Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton
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 among them. Even Catrin Quinn, a damaged woman living a reclusive life after the accidental deaths of her own two sons a few years ago, gets involved in the searches and the speculation.
And suddenly, in this wild and beautiful place that generations have called home, no one feels safe and the hysteria begins to rise.
But three islanders—Catrin, her childhood best friend, Rachel, and her ex-lover Callum—are hiding terrible secrets. And they have two things in common: all three of them are grieving, and none of them trust anyone, not even themselves.
Prepare yourself for unadulterated gushing of the highest order. Yes, I was in a reading slump, in fact, I still am. I’ve just read two great books back to back (this being the first one) and now I’m lost for what to read next!
But boy, let’s just cover this one shall we?
It’s stunning. Absolutely beautiful. Beautifully written and beautiful in location, emotion and characterisation. the depth of human emotion shown in the book, the way Bolton has explored grief and relationships and how she has intertwined the lives – look gushing – it was, I was in awe.
The novel is set on the Falkland Islands after the conflict but not in the current day as we know it. Not only does Bolton do a wonderful job placing you there, but she makes the conflict a part of the novel, the history of the place is important and it’s important to the people as you’d expect. It sounds barren and cold but beautiful and peaceful at the same time.
If peaceful didn’t include continually missing children that no one wants to acknowledge are anything more than a coincidence.
The story is told from three perspectives in three different parts and it flows smoothly. All three people are connected and all are hurting in a deep dark way. The story is told sympathetically and with a clear precise prose.
It wasn’t page turning because it was all hectic and thrillerish, it was page turning because I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to stay with these people and hear their stories and find out what happened next and what happened to them.
Yes, there were missing children and crimes, but this book is a lot more than that. This book is one of the highlights of my reading year and I’m so glad I read it.
I can’t suggest this book strongly enough to you if you haven’t read it. You have to pick it up!
Did you get that I enjoyed this one?
Edited to add – (I forgot in my excitement of the book) With thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my copy. (Yes, it’s going to take me until next year to get through all my review books!)