Little White Lies By Philippa East

“Sometimes the smallest lies are the most devestating”

Publication date: 4th February 2020
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 352
My Rating: ★★★
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She only looked away for a second…

Anne White only looked away for a second, but that’s all it took to lose sight of her young daughter.

But seven years later, Abigail is found.

And as Anne struggles to connect with her teenage daughter, she begins to question how much Abigail remembers about the day she disappeared…


The story starts off with Anne White, Abigail’s mother, twenty minutes after she finds out that Abigail is alive and well. The story follows Anne as she adjusts to her daughter being back home, switching to Jess, Abigail’s cousin, every other chapter. Anne is married to Robert, and the pair of them have a set of twin boys, Sam and Laurie, who were only nine months old when Abigail disappeared. Jess lives with her dad and her mum, Lillian, who is Anne’s sister. Jess and Abigail were always joint at the hip, just like twins, so Jess plays a big role as we watch her trying to reconnect with Abigail and bring that relationship back to life.

I gave this book a three star because it did exactly what I wanted it to do. It was a very emotional story about a young teen coming back to her proper home for the first time, coming to terms with what happened to her, and following her progress as she questions everything and everyone around her. As you’d expect, she has major trust issues and finds it difficult to settle back in with her family.

I had a couple of problems with this book. The ending was good, I enjoyed it, I just wish there were a few more hints leading up to it, as I love experiencing that final click when everything suddenly falls into place. I also found Jess’ character to be quite annoying. While I understand completely that she is a fifteen year old girl, she was written in a way that made her the centre of it all. She didn’t seem to sympathise much with Abigail and was quick to try and restart their relationship, not giving much thought to how Abigail was feeling. She also basically admitted on numerous occasions that she liked the attention that came with being so close to her cousin who had been missing for so many years, doing something to Abigail on a trip away that just made me see her as cruel and insensitive.

Overall, I really liked this book and definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a quick read.

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