Review: Little Lies by Heather Gudenkauf

Harlequin/Mira, Unabridged edition (May 6, 2014)

Description (from the author’s website)

Little Lies ~ A Novella
Little Mercies, New York Times bestselling 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, veteran social worker Ellen Moore is called in to assist in the investigation. Police found the woman beneath the statue of Leto, goddess of motherhood, with her bewildered four-year-old son sitting beside her. And it isn’t long before Ellen connects the case to a similar 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.
{Released digitally on May 1, 2014}

My Review (3 Stars: Liked it!)

I would say Little Lies by Heather Gudenkauf is a short novella.  I didn’t track how long it took me to read it, but felt, it wasn’t very long.  My ipad says, “1 hour and 36 mins left in book” at the front cover page.  I looked up novella on the Internet.  From Wikipedia:

“A novella is a written, fictional, prose narrative normally longer than a short story but shorter than a novel.” 

Little Lies is also referred to as the prequel to the novel: Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf, which I will review soon.

Anyway, I enjoyed this story.  It was a quick easy read.  We are introduced to Ellen Moore, a social worker.  The police investigate the death of a women found in the park with her child sitting near by.  Ellen, as the child’s case worker, becomes involved with the investigation and recalls a similar case in the past.   This story highlights some of the tragic circumstances of a social worker’s case.

 This novella cost me only $0.99 for the Kindle download.  I am glad I read it before reading Little Mercies.  However, I do not feel it is necessary to read ahead of Little Mercies.

6 comments

  1. Little Mercies is everywhere lately and, for just 99 cents, I think I’d spring for it and read Little Lies first. Thanks for the review.

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  2. Thanks for you your review. I haven’t read this book yet.I see Ms. Gudenkauf has the same social worker in Little Mercies. Loved that book.ENJOY your reading week, and thanks for stopping by my post of my Favorite BEA Bag. 🙂

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