt, anger, and revenge. The story is written in three parts, told by three suffering and lost characters explaining their course of events which occurred over six days. I love how this gave me understanding from each of their own perspectives of their pain and suffering, past and present. The bit of history of the war, the good ...more
Rosie
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book a few hours ago and I am still thinking about it. I have a feeling it will stay with me for a long time.

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
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Barbara

3.5 stars

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
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Elaine
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far this book is my Read of the Year and it is going to take a very special book indeed to overtake it. You can read a book and rate it 4/5 or 5/5 and then every so often one comes along that blows all the others out of the water as far as ratings are concerned and for me, Little Black Lies is that book.

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
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Liz Barnsley
So, no Lacey Flint in sight – this is a standalone novel – and whilst I adore the series fiction from Sharon Bolton if this is not the best thing she has written (so far) I’ll eat my hat.

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
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Carol
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller
My sincere thanks to Minotaur Books for providing tis ARC due to be published May 19th 2015.

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
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Dem
May 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars

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
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❀Julie
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-read
Who to believe? This dark and complex story dealing with grief, guilt, and revenge will leave you questioning the credibility of its three main characters, each of whom are sympathetic. A few times I thought I had the story figured out but each time I was wrong. Although this was not a page turner for me, I enjoyed it for its slower pace, vivid atmosphere, and cleverly written plot. This had to be one of the most haunting endings I have ever read, yet after reading the ending three times I am ...more
Lee
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very captivating novel, I had not read any of Sharon's work before. It is fast paced, I had no idea who the killer was and this kept me up turning the pages as I had to know what was going on. There is so much emotion in this story, love, friendship, trust, grief, despair and tragedy. Then the final twist that I did not see coming at all. A very satisfying read.
Janet
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Firstly I'd like to thank the publisher, author and NetGalley for the ARC. It's much appreciated.

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
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Sandy
After finishing this, I don't know whether I need a nap or a stiff drink.
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
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Susan
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set on the Falkland Islands in 1994, this is an excellent stand alone novel from Sharon Bolton. Bolton writes with confidence and assurance and this is obviously a novel from an author at the height of her powers.

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
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