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Little Voices

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  6,212 ratings  ·  597 reviews
The voice in her head says he’s guilty. She knows he’s innocent.

Devon Burges is in the throes of a high-risk birth when she learns of her dear friend’s murder. The police quickly name another friend as the chief suspect, but Devon doesn’t buy it—and despite her difficult recovery, she decides to investigate.

Haunted by postpartum problems that manifest as a cruel voice in h
Kindle Edition, First edition, 335 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Sep 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
'There are moments when I feel like I’m dying a little more every day. I feel like a fish that’s been caught and then abandoned on a dock, lying there, flopping and gasping, each gasp weaker than the last.'

This story made me feel like I was dying too. I've read 112 books in 2019, and this one might very well be the worst of the bunch. Having said that, I am so far into the minority on this one, I may as well wave my white flag now. For those of you who enjoyed this novel, please for
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This IS a debut yeah?
Crickey it’s just so dam well written that you wouldn’t know.

You get a lot more from this read than you will ever bargain for, a lot more and then some.

The main character being Devon. A very well developed character and well rounded that you can’t help but be pulled into her life.

It’s a political thriller come mystery. I got drawn into all what was happening, the money laundering, the death of her best friend, and got used to the italics surrounding Devon, the little voices,
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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This was a “sandwich” read for me. A provocative opening, a powerful closing, but the bits in between? They just didn’t appeal to my reading tastebuds. I feel a bit guilty, especially as I enjoyed the ending so much. But, I was so underwhelmed for the rest of the plot, that I can’t give this a higher rating than three stars.

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Shannon Kirk
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Me: I LOVE, I mean I'm obsessed with, financial/white-collar crimes exposes like The Big Short (really anything by Michael Lewis), Billion Dollar Whale, Bad Blood, etc. Like I EAT the words like a glutton. AND I also LOVE LOVE LOVE psychological thrillers with a bad-ass, SMART female lead. AND, I also like a book with education and meaning and an important message. Oh oh oh, and I really LOVE books that give me huge doses of atmosphere, especially the New England atmosphere. I wish I had all tha ...more
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
This was a good story & I actually really liked the main character (& narrator), Devon. It was just really far fetched. Not fantastical or impossible, just highly improbable😂- think an EXTREME episode of Law & Order- where murdering psychopaths stop for tea with the most unusual “hero’s.” I still probably would’ve enjoyed it without much thought, except for that damn “inner” voice. I listened on audio & this CONSTANT inner voice was too much. I do get why the author did it, maybe if I read it in ...more
Kimberly Belle
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s not easy to hit me with a twist I don’t see coming, but Vanessa Lillie did just that in her smashing debut, Little Voices—a murder mystery, political thriller, and psychological suspense wrapped into one sensational story. Lillie doesn’t shy away from big topics—postpartum depression and money laundering and child abuse—deftly weaving the layers into a twisty and surprising plot. A clever and addictive read from a bright new talent.
Ludwig Reads
"Loud voices, a double beep, flatline again. You’ll finally get what you deserve."

Little Voices is a political thriller/murder mystery about a former female prosecutor who's set on finding her close friend's killer. However, this woman is now going through postpartum depression which is manifesting itself as a series of scary little voices in her head, telling her the vilest things.

Are these voices helping her, or leading her down a dark path?

I was getting skeptical of where this book was going
Sep 04, 2019 rated it did not like it

This was the worst book I've read in a long time. I tried and tried to get through it, but the writing and story drove me crazy. The main character hears "voices" and they are a constant presence. They bring nothing to the story. I rolled my eyes with every passage until I finally quit reading them at all. I made it halfway through the book before I couldn't take anymore. I skipped to the end. So glad I didn't waste my time any longer. Wish i hadn't picked this book to get for free. I N
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy Debut Book, Batman!!

I devoured this book over the course of a weekend, and I absolutely LOVED it! I'm a tough critic on thrillers/mysteries, but this one is SO good!

Here's what I really liked:
- Strong, likable female lead
- Relatable yet unreliable narrator
- Excellent character development
- Fun whodunnit mystery
- Political drama/controversy
- Unforeseen extra twist
- Tidy ending
- Believable story while staying grounded in the real world

Devony is our lead in this book, and I found her so relat
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
It's not a thriller just because someone dies
It's not a psychological thriller just because the main character hears voices.
The plot isn't gripping just because it's nonsensical and bizarre.
Two stars just because it's a debut and I actually managed to finish it.

This was one of my First Reads for September, and I really hope the second one will be better.
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 for goodreads.

Devon has life threatening issues during the birthing of her child which causes these voices she's been known to have in the past to rise, more powerful, this time. During this process, a close friend of her dies and another friend is prime suspect number one. She dives into her old instincts and skills to try and prove his innocence. This could break not only her mind but her relationship with her husband as well.

It was really interesting to read the inne
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

I had just been complaining about mysteries/thrillers ending too abruptly with too many unanswered questions and then I read Little Voices by Vanessa Lillie. WOW!

A stunning debut, where murder mystery meets political thriller. Devon Burges may be one of the most well-developed characters in a book I’ve read in awhile. As the chapters progressed we learned more about what makes Devon the way she is and we learn more about the voice inside her head. Is this her own internal monologue o
Marissa Christenson Lang
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Extremely well-written. Might be triggering for those dealing with high-risk pregnancy, pre-term births, and/or pregnancy loss.
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
3.5 stars

I liked this one - what I thought was a typical mystery, police procedural crime novel turned out to be different. Devon Burges goes into labor 2 months early. She is married to Jack - who works in the mayor's office. She takes on a case involving a friend from college while dealing with a newborn, PTSD (childhood sexual abuse), and postpartum depression. I really thought I had most of this one figured out, but the ending surprised me - I went into this one blind and I'm glad I did.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...


Thank you to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review.


Devon is a new mom going through post-partum depression, that is causing her to hear voices in her head. Voices that tell her she is a bad mom. Despite the voices in her head she is determined to believe she is a good mom, all while helping uncover a murder mystery and prove her friend’s innocence. The police think her friend is guilty, but De
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As I have followed the #DebutAuthors19 hashtag on Twitter throughout this year, this was one of the books I have been most excited about getting my hands on. Vanessa Lillie is super-cool and was kind enough to send me a copy on NetGalley. This thriller brings some exciting new twists to the genre - most notably, that it deals with financial and legal conspiracies while also probing women's issues. I often see stereotypes in the genre, that women are dealing with domestic issues like family, rela ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So once again I would like to thank @vanessalillie @netgalley #thomasandmercerpublishers for allowing me access to this e-book.
Little Voices is an excellent book. The book is about a women named Devony or Devon who after having a baby finds herself investigating a murder of her friend and the number one suspect is another friend. The book is really interesting in that the author goes into great detail about what being an expectant mother is like as well as becoming a new mother. I think a lo
Donna Hines
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
"The voice in her head says he’s guilty. She knows he’s innocent."
Poor Devon is just a fountain of bad news. First she's suffering from post partum depression after having a high risk pregnancy and now she learns her friend was just murdered.
I've heard of super moms but Devon is a class all her own!
Folks, having suffered my own placenta abruptio and nearly losing the baby after heavy bleeding in which 18 yrs later I still have the staples I cannot imagine the stress this lady was under.
My word,
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Little Voices grabs you from the first chapter and doesn’t let go until one shocking final twist. Vanessa Lillie is an author to watch, taking us deep into the world —and mind—of former-prosecutor-turned-struggling-new-mom Devon Burgess as she battles old politics, new money, big fish, and, worst of all, that little voice in her head to help solve the murder of her close friend. Psychological suspense at its best.
Daniel Ford
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the first page, Little Voices shoots your heart into your throat and leaves it there. Vanessa Lillie’s genuineness and heartfelt literary sensibilities meld perfectly with her tortured, yet dogged, protagonist and serpentine whodunnit. A sensational debut that will make you welcome all those dark voices in your head.
Sarah Bowe
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing debut!
Devon is dealing with a lot. A new baby and post-partum depression, a death of a friend- Belina with another friend-Alec accused of her murder and hearing voices. But she still has the know how from her life before motherhood and decides to investigate.
I liked trying to figure out the mystery of Belina's death, but more than that I enjoyed getting to know the real Devon and what's she's dealt with in her life. As we learn more about Devon and why she is hearing the voices,
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing

A huge thank you to Vanessa Lillie and Little Bird Publicity for my ARC of “Little Voices” which releases on 10/1/19.

I absolutely loved this book. I really enjoy when a book can cause me to feel a wide range of emotions when I’m reading. “Little Voices” had me feeling happiness, sadness, fear, and so much shock. This book is quite a journey and I enjoyed every minute of it.

The book focuses around Devon Burges who is in the middle of a high risk birth when she learns that a friend has b
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This started strong, but the deeper it moved into the murder mystery, the less interested I got. Devon goes into labor (at 28 weeks) and while readying her for the C-section she hears on the radio that her friend has been murdered. Her friend worked as a nanny for an old college buddy named Alec, and when he's arrested for the murder, Devon wants to help.

Devon is suffering from some severe postpartum depression issues. She had a pretty traumatic childhood, and that just seemed to make everythin
Sep 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was one of my Amazon First Read picks for the month of September.

I used to tell myself that it doesn't matter if I didn't like a book. I had to finish it. Some people even go so far as to pride themselves on that. Then one day, I realized how ridiculous that is. I have an entire to-read list waiting for me. Why would you waste time on something you don't like? There are too many good books out there ready to be read. Why do I say this? Because I have opted not to spend one more minute on th
Jan 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
The little voices in my head were telling me to "abandon the ship!" (I hate that the ship / boat reference is actually fitting for this disaster of a book) almost immediately after I started what would become the harsh struggle to finish this one. Actually, the voices were more like amplified air horns screaming at me to press the pause button indefinitely on my Audible app, because, honestly, what did I do to deserve to have to suffer through 11 + hours of this nonsense? Do I really hate myself ...more
I was curious to read this début novel - Little Voices - by new author, Vanessa Lillie as I liked the interesting premise and I love to read a good murder-mystery, psychological suspense thriller and political drama; here, I had all three in one fabulous story!

Devon Burges, a lawyer in a prestigious Rhode Island town, is in the throes of a difficult delivery when she learns that her close friend, Belina has been murdered. The police quickly name another friend as the main suspect, but Devon is n
Lynda Kelly
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a splendid debut and I really enjoyed it and only knocked it down a star as there were a few too many mistakes for me to give it my full complement. It was one of my Kindle First choices for this month. It offers a bit of everything-murderation, mystery, twists, humour and even tears a couple of times.
Devon is a terrific investigator and I liked her, though she was a bit bonkers at times ! I did get a bit cheesed off at how many times she was either pumping breast milk or crying !! That
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was yet another example in a long line of proof that you get what you pay for. This was free from Amazon First Reads and it’s a good thing it was free because it was really, really awful.

It started out really strong with an emergency C-section, then it fizzled out fast and it was nothing but breast feeding/ pumping, screaming infant, and italicized clumps of nasty, negative thoughts which Devon hears in her head. And she hears them constantly, and by constantly I mean on every page (or each
During labor, Devon learns that one of her friends has been murder. The prime suspect is another of Devon's friends. Devon is having some postpartum problems, primarily hearing a cruel voice in her head. She tries to ignore the voice, while also looking to prove her friend's innocence and find the real killer. As she investigates, the persistent voice in her head continues and the danger of finding the killer grows.

Devon is a likable, though unreliable, narrator. She's hearing a little voice in
Randi (randi_reads)
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
You know it’s a great book when you just can’t stop thinking about it—or the ending. I had to go and re-read parts to make sure of what I was reading! This is part murder mystery and part political thriller and is quite the debut by Vanessa Lillie.
Devon is a woman driven to help her dead friend, Belina, and also help the man, Alec, (a college friend) who has been accused of killing her. Devon sets out to find the real killer. Along the way, she has her own new-mommy issues to deal with and faci
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Vanessa Lillie is originally from Miami, Oklahoma, where she spent a lot of time investigating local ghost stories at the public library. After college, she worked in Washington, DC, until moving to Providence, Rhode Island, which she calls home with her husband and dinosaur-aficionado son. Smitten with the smallest state, she enjoys organizing book events and literary happenings around town.

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