Three Little Lies
Ellen has been friends with Sasha since they were teenagers, but Sasha has gone missing and Ellen thinks it’s linked to an attack and court case they both hoped was behind them.
It’s a pretty interesting idea for a novel, right? Like you I thought so too, but to be honest this is all a bit limp. Marshall fails to build any kind of real suspense and her characters limp through the story with little in the way of motivation, aspiration, desire….well, any feeling at all really.
I forced myself to finish this and when the “twist” came I wasn’t shocked (I suspected one was coming) but what left me most uneasy was the fact that I felt it really hadn’t been set up to ‘fall’ that way…I even went back to re-read some passages to see if I’d got the wrong end of the stick – but no, I’m pretty sure I hadn’t. This made the think that perhaps at the last minute the author decided to change who the villain was.
The ending was super twee and read like an episode of Coronation Street, Home and Away or Shortland Street (take your pick!) – when all the pivotal characters are thrown together in an unlikely, yet drama fuelled conclusion.
So, sorry – it’s not a recommendation from me. If I were a teacher my comment on Laura Marshall’s work – “could do better”.
About the Author
Laura Marshall grew up in Wiltshire and studied English at the University of Sussex.
After almost twenty years working in conference production, in 2015 Laura decided it was time to fulfill a lifetime’s ambition to write a book, and enrolled on the Curtis Brown Creative three month novel writing course. Laura’s debut novel, Friend Request, was an ebook number one bestseller and was shortlisted for both the Bath Novel Award and the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2016. Three Little Lies is Laura’s second novel. Laura lives in Kent with her husband and two children.For more information visit Laura’s website www.lauramarshall.co.uk or find her at www.facebook.com/lauramarshallauthor or on Twitter @laurajm8 #FriendRequestBook