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Little Voices

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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
Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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    Release date: Oct 01, 2019
    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’

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    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 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
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    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. —Kim Brooks, “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mom,” New York Magazine

    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
    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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    "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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
    Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    WOW!!!! It’s not often that I’m COMPLETELY blindsided by the outcome of a book!!! I never ever EVER saw that coming. 💫

    Little Voices takes us on a journey with Devon Burges who has just had a high-risk birth. She has learned that one friend has been murdered and another friend is the primary suspect. Dealing with severe postpartum and voices in her head, Devon investigates the murder with surprisingly good instincts to prove her friend innocent. 💫

    As I read Little Voices, I found myself actually f
    Jordan Switzer
    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” (no spoilers) 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 moth
    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 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.
    Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    One day read

    Couldn't put it down! Could not wait to see what was next. Book was filled with real emotion. The ending cought me off guard. Really enjoyed it.
    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
    Laura Edington
    Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    One of the most well written thrillers I’ve read in ages. The main character, Devon, pulls you into her world of postpartum blues and sleep deprivation, all while she is trying to solve the murder of a friend. The voices have returned and provide context throughout, but can she trust them? And should the reader? There’s never a moment that you will want to look away. What a debut novel! Can’t wait to read more from Vanessa Lillie!
    Samantha Bailey
    Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A chilling, gripping, shocking, and incredibly smart political mystery, Little Voices hooked me from the first page to the last. The protagonist, Devon Burges, is so well-written and well-developed that I couldn't tear myself away from her journey. Vanessa Lillie has penned a stunning debut that you won't want to miss. I received an advanced reader copy.
    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.
    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 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Excellent character-driven murder mystery with an intriguing protagonist. See trigger warnings below.

    I enjoyed this well-written mystery with an intricate plot featuring murder, broken families, smuggling, money laundering, financial chicanery, political machinations, etc. I liked the many twists and turns in this story—especially the clever surprise at the end.

    Devon Burges, a financial-crimes attorney, learns that her close friend, Belina Cabral, was murdered. Worse, the prime suspect is her c
    Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This was an interesting book. It was different and unique. I liked how it all came together for me at the end. It showed how someone could have post-partum depression in a psychotic sort of way. I was amazed at what she went through and how she could still solve a crime that was so complicated! I want to read more from this author.
    Erin Schouweiler
    Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Well alrighty then

    One of those books where you hit the finale and shake your head wondering how on earth you could have gotten it wrong. Very compelling twist and an unexpected ending.
    Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    WOW!!!! It’s not often that I’m COMPLETELY blindsided by the outcome of a book!!! I never ever EVER saw that coming.

    Little Voices takes us on a journey with Devon Burges who has just had a high-risk birth. She has learned that one friend has been murdered and another friend is the primary suspect. Dealing with severe postpartum and voices in her head, Devon investigates the murder with surprisingly good instincts to prove her friend innocent.

    As I read Little Voices, I found myself actually fee
    Robin (ReadItRobi)
    Devon Burges is investigating murder charges against an old college buddy. She’s also suffering severe postpartum symptoms as she tries to readjust to her new roles and realities. She'll use her professional skills of detecting financial fraud to follow the clues, but this isn’t a professional matter, it’s personal. Alec’s been arrested for the killing of his nanny, one of Devon’s good friends.

    Debut author Vanessa Lillie is new to the publishing world, but she writes like she was born to do it.
    Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Little Voice was by far a 5 star read, a stunning debut by Vanessa Lillie.
    Devon Burges is rushed to the hospital for a high-risk birth while in labor she hears over the radio that her friend Belina was found murder. 3 months later after being released from hospital to deal with her almost fatal birth and a very colicy newborn Devon learns that the main suspect in Belina death is her employer Adam who also happens to be Devon's old college friend. While dealing with The voice in her head that ha
    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
    Sep 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
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    Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
    I wanted to like this book--I want to like every book I read--but it was difficult after the first chapter, and I was pushing myself to keep reading. Full disclosure, after the first chapter I read a different book, then came back to this one. Why did I come back? Because it's the only book on my Kindle I haven't finished.

    At 14% I got this gem. Not a spoiler, and here's the setup. Protagonist has realized that she has some important evidence, the daily planner of someone whose murder is being in
    Janell Madison
    Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    “Little Voices” by Vanessa Lillie

    What an eye-catching cover! I love the shades of blue. I think it will stand out on a bookshelf and catch anyone’s eye!

    “Little Voices” is the first book for Author Vanessa Lillie and she nailed it! This is Psychological Suspense at its finest. My fingers are crossed that I am invited to review her second book, coming out Fall, 2020. I don’t know anything about it, but after reading this one, I think it’s guaranteed to be great!-Green Gables Book Reviews

    Devon and
    Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    What a rare gem

    This is one of the books that was a monthly book read by Amazon. I chose this book and one other. I didn't know what to expect from the author or book. If I'm completely honest, there were times when I just wanted to put it down because it was so convoluted that I felt I couldn't go forward. I'm so glad that I pushed through and got to the end of it. This book is so well written that I couldn't figure out what was real, which "bad guy" was the one that I should fear the most and I
    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
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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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    “Politics always feels small, even in DC, but in Rhode Island, it’s a petri dish.” 0 likes
    “Parenthood is a strange, lonely planet that so many inhabit. In those early months, I wanted to read about the psychological complexities new parents can face: terror and elation, exhaustion and euphoria, isolation despite constant physical contact, and loneliness while never being alone. I hope this book will connect me with others who want to explore the difficult paths parenthood takes us down. This is the book I wanted to read as a new parent who loves dark and twisty psychological thrillers.” 0 likes
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