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Sweet Little Lies: A Novel by Caz Frear
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Sweet Little Lies: A Novel (2017)

by Caz Frear

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"Twenty-six-year-old Cat Kinsella overcame a troubled childhood to become a detective constable with the Metropolitan Police Force, but she's never been able to banish the ghosts of her past or reconcile with her estranged father. Work provides a refuge from her family dysfunction, but she relies on a caustic wit to hide her vulnerability from her colleagues. When a mysterious phone call links a recent strangling victim to Maryanne Doyle, a teenage girl who went missing in Ireland eighteen years earlier, the news is discomfiting for Cat. Though she was only a child when her family met Maryanne on a family vacation, right before she vanished, Cat knew that her charming but dissolute father wasn't telling the truth when he denied knowing anything about the girl's disappearance. Did he do something to Maryanne all those years ago? Could he have something to do with her current case? Determined to close the two cases, Cat rushes headlong into the investigation, crossing ethical lines and trampling professional codes. But the deeper she digs, the darker the secrets she may uncover... Narrated by the unforgettable Cat, Sweet Little Lies is both a compelling police procedural and a look at how we grapple with the shadows of our pasts"--Dust jacket.… (more)

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3.5* it was a good police procedural but not a spectacular one, y'know? ( )
  Sonya_W | Feb 5, 2020 |
Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear is an engrossing murder mystery that becomes a tangled web of personal and professional for Detective Constable Cat Kinsella.

DC Kinsella is assigned to Murder Investigation Team 4 but due to her reaction at crime scene, her boss, DCI Kate Steele, keeps her on the periphery of their newest investigation. Cat and her partner Detective Sergeant Luigi Parnell are investigating the death of Alice Lapaine. Cat is uneasy due to the fact that Alice's body was found close to the pub where she lived until she was eight years old.

Cat at one time adored her father, Mike McBride, but ever since the family vacation in Ireland eighteen years earlier, she finds it impossible to trust him. During their time in Mulderrin, seventeen year old Maryanne Doyle went missing and Cat knows for certain her father lied to the police during their search for missing teenager. When the current investigation into Alice's death converges with Maryanne's unsolved disappearance, Cat faces an ethical dilemma as she wrestles with whether or not she should divulge her family's connection to the two cases.

Cat's tangled family history continues to define her and sometimes leaves her lacking the ability to distance herself from her cases. She is overly empathetic but her quest for justice for victims is admirable. She struggles to remain on the sidelines of the investigation into Alice's murder but her suspicions about her father make it difficult for her obey DCI Steele's orders. Cat has the utmost respect for her partner but she occasionally takes advantage of their close relationship to insert herself deeper into the ongoing inquiry.

The investigation into Alice's murder moves in fits and starts throughout the novel. Alice's husband is of course closely looked at but an unexpected revelation takes the investigation in an entirely different direction. Discovering her whereabouts in the days leading up to her murder provides frustratingly few leads about who could have her or why. Cat remains on edge as she worries about her father's possible involvement in Alice's death and her relationship with her family deteriorates at an alarming rate.

Despite being a little slow-paced, Sweet Little Lies is nonetheless an intriguing mystery with a clever storyline and a fantastic cast of characters. Cat is a multi-layered protagonist who is genuinely conflicted about whether or not to reveal her family's possible ties to the current investigation. With stunning twists and unexpected turns, Caz Frear brings the novel to a truly shocking conclusion as Cat unearths the truth about who murdered Alice and why. An outstanding police procedural that will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next installment in the Cat Kinsella series.
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  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
The book was fine but nothing special ( )
  karenshann | Dec 31, 2019 |
This debut novel by Caz Frear is the whole ball of wax. It's a gripping police procedural with an engaging new heroine. DC Cat Kinsella is a 26-year-old London police woman who is trying to make her mark in the murder squad where she's posted. Cat (or Catrina) has a whole lot of secrets she mightily tries to keep. She is a scared but determined young woman who knows her father is a liar, but is he more than that? Is he a killer? Michael O'Brien always has played fast and loose, and his daughter Cat does not trust him. When a woman is found on a public road near a park in London, and near Cat's father's bar. Cat recognizes the victim and wonders if her dad has anything to do with her death. Pursuing the illusive killer has Cat looking over her shoulder all the while, and looking back on the history of her own family and back to when she was 8 and she had seen Maryanne Doyle with her father during a visit to Ireland. Shortly after that sighting Maryanne disappeared and was never heard from again. Now, here she is lying dead on a London street twenty years later. Cat must find out where Maryanne has been for the last twenty years, and figure out why she has been murdered now. We meet a whole bunch of unsavoury people and everyone is telling lies, including Cat's dad. I was hooked from the first page, and stayed up late and got up early in order to finish this cracker of a novel. The first sentence in the book should reel anyone in, the same as it did me.
"I recall the day we heard about Maryanne with high-definition clairty, although I know nothing about what happened to her, nor the manner in which she left." Cat Frear - Sweet Little Lies
I cannot wait to read the next book in this series. Hopefully Ms. Frear gets it out pronto. ( )
1 vote Romonko | Dec 29, 2018 |
I really liked this book. Lots of twists and turns. For me I really loved all the plot twists. Completely different than what I was expecting, but a good and quick read. ( )
  Bethgarvinloflin1 | Dec 18, 2018 |
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