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Little Liar

Author: Lisa Ballantyne

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Format: Paperback 384 pages

Release Date:  2 August 2018 (ebook)

Publisher: Piatkus 

I would like to thank the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read this book via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


The accused

While Nick Dean is enjoying an evening at home with his family, he is blissfully unaware that one of his pupils has just placed an allegation of abuse against him – and that Nick’s imminent arrest will see the start of everything he knows and loves disintegrating around him.

Because, mud sticks, right? No matter if you’re innocent or guilty.

The accuser

When Angela Furness decides that enough is enough – she hates her parents, hates her friends and, most of all, despises what has recently happened at school – she does the only thing she knows will get her attention: calls the police. But Angela is unaware that the shocking story she is about to tell will see her life begin to topple.

Because, once you’ve said what you’ve said, there’s no way back, right? No matter if you’re innocent or guilty.

In a gripping tale of two families torn apart by one catastrophic betrayal, Little Liar illustrates the fine line between guilt and innocence, and shows that everyone has their secrets, even those we ought to trust the most…

If you can’t wait until May 2019 for paperback publication, you can order your e-book copy of ‘Little Liar’ now on Amazon at: 

My Thoughts

This book describes, in the most devastating of ways, how accusations, true or false, can tear families apart. Our accuser here is Angela, a young girl at only twelve years old, who seems to be a bit of a handful. To be honest, she doesn’t come across very likeable at all and even her own mother doesn’t seem to particularly like her. 

The accused is Nick, who works at Angela’s school teaching drama. He is just your average guy with a wife and two kids at home, until that is, the police turn up at his house one weekday evening over dinner and arrest him on suspicion of abuse. 

The whole way through this book right up until the end chapters, I was going back and forth in my mind as to whether I thought Nick was guilty of these accusations. One chapter  I’d be leaning towards thinking him innocent, and then in the next chapter some new information would come to light that would make me question my initial thoughts. 

The book switches back and forth between Nick, Angela, and those closest to them. This was such an interesting way to read the book as not only do we see how Nick and Angela are affected by what’s happening, but we also get to see how Nick’s wife, Angela’s mum and dad, and even Nick’s parents are dealing with things. 

Accusations of this kind have far reaching and long lasting effects. I really empathised with all the characters at some point or another throughout the story. They might not be the most likeable, but they are authentic. This was an intricately written book which weaves together multiple characters perspectives with a surprise twist at the end. If you like to be kept guessing until the very end then this book is for you. 

About the Author

Lisa Ballantyne is the author of the Edgar-Award Nominated ‘The Guilty One’, which was translated into nearly thirty languages. Her second novel, ‘Redemption Road’ (also called ‘Everything She Forgot’) was a USA Today Bestseller. ‘Little Liar’ is her new novel. She lives in Glasgow.

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