Good Little Liars

Good Little Liars Emma Held The Photo For A Long Moment Before Her Eyes Focused On The Girl S Face She Dropped It And Let Out A Muted CryThe Girl In The Photograph Was TessaTwenty Five Years After Losing Her Friend Tessa In A Tragic Accident, Emma S Life Is Happy And Settled She Rarely Thinks About The Day That Tessa Fell To Her Death, Or The Secret That She Made Emma Swear To Keep Just Hours Before But When Her Marriage Implodes, Emma And Her Daughter Find Themselves Unexpectedly Moving Into The Headmaster S Former Cottage On The Grounds Of Her Old School Denham House And It S Here She Finds The Photograph An Explicit Image Of Tessa, Looking Directly At The CameraBetween Catching Up With Old Friends Marlee And Clementine, Who Are Home For A Reunion, And The Demands Of Single Parenthood, Emma Has Plenty To Distract Her But She Can T Shake The Image Of The Photograph Or The Thought That It S Proof Of Something She Had Long Suspected Dr Brownley, Now Headmaster, Was Involved With Tessa Was It A Mistake To Keep Quiet About What She Knew Marlee And Clementine Have Their Own Complex Feelings About Returning To Their Hometown And When Emma Starts To Question What Really Happened To Tessa, Each Woman Must Deal With The Consequences Of Decisions They Made All Those Years Ago Because The Emma Digs Into The Past, The She Discovers That Everyone Remembers It Differently, And That The Innocent Schoolgirls She Thought She Knew Are Hiding Some Very Big SecretsA Page Turning Novel About Family Drama, Lies, And The Secrets We Keep To Protect Those We Love Perfect For Fans Of Liane Moriarty, The Silent Wife And Kerry Lonsdale It s been twenty five years and the only thing any of them know for sure is that Tessa died that day But reunions have a way of digging up old memories Emma hardly even thinks about it any However, when her marriage suddenly ends, she moves and discovers a graphic picture of Tessa that changes everything Maybe her death wasn t an accident Her former classmates Marlee and Clementine are hardly different they ve tried putting that horrible day out of their minds as well As Emma probes the case, though, stories start to slip, and she soon realizes some of her classmates would rather their secrets remain forgotten.Author Sarah Clutton opens with Emma responding to a class reunion email by using the reply all function rather than addressing her best friend, Marlee, directly It s a simple mistake, but it spirals into a series of complications Clutton carefully maneuvers this opening, dropping tantalizing bits that all might not be as it seems Emma, in outwardly questioning such a traumatic moment, opens wounds in her classmates And yet, with even the most minimum of probing, it s obvious that something is amiss in the original story of Tessa s death But what Well, it s deliciously complicated.While the mystery and the investigation are compelling, what makes everything click is Clutton s attention to character These are multidimensional women, each with their own complicated lives, and Clutton expertly explores these avenues Emma navigates the break up of her marriage Marlee juggles a new architecture job with a new relationship Clementine, a now famous artist, is thrust back into life with her mother Perhaps above them all looms Harriet, Clementine s mother and the woman always tasked with holding everything together Their relationships with each other are sometimes tenuous in the way that former classmates often are, but Clutton weaves them together as real people dependent on each other because of a past they d rather avoid.With the alternating viewpoints of the four women, Clutton teases out clues as to the real truth before settling on an explosive finish She combines tight dialogue with some beautiful prose and the result is a fully realized world one that just happens to have a mysterious death at the center of it Somehow both quiet and pulse pounding, Clutton has tapped into the perfect formula for a page turner.Note I received a free ARC of this book through NetGalley.Review also posted at EXCERPT The photograph tumbled across the grass, blown by a short, cool gust of November wind It slowed for a moment and the girl in the image was flipped onto her face Across the other side of the oval, behind the old camellia hedge near the north gate, the girl herself lay equally still Her school uniform had been lifted, well above regulation length, by the playful bend in her left leg Where her upper body had taken the blow, bone had sheared the fragile nerves of her spinal cord, leaving her neck thrust sideways Her nose had bled only briefly, the blood trickling like a single tear drop into the curve of her lip A shadow loomed over the trench in which she lay After a moment, it disappeared and all was still again.ABOUT THIS BOOK Twenty five years after losing her friend Tessa in a tragic accident, Emma s life is happy and settled She rarely thinks about the day that Tessa fell to her death, or the secret that she made Emma swear to keep just hours before But when her marriage implodes, Emma and her daughter find themselves unexpectedly moving into the headmaster s former cottage on the grounds of her old school Denham House And it s here she finds the photograph an explicit image of Tessa, looking directly at the camera.Between catching up with old friends Marlee and Clementine, who are home for a reunion, and the demands of single parenthood, Emma has plenty to distract her but she can t shake the image of the photograph Or the thought that it s proof of something she had long suspected Dr Brownley, now headmaster, was involved with Tessa Was it a mistake to keep quiet about what she knew Marlee and Clementine have their own complex feelings about returning to their hometown And when Emma starts to question what really happened to Tessa, each woman must deal with the consequences of decisions they made all those years ago Because the Emma digs into the past, the she discovers that everyone remembers it differently, and that the innocent schoolgirls she thought she knew are hiding some very big secrets.MY THOUGHTS After a good start, this read just fizzled out for me It took the first third of the book for things to come together so that I could see the connection between the various characters, and then after that it all got a bit messy.right through to the end which was an anti climax.I believe that this is the author s debut novel, and she can write, as is demonstrated by the excerpt above and another which I will add shortly I think it is the lack of cohesion in the story that didn t work for me That and the anti climactic ending There was a lot going on in this book, perhaps a little too much at times A word of advice keep it simple A lot is made of an email that Emma replied to all on.but really It wasn t worth the amount of page space taken up by it There were far interesting angles that could have been explored Emma is certain that Dr Brownley is responsible for Tessa s death The cottage that she moves into when her marriage breaks up and where she finds the photo was, at the time of Tessa s death, occupied by Dr Brownley BUT, he for a time had a flatmate there.an art teacher A male art teacher The photo is artfully posed This could have been an interesting possibility, but the art teacher is never mentioned again, so I really can t see why he was mentioned in the first place.While this is not a book I am going to recommend, this is an author I am going to keep an eye on I believe she shows promise.My favorite quote from Good Little Liars Tessa was a chapter from a book she had read long ago It was a crazy idea that you could take that book off the shelf to read it again and the words would be different 2.5 starsTHE AUTHOR Sarah Clutton is an Australian author and former lawyer whose debut novel, Good Little Liars, mixes suspense and domestic drama with nuanced characters Having majored in psychology in her original degree, Sarah is fascinated by people How does the past shape us Can we can learn empathy What determines the outcomes when moral and legal boundaries collide Sarah s work earned her the Dymocks Fiona McIntosh Commercial Fiction Scholarship in 2018, a coveted national award run by one of Australia s most successful commercial fiction authors and sponsored by Australia s largest book chain An alumna of the Australian Writers Centre novel writing course, and with a mostly finished Master of Arts in Writing that she has no interest in finishing because she prefers making stuff up, Sarah lives with her family in the very pretty tourist town of Bowral, near Sydney She has lived all over Australia, and if she didn t live in Bowral, she would live in Hobart, the most beautiful city she knows.DISCLOSURE Thank you to Bookouture via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of Good Little Liars by Sarah Clutton for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own opinions.For an explanation of my rating system, please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.comThis review and others are also published on Twitter, and my webpage I was really looking forward to reading Good Little Liars by Sarah Clutton I really thought that I would enjoy it than I did I found it to be a bit slow and with a lot of characters to keep track of Added to that was that none of them were very likeable and I struggled with reading it It started off really well with one character accidentally replying all on an email but after that I couldn t stay interested.Thanks for o Bookouture and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read All opinions are my own and are in no way biased Twenty five years ago, Emma Parson s friend Tessa died in a suspicious accident at their prestigious boarding school Now Emma is working in the same school, and with her class reunion approaching, she can t help but wonder what really happened to her popular friend Was it really an accident or was Tessa pushed to her death I thoroughly enjoyed this suspenseful thriller Set in Hobart, Tasmania, I was immediately engrossed in this tale of lies, secrets, and betrayal We follow the perspectives of the main character, Emma, Harriet, who is the sister of the man Emma suspects is responsible for Tessa s death, and Marlee, who is Emma s best friend and a former classmate of Tessa I really liked the characters, they were realistic and easy to relate to I did manage to correctly put half of the puzzle together, but I was still a bit shocked when all the pieces finally came together Good Little Liars is an enjoyable read with a satisfying conclusion I look forward to reading books by Sarah Clutton, especially if it s anything like this one Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • 02 April 2018

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