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In this gripping debut procedural, a young London policewoman must probe dark secrets buried deep in her own family’s past to solve a murder and a long-ago disappearance.

Your father is a liar. But is he a killer?
Even liars tell the truth . . . sometimes.

Twenty-six-year-old Cat Kinsella overcame a troubled childhood to become a Detective Constable with the Metropolitan Police Force, but she’s never been able to banish these ghosts. When she’s called to the scene of a murder in Islington, not far from the pub her estranged father still runs, she discovers that Alice Lapaine, a young housewife who didn’t get out much, has been found strangled.

Cat and her team immediately suspect Alice’s husband, until she receives a mysterious phone call that links the victim to Maryanne Doyle, a teenage girl who went missing in Ireland eighteen years earlier. The call raises uneasy memories for Cat—her family met Maryanne while on holiday, right before she vanished. Though she was only a child, Cat knew that her charming but dissolute father wasn’t telling the truth when he denied knowing anything about Maryanne or her disappearance. Did her father do something to the teenage girl all those years ago? Could he have harmed Alice now? And how can you trust a liar even if he might be telling the truth?

Determined to close the two cases, Cat rushes headlong into the investigation, crossing ethical lines and trampling professional codes. But in looking into the past, she might not like what she finds. . . .

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Critical Praise

“Cat’s evolution from one-dimensional sad sack to complex, honest adult is both believable and welcome, putting her on par with Susie Steiner’s and Tana French’s female detectives. A truly satisfying—and gritty—mystery.”


Kirkus Reviews, *Starred review*

“A smart page-turner that you’d never guess was written by a first-time novelist.” —AARP, “Summer Fiction Preview 2018”

Sweet Little Lies is a tremendous debut. Caz Frear delivers on a compelling premise with taut prose, snappy dialogue, and a fresh, confident voice. Highly recommended!” —Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author of The Wife

“A blistering debut from a major new voice. I couldn’t put it down. Authentic, compelling, unflinching and tender and written with real verve and assurance.” —Erin Kelly, author of Broadchurch and He Said She Said

“Caz Frear’s ability to write tight, tense dialogue with a dark comedic slant is brilliant. I read Sweet Little Lies in one sitting, it is a terrific debut.” —Lynda La Plante, creator of Prime Suspect

“BRILLIANT! Unputdownable and great writing. Recommended.” —Marian Keyes

“Outstanding. . . Frear has an astonishingly confident voice for a new writer and there’s a dark humor that lifts the storytelling to a different level.”   —Ann Cleeves, creator of the Vera and Shetland series

“Sweet Little Lies is written with panache and is kick-ass feminist, as well as laugh-out-loud funny.” —The Independent (UK)

“A superb page-turner, packed with impressive police procedural, a fascinating, festering, twisting mystery that weaves tantalisingly between past and present, and a plot that thrills and confounds to the final showdown. A remarkable debut from an exciting new author.” —Lancashire Evening Post

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062823199
  • ISBN 10: 0062823191
  • Imprint: Harper
  • On Sale: 08/14/2018
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: 33.50 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
  • BISAC2: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
  • BISAC3: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime

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