Happy Thursday! Today I have a review of Laura Marshall’s newest book, Three Little Lies, publishing by Grand Central on September 4. If you go into this one expecting more of a domestic suspense than thriller, you’ll be immediately drawn in to the lurid details surrounding Ellen and Sasha’s friendship.
Back in 2005, Ellen is seventeen, and desperately in need of a friend. Sasha is the new kid, and Ellen is charmed by Sasha’s beauty and larger-than-life personality. Ellen is welcomed into Sasha’s family home and their rather unconventional lifestyle, as the two become fast friends, and not long after, something dark happens at a party there that results in a court case where Ellen has to testify.
In 2018, Ellen and Sasha are still best friends and live together in London. Sasha disappears one day, which is really nothing new for her, but this time, Ellen is anxious. Somehow what happened at the party is tied to Sasha’s disappearance, and Ellen may be in danger, too.
Three Littles Lies is more of a domestic psychological suspense story than thriller with a side of legal drama from the court case, and focusing on the push and pull of friendships and other relationships.
At the center of Three Little Lies were many more than three “little” lies, and the jealousy associated with extreme competitiveness abounded. I found the plot believable and completely absorbing. Three Little Lies is my first book by Laura Marshall, and I’ll be reading my copy of Friend Request asap!
Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for the complimentary ARC. All opinions are my own.
When Sasha disappears, Ellen fears the worst. Then long-buried secrets resurface, Ellen realizes she may not know Sasha — or what she’s capable of — at all.
2005: 17 year old Ellen falls under the spell of glamorous newcomer, Sasha. As Ellen is welcomed into Sasha’s family, she doesn’t see the darkness that lies beneath their musical, bohemian lifestyle. At a New Year’s Eve party, events come to a dramatic head, resulting in a court case (in which Ellen is a key witness) that means family life at the Corner House will never be the same again.
2018: Now 30, Ellen and Sasha are still entwined in each other’s lives and sharing a flat in London. When Sasha disappears, Ellen fears the worst. She has gone missing like this before and the police won’t take it seriously, but long-buried events in their shared past mean that Ellen has good reason to be frightened – not only for Sasha, but also for herself. Finding out the truth about what really happened on New Year’s Eve twelve years ago puts Ellen in terrible danger, and forces her to confront not only the past, but how well she really knows her best friend.
Have you read Three Littles Lies, or do you plan to? Have you read Friend Request, and if so, what did you think? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR