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Book Review: Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

Little Black Lies
By Sharon Bolton
Released 5/19/2015
Provided free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4 bones

I’ll admit this was the first time, especially in the same year that I have read two books by the same title and by authors with the same initials!  See my other review here, but other than title (and my enjoyment of the book), the similarities of these two books mostly stop there.  This book actually really reminded me of another read from this year: The Missing One, even the covers kind of look similar (and oddly enough I read it right after the other Little Black Lies and did compare the two!)  Have I confused you yet?

But this book, which just released this week, was filled with mystery until the very end.  It held true to the mystery genre and had the reader suspecting every character at different points, with a jaw-dropping ending.  I seriously had to read 4-5 times to make sure I understood!  The subject matter is one that I don’t dive into much, missing children, just because it is so sensitive to me as a mother.  But I had seen a lot of hype around this book, that it made me want to dive in and I’m glad I did.

The beginning is quite disturbing and I was worried I would have to walk away.  One thing I dislike as much as hurting children, is hurting animals.  And you’ll find out very soon upon starting this book what I am referring to.  It is disturbing yet a defining moment for Catrin’s character.  I had to separate from this part, and thankfully was only referred to in the remainder of the book.  And I did try to see her point of view and understand what happened and I will commend the author was doing that so eloquently.

The book centers around Catrin Quinn.  Having lost her 2 sons in a tragic accident a few years prior at the hands of a trusted friend, she is quite the complex character.  Since her sons had passed, 3 boys in her small community have gone missing and no one knows who they can trust.  I really got a great sense of community as each of the characters were so fully developed, no one wanted to think there could be a killer among them.  Relationships were destroyed, dissected, and tested to the limits.

Packed full of action, there was never a dull moment in reading this book.  In efforts to keep it a mystery to you as well, I’m going to leave it at that.  This book will keep you hanging on to the very end and hopefully with your jaw on the floor with mine!  Beautiful writing, great book.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to preview!

Book Description:
In such a small community as the Falkland Islands, a missing child is unheard of. In such a dangerous landscape it can only be a terrible tragedy, surely…

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.

In Little Black Lies, her most shocking and engaging suspense novel to date, Sharon Bolton will keep the reader guessing until the very last page.

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Teaser Tuesday: May 12th

Happy Tuesday!!  Getting this out a bit late today – but better late than never!

A bit behind posting my review of Black Dog Summer, but stay tuned!  I’m about 2/3rds through Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton, a NetGalley read releasing next Tuesday!  (Not to be confused with Little Black Lies by Sandra Block, also read and reviewed this year!)  So far so good, no idea where this one is going to go!

“I’ve seen men bigger than me sobbing for their mothers, as they die lonely, freezing, deaths on the opposite side of the planet.  I thought it was impossible to shock me.  How wrong I’ve been.”
(62% into book*)

What do you think?  Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

In such a small community as the Falkland Islands, a missing child is unheard of. In such a dangerous landscape it can only be a terrible tragedy, surely…

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.

In Little Black Lies, her most shocking and engaging suspense novel to date, Sharon Bolton will keep the reader guessing until the very last page.

*Pulled from ARC – may not match exactly to final.

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Teaser Tuesday: January 20th

Hello Tuesday!  It’s been quite the busy reading week!  I finished Little Black Lies by Sandra Block (from my teaser last week) and The Missing One by Lucy Atkins.  Both NetGalley reads, both 4 bones, both very good and worth your time, and both releasing in February 2015!

   

And I won a GoodReads contest of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins which released just a few days ago.  The hard copy came super fast too, so why not dive in!?  Very excited about this one!  (And because this is a hard copy – I’m going back to turning to a random page – even I don’t know what is going on!!)

 “I need to get to the end of the story.  I need to tell someone, just once.  Say the words out loud.  If it doesn’t come out of me, it’ll eat me up.  The hole inside of me, the one they left, it’ll just get bigger and bigger until it consumes me.”
(Page 163)

Book Description:

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

Thanks for stopping by today – be sure to leave your teaser in the comments!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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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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Teaser Tuesday: January 13th

Happy Tuesday!  Review for Crash & Burn is up!  AND I’m starting off the year strong with a 5-bone review!!  I think I only had 2-3 in all of 2014 – so that’s a big deal and has me very excited about the year ahead!

Today’s teaser is from another NetGalley read – Little Black Lies by Sandra Block releasing 2/17/15.  Ok so far, about halfway through, very curious as to where this is going to go…stay tuned!

 “My breath catches.  Beth Summers.
Beth Winters is my birth mother, Mom’s other best friend.  And her high school best friend is Beth Summers?
This seems perilously coincidental.”
54% into book

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.

Thanks for stopping by today – be sure to leave your teaser in the comments!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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