Publication Date: June 28th from Sphere
Someone told a lie.
Someone knows the truth.
Someone is watching you.
When Sasha North comes into Ellen’s life, Ellen falls under her spell. As Ellen is welcomed into Sasha’s family, she doesn’t see the darkness that lies beneath their bohemian lifestyle. Not until a brutal attack changes all their lives forever.
Ten years later, Ellen and Sasha share a flat in London, still bound together by that night. When Sasha disappears, Ellen fears the worst. The police won’t take her seriously, but the events of the past give Ellen good reason to be frightened.
What really happened that night? Who is telling the whole truth? These are the questions Ellen must confront when searching for her friend. But someone knows Ellen is looking. And they don’t want the answers coming out . . .
I was one of the fans of “Friend Request” from Laura Marshall so I was really intrigued to see how she would follow that up. Turns out it’s with “Three Little Lies” a genuinely page turning psychological thriller about a group of friends and their divisive, close friendship that is doomed by one horrible night and three little lies…but who exactly is lying?
I loved it. We follow Ellen for a lot of this book as she desperately searches for her missing friend Sasha – there are reasons from the past that make her worry for Sasha’s future but as she digs deeper into the disappearance she realises that you can’t ever truly know a person..
This story covers a lot of very socially relevant subjects, most of them emotionally resonant and hugely thought provoking. What would have been a fairly generic (if excellent) read is elevated by the authors willingness to explore all the facets of those subjects and not just follow the path of least resistance to an expected result. The characters are all full of depth and feeling – Ellen’s worry, her horror, her exasperation at others unwillingness to take her seriously all pop off the page and into your head. The other viewpoints add into the mix a vortex of the attitudes and influences that we all are prone to and overall it’s a cleverly plotted and unpredictable read where you honestly can’t be sure how it is going to end up.
To my mind Three Little Lies is the superior novel – Laura Marshall has upped the ante quite considerably, making this an authentic and realistic exploration of the themes at it’s heart, making the reader really consider possibilities and allow for shades of grey (I’m trying hard not to give anything away here!) whilst also writing an entertaining and addictive story.
Loved it. Big fan of this one. Highly Recommended.