Three Little Lies by Laura Marshall
Grand Central Publishing: 9/4/18
eBook review copy; 352 pages
Three Little Lies by Laura Marshall is a highly recommended mystery told over two time periods.
In 2017 30-year-old journalist Ellen Mackinnon reports to police that
her friend and roommate, Sasha North, is missing. Both of the young
women had received threatening letters from a man in their past, Daniel
Monkton, who was released from prison five years ago. Is he in London?
If he is, then both women might have a reason to fear for their safety
based on the events that happened twelve years ago on New Year's Eve.
Ellen must dig into Sasha's friends and the past to try and uncover what
happened to her.
In 2005 the glamorous Monkton's moved into Ellen's neighborhood. Ellen
and Karina, her best friend at that time, were both 17 and obsessed with
them. The family had two handsome teenage sons, Daniel and Nicholas.
The mother, Olivia, was a famous opera singer, while their father, Tony,
was a musician, and their goddaughter, Sasha, is a beautiful teen the
same age as Ellen and Karina. Ellen and Sasha soon become fast friends,
with Karina on the periphery. Ellen loves the family, and especially
Olivia who provides her with a life-long love of music. But then the
events of New Year's Eve happen when Karina claims Daniel raped her.
The novel opens in July 2007 with Olivia at Daniel's trial for rape, so
you know that this is going to transpire. Ellen is the main narrator of
the novel, past and present, with additional chapters from the
perspective of Olivia and Karina. The story is told through current
events and those that started back in 2005. The flashbacks through
Ellen's point-of-view help flesh out the characters and make Ellen a
sympathetic character. It is a bit difficult to comprehend Ellen's
frantic search for Sasha, when it becomes clear that Sasha is not the
most reliable character. Ellen is almost too desperate in her search for
Sasha. It seems that after years of being her friend she should already
have a few clues and more insight into Sasha's personality. You can
like a person and still acknowledge that they have flaws and
In the end, Three Little Lies is an immensely readable,
well-written novel and you will find yourself desperate to discover what
happened years ago and if it has some impact on Sasha's disappearance.
Marshall does an excellent job increasing the tension incrementally to
keep you on the edge of your seat while reading. Likely you will also be
looking for the three lies, although at the final tally, there are more
My review copy was courtesy of Grand Central Publishing