Good Little Liars by Sarah Clutton
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published October 2nd 2019 by Bookouture
About the Book:
Emma held the photo for a long moment before her eyes focused on the girl’s face. She dropped it and let out a muted cry.The girl in the photograph was Tessa. Twenty-five years after losing her friend Tessa in a tragic accident, Emma’s life is happy and settled. She rarely thinks about the day that Tessa fell to her death, or the secret that she made Emma swear to keep just hours before. But when her marriage implodes, Emma and her daughter find themselves unexpectedly moving into the headmaster’s former cottage on the grounds of her old school – Denham House. And it’s here she finds the photograph: an explicit image of Tessa, looking directly at the camera. Between catching up with old friends Marlee and Clementine, who are home for a reunion, and the demands of single parenthood, Emma has plenty to distract her… but she can’t shake the image of the photograph. Or the thought that it’s proof of something she had long suspected: Dr Brownley, now headmaster, was involved with Tessa. Was it a mistake to keep quiet about what she knew? Marlee and Clementine have their own complex feelings about returning to their hometown. And when Emma starts to question what really happened to Tessa, each woman must deal with the consequences of decisions they made all those years ago. Because the more Emma digs into the past, the more she discovers that everyone remembers it differently, and that the innocent schoolgirls she thought she knew are hiding some very big secrets.
When I started Good Little Liars, I knew it would be a story about secrets, maybe lots of secrets, but I was not at all prepared for the depth of the secrets. For Emma, Clementine and Marlee, they come to find out that that things are not always what they seem at Denham House. Emma is a woman to be admired, a strong person who defies authority to get at the truth. We know right from the get-go that she is tenacious, I loved that the women in this book were portrayed as strong and most had amazing careers. I am so tired of wishy-washy female characters, so this was a refreshing read.
As we get deeper and deeper into the story, there are so many questions. What and who happened to Tessa? Who's all in on whatever happened, did someone, other than Emma, know more?? So many questions. This book will hook you from the very first page and won’t let go even after you read the very last word. It’s one that you will truly enjoy reading and won’t want to skip a word. It’s wonderfully written with believable characters. Believable story. It is a mix of mystery and chick-lit. I sped through the book as I needed answers just as much as Emma did—what an intense ride. I loved every minute of it.
In Good Little Liars, Sarah Clutton weaves the perfect mix of genres with complex characters and a fast-paced plot shrouded in layers of mystery and suspense. I flipped through the pages eager to uncover the many secrets, and Ms. Clutton skillfully kept me guessing right up until the very end. Readers are in for a real treat. Buckle up.
Thank you NetGalley, Sarah Clutton and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.