REVIEW: LITTLE LIES, A NOVELLA, BY HEATHER GUDENKAUF

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In the middle of the night, Ellen Moore, social worker, receives a call that takes her out of her home, leaving behind her husband and three children.

She is used to these calls, but they never bring good news with them. And like the other times, this one involves a child. But abandonment is not the issue in this case. The child’s mother has been murdered and left beside a statue in the park. Her four-year-old son was left next to her, alive and apparently unhurt.

Ellen’s friend, police detective Joe Gaddey, is on the case. What about this situation rings a memory bell for the two of them? Is it a coincidence, or is there more to the story? They try to search out the possible connections.

Little Lies, a novella, is the prequel to Little Mercies, which will continue a story featuring Ellen Moore. This was an enjoyable read that whetted my appetite for the next book. After the unexpected resolution to the murder, the social worker wonders if the child should be protected from the knowledge of what happened to his mother. Is truth always the best thing? 5.0 stars.

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