Book Review: Little Black Lies, by Sharon Bolton

Publisher:  Bantam Press (An imprint of Transworld Publishers)  |  Publication date: 2nd July 2015  |  Edition: Hardback (Provided by publisher)

Little Black Lies My Review

Little Black Lies by Sharon BoltonLittle Black Lies is a story of revenge and people haunted by the ghosts of their past – their distress pours from the pages from beginning to end.

Set on the Falkland Islands, the same story is told in turn via the unique voices of Catrin, Callum and Rachel. Each offers their own version of events over a tense few days in which the child of a visitor to the Islands has gone missing.

Although not a regular occurrence, it’s not the first time tragedy has struck. But it’s natural to think that little ones do wander off whilst playing, resulting in a terrible accident. No one ever wants to believe the alternative – that a tourist, or worse, someone they know and trust, could be implicated.

Desperation is captured perfectly as the trio share their innermost feelings and thoughts during the times leading up to and during the search for the missing children. As events unfold you can quite understand why people are making assumptions and a mob mentality develops quickly – as a reader you’re kept guessing too!

Our narrators in the thick of it are: Marine conservationist Catlin, who lost her two young boys in an accident three years ago. The anniversary of their death is fast approaching and she has finally come to the conclusion that the only way put an end to her grief is by punishing the person responsible, as she has nothing to lose. Callum is a war-veteran and is also Catrin’s ex. He has PTSD following the conflict on the Islands, leaving him with flashbacks where he loses moments in time. Rachel cannot come to terms with her own demons and is withdrawing further into a black hole of guilt and despair. The accident may have touched each of them in different ways, but the one thing they will always have in common is their suffering, which grows darker as the days tick on, and that’s only the beginning.

Creeping suspicion and escalating emotions dwell with ease on the rugged terrain of the Falklands, creating the perfect combination for a wholly engrossing read. With many angles to explore it’s impossible to discover the shocking truth until it leaps out at you on the final page turn.  

Admittedly, it did take me a few chapters to get into the rhythm of the story but my only regret now is that I wish I’d read it sooner!  I’d absolutely recommend Little Black Lies to anyone who loves a brooding thriller that is shrouded in mystery. 

Rating: 4/5

(My sincere thanks to the Publisher and Alison Barrow for providing a Hardback copy. )

Little Black Lies Book Summary

(Courtesy of Amazon UK)

‘A dark and haunting thriller. It creeps under your skin and doesn’t let you go’ Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

What’s the worst thing your best friend could do to you?

Admittedly, it wasn’t murder. A moment’s carelessness, a tragic accident – and two children are dead. Yours.

Living in a small island community, you can’t escape the woman who destroyed your life. Each chance encounter is an agonizing reminder of what you’ve lost – your family, your future, your sanity.

How long before revenge becomes irresistible?

With no reason to go on living, why shouldn’t you turn your darkest thoughts into deeds?

So now, what’s the worst thing you can do to your best friend?


Little Black Lies Author Links

(Profile Courtesy of AmazonUK)

Sharon Bolton (previously S. J. Bolton) is the critically acclaimed author of some of the most bone-chilling crime books ever written. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and the CWA Dagger in the Library.

Sharon lives near Oxford with her husband and young son.

For more information about the author and her books, or to check out her addictive blog, visit You can also join her on at

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