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3,0 sur 5 étoilesshows promise but needs to amp up the intrigue and thrills
Commenté au Canada le 18 avril 2020
I was expecting more thrills in this book,since it's categorized as a thriller. I'd say it is more of a domestic drama. The story is well written but in terms of plot, I found it pretty bland. The mother keeps hinting that she is at fault, she alludes to a terrible secret. But when it is revealed, it is underwhelming and hardly worth a mention in terms of a big surprise to the reader. Yes, the mom must have been carrying around a lot of guilt, but nothing to pull me in as a reader. It was a display of the mom's conscience, rather than a plot development for me. The final quarter of the story I found more interesting, the writing sharper and the characters came a bit more to life; but I found Jess's reaction to events on the bridge rang false. So, solid enough story but more twists and intrigue were needed.
Abigail was taken from her family at eight years old, now at 15, she has returned. During those years apart she had been taken by a man who wanted her for his own. Now she must reconcile those years with reuniting with her family. A great premise and would be a good read for fans of Room.
I enjoyed the storyline but found the book wasn't quite as engrossing as I was hoping it to be, a few parts felt a bit drawn out and a little slow. Overall though it had a good ending.
1,0 sur 5 étoilesNothing thrilling about this boring book at all
Commenté au Royaume-Uni le 26 avril 2020
I love a good thriller, so the reviews on this indicated I would probably enjoy it very much. It was the most boring monotonous book I've read this year, the author goes into long, drawn out boring detail and fills the first 3/4 of the book with it. Every character was irrelevant, frustratingly stupid and totally dislikeable, I cared for none of them or their boring story. I considered giving up the book several times, but decided to stick with it to discover the mothers awful secret..... shouldn't of bothered. The idea for the story was actually very good, but executed so badly. Dont know how the author felt this drag of a tale was good enough. Totally unrealistic and definitely had not been researched. I was delighted to get to the end, although I had to limp through the 'thrilling' train track scene... yawn and then the nauseating sickly 'happy ending' in France by the canal. Good idea, entirety ruined by terrible writing.
My thanks to HQ for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘Little White Lies’ by Philippa East in exchange for an honest review.
Seven years ago Anne White was in London with her nine-month old twins and eight-year old daughter, Abigail. She had only looked away for a second, but that’s all it took to lose sight of her daughter. The family engaged with the police in a wide search for Abigail to no avail. Her bedroom back home in Lincolnshire slowly became a cross between a shrine and an incident room, its walls covered with newspaper cuttings about Abigail and similar abductions.
Now amazingly Abigail has been found. Anne struggles to connect with Abigail, who is acting rather oddly. PTSD? Stockholm Syndrome? No more details as with thrillers of this type I believe it best to read without too many plot details to allow the suspense to build.
The narrative moves between various characters’ points of view. Who is telling the little white lies of the title?
I felt that it was an impressive debut with plenty of suspense along with twists that snuck up on me. It also explores various family dynamics. I found myself very caught up in Jess’ experiences being Abigail’s slightly younger cousin, who acutely felt her loss and struggles to understand the changes in someone she considers almost a sister.
Once I began reading, this proved to be almost impossible to put down.
1,0 sur 5 étoilesDrawn out, boring and not worth reading to find out the 'secret'. Avoid.
Commenté au Royaume-Uni le 9 mai 2020
Contains spoilers. Wish I'd gone with my gut instinct and stopped reading this book way before the end. Persevered with the boring plot and shallow, unlikeable characters (especially Jess - found her a little obsessed with her cousin and a bit creepy!). Very long and drawn out, far, far too much detail about the connection two 7 year old's had, yet no detail on anything the reader would naturally want to know about i.e what actually happened during the years she was held captive! Kept reading to find out what the secret was - talk about disappointing! wish I hadn't bothered. Don't waste your time reading this. It drones on forever and is extremely poorly researched (if researched at all!).
There was more padding in this book than an expensive mattress. I'm convinced the author could have removed 100 pages of words from this book and it would have gone unnoticed. The problem these days is authors seem to think you need a certain amount of pages to tell a story no matter how long or short the particular story is. So enters the story our old enemy Padding. Padding wastes our precious time reading and the authors time writing. So why put such an emphasis on page count for a book? It just seems all wrong. 2 stars for a bad effort. Maybe spend the time instead of padding your stories by coming up with better story ideas instead? Just an uneducated thought.
1,0 sur 5 étoilesDon't believe the hype about this book.
Commenté au Royaume-Uni le 18 juin 2020
Yet again I have fallen for the hype, The most unputdownable thrilling debut of 2020 it is not! Another reviewer mentioned the huge amount of padding in this book and they were right. I have wasted hours of my life reading this rubbish when I could have been reading something that was 'unputdownablw'. The author dedicated a whole page to describing walking downstairs, taking a coat off a peg and wrapping a scarf around the neck. Was the editor on holiday? I can't believe this rubbish got published in the first place. I know this was her debut but please no more - stick to the day job love.