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Little White Lies: A gripping, unputdownable and twisty psychological suspense thriller Paperback – 1 February 2020
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‘Breathtaking suspense, laser-precise observations and a mystery from which I could not look away. A phenomenal talent’ Holly Seddon
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A gripping, unputdownable and twisty psychological suspense thriller
- Publisher : HQ Fiction GB (1 February 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0008344868
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008344863
- Dimensions : 15.5 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 229,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But in saying that, the main part of the story was good. Abigail White was missing for 7 years. At age 15 she walked into a police station and is turned home. Her family are so happy to have her back but her mother Anne is worried that her little white lie will come out. She did not tell the truth 7 years ago about how her daughter was taken and now police are seeing the holes in the story. Her cousin and best friend Jess is thrilled to have Abigail home and wants to have things back how they used to be. But she can see that something is not right and tries to help her with her trauma.
The lie was not what I was expecting, I thought there might be more to it than that. Overall it was a good story.
Thanks to Harlequin Books Australia for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and in no way biased
The story flicks between the POV of the mother of Abigail, the girl who had been missing for 7 years, and Abigail's cousin Jess. It would've been interesting to get some POV's from Abigail herself, but in saying that, I think by not writing her POV, it adds the mystery of finding out what the secret was.
I was thrown at the end when the truth all comes out. Once things start to unravel, they really unravel, and it all leads up to a very interesting conclusion. One that I did not see coming at all.
This one keeps you guessing the whole time. If you're looking for a good mystery, this is it.
The life of the White family moved on, as it had to, after the disappearance of young Abigail from a busy London subway platform. Anne has kept her family together whilst managing her grief, attending to the necessary tasks of raising her twins and being a supportive spouse to her husband Robert. Receiving a call that Abigail has walked into a suburban police station, holding the hand of another missing child, floors the Whites and opens the floodgates anew to all the questions of who took their daughter all those years ago.
Abigail is now a troubled teenager and has little to offer up about what happened in the intervening years. Lilian, Anne’s forthright sister, never had a kind word to say about Abigail’s biological father Fraser and it was an effort to extract Anne from her toxic domestic situation when Abigail was small. Now with all the media attention on the miraculous return of Abigail, Fraser reappears in Anne’s life.
Anne has a secret about the day that Abigail went missing, one that she hasn’t managed to keep entirely to herself. How much would a child remember about the day she went missing at only eight years of age?
Written from the perspective of Anne and of Abigail’s young cousin Jess, Little White Lies is a deep family exploration into what happens when a missing child re-enters the life of her loved ones.
If you are the kind of reader that shrinks from picking up ‘under the stairs’ misery-lit novels about abducted children, rest assured that this novel does not spend time on the gory descriptives. Little White Lies doesn’t pretty up the realities of the homecoming though, for it doesn’t return a picture perfect little girl back into the White family. Abigail isn’t a sad shivering wreck, she’s angry.
Little White Lies with its dual narratives presents the views of an adult and a child who are each enmeshed in the drama of an unexpected return after abduction - Anne and Jess are unaware of how much insight the other holds. What Abigail is experiencing after being re-deposited back into a family that had continued on without her is explored through her interactions, and it is difficult to get a purchase on why she is not happier about being reunited with her parents, siblings and extended family.
This is not a racy thriller with twists and turns at the end of each chapter but more a purposeful march towards the one big unknown fracture that is alluded to throughout the book. Little White Lies ramps up the action as expected as we near the conclusion but these scenes are not the strength of the book; it is more the layering of slightly skewed viewpoints, multiple players and unresolved conflicts that deliver the novel’s considerable punch.
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It was the most boring monotonous book I've read this year, the author goes into long, drawn out boring detail and fills the first 3/4 of the book with it. Every character was irrelevant, frustratingly stupid and totally dislikeable, I cared for none of them or their boring story.
I considered giving up the book several times, but decided to stick with it to discover the mothers awful secret..... shouldn't of bothered.
The idea for the story was actually very good, but executed so badly. Dont know how the author felt this drag of a tale was good enough. Totally unrealistic and definitely had not been researched.
I was delighted to get to the end, although I had to limp through the 'thrilling' train track scene... yawn
and then the nauseating sickly 'happy ending' in France by the canal.
Good idea, entirety ruined by terrible writing.
Seven years ago Anne White was in London with her nine-month old twins and eight-year old daughter, Abigail. She had only looked away for a second, but that’s all it took to lose sight of her daughter. The family engaged with the police in a wide search for Abigail to no avail. Her bedroom back home in Lincolnshire slowly became a cross between a shrine and an incident room, its walls covered with newspaper cuttings about Abigail and similar abductions.
Now amazingly Abigail has been found. Anne struggles to connect with Abigail, who is acting rather oddly. PTSD? Stockholm Syndrome? No more details as with thrillers of this type I believe it best to read without too many plot details to allow the suspense to build.
The narrative moves between various characters’ points of view. Who is telling the little white lies of the title?
I felt that it was an impressive debut with plenty of suspense along with twists that snuck up on me. It also explores various family dynamics. I found myself very caught up in Jess’ experiences being Abigail’s slightly younger cousin, who acutely felt her loss and struggles to understand the changes in someone she considers almost a sister.
Once I began reading, this proved to be almost impossible to put down.
3.5 stars rounded up to 4.