The perfect family… or the perfect lie?
To the outside world, Gemma Bradley has it all – a doting husband, high-flying career and two delightful kids – but inside the four walls of her tastefully renovated home, she is a mother at her wits’ end who has given too many last warnings and counted to ten too many times.
When a child’s scream pierces the night, Gemma’s neighbour does what anyone would do: she calls the police. She wants to make sure that Rosie, the little girl next door, is safe.
Gemma knows she hasn’t done anything wrong, but the more she fights to defend the family she loves, the more her flawless life begins to crumble around her. Is the carefully guarded secret she’s been keeping suddenly in danger of breaking free?
When Rosie disappears, Gemma thinks she only has herself to blame. That is, until she discovers that Rosie has been keeping dark secrets of her own in a pink plastic diary.
Distraught and terrified, Gemma doesn’t know where to turn. The only thing she knows is that her daughter’s life is in danger…
I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to deal with such a vindictive daughter, adding to the most intrusive, neighbour from hell! It must be like a real-life nightmare daily.
Despite the subject being challenging I really enjoyed this book. I know the story was obviously fictional but I love having an insight into others family life and finding out about their dramas, I’m quite a nosey person like that!
Only negative I found with Little Liar is that I didn’t find any of the characters likeable. Mira, the next door neighbour, her interference with the Bradley family drove me crazy and made me question whether she was stable to actually work in a school with young children! Throughout the book we found out she’d had struggles herself growing up but I still found her a very odd woman.
I completely understand that Gemma’s situation would have been horrific to deal with and the things running through her head would have been indescribable however I did find it completely bizarre that she just left the family home for a while. Surely no matter how difficult the situation got you wouldn’t run away from it.
However, I was very glad when it all came together in the end and I loved the fact it was so easy to pick up and put back down between a busy work schedule.
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