Sweet Little Lies


WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW: In 1998, Maryanne Doyle disappeared and Dad knew something about it? Maryanne Doyle was never seen again.

WHAT I ACTUALLY KNOW: 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 Connection?

Trust cuts both ways . . . what do you do when it’s gone?


‘A blistering debut from a major new voice. I couldn’t put it down. Authentic, compelling, unflinching and tender and written with real verve and assurance’


‘Impossible to put down. What can I say? Bloody brilliant!’


I enjoyed the story and thankfully it was one of those types of crime stories where I didn’t see the ending before the author unveiled it which is always a huge bonus. Predictability is not something I’d use to describe this book as the motive and criminal were slowly unpacked to keep you on your toes.

Easily the best part of this novel is the character of Catrina who is our storyteller as it’s her effusive personality that leads the story with her intelligence, wit, and optimism which pours out from her first person narrative. We get a small taste of it before the story really takes off as she reminisces about a time from her childhood then we see how she’s changed in adulthood from the effect of having her father who was larger than life get cast down into shadow from his possible involvement in the disappearance of a local girl.

As great a job as she did with the main character she still had enough sight to pour some of that effort into writing a plot that reads at an easy pace and drips bits of clues along the way. As the author winds some surprising twists into her storyline and characters you’ll find yourself flipping pages impatient to know what it is going to be found around the next corner.

One of the other positive aspects was the obvious research Frear must’ve put in on learning about police procedures, interactions, etc because it comes off fairly realistic and effective as a plot device.

It was one of the better crime novels I’ve read and it deserves an afternoon of your time.

Thank you to Netgalley and Bonnie Zaffre for allowing me to review this book.

*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com

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