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Three Little Lies

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  4,753 ratings  ·  481 reviews

Someone told a lie.
Someone knows the truth.

Someone is watching you.


When Sasha North comes into Ellen's life, Ellen falls under her spell. As Ellen is welcomed into Sasha's family, she doesn't see the darkness that lies beneath their bohemian lifestyle. Not until a brutal attack changes all their lives forever.

Ten years later, Ellen and Sasha share a flat in London, st

Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 28th 2018 by Sphere
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Holly  B
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A missing roommate and a trail of lies...

My first Laura Marshall book and I can say that I am definitely a fan. Her writing drew me in and I really related to the "best friends" scenario of Ellen and Sasha, Karina and their complicated relationship. I could feel Ellen's desperation when Sasha disappears one night and she just knows " something is wrong ".  Why won't the police do anything? No one is listening to her.

Sasha is one of those characters that I couldn't quite figure out. We get
j e w e l s
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-bejeweled

This one just didn't do it for me. It was a fast read with a large cast of characters trying to solve a mystery and find a missing friend. I'm struggling at this point (3 days later) to even remember the story and that's no bueno.

Marshall is a talented writer and I enjoyed the book to some extent. The problem with this one is it feels superficial, easy to read. There are some twists, but they are shallow and predictable- except I kept predicting a much darker scenario that never mater
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4.5 “not just another book with lies” stars to Three Little Lies! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5

If you go into Three Little Lies expecting more of a domestic suspense than thriller, you’ll be immediately drawn in to the lurid details surrounding Ellen and Sasha’s friendship.

My Thoughts:

Back in 2005, Ellen is seventeen, and desperately in need of a friend. Sasha is the new kid, and Ellen is charmed by Sasha’s beauty and larger-than-life personality. Ellen is welcomed into Sasha’s family home and their rather unco
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Three Little Lies by Laura Marshall is a thriller that as soon as I saw it I knew I had to read after loving Friend Request. The story is one that alternates timelines and points of view between the characters but is still easy to follow along with.

In the present Ellen and Sasha have been sharing an apartment together for quite awhile and have continued their friendship since they were teens. The pair have a system of letting one another know where they will be so when Sasha doesn’t come home El
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 “not just another book of lies” to Three Little Lies! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5

If you go into this one expecting more of a domestic suspense than thriller, you’ll be immediately drawn in to the lurid details surrounding Ellen and Sasha’s friendship.

My Thoughts:

Back in 2005, Ellen is seventeen, and desperately in need of a friend. Sasha is the new kid, and Ellen is charmed by Sasha’s beauty and larger-than-life personality. Ellen is welcomed into Sasha’s family home and their rather unconventional lifest
Cover love cover love cover love!!! Slam dunk on the cover! :)

I was pretty ectastic to get my hands on Laura Marshall's next book. I haven't had the chance to read her debut Friend Request but I've heard amazing things about this author's talent. So.. of course I jumped on this one.

Ellen and Sasha have been friends since they were teenagers. They are currently living together in a flat... but one night Sasha doesn't come home. Ellen is terrified by her missing friend and contacts the police. Of
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Having really enjoyed Laura Marshall’s other book, Friend Request I was really looking forward to this book!!

We start this amazing story with Olivia who is attending her son Daniel’s trial - for rape!! Olivia finds it hard to believe that her gentle musically talented son could be accused of such a heinous act.

The story then goes back 10 years. A new family is moving in and Ellen is drawn to teenager Sasha and her glamorous family, who she prefers to spend time with ,rather than her own family.
Liz Barnsley
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was one of the fans of “Friend Request” from Laura Marshall so I was really intrigued to see how she would follow that up. Turns out it’s with “Three Little Lies” a genuinely page turning psychological thriller about a group of friends and their divisive, close friendship that is doomed by one horrible night and three little lies…but who exactly is lying?

I loved it. We follow Ellen for a lot of this book as she desperately searches for her missing friend Sasha – there are reasons from the past
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
My first Laura Marshall novel but definitely not my last! Lucky for me I have her debut already downloaded on my Kindle. Unlucky for me is that I've had it since March and still haven't managed to squeeze it in. The woes of a book lover if ever there was one!

This is a fine piece of domestic suspense. I've mentioned before my love for dysfunctional relationships in my books and this one does not disappoint.

Ellen and Karina have been best friends since childhood. At 17 while wasting away their s
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I read FREIND REQUEST by Laura Marshall last year and it was a smashing thriller. Would Marshall be able to repeat this achievement? Is THREE LITTLE LIES just as good? To be frank, not quite. It's still a good book. However, storywise didn't it capture my interest in the same way and the ending felt a bit too expected.

Still, the writing is good, there is a flow to the story that I love and the story never bores me. The change between different characters was a great move especially since I found
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
A dark domestic drama chalked full of secrets and lies!

Secrets lead to lies, lies lead to secrets, a vicious circle that never ends! This book was all about the distruction of a family, the unraveling of a friendship, and the secrets and lies that cause the devastation.... believe me there are more than just three lies!

Ellen and Sasha have been friends since they were teens... bonded together by time and tragedy they are as close as sisters... so when Sasha those missing Ellen is very worried a
Tan Markovic
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 rounded down!
I have thoughts...🤔.... review to come soon :)!
First there was Ellen Mackinnon and her best friend Karina Barton. Then the Monkton family moved into the big house on the corner and seemed to live the glamorous life they dreamed about. Olivia and Tony Monkton, their two sons, Daniel and Nicholas and their ward Sasha North became their obsession. They changed the dynamics between Ellen and Karina as they yearned for acceptance until one night a tragic event uprooted everything. Spring forward ten years and Sasha suddenly turns up missing with ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
If you are looking for a book that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat in eager anticipation as to what will happen next then read this book.

If you are looking for a story that will have you guessing throughout as to who is guilty and who is innocent, and not knowing who to trust, then look no further, read this book.

This really was an excellent gripping read from start to finish. It was a bit like a rollercoaster in the way that the story flicks from present to past and back again an
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As most readers know,when you start reading the second book by a author who's debut book totally blew you away,there is always that fear at the back of your mind that their second book won't be as good.Well I thought Three Little Lies was just as jaw droppingly brilliant and gripping as Friend Request.

JULY 2005 : If Ellen and her best friend Karina had known the extent of the trauma and devastation the new family moving into the house opposite Karina`s would bring into their young lives,they wou
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Three little lies can change everything....

This story alternates between events that took place in 2006 and 2017, revolving around a group of teenagers/young adults who are neighbors.

Meet the new neighbors-the Monktons. You have Olivia, the opera singer who is famous in her own right. Her husband Tony who is a struggling musician, their sons Daniel and Nicholas and their god daughter Sasha. They live an unconventional lifestyle filled with glamorous parties and operas. Or is this just how it app
Frank Phillips
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars here on this one. The writing, as in her debut novel friend request, was great and I found the book to be compulsively readable, which makes for a fast and enjoyable read! Initially, I really enjoyed the plot and the characterization and I felt like all the characters were fairly decently fleshed-out. The climax of the novel was a bit predictable and to be quite honest a little bit of a letdown. When I think back about the novel as a whole and what it entailed, not a whole lot happened ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A mystery running back and forth in different time lines, though confusing, is still a mystery and still leaves a reader eager to get to the end.
Such is the magic of this book by Laura Marshall. I didn't like the characters of the book, I didn't understand their fascination with their neighbours, I didn't understand the continued trust that the main character had with them, even a decade later. But that is what kept me reading, I didn't understand the reason and I had to keep going back to the b
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Ellen and Sasha have been friends since their teenage years and now share a flat in London. One night Sasha goes missing and Ellen thinks that her disappearance might be connected to a rape case they testified at when they were teenagers. While searching for her best friend ,Ellen soon realizes that Sasha might be keeping secrets that put her and now Ellen’s life in danger

Three Little Lies is my second book by Laura Marshall which I thoroughly enjoyed but maybe not as much as Friend Request
Marc Bougharios
3.5 stars

Thank you again Hachette Book Group Canada and Grand Central Publishing for this physical ARC.

I’ve been reading a lot of books with the title “Lie” in them and I’ve been enjoying them a lot so it’s not entirely a bad thing. I love a good book with secrets and lies, and this book has that.

Three Little Lies is a slow burning drama mystery about a tragedy that happened almost over a decade ago. But now, 13 years later, Ellen’s friend goes missing and she is wondering if her disappearance
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
I haven't read any mystery/thriller/suspense novels in quite some time and this book was the perfect way to reintroduce me to the genre. I can be quite picky when it comes to this genre specifically, as I often feel that the story becomes too easy to predict. Maybe it's because I have read many within this genre but either way, I'm always happily surprised when the story is able to catch me off guard and I'm not able to predict the direction the story is going. That was the case with this novel. ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was very good. I really liked the story and between past and present it all fit together perfectly. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters though as they were all really annoying and I couldn’t feel sympathy for a single one. There were a lot of twists and turns to the story which I liked and there was always something going on. I didn’t figure out what was going on but was surprised when I read about what really happened on New Year’s Eve in the story. It was a gre ...more
Having enjoyed Laura Marshall's first novel Friend Request last year, I was intrigued to be sent an invitation to read an early copy of her follow-up. Again, this book is a psychological thriller/mystery which hones in on how the events of a person's teenage years can shape their life as an adult. It's about housemates Ellen and Sasha, who have been friends since their teens. When Sasha doesn't come home from work one night, Ellen finds it difficult to get the police to take her best friend' ...more
Paula  Phillips
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was in the mood for a mystery thriller when I came across Three Little Lies on Netgalley. I had previously read and enjoyed Laura's debut novel Friend Request and couldn't wait to read this one. I also loved the fact that it was about friends who had lied and now revenge was coming to them and secrets/truths being uncovered. The book starts ten years ago when a family moved in next door to Ellen. The family had two boys Daniel and Nate and their goddaughter, Sasha. Ellen became quick friends w ...more
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
An enjoyable listen with 3 great narrators. Great story with lots of lies and unlikeanle characters.
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Three Little Lies by Laura Marshall was a psychological thriller about friendship, secrets and lies. Ellen's friend and roommate Sasha fails to come home from work. Ellen is frantic with worry and tries to find her but even the police don't take Sasha's disappearance seriously. A few twists and turns in the story to keep you guessing.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Julie Lacey
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a gripping thriller which will have you trying to work out what are lies and what is the truth.
Most of the book is told from Ellen’s perspective as she frantically searches for her flat mate and childhood friend, Sasha, who has gone missing.
There are flashbacks to 2006 and 2007 when the girls all meet and then the incident happens at a New Year’s Eve party.
We also see the events through the eyes of Olivia who is tangled up in the story.
This book is full of twists and turns and as I d
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
"A phantom, twisting and hiding as I reach for her, forever slipping out of my grasp."

Three Little Lies was my first Laura Marshall book. I have Friend Request, but I haven't had a chance to read it. For the most part, Three Little Lies was pretty captivating to me - I was curious about what happened to Sasha, wondering who could be trusted, and really enjoying the drama.

This book had an excellent build-up, but it kind of fell apart for me at the end. It went in a direction that I really don't
Elle G.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Genre: Thriller. Suspense.
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Yes! Laura Marshall does it again! She brings her readers a deeply scandalous novel of thriller and suspense that will leave readers devouring each page. I'm always nervous to read the second book after a debut novel because a lot of the time it just doesn't stand up against the first book. Thankfully, that wasn't the case here and I gobbled this one up in one sitting! Three Little Lies is everything I hoped
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having read and loved this authors previous book Friend Request, I was very much looking forward to starting her latest release and I was not disappointed.
I was gripped from the opening pages and as the book continued further, I was on the edge of my seat constantly wanting to know more.
Laura Marshall does an exceptional job of creating an atmosphere and building tension amongst the characters. I was never sure who to trust or what secrets were being hidden. Wow. I genuinely had no clue what way
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Laura Marshall is the bestselling author of three psychological thrillers. Her debut novel, Friend Request, was a Kindle No.1 and Sunday Times bestseller, with over half a million copies sold in the UK. Laura's books have sold in twenty-four territories around the globe.

She grew up in Wiltshire, studied English at the University of Sussex and currently lives in Kent with her family.

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