Book 31 is done! I have to admit I struggled to get through this one a bit. I started reading it at the beginning of a very busy week, and was only able to read in short bursts, which may explain why I didn't really connect with it.
Sweet Little Lies is a debut procedural novel about a young female police officer in London. While trying to work through a tense relationship with her father, Cat Kinsella realizes that a murder case in the city is linked to the disappearance of a girl she knew years before. As she works the case, Cat has to face the possibility that one of her family members could be involved in a murder, and that she may be guilty of hiding their secret.
Sweet Little Lies is a bold debut. The story itself is a gripping one, and author Caz Frear's writing is great. She is particularly good at writing believable dialogue, adding snarky, funny exchanges to a fairly dark novel.
While I definitely like Frear's style, I have to admit that Sweet Little Lies is a little far fetched. A little more than halfway through the novel the story turned from being believable to being overly dramatized. Some of the twists and turns just didn't seem realistic to me, even for a mystery/thriller.
Despite not totally connecting with this novel, I think it will appeal to a lot of readers. The characters are well written and interesting, and the central mystery is a unique one. It stands out among many of the storylines in thrillers I've read in the past few years.
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