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Publisher's Summary

A nail-biting, gripping psychological thriller

The perfect family...or the perfect lie?

When a child’s scream pierces the night, Mira does what any good neighbor would do: She calls the police. She wants to make sure that Rosie, the little girl next door, is safe. Opening her front door to the police the next morning, Gemma's picture-perfect family is forced under scrutiny of social services.

As her flawless life begins to crumble around her, Gemma must fight to defend the family she loves and protect her daughter from the terrible secret she's been keeping. But who has Rosie been confiding in when Gemma’s back is turned? And why has she lied to the police?

When Rosie disappears without a trace, Gemma thinks she only has herself to blame. That is, until she finds a little pink diary containing a truth even more devastating than the lie....

If you loved The Couple Next Door and Big Little Lies, you’ll adore this razor-sharp, tense, and utterly engrossing page turner about the people we choose to trust and the secrets we keep behind closed doors.

©2017 Clare Boyd (P)2018 Bookouture

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I couldn't put it down

I really enjoyed this book. It was one I could ot stop listening to. I stayed up way to late, not wanting to stop listening.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Satisfying Read

Kept my attention. Characters were believable. I go through many audio books in a month But overall, this was one of the tops.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful Narration! Very interesting story.

I would recommend this book to Audible listeners who love family secrets plots. The neighbor is deliciously twisted as well. I think the thing I liked most is how relatable most Women who have raised Daughters will find some of the emotional scenes. Really enjoyed!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Wanted to throttle characters

The plot of this one was promising,, but, good grief...mom, daughter, neighbor all needed some therapy - maybe a group discount or something. Rosie had issues before her mother blurted out the truth to her. Frankly, I felt like Gemma was an unfit mother, even if she was not physically abusive. The manner in which she dealt with her daughter's behavior was appalling to me. The son received no attention. And how did the fruitcake neighbor keep a long-term job at a school with her issues? Narration was good.

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What a BRAT!

i don't even know where to start... nosy neighbor, parents that can't get a grip on their child or the mom bending over backwards to make a brat happy. SMH

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  • Wendi
  • Houston, TX
  • 04-10-18

A Very Odd Novel

Little Liar is an odd book. I am not really sure what the point was, but it did keep me listening. We have a family who lives outside of London with their young daughter Rosie, and their son. Jemma (Mom) is pregnant again and Pete is seemingly basking in his job, married life, and children's love.

But, Jemma's neighbour has a past. She had her baby taken away when she was just 15 years old. She is jealous of Jemma, and reports her to social services for child abuse. Although, Rosie isn't an 'angel' child because she lies about being abused as well. She has terrible temper tantrums and she behaves badly.

Rosie drives Jemma to the point of screaming (and I can't say I blamed her). Every time this little brat would act like a spoiled little witch I wanted to scream at her. My rage built up inside me, too. Jemma felt guilty about getting angry, and her nosey neighbour fills Rosie's head with more ammunition to get Jemma in trouble, and she's already in jeopardy of going to prison for abuse!

The neighbour is suffering from PTSD due to a bad relationship with her mother, and being raped by her mother's boyfriend as a teen- and then having the consequential baby taken from her and put up for adoption. Rosie the 10 year old needs some anger therapy, as does Jemma.

This book is depressing and it has no specific climax. It's one heart ache after another and it screams 'THESE PEOPLE NEED THERAPY' to the reader. It doesn't really fall under a psychological thriller. It's just a story about people who are a complete mess.

It's worth the listen if you can get it on sale. I hated Rosie (that's so awful of me!), but some of the other characters are very likable, and the bond between families (good or bad) is portrayed beautifully by the author.

-Wendi

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Can you say the word THERAPY?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I found myself extremely frustrated about the DENIAL of parents to see that their family may just need some therapy; particularly the child. And maybe some effective discipline???

Which scene was your favorite?

I didn't have one

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I am shocked that, throughout this entire book, the word therapy was never mentioned, which I find absolutely, unbelievably stupid!!

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Whoever said this was like Big Little Lies is a LITTLE LIAR

This slogged on and on and on and literally went NOWHERE. There was no suspense. There were no twists. Characters were undeveloped. There was no substance to this at all.

Further, the behavior of the child was so over the top it was too much of a stretch of suspension of disbelief for the circumstances. If a child behaved like this, it would be under medical care of some sort. And seriously, whenever something happened, the mom NEVER provided any details about her side of the incident. Every adult just jumped to the child’s version of the story and the mom just stood there and said nothing.

I have no idea what the point of this book was. And to compare it to Liane Moriary’s writing is a travesty and complete bait and switch.

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Nice twist

Great story. I really did connect with the characters which I enjoy the most overall

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Not a psychological thriller

This book is categorized wrong. I like psychological thrillers and this book is definitely not. The child is missing for less than 5 minutes of the story. It’s really a story about troubled mother/daughter relationships and meddling neighbors. Most of the characters weren’t easy to like, even Rosie threw ridiculous tantrums for a ten year old child. She was easier to overlook than the adults. The narrator was outstanding! She made a bad book tolerable. Kudos to talented narrators!!

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  • Rochelle Edwards
  • 02-22-18

I had a Love/Hate Relationship With this Book

As a mother of two daughters very close to Rosie’s age parts of this book really resonated with me. At times it even had me close to tears.

However sometimes the story didn’t quite flow and caused me to lose interest. I found it much easier to get into the heart of one character more than the other but maybe that is the authors intention.

Overall it was still enjoyable and as a mother a very thought provoking listen.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Hannah
  • 02-26-18

Good until the end

I listened to this book fairly swiftly as was gripped from outset which is a good thing. I also enjoyed the style of writing and the narration.
Unfortunately the end was slightly farcical & disappointing.

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  • Rosario
  • 02-24-18

Fascinating story with a twist at the end.

Absolutely enjoyed the story with a twist at the end. The narrator was absolutely marvellous

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  • Annie
  • 03-23-18

A horrid story of a disfunctional family

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

No idea - can't imagine anyone will want to read about a self-obsessed mother and her nasty child and weird neighbour

What could Clare Boyd have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Perhaps given some of the characters different accents

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jane McDowell?

Possibly, if the plot was a more believable and interesting one

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and despair that I have stuck with this silly story

Any additional comments?

Nowhere in this story did either parent think they should be seeking help for their difficult child and the way they were bringing her up. Novels , like the BBC, are there to entertain and inform, and this book did neither. Don't know if I can be bothered to soldier on to the end, now six hours in.

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  • M Edwards
  • 03-01-18

A bit disappointing

The ending was very disappointing
The story dragged on a bit and I kept losing interest over and over again.
The characters were a bit dull
I kept expecting something to happen, but it was just a very boring end

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  • J. Walsh
  • 06-25-18

Enjoyable

A really good story read very well. I was angry, annoyed and thoroughly engrossed in this book. For some reason it caught my imagination and I listened to it, walking the dogs, in bed, in the car anywhere I could. Lots of interfering, lots of naughty kid (yes kid). Well done

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  • Susana
  • 05-22-18

Very good story with lots of twists and turns

loved this book. particularly all the extra little twists in it. I was enthralled until the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-18

Unlikeable characters

I didn’t feel I liked any of the main characters therefore I didn’t really mind the outcome
It’s certainly no thriller.
Too many odd back stories with nothing to give them any real meaning. The whole book felt completely flat

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-24-18

disappointed

disappointed with the story. was looken forward 2 a good read. not good. sorry about