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?
Sharon Bolton is back with a bang with her second standalone thriller Little Black Lies, set in the Falklands during the John Major government, the book is as atmospherically haunting as you could ever imagine. This is writing at its very best.
It’s almost unimaginable that any writer could surpass her earlier work given that they are – as far as I’m concerned – at the top of their game but in Little Black Lies Sharon Bolton proves beyond doubt that you certainly can improve on perfection. A veritable tour de force, if I was stranded on a desert island and I could only take one book for company, I’d be gluttonous and kidnap the author so she could write more in seclusion but only I’d have the opportunity to read it! It’s never going to happen she’ll be glad to hear but of all the authors I’ve read over the last few years I can only think of one, maybe two, authors I’d hold in the same regard.
Told in three parts by three different narrators, each with their own distinctive style, the book follows Catrin, a woman struggling to come to terms with losing her three children and life on an island where secrets are a luxury and certainly not a given. In this first part the narrative is among the best I’ve ever had the pleasure to read, incredibly dark and not in the least uplifting this will leave an indelible mark. I was completely blown away by a character who has little to smile about and no desire to improve, it appears she’s given up all hope and given up on life.
The book moves along at a good pace with a flowing and well thought out narrative and the ending is both unexpected and emotional, it really takes you through a range of emotions and you never quite know the end result, Sharon Bolton has perfected this art over the years and you learn to go with the flow and see where it takes you!
I should also take time to mention another key aspect of this book and without it, the book wouldn’t work – The Falkland Islands. I’ve never given the Islands a thought in recent years but this book really gives a flavour of what life and the communities could be like, I just hope communication has improved in recent years and modems are a thing of the past! If you are interested in visiting then it will cost you £1200 by air, fortunately John Major isn’t is no longer in charge so things have progressed somewhat!!!
If this book doesn’t win any awards I’ll eat my hat and my kilt, unlike Lord Ashdown and Alastair Campbell in the recent general election who both refused, we certainly won’t need an exit poll to know this will be a bestseller – a little political commentary to bring this review to its natural conclusion! Go out and buy it, this is the closest many of us will get to the Falkland Islands!
• Hardcover: 400 pages
• Publisher: Bantam Press (2 July 2015)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 059306920X
• ISBN-13: 978-0593069202