The most devastating punishments aren’t always the legal ones.
Genre: Crime Mystery
Number of Pages: 368
Location: London, England and Ireland
Sweet Little Lies follows the detective Cat as she tries to solve a murder that intertwines with a missing person case from her childhood hometown that she has always suspected her father is tied to. For a complete summary, you can go here
TL;DR: Lots of twists and lies makes this a great pick for any mystery lover.
Full Review: I read this book as a part of our Judging More Than Just The Cover Book Club podcast [check out the spoiler-filled discussion episode here]. This was our sixth episode, following An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. So this review will be spoiler-free and the podcast will have more details and thorough analysis. We chose this book because it had a strong female main character and was in the Book of the Month Box, which I LOVE. I, mean, $14.99 a month for a new release hardcover and $9.99 for any additional book AND free shipping? Can’t beat that. [Click here to get your first box for $9.99.]
When I suggested this book, I knew it was a mystery, but I didn’t realize it was a crime mystery. I try to know as little about a book before I start reading it. I only read the first few pages and thought the voice was really captivating, which is why I suggested it for the podcast. If I had known it was a detective story, I wouldn’t have recommended it because I don’t like cop tv shows or cop books because there are so many of them and they all tend to feel similar. But I didn’t get that vibe from this book. It was unique enough with the twists.
I do love mysteries though, so this was just enough of the mystery genre and not too much focus on the detective aspect for me to really enjoy it. I was able to get hooked and it was my favorite crime mystery novel I have ever read. Because of the genre and where it stands in my rankings, I gave it my Best Book Award. [See the other winners here.] This is probably the only detective mystery book I have given a 5/5 star ranking to. I have read and loved a lot of mystery and thriller novels, but usually not ones from the detective’s perspective. I will probably even check out the next book in the series Stone Cold Heart.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes any type of mystery or crime novel since it has a good mix of both elements. Since there is not an unreliable narrator, we’re not eliminating any reader that is sick that trope. [If you are a writer, here are some tips for making an unreliable narrator work for you.] There are way too many Gone Girl copycat stories out there now [Examples: Sometimes I Lie & All the Missing Girls]. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was quick to read once you get into it, even though there were a lot of layers and details. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Podcast Episode (With Spoilers)
Problem is, while the lie may be sweet as it falls from your lips, the feeling in your gut is always putridly sour.