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Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

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Book Summary

In this gripping debut procedural, a young London policewoman must probe dark secrets buried deep in her own family’s past to solve a murder and a long-ago disappearance.

Your father is a liar. But is he a killer?
Even liars tell the truth . . . sometimes.

Twenty-six-year-old Cat Kinsella overcame a troubled childhood to become a Detective Constable with the Metropolitan Police Force, but she’s never been able to banish these ghosts. When she’s called to the scene of a murder in Islington, not far from the pub her estranged father still runs, she discovers that Alice Lapaine, a young housewife who didn’t get out much, has been found strangled.

Cat and her team immediately suspect Alice’s husband, until she receives a mysterious phone call that links the victim to Maryanne Doyle, a teenage girl who went missing in Ireland eighteen years earlier. The call raises uneasy memories for Cat—her family met Maryanne while on holiday, right before she vanished. Though she was only a child, Cat knew that her charming but dissolute father wasn’t telling the truth when he denied knowing anything about Maryanne or her disappearance. Did her father do something to the teenage girl all those years ago? Could he have harmed Alice now? And how can you trust a liar even if he might be telling the truth?

Determined to close the two cases, Cat rushes headlong into the investigation, crossing ethical lines and trampling professional codes. But in looking into the past, she might not like what she finds. . . .


Condition: Like New (may contain a publisher extra mark)

Hardcover, Published June 26, 2018 by HarperCollins Publisher

ISBN: 9780062823199

1 review for Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

  1. Chandra

    I always love the father/daughter dynamic in books since I have a very close relationship with mine. This one isn’t as loving, but still the bond is there – even if Cat does know her father is lying about the disappearance of her friend and is now suspicious about the death of another woman.

    This is slightly different than most police procedurals as we have a team that actually works well together without any misogynistic undertones and there are more dynamics in side stories as we switch from past to present timelines. I will say that at times it ran really slow for me and I would find myself putting it down without any real manic desire to read more. However, I am glad that I stuck with it as it did get better as I continued along.

    There are a few revelations that come about as the story proceeds but nothing that makes you gasp or is all that surprising. I think the pacing has something to do with this as it slowly unravels for the reader. I did enjoy that this is told straight through Cat’s eyes and there’s no flipping of POVs.

    An absolutely solid debut that divides it’s story between family conflicts and the investigation in itself.
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