“Little black lies” Sharon Bolton

Rated 5 stars ***** ARC. Minotaur Books (St. Martin’s Press). Published May 19, 2015.

LittleBlackLiesThe day Catrin Quinn’s two children, Ned and Kit, were killed was the day she let her marriage and grip on reality slip away. Callum Murray left his home in Scotland to escape demons in his head after fighting in the Falklands War, deciding to relocate to the Islands. His PTSD had gradually seemed to get better until the day Catrin’s children died. Rachel Grimwood had been Catrin’s best friend, but everything changed forever when the children died.

In the intervening years since Catrin’s children died, several other children have gone missing from the Island. When a third child disappears from the Island close to the third anniversary of the Quinn deaths, the three of them are drawn into the ensuing drama and hysteria. Their flashbacks of the events of three years ago, along with what is currently happening, made for fascinating reading.

As the police work to find out what happened to the missing children, guilt shifts from one person to another. This whodunit kept me guessing as to what could have happened, and when the truth was revealed it left me reeling.

Highly recommended for Adult readers.

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