“WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW
In 1998, Maryanne Doyle disappeared and Dad knew something about it?
Maryanne Doyle was never seen again.
WHAT I ACTUALLY KNOW
In 1998, Dad lied about knowing Maryanne Doyle.
Alice Lapaine has been found strangled near Dad’s pub.
Dad was in the local area for both Maryanne Doyle’s disappearance and Alice Lapaine’s murder – FACT
Trust cuts both ways . . . what do you do when it’s gone?”
Hello, my favourite crime fiction people! I am delighted to welcome you to damppebbles today as I have another First Monday Crime review to tempt you with. Today I am thrilled to feature my review of Caz Frear‘s awesome Sweet Little Lies.
Caz will be appearing alongside Mark Edwards, Ann Cleeves and Lilja Sigurðardóttir, not forgetting the lovely Rod Reynolds as moderator. Make sure you reserve your FREE place at October’s event which takes place on Monday 2nd October at 6.30pm in Room AG21, College Building, London EC1V 4BP. Click HERE to book your ticket. Only four sleeps to go….
Whilst on holiday in Ireland with her family, eight-year-old Catrina is unwittingly drawn into a missing persons investigation. Teenager, Maryanne Doyle; loud, brash and very much in your face, goes missing. Catrina doesn’t know what happened to Maryanne but she is sure of one thing. Her father lied to the police. He claimed to not have known the teenager but Catrina vividly remembers Maryanne hitchhiking and her dad picking her up. After all, Catrina was in the car as well. Fast forward 18 years and Catrina is now DC Cat Kinsella with the Met’s Murder team. Called to investigate the brutal murder of Alice Lapaine, the team find nothing but a secretive husband and a lot of dead ends. Can Cat find out what happened to Maryanne all those years ago, exactly what part her father played in her disappearance AND solve a motiveless murder at the same time…?
So many delicious secrets! This is a wonderfully intricate tale which I found hard to put down. I was immediately drawn to the feisty Cat Kinsella. She absolutely made the book for me and I couldn’t tear myself away from reading about her exploits. How I loved her dry wit, her gutsy determination and her adorable relationship with Acting DI Luigi Parnell. I found myself caring about what was going to happen to Cat, whether she would discover the truth and whether it would be the truth she actually wanted to hear.
For me, the characters in a book are one of the most important factors. I feel Caz Frear deserves high praise for the cast of characters she has created in this novel. After finishing the book I can still bring to mind certain scenarios, conversations and interactions between her creations. They all stand tall, each one an individual.
Would I recommend this book? I would. It’s an excellent debut and I’m excited to see what Caz Frear has in store for us in the future. It’s a gripping read, full of suspense and intrigue, chock full of lies and deceit from a sometimes dubious cast of characters.
Four and a half out of five stars.
I chose to read and review an eARC of Sweet Little Lies. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear was published in the UK by Bonnier Zaffre on 29th June 2017 and is available in paperback and eBook formats | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | Goodreads | Foyles | Book Depository |
Caz Frear grew up in Coventry 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 writing dream finally came true.
She has a first-class degree in History & Politics, which she’s put to enormous use over the years by working as a waitress, shop assistant, retail merchandiser and, for the past twelve years, a headhunter.
When she’s not agonising over snappy dialogue or incisive prose, she can be found shouting at the TV when Arsenal are playing or holding court in the pub on topics she knows nothing about.
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