While Nick Dean is enjoying an evening at home with his family, he is blissfully unaware that one of his pupils has just placed an allegation of abuse against him – and that Nick’s imminent arrest will see the start of everything he knows and loves disintegrating around him.
Because, mud sticks, right? No matter if you’re innocent or guilty.
When Angela Furness decides that enough is enough – she hates her parents, hates her friends and, most of all, despises what has recently happened at school – she does the only thing she knows will get her attention: calls the police. But Angela is unaware that the shocking story she is about to tell will see her life begin to topple.
Because, once you’ve said what you’ve said, there’s no way back, right? No matter if you’re innocent or guilty.
In a gripping tale of two families torn apart by one catastrophic betrayal, Little Liar illustrates the fine line between guilt and innocence, and shows that everyone has their secrets, even those we ought to trust the most…
This is one of those stories where you don’t know who to believe making for a page turner of a read to find out the truth.
I took to Nick’s character straight away. I really liked him so the last thing I wanted was for what Angela was saying to be true. All the way through though, you just arn’t sure. I was so frustrated as I was dying to know who was telling the truth. Through Nick we get to see what it’s like for someone to be accused of something so awful. The hell that not only the accused has to go through but their loved ones also. You could feel the strain and the tension rising throughout the story. Don’t get me wrong, I have no sympathy for anyone who is guilty of this crime but with so many times in the press of similar allegations and some proven to be unfounded, it does make you sit back and think about whether we should be so quick to judge and as with everything, there is two sides to every story which many don’t take into consideration.
Angela, though only thirteen, I just didn’t know whether to believe her accusations. She definitely has issues and I think because we first meet her when she is fighting with another girl for no apparent reason, it made me question what she was all about. She is certainly troubled but again, as we get to know her, I really didn’t know what to think. Her mother Donna frustrated me but then being a mother of teens, I know how frustrating it can be to get anything out of a teenager and the constant battles over silly little things.
The story flicks between a few characters but mainly between Nick and Angela. I must have swapped my mind a hundred times as to who was lying and who was telling the truth. Even then, when all is revealed it still comes as a big shock. I certainly didn’t see that coming!
Little Liar is a story I raced through for the discovery of the truth. When it comes, it certainly does not disappoint. It will have you second guessing and doubting everything. An absolute must read for fans of psychological thrillers. I would have liked a little more from the epilogue, of which is down to personal preference, but otherwise this was a great read.
My thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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