Amy Myers is known for her short stories and historical novels featuring Victorian chef Auguste Didier and chimney sweep Tom Wasp. Her contemporary series features classic car detective Jack Colby, and she is currently working on a new 1920s mystery series featuring Nell Drury, chef at Kent’s Wychbourne Court.
Already published in hardcover and ebook, Little Black Lies is now published in mass paperback, so if you’ve not yet read it, waste no time.
The novel doesn’t waste a moment. From the first page, it’s an express train. No stops. You leave the station for a thrilling journey ahead, the train gathers speed and you’re accelerating through the country to the end of the journey – the novel’s climax, the story’s final braking point.
The country in Sharon Bolton’s new standalone thriller is the Falkland Islands where in 1994 its close-knit community still bears scars from the 1980s war. It has suffered much more recent tragedies too. Three years ago Catrin Quinn’s two young sons died when the car in which they had been left alone ran over the cliff. The driver had been Catrin’s best friend, Rachel Grimwood, and Catrin’s hatred of her now dominates her life. Since then two young boys have gone missing and their fate has never been known. Have they too had an accident or have they been abducted? Dark shadows hang over the islanders, and most of all over Catrin and Rachel, who can ignore but not escape each other. Revenge and guilt drive them forward into an ever increasing nightmare.
The story is narrated in three separate viewpoints, and in Catrin’s case in particular the deftness with which what they say aloud is set beside their actual thoughts is remarkable. So take your seats. This express train should not be missed.