Little black lies

S. J. Bolton

Book - 2015

"In such a small community as the Falkland Islands, a missing child is unheard of. In such a dangerous landscape it can only be a terrible tragedy, surely... When another child goes missing, and then a third, it's no longer possible to believe that their deaths were accidental, and the villagers must admit that there is a murderer among them. Even Catrin Quinn, a damaged woman living a reclusive life after the accidental deaths of her own two sons a few years ago, gets involved in the... searches and the speculation. And suddenly, in this wild and beautiful place that generations have called home, no one feels safe and the hysteria begins to rise. But three islanders--Catrin, her childhood best friend, Rachel, and her ex-lover Callum--are hiding terrible secrets. And they have two things in common: all three of them are grieving, and none of them trust anyone, not even themselves. In Little Black Lies, her most shocking and engaging suspense novel to date, Sharon Bolton will keep the reader guessing until the very last page"--

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Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Suspense fiction
Published
New York : Minotaur Books 2015.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Physical Description
365 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (page 364).
ISBN
9781250028594
1250028590
Main Author
S. J. Bolton (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* The Falkland Islands makes for an unusual setting in this twisty tale of missing children. Catrin Quinn hasn't been the same since her two children died while in the care of her best friend, Rachel. It was an accidental death, but it cost Catrin not only her daughters but also her husband, Ben, and her friendship with Rachel. Catrin's former lover, Callen, feels helpless; he's still in love with Catrin but not sure how to reach her, and he, too, has his own psychic wounds: PTSD, a holdover from the Falklands War. When a young boy goes missing, the local police chief is hesitant to blame locals and wants to protect the tourism trade. But he is the third child to go missing in about a year. Then a fourth child disappears—Rachel's youngest boy—and Catrin becomes the chief suspect. A pod of beached whales adds another powerful layer of horror to the story, and the proposed plan to euthanize the whales is not one that will please animal activists. Each of the main characters has a strong and compelling voice; the story unfolds in sections, each from the point of view of a different character, which adds texture and depth to what is a suspenseful and psychologically rich thriller, much in the mold of Tana French's The Secret Place (2014). Sharon Bolton also writes as S. J. Bolton. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Catrin Coffin, a whale researcher, is part of a close-knit community in the remote Falkland Islands. When her best friend Rachel accidentally causes the death of Catrin's two children, Catrin sinks into profound depression; three years later she is plotting a revenge killing. Then children begin disappearing. When Catrin has to euthanize nearly 200 beached whales, the village suspects she could be another kind of killer. After Rachel's youngest child disappears, Catrin confesses. Then Rachel confesses. Then Catrin's boyfriend, a veteran of the 1982 British-Argentine conflict who suffers post-traumatic stress blackouts, also confesses. VERDICT In her new stand-alone (after Sacrifice) Bolton, author of the Lacey Flint mystery series (A Dark and Twisted Tide), continues to delve into the dark side of complex, sympathetic characters, each of whom offer their perspective on the same events. Although the lyrical descriptions of a distant and strange place are striking, it's the skillfully developed suspense and the portrait of parents' terror when a child goes missing that grips throughout this tale. [See Prepub Alert, 11/24/14.]—Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale [Page 84]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this nail-biter set in the Falkland Islands from Mary Higgins Clark Award–finalist Bolton (Blood Harvest), Catrin Quinn's young sons, Kit and Ned, are killed in a car accident caused by her best friend since childhood, Rachel Grimwood. The only thing that keeps the bereft Catrin functioning is her hatred of Rachel and her vow to kill Rachel to avenge the deaths of her sons. Rachel falls into a deep depression resulting from her overwhelming guilt and the loss of Catrin's friendship. And Callum Murray, who witnessed the accident and failed in his attempt to rescue Kit and Ned, experiences the PTSD that he suffered after fighting for the British in the Falkland Islands war. When a small boy disappears from Stanley—the third boy missing in three years—the townspeople become vigilantes determined to find and punish the abductor. This brilliantly plotted thriller, filled with lies and betrayals, builds to an unexpected, mesmerizing ending. Agent: Anne-Marie Doulton, Ampersand Agency (U.K.). (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In the wake of a series of child kidnappings in a small Falkland Islands community, a lifelong islander, her childhood best friend and her ex-lover are forced to confront shattering secrets. By the author of Dark and Twisted Tide.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In the wake of a series of child kidnappings in a small Falkland Islands community, lifelong islander Catrin Quinn, her childhood best friend Rachel, and her ex-lover Callum are forced to confront shattering secrets.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"In such a small community as the Falkland Islands, a missing child is unheard of. In such a dangerous landscape it can only be a terrible tragedy, surely... When another child goes missing, and then a third, it's no longer possible to believe that their deaths were accidental, and the villagers must admit that there is a murderer among them. Even Catrin Quinn, a damaged woman living a reclusive life after the accidental deaths of her own two sons a few years ago, gets involved in the searches and the speculation. And suddenly, in this wild and beautiful place that generations have called home, no one feels safe and the hysteria begins to rise. But three islanders--Catrin, her childhood best friend, Rachel, and her ex-lover Callum--are hiding terriblesecrets. And they have two things in common: all three of them are grieving, and none of them trust anyone, not even themselves. In Little Black Lies, her most shocking and engaging suspense novel to date, Sharon Bolton will keep the reader guessing until the very last page"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

In such a small community as the Falkland Islands, a missing child is unheard of. In such a dangerous landscape it can only be a terrible tragedy, surely...When another child goes missing, and then a third, it's no longer possible to believe that their deaths were accidental, and the villagers must admit that there is a murderer among them. Even Catrin Quinn, a damaged woman living a reclusive life after the accidental deaths of her own two sons a few years ago, gets involved in the searches and the speculation.And suddenly, in this wild and beautiful place that generations have called home, no one feels safe and the hysteria begins to rise.But three islanders—Catrin, her childhood best friend, Rachel, and her ex-lover Callum—are hiding terrible secrets. And they have two things in common: all three of them are grieving, and none of them trust anyone, not even themselves.In Little Black Lies, her most shocking and engaging suspense novel to date, Sharon Bolton will keep the reader guessing until the very last page.