Sweet Little Lies was published on 29 June 2017 by Zaffre and is available to buy here
WINNER OF THE RICHARD AND JUDY SEARCH FOR A BESTSELLER COMPETITION
‘Debut novels don’t come better than this one, which begs the question – Caz Frear, where have you been?’ RICHARD MADELEY
‘Taut, gripping, surprising and original – a fabulous read’ JUDY FINNIGAN
WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW
In 1998, Maryanne Doyle disappeared and Dad knew something about it?
Maryanne Doyle was never seen again.
WHAT I ACTUALLY KNOW
In 1998, Dad lied about knowing Maryanne Doyle.
Alice Lapaine has been found strangled near Dad’s pub.
Dad was in the local area for both Maryanne Doyle’s disappearance and Alice Lapaine’s murder – FACT
Trust cuts both ways . . . what do you do when it’s gone?
FOR FANS OF ERIN KELLY AND BELINDA BAUER, GET READY FOR THE SUSPENSE NOVEL OF THE YEAR.
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Caz Frear won The Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition with Sweet Little Lies. This was enough to intrigue me.
This is very much a police procedural story, with a dash of the psychological. We follow a rather funny little girl aged eight in 1998 and then eighteen years later, when she is a cynical police officer. Her name is Cat. She has rather a way about her, with a strong voice and gallows humour. As a child, her world is full of the Spice Girls and spying on those around her. She catches her Dad doing rather suspicious things. This leads to the breakdown of their relationship. In the present day, Cat is a copper with a passion for the job. The murder of a woman Alice Lapine sets off a chain of events. Who was Alice? How does this all link to the disappearance of a teenage Maryanne in 1998?
It is very easy to see why Richard and Judy loved this book. It is well written, with a fabulous lead in Cat and a rather alluring mystery. I found myself believing in Cat and her rather hilarious and cynical view of things instantly. The interactions with her work colleagues and counsellor are worth their weight in gold. Caz Frears nails the dialogue, especially in her terrific characterisation of Cat.
Sweet Little Lies is very much a mystery that unravels slowly and gorgeously, as we meet the people in Alice’s life and hear their lies. This book is all about lies. Most people are liars, including Cat. If anything, we learn not to believe anyone. Cat’s lies are very necessary though. We completely understand why she has to hide things. Secrets and lies are the essence of life. There is a delicious twist or two to savour. These twists alter everything. Excellent stuff, Caz Frears! You deserved to win!
This is a strong debut, from a talented new voice in crime! It was a pleasure to read. Recommended.