Monday 23 September 2013

Little White Lies by Katie Dale

Sweat trickles down the back of my neck as I check the computer clock for the millionth time. ‘Hurry up!’
‘Patience, Titch,’ Kenny chides. ‘You can’t rush genius!’ He winks, his eyes the only part of his face visible through his balaclava.
Pages – 373
Published by Simon  and Schuster in August 2013
Book Summary
The first time Lou meets tall, dark, and handsome Christian, she knows he's hiding something. Why does he clam up every time she asks about his past? Why doesn't he have any family photos and why does he dye his blond hair black?
Then suddenly his terrible secret is unveiled to the world - and it seems everything he's ever told Lou is a lie. Can what the media are saying about him really be true? Should Lou trust him? Or is she in terrible danger? But Christian isn't the only one keeping secrets. For what if their chance meeting was no accident at all ...?
As lie follows lie, nothing is as it seems, and soon Lou finds herself ensnared in a web of deceit, her loyalties torn, her emotions in tatters as she faces a heart-wrenching dilemma: should she shatter the lives of those she holds dearest, or betray the guy who, against all odds, she's fallen in love with?
Full of family secrets, surprising twists and unexpected revelations, Katie Dale's second novel will have readers on the edge of their seats.
After reading this book, I can see why Katie Dale’s writing came so highly recommended to me. This book the tightest plot I’ve ever read. Nothing is  wasted – every conversation, every action and every expression used are essential to the plot of the book. It’s one of those books that on finishing reading it, you find yourself wanting to pick to pieces to work out how the author made it so utterly brilliant.
The characters have interesting twists to them. No one is what they seem. Everyone has hidden secrets and excellent masks to hide behind.  The author shows that nothing in  life can be categorised as black or white. Society has been created from a kaleidoscope of colour. The author has displayed clearly that the human race are far from perfect. Yet these characters are accepting of the flaws of others. They love each other at their best, but are also accepting of each other at their worse.
I loved the friendship between Christian and Lou.They had so much stacked up against them. There is a line in the final chapter that really broke me and had me tears. It was a simple sentence made up of just four words and yet it just summed up the relationship between these two characters and really moved me.
As the story unfolds little by little, you find out snippets about each character that you are surprised to discover. The author keeps you on your toes right till the last page. I couldn’t put this book down. I had to find out the truth and searched through the pages for the answers I so desperately needed.
The subject matter of this book is extremely topical and shows intriguing glimpses of issues that have hit the headlines in recent years. Due to the well hidden nature of the plot, I can’t divulge any of them in this review.
This is a strong, compelling tale that makes you think. A fast paced, thrilling rollercoaster of emotions.  A book I will be shouting about from the rooftops.

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