Little Liar by Lisa Ballantyne @ballantyne_lisa @PiatkusBooks #bookreview #littleliar

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you’re having a relaxing weekend! Today I’m catching up on reviews and sharing what I thought of Lisa Ballantyne’s Little Liar which I read back in March 😱😱

Massive thanks to Piaktus Books for my e-copy of Little Liar which I received through Netgalley.

The Blurb

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…

What Did I Think?

Have you ever said something you wish you could retract immediately? Anything, big or small? I know I have and I bet Angela wishes she’d be able to rewind time and unsay what she said after her life comes crashing down around her. Nick even more so!

The story plays out by switching chapters between the main characters of Nick and Angela but also Nick’s wife Marina and Angela’s mum Donna. Each character had their own voice with a different perspective on proceedings. Nick’s voice is one of despair and frustration, Angela one of immaturity and to an extent naivety. Marina is trying her best to support her husband and then Donna filled with guilt.

I thought I knew how this was going to pan out but things got muddied the more I read and nothing was completely clear until the very end when Ballantyne puts that unexpected twist to it all! I devoured Little Liar in two sittings, clicking my kindle, eyes glued to the electronic screen. I’ll be hunting down Ballantyne’s other books to read!

Who Is Lisa Ballantyne?

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, was a USA Today Bestseller. Originally from Armadale, in Scotland, she now lives in Glasgow.