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Little Liar: A nail-biting, gripping psychological thriller by Clare Boyd

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List Price: £9.99


Paperback: 410 Pages.

Published: 29 January 2018 by Bookouture

ISBN: 9781786813978

EAN: 9781786813978

To the outside world, Gemma Bradley has it all – a doting husband, high-flying career and two delightful kids – but inside the four walls of her tastefully renovated home, she is a mother at her wits’ end who has given too many last warnings and counted to ten too many times.

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

Gemma knows she hasn’t done anything wrong, but the more she fights to defend the family she loves, the more her flawless life begins to crumble around her. Is the carefully guarded secret she’s been keeping suddenly in danger of breaking free?

When Rosie disappears, Gemma thinks she only has herself to blame. That is, until she discovers that Rosie has been keeping dark secrets of her own in a pink plastic diary.

Distraught and terrified, Gemma doesn’t know where to turn. The only thing she knows is that her daughter’s life is in danger…


3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Rushed Ending

Rosie is a 10 year old with an amazing temper and out of control tantrums. She knows how to push her Mother's buttons so her mother looses control and then Rosie lets rip. They are both balancing close to the edge.  It is a dangerous combination of characters. Mira is the curtain twitching lady next door who finally calls social services - every parent's nightmare.

This book was safely heading for a four star review until the last couple of chapters. We had followed the story of the family and the twists and turns of Mira's own past and her current agenda. However, then the ending arrived, rather quickly and quite unlikely. It was almost as if the author had been unable to decide how to draw the threads into a satisfying conclusion. So she didn't bother trying to tie all the loose ends together but rather just gave a blanket solution which didn't explain anything. One minute we have Gemma living elsewhere and only allowed supervised access to her children & the next she is cuddled up on the settee with them after Rosie went missing. No explanations. As to the conclusion of Mira's issues - very unlikely and unbelievable.

One of the main issues I had with this book is the characters. The only likeable one is the six year old child, Noah, who has the sense to just close his bedroom door & hide when his sister is having a tantrum. Gemma and Peter are selfish beyond belief - when social services decree Gemma cannot be left alone with the children they ask her mother to take an unpaid sabbatical from work to move in with them in order for Peter & Gemma to continue working full time. Really? They couldn't rearrange their own lives to be there for their own children in this time of need? Apparently not. Peter is weak and unsupportive of his wife refusing to back her up or to take time off work to care for his own family. Mira has her own twisted agenda from the past and her husband is a bit of a wet weekend. Harriet, the Nanny seems nice but she is paid off and out of the situation.

Many families find themselves caught up in a spiral of mortgages, long working hours and providing excessive activities for their children to make up for it. Everyone ends up time poor and tempers can fray. The concept of the story is fine with a time poor family, a child with behavioural issues and a mother who struggles with her own self image as the perfect parent. I just wish the characters had been a bit nicer & the ending more believable.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley

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