Today, I'll be discussing BOTM's August mystery pick, Sweet Littles Lies.
Sweet Littles Lies by Caz Frear
Twenty-six-year-old Detective Cat Kinsella is called to the scene of a crime in Islington, not far from the pub her estranged father still runs, where she discovers that a young housewife has been brutally murdered.
Cat and her team immediately suspect the woman’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 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 taken part in a murder now?
Did you pick up a copy of Caz Frear's debut novel?
Get ready for my honest review of this police procedural!
Sweet Littles Lies is an interesting piece. While there's no doubt that the plot of the story is intriguing and enticing, it's not particularly standout.
Caz Frear's writing style is a mix of concise and eloquent word choice. Although her diction and syntax may not be quite direct and brief, it isn't detailed to the point of distraction either. Instead, Frear's writing can be described as a combination of A.J. Finn's and Tana French's writing styles!
Along with her fine word choice, the author also manages to accurately demonstrate the steps taken by detectives to solve a crime. By doing this, Frear develops a realistic and unique narrative.
Sweet Little Lies features a genuine depiction of the police force, a detailed and gruesome murder, shocking crimes, and dozens of secrets. The amazing storyline is what will keep audiences interested until the very end!
Despite this, the pace of the novel is a downfall. Although the second half is captivating and fast-paced, Sweet Little Lies is, unquestionably, a slow burner.
Along with the slow pace, the cast of characters isn't too impressive either. Whilst the strong personalities of Maryanne Doyle, Cat Kinsella, and Gina Hicks are magnificent, there are many characters that prove quite irrelevant to the story.
Nonetheless, Sweet Littles Lies is a good read that features an alluring storyline and strong, female characters. Although the mystery is quite predictable, many will find it enjoyable to uncover all the hidden clues.
I wouldn't recommend this novel to readers looking for a quick, twisted thriller. Instead, I would suggest Sweet Little Lies to readers who enjoy police procedurals and descriptive, detective crime novels.
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