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Little Black Lies: A Novel Hardcover – May 19, 2015
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About the Author
SHARON BOLTON is a Mary Higgins Clark Award winner and an ITW Thriller Award, CWA Gold Dagger and Barry Award nominee. She lives near London, England. Sharon Bolton was previously published as S.J. Bolton.
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Honestly, by the time this book was finished, I was very tired of reading about every road and beach and type of wildlife on the islands. Not to mention the war there which occurred in the 80's.
Beyond that, I figured everything out before the book ended, which is always a total downer for me. I also found the constant quoting of poems to be annoying and ineffective.
Nevertheless, I gave this book 3 stars, because I did like the way each third of the book was written from each of the three main characters' perspectives over the same 3 or 4 days. It's an interesting take on a suspense novel. I just wish the author had focused more on the actual suspense and less on the location and surroundings.
Bolton is skillful in telling the story from three different viewpoints and adhering to the fact each character only knows part of what is happening and each is hiding some personal information. This is very difficult to do as that omniscient author wants to intrude. Her writing always contains interesting insights into a location and a subject and this may be her best writing yet.
It is not a police procedural, nor heavy on action over insight. Nor is it a cozy either which it might be given the island setting. It is more in the vein of P.D. James, Elizabeth George, or Louise Penny in creating character and atmosphere and dealing with insight into human behavior. To me that makes it exceptional reading
Concerning the new review categories: I found the questions and choices offered too subjective and limited. They were frustrating to make a selection. I would say no violence actually because violence happens as a background but not as descriptive element of the story. (It is a mystery so involves some violence.) The same with sexual content. And it is not in alternating persons where A tells what happens, B tells, return to A. It is in 3 distinct segments told by 3 main characters.
Set on the Falkland Islands in the mid 1990's, this book takes us to an isolated pre-internet world where only 3,000 live on an island chain with no live tv; only a radio station and newspapers for news and where local gossip and video rentals are the main source of leisure time entertainment. Everyone knows everyone, no one locks their doors and crime is basically non existent ... until
3 children in a 2 year period go missing. And then a 4th child disappears just a couple days after the 3rd?
Disclaimer: I almost decided not to read this book due to the subject-matter; I wasn't sure if I could handle a book about missing children. Although the missing children are a big part off the story, the attention is focused more on how the search effects the 3 (adult) main characters vs how the missing children are coping.
This is a very well-written, intriguing story about more than just the search for the missing children. It's about love, friendship, loss and loyalty.
Full old fabulous twists, surprises and revelations, author Sharon Bolton builds the story little by little until the reader us totally hooked.