Book 74 and 75 – Little Lies and Daughter

Little Lies is written by Liane Moriarty whose first book “The husband’s secret” I loved for its darkness and twists really taking a critical look at middle  class lives in a humorously dark way.  “Little Lies” is no different about a P1 class in a middle class beach resort in Australia.  How a single mum who doesn’t fit into the ideal mother is judged on the first day and found wanting which sets up a parent camp of those who judge her and those who don’t.  It’s about the impact that has on her son.  Is he a bully or is he innocent?  It’s about friendship of women and being there for them in the toughest of times.  It’s about what really goes on behind closed doors of even what seems like the perfect family.  And then throughout the book you know someone is murdered someone is the murderer but bet you won’t guess who gets killed and who does the killing.  Safe to say I loved this book too and look forward to her next book.

Daughter has been highly acclaimed and I downloaded both books on my Kindle and read them both one after the other.  I loved the blackness of “Little Lies” but I didn’t like the blackness of “Daughter” by Jane Shemilt.  It’s about a family who seem to be fairly normal then their daughter disappears and the story is about how the family cope with this or don’t.  I didn’t see the huge twist at the end coming and that was good.  But apart from that I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I thought it would.  The main character is the mother who I quickly came to dislike intensely.  And there were few redeeming features about the remainder of the family either including the missing daughter.

Two “black” books one I enjoyed greatly the other I really didn’t enjoy at all despite the twist at the end.  Read both though in double quick time ideal for weekend reading or a journey to pass the time.

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40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. www.brightlightmarketing.co.uk. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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