• Little Liar

  • By: Clare Boyd
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (359 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A nail-biting, gripping psychological thriller

The perfect family...or the perfect lie?

When a child’s scream pierces the night, Mira does what any good neighbor would do: She calls the police. She wants to make sure that Rosie, the little girl next door, is safe. Opening her front door to the police the next morning, Gemma's picture-perfect family is forced under scrutiny of social services.

As her flawless life begins to crumble around her, Gemma must fight to defend the family she loves and protect her daughter from the terrible secret she's been keeping. But who has Rosie been confiding in when Gemma’s back is turned? And why has she lied to the police?

When Rosie disappears without a trace, Gemma thinks she only has herself to blame. That is, until she finds a little pink diary containing a truth even more devastating than the lie....

If you loved The Couple Next Door and Big Little Lies, you’ll adore this razor-sharp, tense, and utterly engrossing page turner about the people we choose to trust and the secrets we keep behind closed doors.

©2017 Clare Boyd (P)2018 Bookouture

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Satisfying Read

Kept my attention. Characters were believable. I go through many audio books in a month But overall, this was one of the tops.

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I couldn't put it down

I really enjoyed this book. It was one I could ot stop listening to. I stayed up way to late, not wanting to stop listening.

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Wonderful Narration! Very interesting story.

I would recommend this book to Audible listeners who love family secrets plots. The neighbor is deliciously twisted as well. I think the thing I liked most is how relatable most Women who have raised Daughters will find some of the emotional scenes. Really enjoyed!

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Wanted to throttle characters

The plot of this one was promising,, but, good grief...mom, daughter, neighbor all needed some therapy - maybe a group discount or something. Rosie had issues before her mother blurted out the truth to her. Frankly, I felt like Gemma was an unfit mother, even if she was not physically abusive. The manner in which she dealt with her daughter's behavior was appalling to me. The son received no attention. And how did the fruitcake neighbor keep a long-term job at a school with her issues? Narration was good.

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Can you say the word THERAPY?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I found myself extremely frustrated about the DENIAL of parents to see that their family may just need some therapy; particularly the child. And maybe some effective discipline???

Which scene was your favorite?

I didn't have one

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I am shocked that, throughout this entire book, the word therapy was never mentioned, which I find absolutely, unbelievably stupid!!

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A Very Odd Novel

Little Liar is an odd book. I am not really sure what the point was, but it did keep me listening. We have a family who lives outside of London with their young daughter Rosie, and their son. Jemma (Mom) is pregnant again and Pete is seemingly basking in his job, married life, and children's love.

But, Jemma's neighbour has a past. She had her baby taken away when she was just 15 years old. She is jealous of Jemma, and reports her to social services for child abuse. Although, Rosie isn't an 'angel' child because she lies about being abused as well. She has terrible temper tantrums and she behaves badly.

Rosie drives Jemma to the point of screaming (and I can't say I blamed her). Every time this little brat would act like a spoiled little witch I wanted to scream at her. My rage built up inside me, too. Jemma felt guilty about getting angry, and her nosey neighbour fills Rosie's head with more ammunition to get Jemma in trouble, and she's already in jeopardy of going to prison for abuse!

The neighbour is suffering from PTSD due to a bad relationship with her mother, and being raped by her mother's boyfriend as a teen- and then having the consequential baby taken from her and put up for adoption. Rosie the 10 year old needs some anger therapy, as does Jemma.

This book is depressing and it has no specific climax. It's one heart ache after another and it screams 'THESE PEOPLE NEED THERAPY' to the reader. It doesn't really fall under a psychological thriller. It's just a story about people who are a complete mess.

It's worth the listen if you can get it on sale. I hated Rosie (that's so awful of me!), but some of the other characters are very likable, and the bond between families (good or bad) is portrayed beautifully by the author.

-Wendi

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hard to finish

hard to finish this book. it was hard to believe that the little girl could get away with being so minipulative and also that the police were so concerned about what b was going on in Ge

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  • J.
  • 05-23-19

Another great one, Very Realistic

Even though I'm not a mom I quickly fell into the story & thought about the ways these types of things could absolutely occur in real life. Scarily so. Excellent narration too.

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They should call this book “Little Bitch.”

I am grateful to not be a mother after having read this book.

It was too long. Had it been edited down, it may have been a good one. But since it wasn’t, I felt like it dragged on and on.

Gemma, the mother, was too strict in my opinion. But she definitely didn’t deserve the stress of what her ten year old daughter put her through.

She found herself in a perilous situation and even in jail because the precocious little shit decided to lie to the police.

The next door neighbor who, while trying to do the “right” thing, ended up escalating the situation to a huge and terrifying proportion. She enabled the little girl to lie and reinforced her belief in Gemma’s guilt by telling the kid that she would be imprisoned if she recanted her lies to the police.

Most of this book was frustrating and exhausting for me. I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters. Gemma portrayed herself poorly with the police and, had she just been honest and come forward regarding Rosie’s abusive tendencies, she could have saved a lot of trouble for herself.

I’d give it a 4/10. It was not enjoyable enough to recommend.

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What a BRAT!

i don't even know where to start... nosy neighbor, parents that can't get a grip on their child or the mom bending over backwards to make a brat happy. SMH

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  • Roxy Scribbles
  • 02-22-18

I had a Love/Hate Relationship With this Book

As a mother of two daughters very close to Rosie’s age parts of this book really resonated with me. At times it even had me close to tears.

However sometimes the story didn’t quite flow and caused me to lose interest. I found it much easier to get into the heart of one character more than the other but maybe that is the authors intention.

Overall it was still enjoyable and as a mother a very thought provoking listen.

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  • Hannah
  • 02-26-18

Good until the end

I listened to this book fairly swiftly as was gripped from outset which is a good thing. I also enjoyed the style of writing and the narration.
Unfortunately the end was slightly farcical & disappointing.

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  • Rosario
  • 02-24-18

Fascinating story with a twist at the end.

Absolutely enjoyed the story with a twist at the end. The narrator was absolutely marvellous

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  • M Edwards
  • 03-01-18

A bit disappointing

The ending was very disappointing
The story dragged on a bit and I kept losing interest over and over again.
The characters were a bit dull
I kept expecting something to happen, but it was just a very boring end

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  • J.J & G Robson
  • 08-18-22

Yes, but

Yes but I would have liked the ending to be a bit stronger - sadly in real life Social Services don’t just walk off into the sunset.

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  • Carol O'Neill
  • 08-08-20

Thrilling!

Excellent book, great story that kept you on your toes from start to finish!! Would totally recommend it

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  • stink
  • 10-11-18

Ok

It was an ok read for me .the character's were a little annoying ,give it ago you may enjoy it more than me.😕😕😕

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  • Julie
  • 08-23-18

A very Differently & Interesting book.

As a Safeguarding & Outreach worker I was totally engrossed at where the Mum & Mira needed guidance. Definately left open for a second book. Narrator was good & of course the Author. Well done on this very different book with goid awareness in Childcare fields.

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  • ASO
  • 08-06-18

Intriguing!

was hard to follow at first but with perseveramce, things became clearer. There was too much, "he said" and "she said".

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  • J. Walsh
  • 06-25-18

Enjoyable

A really good story read very well. I was angry, annoyed and thoroughly engrossed in this book. For some reason it caught my imagination and I listened to it, walking the dogs, in bed, in the car anywhere I could. Lots of interfering, lots of naughty kid (yes kid). Well done

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-24-18

disappointed

disappointed with the story. was looken forward 2 a good read. not good. sorry about

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