• hayley

Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

Updated: Oct 24, 2018

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” – Mortimer J. Adler

Hayley's Review: 4 stars. I'll start by being honest: I have not had good luck with novels and police procedurals. I don't understand the jargon, I often find them boring, and frankly, I like being on the other side of the drama. (Is that such a bad thing?) I also struggled with the vernacular of England and Ireland; I spent a lot of time re-reading and googling to figure out what the author was saying. Classic American, probably. (Also very distracting). I feel as though it took me a while to read the book and get into it because of this, but once I adjusted to the writing style it smoothed out. The main character, Cat Kinsella, is not a perfect character, which makes her more relatable than the average protagonist. Cat has a complicated family life, she struggles with the terrible crime and devastation of her job, and her dad is a liar. Actually, most of the characters were really well-developed in this novel, giving you the chance to feel as though you're a part of something great. Caz is a great writer, and I can't wait to see what she comes out with next! (This was her debut novel, wild!)

The synopsis:

MaryAnne Doyle was the high school girl everyone wanted to be. Cat's father picks her up as a hitchhiker, and she sees them arguing in a field. Then she goes missing in 1998. BUT, he denies ever knowing her. WHY IS HE LYING? What is he hiding? Cat knows something is awry, but she loves her dad and wants to believe him. (We all are so trusting as children, yes?) Fast forward to present day: Cat is recovering from a terrible crime scene. (She has seen some sh*t.) Then a woman, Alice Lapaine, turns up dead close to her father's pub, which brings Cat back to her work. A woman whose background is mysterious, and her father's past she has worked so hard to ignore come back to the surface. What happened to Alice Lapaine, and is it possible her dad is not who Cat thinks he is?


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