In this gripping debut procedural, a young London policewoman must probe dark secrets buried deep in her own family’s past to solve a murder and a long-ago disappearance.
Your father is a liar. But is he a killer? Even liars tell the truth . . . sometimes.
Twenty-six-year-old Cat Kinsella overcame a troubled childhood to become a Detective Constable with the Metropolitan Police Force, but she’s never been able to banish these ghosts. When she’s called to the scene of a murder in Islington, not far from the pub her estranged father still runs, she discovers that Alice Lapaine, a young housewife who didn’t get out much, has been found strangled.
Cat and her team immediately suspect Alice’s husband, until she receives a mysterious phone call that links the victim to Maryanne Doyle, a teenage girl who went missing in Ireland eighteen years earlier. The call raises uneasy memories for Cat—her family met Maryanne while on holiday, right before she vanished. Though she was only a child, Cat knew that her charming but dissolute father wasn’t telling the truth when he denied knowing anything about Maryanne or her disappearance. Did her father do something to the teenage girl all those years ago? Could he have harmed Alice now? And how can you trust a liar even if he might be telling the truth?
Determined to close the two cases, Cat rushes headlong into the investigation, crossing ethical lines and trampling professional codes. But in looking into the past, she might not like what she finds. . . .
Caz Frear grew up in Coventry, England, and spent her teenage years dreaming of moving to London and writing a novel. After fulfilling her first dream, it wasn’t until she moved back to Coventry thirteen years later that the second finally came true. She has a degree in History & Politics, and when she’s not agonizing over snappy dialogue or incisive prose, she can be found shouting at Arsenal football matches or holding court in the pub on topics she knows nothing about. Sweet Little Lies is her first novel.
I have not been able to read a book for several months due to a lack of focus. However I picked up this book and could not put it down. It was thoroughly engrossing. I love the characters and could not wait to see what happened. I highly recommend reading this book. I hope that the author continues to write and publishes again. I will have her name on my list of favorite authors to track for the next great read!
I had a really hard time getting into this book. The British phrases and lingo were tough to follow. And the story wasn't that great anyway. Almost gave up on it a couple of times, but finally finished it. Don't waste your money!
21 days ago
This book was the June2019 serial read on the Nook app. I enjoyed it very much. It had enough turns that I was kept guessing. Highly recommend.
26 days ago
A very engrossing British police procedural! Once I got used to some of the slang and vocabulary, this was an entertaining book.
Cat Kinsella is a young policewoman who has issues with her father. When a woman is found murdered near his pub, she has to make the decision of whether or not to share her memories with her colleagues. Is it possible that her father is involved in this murder or the disappearance of another young woman that Cat remembers?
This story has a lot of twists and turns (which are always good in this type of book), but it also delves into the personal lives of Cat and her family. Loads of family dynamics, both in her family and the families of the murdered woman and the possible suspects.
This is a very well written book, with well developed characters and a quick storyline. What a great debut novel! All in all, this is one of the better Nook Readouts that I have read. I would definitely read more books by this author.
27 days ago
Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear is a story that will keep you turning pages. There is murder, intrigue, family conflict, baby selling and several sub plots that will keep you guessing and trying to determine "who done it". Cat Kinsella is a young London policewoman with a few childhood problems that keep her from having a healthy family relationship with her father.
The characters and plot are well developed. This was a B&N serial read where a few chapters are delivered each day until the book is complete. It is a wonderful way to "meet" new authors and genres. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and I always review every book that I read.
More than 1 year ago
I LOVE when I find a book that is set to be the start of a new series, and fall completely in love with it. And that is 100% the case with this new series from Caz Frear.
I am a sucker for a police procedural with flawed, damaged and slightly off the rails main characters. Cat Kinsella is the definition of this. With a past that haunts her each day, broken relationships with her family, and no sense of how to straighten herself out - I found her to be delightful to read. Watching her struggle with the decisions she needed to make between being a good police officer, and reconcile her past in which her father may have been a bigger criminal than she could imagine was intriguing. I couldn't get enough.
I will admit, this one started off slow for me, but once I was into it I actually could not set it back down. I needed to see how it played out. I needed to see how far Cat would go and if she would actually entirely screw herself over. And I LOVED how the twists in this story kept redirecting it to a new path of darkness. When you think it will be a straightforward whodunit murder case and suddenly you are down a rabbit hole of completely unrelated, related other crimes? Amazing.
This is one that readers who love police procedurals, character drama and a dose of suspense need to have on their radar. I cannot wait to see what happens with Cat next!
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