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Book Review – Three Little Lies by Laura Marshall

Three Little Lies

Laura Marshall

Hachette

RRP: $34.99

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

About Esther Perriam

Esther Perriam
Esther Perriam is the General Manager at Eldernet. She’s worked in the business for over 10 years and has been lucky to visit many of the older person’s services around the country. She’s never short of an opinion on…pretty much anything. Esther really loves reading and you’ll see plenty of book reviews authored by her. As a mother of two small children there’s not much free time but if there is she also enjoys cooking (for grown-ups, not the kids!) and anything beach related in her spare time. Esther has presented at conferences around New Zealand and is happy to be contacted in regards to speaking or presenting at your event.

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