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Little Lies | [Heather Gudenkauf]

Little Lies

When the body of a woman is discovered in a local park - with her bewildered four-year-old son sitting beside her - veteran social worker Ellen Moore is called in to assist in the police investigation. Positioned beneath a statue of Leto, the goddess of motherhood, the crime is weighted with meaning and, Ellen discovers, remarkably similar to one from a decade past. Ellen's professional duty is to protect the child, but she's not equipped to contend with a killer. As she races to connect the dots, she knows her time is running out.
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Publisher's Summary

In this riveting prequel to her novel Little Mercies, New York Times best-selling author Heather Gudenkauf explores how even the smallest lies can have far-reaching consequences.

When the body of a woman is discovered in a local park - with her bewildered four-year-old son sitting beside her - veteran social worker Ellen Moore is called in to assist in the police investigation. Positioned beneath a statue of Leto, the goddess of motherhood, the crime is weighted with meaning and, Ellen discovers, remarkably similar to one from a decade past.

Ellen's professional duty is to protect the child, but she's not equipped to contend with a killer. As she races to connect the dots, she knows her time is running out. And the stakes are high: If she fails, another mother is sure to make the ultimate sacrifice.

©2014 Heather Gudenkauf (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, Inc., all rights reserved.

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    Cheryl Streich Packer Country 12-16-14
    Cheryl Streich Packer Country 12-16-14 Member Since 2012

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    too short to catch the listener. not the usual work of ms gudenkauf. I will keep her as a favorite author though.

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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 07-09-14
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 07-09-14
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    "Introducing a compelling new heroine!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Little Lies to be better than the print version?

    Mostly. Kate Rudd is a good narrator, although some of her diction is a little flat. I can't describe it, but it drives me nuts... but thankfully it's rare, and the rest of her performance is wonderful


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I normally don't like novellas; I honestly think it could have been flushed out a bit better. But Ellen is a compelling character - a devoted mother, a bit obsessive, a social worker who is neither hardened to her work nor beaten down by it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was surprised by the identity of the killer - I guess that's the mark of a good mystery.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Well, clocking in at 2 hours - 15 minutes of which was a preview of "Little Mercies" - it's not hard to do. It was a good read.


    Any additional comments?

    I normally don't like novellas. For some reason they just seem short and lacking in some way. If this book stood on its own, it's OK, I guess, but it's a great introduction to Ellen, a main character in Gudenkauf's full-length "Little Mercies". Hopefully Little Mercies refers back to this book in some way...

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