Little Black Lies...A review.
What a weird little book.
I mean that in a loving way, because I actually couldn't put it down. It was almost reminiscent of Gone Girl in it's level of creepiness, but completely different at the same time.
It's set in the Falkland Islands, which if I'm completely honest, I didn't know existed (thanks, education!). So I was doing a lot of Wikipedia-reading about the history of the place while I read the book. I loved learning about that as well as the people who populate the area.
I don't want to give anything away, because there is a lot that happens pretty immediately in the book and then some huge plot twists along the way. But I will critique: Bolton writes really well, with so much emotion (maybe too much at points). The story is hard to read, very mysterious, but also completely captivating. It's dark, very dark. But it somehow also shows that even amidst darkness, love is to be found. Totally worthy of a read because you'll finish it quickly because you want to know how it ends.
Last tip: There are a few books with this title; I have only read this one. So if you want this one, make sure you download/buy/check out the one by Sharon Bolton.
Who is this book for?
People who like mysteries: Yes.
People who scare easily: Probably not.
Mothers: I think this would be hard to read for mothers. But if you don't live in the Falkland Islands close to cliffs and seas, I think it might be OK? I have no idea.
What does this book say?
One of the things I had cause to reflect on, as I grew older, was that as we cast our net of love ever wider we make ourselves stronger and weaker at the same time. … For a few brief years, it seemed the world wasn’t big enough to hold all the love in my heart.
There must be some mechanism in our heads that acts as a kind of filter when really bad things happen. Protecting us form the full force of the blow, it lets the bad news trickle through, drip-feeding, giving us just enough to deal with, before calling a half and making us take a break.