This debut novel by Caz Frear is the whole ball of wax. It's a gripping police procedural with an engaging new heroine. DC Cat Kinsella is a 26-year-old London police woman who is trying to make her mark in the murder squad where she's posted. Cat (or Catrina) has a whole lot of secrets she mightily tries to keep. She is a scared but determined young woman who knows her father is a liar, but is he more than that? Is he a killer? Michael O'Brien always has played fast and loose, and his daughter Cat does not trust him. When a woman is found on a public road near a park in London, and near Cat's father's bar. Cat recognizes the victim and wonders if her dad has anything to do with her death. Pursuing the illusive killer has Cat looking over her shoulder all the while, and looking back on the history of her own family and back to when she was 8 and she had seen Maryanne Doyle with her father during a visit to Ireland. Shortly after that sighting Maryanne disappeared and was never heard from again. Now, here she is lying dead on a London street twenty years later. Cat must find out where Maryanne has been for the last twenty years, and figure out why she has been murdered now. We meet a whole bunch of unsavoury people and everyone is telling lies, including Cat's dad. I was hooked from the first page, and stayed up late and got up early in order to finish this cracker of a novel. The first sentence in the book should reel anyone in, the same as it did me.
"I recall the day we heard about Maryanne with high-definition clairty, although I know nothing about what happened to her, nor the manner in which she left." Cat Frear - Sweet Little Lies
I cannot wait to read the next book in this series. Hopefully Ms. Frear gets it out pronto.
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