Book Review: Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

What’s the worst thing your best friend could do to you?

Admittedly, it wasn’t murder. A moment’s carelessness, a tragic accident – and two children are dead. Yours.

Living in a small island community, you can’t escape the woman who destroyed your life. Each chance encounter is an agonizing reminder of what you’ve lost – your family, your future, your sanity.

How long before revenge becomes irresistible?

With no reason to go on living, why shouldn’t you turn your darkest thoughts into deeds?

So now, what’s the worst thing you can do to your best friend?

What I Thought:

I’m cursing myself that I’m so far behind on Sharon Bolton’s books that I have only just now read Little Black Lies.

After falling in love with Sharon’s storytelling after reading the Lacey Flint novels (all a MUST read) I’ve gradually added her novels to my TBR and am slowly checking them off – why, oh why does reading-by-osmosis not work!?

Little Black Lies is a tense mystery novel that perfectly illustrates the claustrophobia of living in a small community – particularly when a horrific past event can never be forgotten by the participants and the community. Despite the awful incident that led to the death of her sons, Catrin Quinn can’t escape her former best friend Rachel, so her grief turns to dark thoughts of revenge.

But just as Catrin’s plans are due to come to fruition, the Falklands community is rocked by news of a missing child – and he’s not the first child to go missing. We then see events as they play out from the points of view of Catrin, Rachel and Falklands Veteran Callum, all of whom are hiding things from the community and themselves…

I think part of the reason it’s taken me a while to get to this book is that I get a bit funny about plots involving missing kids – I used to be able to deal with them, but I don’t seem to like them as I get older – but as it turns out, the missing children in this book act like more of a catalyst which sets off events surrounding Catrin, Rachel and Callum, which brings the story to a dramatic head in the final pages of the book.

The novel is awash with suspense – particularly when the narrative voices switch over to tell their side of the story, but it is all beautifully drawn together at the end, with a satisfying but twisty epilogue.

I always say with Sharon Bolton’s books, you go along reading, thinking you know what’s going on but there comes a point where she completely blows what you know out of the water! Even though I assume now with her work that the twist is coming, I never see it until it’s right there. So clever and brilliantly talented – I tend to recommend Sharon’s books to everyone…

About the Author:

Sharon (formerly SJ) Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career which she is now rather embarrassed about. She gave it all up to become a mother and a writer.

Her first novel, Sacrifice, was voted Best New Read by, whilst her second, Awakening, won the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark award. In 2014, Lost, (UK title, Like This, For Ever) was named RT Magazine’s Best Contemporary Thriller in the US, and in France, Now You See Me won the Plume de Bronze. That same year, Sharon was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library, for her entire body of work.

Find out more about Sharon at

Please note: I received a copy of this book via Netgalley for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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