Little Liar by Clare Boyd

Little Liar by Clare Boyd
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EXCERPT: What had she actually seen next door? Her heartbeat escalated. What had she seen? She had seen guilt in Gemma’s eyes. She had seen fear in Rosie’s.

THE BLURB: The perfect family… or the perfect lie?

When a child’s scream pierces the night, Mira does what any good neighbour would do: she calls the police. She wants to make sure that Rosie, the little girl next door, is safe.

Opening her front door to the police the next morning, Gemma’s picture-perfect family is forced under scrutiny of social services.

As her flawless life begins to crumble around her, Gemma must fight to defend the family she loves and protect her daughter from the terrible secret she’s been keeping.

But who has Rosie been confiding in when Gemma’s back is turned? And why has she lied to the police?

When Rosie disappears without a trace, Gemma thinks she only has herself to blame. That is, until she finds a little pink diary containing a truth even more devastating than the lie…

If you loved The Couple Next Door and Big Little Lies, you’ll adore this razor-sharp, tense and utterly engrossing page turner about the people we choose to trust and the secrets we keep behind closed doors.

MY THOUGHTS: Another brilliant debut novel! I just loved Little Liar.

Clare Boyd captivated me with her firm grasp of family dynamics and personal characteristics in Little Liar. We have supermum Gemma, juggling a demanding career, pregnancy, a volatile ten year old, and keeping a secret, determined to ‘have it all’. Rosie is the ten year old daughter. She throws tantrums like I eat chocolate, and is quite adept at manipulating people. Add to the mix one nosey neighbour, Mira or ‘Mrs E’ as Rosie calls her. Mira has her own problems, her own secrets, her own unfulfilled needs.

Little Liar is a slow burner, an onion. By 25% in, I was hooked and read most of the night, captivated, mesmerized and agog! And the revelations just kept coming.

I also really liked how, at the end, it wasn’t tied up all neat and tidy. There are a lot of things that I was left wondering about, but in a pleasant way. I think that perhaps I wasn’t quite ready to let this family go. 4.5☆

Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Little Liar by Clare Boyd for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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