Three Little Lies – Laura Marshall – Thriller
Release Date: 28 June 2018
Sasha North has gone missing.
Everyone says she’s run away, but I know better. We’ve been best friends since we were teenagers, since Sasha swept into the neighbourhood and brought colour to my life. Until a brutal attack changed both our lives forever.
I know what happened that night. I know who wants revenge.
And if Sasha has been taken, does that mean I’m next?
Just a warning that this book contains discussion of a rape trial and abusive relationship so if that may trigger you I’d suggest avoiding this book.
The story is told through the perspective mostly of Ellen, with some chapters focusing on Olivia, the mother of the perpetrator, and Karina, Ellen’s friend. At first I found it difficult to navigate which character was which but this does become clearer.
I didn’t really like the character of Ellen. She’s quite needy, especially around Sasha, although I’m sure this was intentional and it didn’t hamper my reading. I definitely didn’t trust her and what her chapters were saying, but that’s the fun of reading thrillers!
The character I felt most sorry for was Karina, until the parts where it was her voice and you realise she may not be all sweet and innocent. At first I could relate to her feeling a bit left out when her friend makes a new friend (we’ve all been in that position before in our teens!) but the further I got into the book the creepier she got.
The story of Sasha going missing is the typical storyline for the thrillers I have read so it feels a bit tropey. The central question of the book is what has happened to Sasha, but I felt like the ending was a bit rushed in revealing what has happened to her, and is more focused on revealing the truth about the rape trial. I wish there’d been a bit more character reveal in the book too. Apart from the slightly obvious ending, there was nothing about any of the other characters that made me doubt them because they didn’t seem to have much of a motivation for doing anything to Sasha, which again made the ending a bit of a let down.
There wasn’t really anything I didn’t like about the book, but like I said it didn’t feel especially original. I think if you’ve read a lot of thrillers you’re not going to get anything new out of this one, but it was still a fun read. One thing that bugged me was the title. It’s never made very clear what the three lies were, and I’m left thinking would three little liars be a better title?
I gave this book 4/5 on Goodreads. Despite it’s flaws, it was an addictive book I couldn’t put down. I can see this being a popular beach read over the summer,more for people who don’t normally read thrillers.
I was given this book from Netgalley and Little Brown in exchange for an honest review.