- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (September 4, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781478948568
- ISBN-13: 978-1478948568
- ASIN: 1478948566
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Laura Marshall's debut novel, FRIEND REQUEST, was a #1 e-book international bestseller and was shortlisted for both the Bath Novel award and the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2016. THREE LITTLE LIES is her second novel. Laura lives in Kent with her husband and two children.
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I like to be surprised, challenged, intrigued. And with this one I wasn't as much, since the characters were very similar to the ones in the Friend Request, the dynamics between them almost exactly the same and the many twists (not all) predictable. I for one could not connect to any of the characters, Ellen too naïve and irrational, Sasha too much of a bitch, Karina a typical clingy and self-conciouss girl.
I did like how the author judged the sexual assault problem and the stereotypical blaim often put on the victims, this is a problem and should be highlighted whenever possible. So big thumbs up for this.
My opinion on the book - not perfect, not bad, 3.5 stars.
This one follows the lives of Sasha, Ellen and Karina and what happened on that fateful New Years Eve night back in 2006. Jump forward to 2017 and Sasha & Ellen are stll best friends and sharing a flat, when Sasha fails to come home one day Ellen is determined to find her friend, which means revisiting the past, something which she isn't looking forward to, but she will do anything to uncover the truth.
The story is told over three timelines, which at times could be confusing but it adds to the story, which is intense in parts and keeps you wanting to know what will happen next and how it will end, I certainly didn't expect it to end like that.
In the present Ellen and Sasha have been sharing an apartment together for quite awhile and have continued their friendship since they were teens. The pair have a system of letting one another know where they will be so when Sasha doesn’t come home Ellen immediately worries. It doesn’t help that the man the two had helped send to prison years ago has been spotted in the area.
Back in 2005 Ellen and Sasha had become friends when Sasha had moved into the neighborhood. Sasha had moved in with her godparents and their two sons and the family had welcomed Ellen into their home with open arms. Things ended up going a bit too far at a party that year leaving Ellen and Sasha to testify in a court case.
The story is mostly told from Ellen’s point of view but does have a couple of others, one being the godmother of Sasha back in the past. It was one that was immediately engaging after learning of the missing Sasha and kept a steady pace as the secrets and lies of the past were uncovered. Definitely one I’d recommend checking out for the thriller fans if you get the chance.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
Flitting about in time, first in 2005 when a new family moves into the neighbourhood, threatening the friendship between Ellen and Karina, through 2007 when there is a nasty incident and a rape case to be heard and then back in the present when Sasha has disappeared. The time changes are seamlessly executed and the flashbacks to the past more than complement the present day action, adding just the right amount of background to move it along nicely. Right from the start, I knew that something is a bit hinkey with what transpired at the court case but until right at the very end I had absolutely no idea what. Obviously someone's testimony was based on lies but whose and why is the key to what follows thereafter.
I do love a good book filled with secrets and lies and I got it here in abundance. With a cast of delightfully duplicitous characters, I got my fill of trying to figure it all out before the eventual reveal. I failed. Well, I got some things right but on the whole, the author did a right one on me I can tell you. Not that easy these days as I devour this genre of book voraciously, so yeah - well done for that! All through the book, I changed my mind about pretty much every character along the way, as well as how they all fitted in to the big picture. At times my head really was spinning with all the, probably, overthinking I was doing. It's a while since I got so caught up in all the twists and turns presented to me. But then, when all was said and done and the truth was eventually revealed I had to sit back and applaud the author for a job very well done. I shouldn't really be surprised though as she did it to me with her other book Friend Request so I really should have seen it coming!
All in all, a really great read that I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend for fans of the genre. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.