Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review: Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (July 2 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Book Description

 In such a small community as the Falkland Islands, a missing child is unheard of. In such a dangerous landscape it can only be a terrible tragedy, surely...

When another child goes missing, and then a third, it’s no longer possible to believe that their deaths were accidental, and the villagers must admit that there is a murderer among them. Even Catrin Quinn, a damaged woman living a reclusive life after the accidental deaths of her own two sons a few years ago, gets involved in the searches and the speculation.

And suddenly, in this wild and beautiful place that generations have called home, no one feels safe and the hysteria begins to rise.

But three islanders—Catrin, her childhood best friend, Rachel, and her ex-lover Callum—are hiding terrible secrets. And they have two things in common: all three of them are grieving, and none of them trust anyone, not even themselves.

In Little Black Lies, her most shocking and engaging suspense novel to date, Sharon Bolton will keep the reader guessing until the very last page.


   • "A dark and haunting thriller. It creeps under your skin and doesn't let you go." --Paul Hawkins, bestselling author of The Girl on the Train 

   • "I loved it! I stayed up entirely too late and completely ignored my family. It is the perfect thriller. A riveting portrait of small town secrets and big time betrayals. Friends, lovers, neighbours, everyone has something to hide..." --Lisa Gardner

   • "Sharon Bolton is a very talented writer and it is always thrilling to see a new novel from her on the shelves." --Belinda Bauer

About the Author

Sharon J Bolton was born and brought up in Lancashire, the eldest of three daughters. As a child, she dreamed of becoming an actress and a dancer, studying ballet, tap and jazz from a young age and reading drama at Loughborough University.

She spent her early career in marketing and PR before returning to full-time education to study for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Warwick University, where she met her husband, Andrew. They moved to London and Sharon held a number of PR posts in the City. She left the City to work freelance, to start a family and to write.

She and Andrew now live in a village in the Chiltern Hills, not far from Oxford, with their son and the latest addition to the family: Lupe, the lop-eared lurcher. Her daily life revolves around the school run, walking the dog and those ever-looming publishing deadlines.

My Review

Three words to describe Little Black Lies: Brilliant. Dark. Intriguing.  Sharon Bolton just keeps getting better and better with each novel. Little Black Lies was impossible to put down. It was a fascinating tale and it kept me riveted until the very end. Oh...what an ending!

The setting of Little Black Lies is completely unique. Who really knows much about the Falkland Islands? Definitely not me...but now I do. Bolton completely educated me regarding the remoteness of these barren isles. I remember the war in the Falklands but was really quite ignorant about it. The Falklands are like a small town in the middle of the ocean.

Three people tell us their tales in Little Black Lies. During the first narrator Catrin's story I was completely swayed to her side of the story. Then when Rachel presented her story, I was team Rachel! Bolton is able to develop characters so beautifully that you love them for all their strengths and weaknesses...for all their faults and all their good qualities. They are believable people going through life.

What is happening to the children of the Falklands? Children are missing...one each year...Catrin's two sons died three years ago while left in her best friend Rachel's care. Rachel nor Catrin have not really been living since that horrific day. Now other families are grieving as well. Are they alive...are they dead? Did they perish in accidents as well? Rachel and her friend Callum find the current missing boy. Instead of everyone being jubilant in the capital city of Stanley, people are starting to question Catrin's sanity. Catrin's decision regarding a beached whale situation does not help matters.

Secrets and lies abound in this dark tale. What do we really know about other people..All I know is that Sharon Bolton is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors! She has a wonderful writing style and she writes such satisfying thoughtful books. Highly recommend Little Black Lies!


  1. Looking forward to this one. I've really enjoyed all the Sharon Bolton books I've read.