Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear @Bonnierzaffre


Author : Caz Frear
Pages : 479
Publisher : Bonnier Zaffre
Publication date : June 29, 2017


What happens when the trust has gone?

Cat Kinsella was always a daddy’s girl. Until the summer of 1998 when she sees her father flirting with seventeen-year-old Maryanne Doyle.

When Maryanne later disappears and Cat’s father denies ever knowing her, Cat’s relationship with him is changed forever.

Eighteen years later, Cat is now a Detective Constable with the Met. Called to the scene of a murder in Islington, she discovers a woman’s body: Alice Lapaine has been found strangled, not far from the pub that Cat’s father runs.

When evidence links Alice to the still missing Maryanne, all Cat’s fears about her father resurface. Could he really be a killer? Determined to confront the past and find out what really happened to Maryanne all those years ago, Cat begins to dig into the case. But the problem with looking into the past is that sometimes you might not like what you find.


Cat Kinsella was always a bit of a daddy’s girl. But when seventeen year old Maryanne disappears and Cat’s father lies about having known her, their relationship changes forever. Now, years later, Cat is a DC working in London. When the body of a woman is found near her father’s workplace, all Cat’s fears about him being a killer return.

Cat is flawed and carries around a ton of baggage. She’s currently in therapy after suffering a bit of a meltdown at a crime scene but her issues are mostly connected to her father and past events. I found it hard to warm to her adult self but eight year old Cat was lovely. We get to know her through diary entries, written when she still worshipped her father and then ultimately caught him in a lie. There were some interesting family dynamics but I failed to see the significance of Cat’s brother. It’s clear something is going on in that relationship but it’s never really explained which I found a bit annoying.

Sweet Little Lies is quite slow and I admit I struggled with it and almost considered throwing in the towel altogether. However, I persevered and I’m glad I did as there is a rather intricate plot tying the past to the present. With a host of unreliable characters and a few twists and turns, this had all the potential of being a great crime fiction story. I just felt it had a bit too much angst and not enough action to really hook me.

Many thanks to Bonnier Zaffre for my advanced copy, which I received through Netgalley and chose to review honestly.

Sweet Little Lies will be published on June 29th.

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