Saturday, 6 June 2020

Little White Lies - Philippa East

About the book… 

She only looked away for a second…

Anne White only looked away for a second, but that’s all it took to lose sight of her young daughter.

But seven years later, Abigail is found.

And as Anne struggles to connect with her teenage daughter, she begins to question how much Abigail remembers about the day she disappeared…

Addictive, edge-of-your-seat dark women’s fiction perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, BCC drama Thirteen, and Emma Donoghue’s Room

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About the author… 

Philippa East grew up in Scotland before moving to Oxford and then London to train as a Clinical Psychologist.
A few years ago, Philippa left the NHS to set up her own part-time practice and dedicate more hours to writing. The result was her debut novel LITTLE WHITE LIES, published by HQ/HarperCollins in 2020.

Philippa now lives in the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside with her husband and cat. She loves reading (of course!) and long country walks, and she also performs in a local folk duo called The Miracle Cure. Alongside her writing, Philippa continues to work as a psychologist and therapist.

Her next book - another twisty and compelling tale - is due out in 2021.

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You can find Philippa on Twitter: @philippa_east

My thoughts…
This was a gripping read that engaged from the very first chapter. It’s about an extended family that was hurtled into a yawning black hole when Abigail their daughter went missing aged 8 - leaving a cavernous hole in her extended families lives. Little White Lies explores the relationships within the family as they each try to get their lives back on track when Abigail is suddenly back home with them after turning up in a police station 7 years after going missing.

Every page and chapter I read raised so many questions, I made suppositions and tried to second guess who was involved and why she went missing - each and every version I imagined was wrong, way off the mark!  My attention was held and never wavered as the story wound back and forth between Abigails home and her family to that of her aunt and uncles house - there is tension in both but why? She was clearly very close to her cousin Jess before she disappeared but that situation in itself brought so many questions of it’s own. Things just didn’t stack up.

The author expertly wove this story, binding the fragile characters together so tightly that it was inevitable there would be devastation not if but when the ties broke. The Tension was palpable and the whole book saw me reading with an anxious feeling in my gut.

It’s a desperately sad, yet completely compelling read that climaxed in a way that had my heart in my mouth.  I sat, my mouth gaping open; one hand on my kindle the other covering my mouth whilst I silently prayed with everything I had.

This was a shocking, at times uncomfortable read that was gripping to the very last page. I highly recommend this book to all psychological thriller fans - Philippa East is an author I will have on pre-order for her next book due out in 2021.

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