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Little Lies Kindle Edition
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A terrifying case has landed on her lap. In a copycat version of a murder that took place some 13 years earlier, a young mother is found dead next to a statue of Leto, the Goddess of Motherhood in a local park in Iowa. The woman's 4-year-old son is found beside her, traumatized and terrified.
Ellen has a personal dog in this fight. Jonah, now 19 was found beside his murdered mother in exactly the same place. She understandably believes there is a connection between the murder of Jonah's mother and the mother of this boy. Is there? Could there be more than one killer or is it the same one? Is Ellen and/or her family in danger?
The boy, taken to a local hospital is kept under observation until his identity and that of any living relative can be determined. Ellen talks with the boy and learns his name. Once a family member is located, the case is well under way. Once the boy starts talking, Ellen has to work hard with him to piece together the fragments of the traumatic night he was found in that park with his murdered mother.
I am so glad I now have Kindle so I can read e-books by my favorite authors. I had received a copy of "Little Mercies" when it came out and loved it. That was where I got to "know" Ellen, Adam and their 3 children as well as other main characters. I love Heather Gudenkauf and rest assured, I will be watching for more of her books to come.
She is used to these calls, but they never bring good news with them. And like the other times, this one involves a child. But abandonment is not the issue in this case. The child's mother has been murdered and left beside a statue in the park. Her four-year-old son was left next to her, alive and apparently unhurt.
Ellen's friend, police detective Joe Gaddey, is on the case. What about this situation rings a memory bell for the two of them? Is it a coincidence, or is there more to the story? They try to search out the possible connections.
Little Lies, a novella, is the prequel to Little Mercies, which will continue a story featuring Ellen Moore. This was an enjoyable read that whetted my appetite for the next book. After the unexpected resolution to the murder, the social worker wonders if the child should be protected from the knowledge of what happened to his mother. Is truth always the best thing? 5.0 stars.
In fact, the social worker uncovers the true identity of the murderer by accident, by putting together a couple of details, and you as the reader come to the same conclusion as she does in the exact same time - it's pretty much impossible to work out "who's dun it" before unless by pure guesswork.
So that's one mystery solved, however, another previous, similar murder remains unsolved, and this is the one tackled in the sequel novel. I can't wait!
I first received another Heather Gudenkauf novel for free in exchange for an honest review - then I purchased this book. It is more of a novella. If a reader is looking for a feel-good ending, I would avoid "Little Lies," but if you love the dark psychology of humans, and like to see "truth in fiction," I highly recommend this book.
Delia D. Arnold
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