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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

4.0 out of 5 stars -- Compelling drama that left me slightly unsettled...

Imagine that your best friend is responsible for the death of your two young boys. In your rage and grief, forgiveness might be impossible -- and you might even go so far as to entertain thoughts, or even plans, for sweet revenge. Three years ago, Catrin's life was shattered forever when Rachel left Ned and Kit alone in her car for 15 minutes. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Catrin's husband, Ben, has moved out and got on with his life. Rachel was deemed neglectful, but not criminally responsible, and kept her family together -- husband Sander and 3 boys. Where's "fair" in this?

Catrin Quinn and Rachel Grimwood live on the Falkland Islands, a setting that is so perfectly described as to almost become another main character in the book. Its remoteness and wild beauty add to Catrin's isolation as she works for the Falkland Conservation as a cetacean specialist. Catrin, lost in her own pitiful world, drifts from day to day with little human interaction.

The relative peace of the island is disturbed by the disappearance of a third boy in as many years. As the island inhabitants, local police, residing military personnel, and the tourists from a docked cruise ship begin an intense search, Catrin and Callum Murray set out for the hunt on her boat and find something unexpected on an old ship sunk off the nearby coast of Fitzroy. Now, the narrative shifts as the reader hears the additional perspectives of Callum and Rachel as events unfold.

This is a story that will invite a lot of introspection from the reader and begs to be discussed. I had not read any other books by this author, but definitely will go back and take another look now. I'd recommend it quite enthusiastically, but give fair warning that the conclusion will haunt your dreams.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the e-book ARC to review.

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