Losing a child is every parent’s worst nightmare. For Catrin, it’s a nightmare that she relives on a daily basis ever since her best friend, Rachel, killed her two sons in an unfortunate accident. For the people of the Falkland Islands, a missing child is becoming an all too common occurrence as, after two young boys disappeared without trace over the past few years, it would seem that it has happened for a third time…
This thriller, by Sharon Bolton, is told from the perspective of the three main characters, all of them damaged and battling personal demons. In addition to Catrin and Rachel, we are also introduced to Callum, a veteran of the Falklands Conflict, whose PTSD plays a pivotal role in many of the episodes of the book. The relationships between these three characters are intertwined and the author successfully manages to weave their versions of the story together to create a tense yet satisfied ending.
It could be said that there is a fourth main character in the story – the islands themselves. Bolton has obviously undertaken a great deal of research into the Falklands, and manages to paint a vivid picture of the landscape and wildlife, which enhances the tension in the book.
It is a rare occurrence for a book to contain a twist that the reader does not see coming from a mile off, but ‘Little Black Lies’ manages this. Definitely worthy of a five-star rating.