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Publisher's Summary

In this riveting prequel to her novel Little Mercies, New York Times best-selling author Heather Gudenkauf explores how even the smallest lies can have far-reaching consequences.

When the body of a woman is discovered in a local park - with her bewildered four-year-old son sitting beside her - veteran social worker Ellen Moore is called in to assist in the police investigation. Positioned beneath a statue of Leto, the goddess of motherhood, the crime is weighted with meaning and, Ellen discovers, remarkably similar to one from a decade past.

Ellen's professional duty is to protect the child, but she's not equipped to contend with a killer. As she races to connect the dots, she knows her time is running out. And the stakes are high: If she fails, another mother is sure to make the ultimate sacrifice.

©2014 Heather Gudenkauf (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Introducing a compelling new heroine!

Would you consider the audio edition of Little Lies to be better than the print version?

Mostly. Kate Rudd is a good narrator, although some of her diction is a little flat. I can't describe it, but it drives me nuts... but thankfully it's rare, and the rest of her performance is wonderful

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I normally don't like novellas; I honestly think it could have been flushed out a bit better. But Ellen is a compelling character - a devoted mother, a bit obsessive, a social worker who is neither hardened to her work nor beaten down by it.

Which scene was your favorite?

I was surprised by the identity of the killer - I guess that's the mark of a good mystery.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Well, clocking in at 2 hours - 15 minutes of which was a preview of "Little Mercies" - it's not hard to do. It was a good read.

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I normally don't like novellas. For some reason they just seem short and lacking in some way. If this book stood on its own, it's OK, I guess, but it's a great introduction to Ellen, a main character in Gudenkauf's full-length "Little Mercies". Hopefully Little Mercies refers back to this book in some way...

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not a lot of story

too short to catch the listener. not the usual work of ms gudenkauf. I will keep her as a favorite author though.

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Very sad

The story was like a diary of a social worker. Two cases involving children were covered. Other than choosing a profession to do God’s work, the main character as well as supporting characters lacked depth. The end was okay in one way and blah in others. With such a sad topic, there seemed to be no redemption, even though I was hoping for a break in the sadness.

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Excellent short story!

I immediately bought the next book. Trying to think of chores I can do while listening. Want to start it now.

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I don’t usually write reviews but the narrator was terrible. She annunciated every word like a robot or an electronic voice. The author is partly to blame because there were no contractions - everything was” “will not” “do not” “can not” “should not”. People don’t talk like that and it was so annoying - it was all I could do to grit my teeth and listen to the end. Also the story was pretty lame

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Must read writer

Social worker Ellen Moore is awake by a call in the middle of a cold winter night. A woman has been found murdered in the park and her young son, Mason, is left traumatized. The case mirrors one at the beginning of her career, thirteen years ago when another young boy, Jonah, was found next to his murdered mother, under the same statue. Is there a connection? Could Jonah be involved in this murder? Could Ellen herself be in danger.
LITTLE LIES introduces readers to Ellen Moore, the main character in Heather Gudenkauf's upcoming release LITTLE MERCIES. I was lucky to procure an advanced copy of LITTLE MERCIES and both novel and short story woe as stand alone or companion reads. I do recommend you read everything Gudenkauf has even written, for your own enjoyment.
Ellen's heartfelt narration show us a dedicated, yet flawed social worker, mother, wife, and daughter. A fierce advocate for her clients. The plot is compelling as readers will be engrossed in the mystery and root for both Mason and Jonah's happy endings.

My only criticism Heather Gudenkauf is that she can't write new books and stories for me to read every month (or week, I don't want to be too greedy).

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I liked the story, but if you pay attention you will know what happens. Super short book.

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Little Lies

I am new to this author and am really loving the stories and emotions involved. There is some scary stuff out there. Will definitely be reading some more. The narration is excellent.

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will start the next one as soon as I type this ...

Loved it, can't wait for the next one. Heather Gudenkauf is one of my favorite authors. This is the 4th book I have listened to by her. Five stars for them all!!!

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