Little Black Lies
by Sharon Bolton
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.
This is the story of two women who used to be the very best of friends until a moment of carelessness shatters everything between them and leaves them both broken empty shells.
It is also about missing children and how a small isolated community deals with monstrous events; on the one hand finding it impossible to believe it could be one of their own, but, paradoxically, turning into a pack of vigilantes with very little provocation.
The story is told from three viewpoints; firstly Catrin, who has lost three children, two in an accident and one stillborn baby. Her grief is all-encompassing and the only outlet she has is hatred towards the woman who ruined her life. She spends her life mapping out how she is going to get her revenge. To be inside Catrin’s head is a very difficult place to be. There is no respite from the horror of her life and it is only made worse by the uncomfortable knowledge that you would probably feel the same way.
The second viewpoint is Callum, ex-soldier, suffering from PTSD after serving in the Falkland’s War. He was involved with catrin but she has no room for him now in her life.
The third viewpoint is Rachel, the target of Catrin’s hatred. She is also suffering; from a guilt that there is no chance of ever lifting.
The backdrop to the story is one of the Falkland Islands, although it and its wildlife are brought so vividly to life it is almost an extra character. The bleakness of the landscape and the power of the sea give the story extra resonance. Sharon Bolton uses her words and descriptions masterfully.
A lot of people are saying this is Sharon Bolton’s best work and I am not going to disagree with them. For me Now You See Me will take a lot of beating, but this is right up there with it. I don’t often give five stars but this is one of the occasions when five stars are fully justified.
Many thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy via Netgalley