Reviewed on 23rd November 2017

Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

Genre: Fiction / Legal/Crime Thriller / Mystery / Psychological Thriller / Thriller
Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear Synopsis

In 1998, Maryanne Doyle disappeared and Dad knew something about it?
Maryanne Doyle was never seen again.
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?

Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear Review

A Superb Debut Novel!

I am always a little dubious of books that are given the stamp of approval by Richard and Judy. Not because they are bad books, quite the opposite, but because there can often be so much hype around them that it clouds my judgement while reading the book.

Caz Frear won the accolade “WINNER OF THE RICHARD AND JUDY SEARCH FOR A BESTSELLER COMPETITION”, and having put my reservations aside and read the book, I can honestly say I totally understand why.

Frear is a fabulous writer. So much so, that Sweet Little Lies reads more like a second or third novel, rather than a debut from a fresh voice.

The storyline is incredibly well crafted. Disturbing but engaging. Despite expecting a psychological thriller, this novel seems to straddle the fine line between thriller and police procedural, which in my case was a happy surprise.

DC Cat Kinsella is an engaging character, written flawlessly. Her difficult and complicated relationship with her father often has you sitting on the very edge of anger.

When 17 year old Maryanne Doyle goes missing in the summer of 1998, Cat’s father denies all knowledge of the incident. 18 years later, while working for the Met, Cat is working on a case of a murdered woman discovered near her fathers home. Cat knows there is a connection. It can’t be a simple coincidence.

But this is not just a police procedural novel with a psychological core, it’s so much more than that. The characters are so well rounded. The nicest surprise of the book was the small but perfectly timed moment of humour. With so much guilt, pain and anguish throughout the book, the subtle notes, and well-crafted dialogue really lifted the characters off the page.

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This is a review I could pour over for many more pages, and spill far too many details… but in all honesty, it is a book that deserves so much more than that. Rather than wasting time reading my review, save those precious moments – pick up the book and start reading it today. It will be well worth the time and effort.

A superb debut novel, and one that will have Caz Frazers already growing fan base begging for more.

Sweet Little Lies is Published by: Zaffre
ISBN: 978-178576-335-9

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