‘These Little Lies’ by Gretta Mulrooney

THESE LITTLE LIES An addictive crime thriller with a twist you won't see coming by [MULROONEY, GRETTA]



It’s Detective Inspector Siv Drummond’s first day back on the job, joining a new team in a new town. This fresh start isn’t going to be easy. Still mourning the death of her husband, she must push aside her grief to focus on her first case.

Lauren Visser and Matis Rimas are found stabbed to death in the idyllic woodland by the River Bere. Their mutilated bodies lie within feet of each other. A photograph of an unknown girl sits on Lauren’s chest.

She was an activist and wild swimmer. He was fishing illegally.


Siv and her team start ruling out suspects, but no one tells the truth when everyone has something to hide.

What will be dredged up by the investigation?



My Review

I have been a fan of Gretta’s work for a little while now.  I first discovered how fabulous a writer Gretta is, when I was invited to take part in the blog tour for one of Gretta’s earlier titles.  Since then I have devoured each and every book that she has released since as well as caught up on her previous releases.  I heard a whisper that she was due to release the first book in a new series.  I was eager to get my hands on a copy as I knew that I was going to be in for one hell of a read.  I wasn’t wrong either.  I thoroughly, totally and utterly loved reading ‘These Little Lies’ but more about that in a bit.

I wasn’t sure what to think of Detective Inspector Siv Drummond when I first met her.  At first I found her to be abrupt to the point of rudeness, distant, abrasive and a bit of a pain in the bottom.  However as time went on and I got to know her and a bit of her history, I warmed to her and towards the end I began to think of her as a friend.  Siv experienced the tragic death of her husband.  She decides that she needs to make a fresh start in a new town and with a new team in a different police force.  Siv is keen to make a good impression on her new team but she won’t be taken for a mug.  Siv doesn’t suffer fools gladly.  She also doesn’t hesitate to let people know what she thinks of their behaviour and attitude.  I found myself grinning at times with the one liners that she would come out with.  Siv certainly has a way with words.  When she starts her new job she is well and truly thrown in at the deep end and then some, with the discovery of two bodies.  It’s unknown as to who killed them and why and also it’s unknown whether or not the two people are connected in any way.  Siv throws herself into her work and I had faith that she and her new team would solve the case.

Oh my goodness me, for me ‘These Little Lies’ was an unputdownable, page turner sort of book.  I was drawn into this investigation from the start and I just couldn’t bear to be parted from the book for any length of time.  If I had to put the book to one side for any reason then I would immediately look forward to picking it up again and immersing myself in the investigation.  I was totally gripped by the story and on the edge of my seat throughout.  I seemed to race through this book but that was due in part to the fantastic storylines, the interesting characters and above all to Gretta’s fabulous writing.  The more I read, the more I wanted to read and the quicker the pages turned.  All too quickly I reached the end of the story, which I was so disappointed about.  I don’t mean that in a negative fashion but I was enjoying the author’s writing style, the storylines and the characters so much that I just wished the book had continued for a lot longer.

‘These Little Lies’ is superbly written but then I wouldn’t expect anything else from Gretta Mulrooney.  She certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and she keeps your attention throughout the book, only releasing it and you after you have read the last word on the last page.  Through Gretta’s writing, I got a real sense of the intensity and urgency of the police investigation.  Gretta writes so realistically and she uses such vivid descriptions that I felt as though I was part of the story myself.  For me, this book hit the ground running and maintained the pace throughout.

In short, Gretta Mulrooney has done it again and she has written another cracking book, which is sure to soar to the top of the bestsellers list, which is nothing less than she deserves.  There are a fair few twists and turns along the way but I didn’t expect them nor did I guess as to what they were.  I would definitely recommend Gretta and all of her books to other readers.  I will definitely be reading more of Gretta’s work in the future.  Here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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