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- Print Length: 392 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 178681207X
- Publisher: Bookouture (June 29, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 29, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072PRWV5C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,458 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jen is a single mother going through a bit of a messy break up. She works at a local leisure centre and one day, on her way to work, she notices that a neighbour has dropped his keys. She then makes what I believe is a stupid decision. Not having the wherewithal to write a note and on the verge of being late to work if she goes back home, she lets herself into his house to leave a note there. Whilst there, she has a nose around before writing the note and taping it to the door. Then later on, the police come to her door and arrest her for breaking in and causing criminal damage. Fearing that word would get back to her husband, and thus impinge her custody battle, Jen goes all in to prove her innocence and try and find out who is framing her, and why? Desperate to do this before her ex and his powerful father get wind of her arrest, she faces a race against time to work it all out herself. But who to trust? Who is with her and, more importantly, who is against?
Sadly I never quite connected totally with Jen and I think that did mar my overall enjoyment of the book a tad. That said, the rest of the plotting was deliciously tight and convoluted right up until the end. I really needed to get to the bottom of things, mostly for me rather than Jen but when we got there, it was all explained satisfactorily albeit not quite convincingly for me. I can understand most of Jen's fears and worries especially regarding her fear of losing her child to her ex, and who am I to judge her motivations and decisions, never having been in her situation so I did give her the benefit of the doubt on more than one occasion. I also did a fair bit of shouting at her along the way as she put herself into some crazy situations.
There was rather a large supporting cast in this book and with every one that was introduced, I was caught wondering whether they were involved or just innocent bystanders. I do have to admit to getting a bit confused with some of them at times, probably a me thing as I do struggle with this stuff sometimes but occasionally I did feel a little overwhelmed.
Pacing was on the whole good but there were times when I lost my way a bit with all the convolution that was going on. I do admit to having to occasionally go back and re-read the bits that I didn't quite get first time so for me it didn't flow quite as well as it should have done.
All that said though, the race to the end was rather gripping and when all was explained, it was rather shocking the extent that certain people had gone to to frame Jen. That also made the book a little scary for me being as how easy it appeared to be even with some of the things that didn't quite work first time and is what probably tipped this from a three star book to a four star one for me. Peeling all the layers of secrets, lies and deceit away was actually quite interesting.
All in all, despite my reservations, taken as a whole, the book was a reasonably good solid read. Definitely nothing there to stop me reading the author again in the future.
My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
Bale’s protagonist in Each Little Lie is Jen; recently separated and going through a divorce, and single mum to seven-year-old Charlie. Credit to Bale for creating a likeable and believable character and effectively making her voice, thoughts and feelings female in tone. I completely forgot that the author was male! I warmed to her immediately, could empathise with her completely and was on her side throughout the whole journey. When she is arrested for a crime she did not commit, Bale gets to the very heart of a fear that all of us, at some point, have probably thought ‘what if?’ about, especially in the wake of television programmes such as ‘Making a Murderer’.
You are pulled into the story immediately and the plot and pace doesn’t let you go until you have reached the shocking climax. It has been a while since I last really devoured a book, but I read Each Little Lie within a couple of days as I just had to know what would happen. Just as you think the story is wrapping up, Bale takes it up another notch with unexpected twists that you don’t see coming.
Within the storyline there is the premise that money can pretty much buy you anything, including manipulation of the justice system. Full of particularly odious characters, Bale had my teeth set on edge and my skin crawling at some of their actions. He does not hold back when creating that cringe factor, letting it rip for maximum effect. This makes for creepy reading that gets right under your skin!
Each Little Lie has you perched on the edge of your seat throughout, and by the end of the book your nails are bitten down to the quick. Bale is a real master of the thriller, twisting everyday life into the horrifying with a plot that hurtles along at an unprecedented rate. Brilliant!
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