Sunday, 23 March 2014

Little Lies by Heather Gudenkauf

The blurb:
When the body of a woman is discovered in a local park—with her bewildered four-year-old son sitting beside her—veteran social worker Ellen Moore is called in to assist in the police investigation. Positioned beneath a statue of Leto, the goddess of motherhood, the crime is weighted with meaning and, Ellen discovers, remarkably similar to one from a decade past.
Ellen's professional duty is to protect the child, but she's not equipped to contend with a killer. As she races to connect the dots, she knows her time is running out. And the stakes are high: if she fails, another mother is sure to make the ultimate sacrifice.
My Review:
This short story is a prequel to Heather's new book Little Mercies which is due for publication on 4th July. In the book we meet Ellen Moore who is a Social Worker. Ellen is called in by police to help look after a four year old boy after his mother is discovered murdered in a local park.

The story centres around the investigation into who committed the murder, which bears many similarities to another murder ten years earlier, that Ellen was also involved in.

If you have read any of Heather's other books you will know that her writing style is always gripping and storylines are intense. She doesn't shirk away from hard hitting topics and I have a feeling thag Little Mercies will be another hard hitting addictive read. This story doesn't disappoint, the characters are well written so they become familiar quickly, they are very likeable and this short story is a great introduction to Ellen, her family and Joe from the Police department. I felt like I could get straight into the investigation and as always, tried to play detective myself.

Heathers books always pack a punch and if this is anything to go by Little Mercies is going to be an absolute cracker.

Thank you for Harlequin for sending me this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

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