Good Little Liars is women’s literature in the purest form. Clutton brings us a whole class of women who are gathering for a reunion. They each have secrets and betrayals, but the author brings them all together in an interesting way.

  • Title: Good Little Liars
  • Author: Sarah Clutton
  • Publisher: Bookouture on October 2, 2019
  • Genre: Women’s Lit
  • Pages: 334
  • Format: e-ARC
  • Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Emma held the photo for a long moment before her eyes focused on the girl’s face. She dropped it and let out a muted cry. The girl in the photograph was Tessa.

Twenty-five years after losing her friend Tessa in a tragic accident, Emma’s life is happy and settled. She rarely thinks about the day that Tessa fell to her death, or the secret that she made Emma swear to keep just hours before. But when her marriage implodes, Emma and her daughter find themselves unexpectedly moving into the headmaster’s former cottage on the grounds of her old school – Denham House. And it’s here she finds the photograph: an explicit image of Tessa, looking directly at the camera.

Between catching up with old friends Marlee and Clementine, who are home for a reunion, and the demands of single parenthood, Emma has plenty to distract her… but she can’t shake the image of the photograph. Or the thought that it’s proof of something she had long suspected: Dr Brownley, now headmaster, was involved with Tessa. Was it a mistake to keep quiet about what she knew?

Marlee and Clementine have their own complex feelings about returning to their hometown. And when Emma starts to question what really happened to Tessa, each woman must deal with the consequences of decisions they made all those years ago. Because the more Emma digs into the past, the more she discovers that everyone remembers it differently, and that the innocent schoolgirls she thought she knew are hiding some very big secrets.

A page-turning novel about family drama, lies, and the secrets we keep to protect those we love. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, The Silent Wife and Kerry Lonsdale.

My Review of Good Little Liars:

I had a hard time with this novel. I found it interesting, but not that entertaining. The synopsis is fantastic, and that is what drew me in, but I was completely unsatisfied. The death of their classmate is supposed to be the big mystery of the book. However, when the reveal did come, I was underwhelmed.

The author describes the setting well. I saw all the buildings, houses, offices, etc., as if I were right there. I felt as if I could run my hand over the chipped mantle to the fireplace in the cottage on campus, and I saw these characters. The author built a beautiful world for me to enjoy.

Unfortunately, this was not enough to redeem the book entirely in my eyes. The storyline had so much potential, but it fell flat for me. For these reasons, I award Good Little Liars 3 stars out of 5. I still recommend this novel to those who love chick lit. Take a walk through the campus grounds with the girls. I hope you enjoy it.

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for providing me with a copy of Good Little Liars in exchange for an honest review.

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