Book Review: Little Black Lies by Sandra Block

Little Black Lies (click on book or see below for description)
By Sandra Block
Releases 2/17/15
Provided free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 bones

This book caught me off guard a little.   It started off much lighter than most mysteries I read.  Meaning not with a murder or traumatic event.  It jumped right into life in the psychiatry ward of a Buffalo hospital and its colorful cast of doctors.  Dr. Zoe Goldman, one of those psychiatrists, is our main character.  Extremely tall, as referenced throughout the book, adopted at the young age of four by her mother’s best friend, and in a relationship with the “Frenchman”, Zoe has some issues of her own.

Recurring dreams and inconsistent information she has been receiving (or not receiving) from her mother, have Zoe questioning some things she has been told about her past.  Going only off a picture and a newspaper article, she begins diving into her past.  Her mother, in a home, suffering from Alzheimer’s, isn’t much help, and anyone else that would know anything is long gone.  With Sam, her psychiatrist (is it odd that a psychiatrist sees a psychiatrist?), she explores dream manipulation and hypnosis.  When those don’t work out, she starts her investigation.

The story moves along well, but I don’t feel like we hit the story line till at least halfway through.  And even then, I didn’t feel like I was in mystery mode.  The book goes between Zoe’s personal life, some romance, some encounters with her mom and brother, and then her work life.  She has a few patients who we come to know, but the two worlds just seem so separate.  Without spoiling anything, my brain just wasn’t scrambling to come up with guesses like I usually do in mystery books.  And this one, as I stated, from the beginning, just didn’t fit the stereotype.  Not saying this is a bad thing at all, and actually I liked it because I was really caught off guard when I got to the “big reveal”.  Really caught off guard. Emphasis added.  Maybe you will have figured it out, I honestly had no idea.  And I love that when a book can do that!

I was hanging on to every word until the very end and finished this book pretty quick!  And shout out to Ms. Block for her letter and notes at the end.  That is seriously my favorite part of a book to know a little back story on where this story came from!  Definitely a great book and another shout out to NetGalley for allowing me to preview, look for it on February 17th!

Book Description:

She helps people conquer their demons. But she has a few of her own…

In the halls of the psychiatric ward, Dr. Zoe Goldman is a resident in training, dedicated to helping troubled patients. However, she has plenty of baggage of her own. When her newest patient arrives – a beautiful sociopath who murdered her mother – Zoe becomes obsessed with questions about her own mother’s death. But the truth remains tauntingly out of reach, locked away within her nightmares of an uncontrollable fire. And as her adoptive mother loses her memory to dementia, the time to find the answers is running out.

As Zoe digs deeper, she realizes that the danger is not just in her dreams but is now close at hand. And she has no choice but to face what terrifies her the most. Because what she can’t remember just might kill her.

Little Black Lies is about madness and memory – and the dangerous, little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.



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6 responses to “Book Review: Little Black Lies by Sandra Block

  1. So glad I got approved for this book. It seems like an interesting description 🙂

  2. Great review and definitely one for me! Self-deception is one of those subjects that I’m really interested in.

  3. Thanks for taking the time to review! Another Zoe Goldman novel will be coming out soon! 🙂


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