SWEET LITTLE LIES, by Caz Frear

Zaffre ISBN-10: 178576 3350

There’s a plethora of ‘domestic noir’ novels in crime fiction, just now. You know the sort of thing: isolated woman, unreliable narrator, dark goings-on in suffocating relationships. Gripping reads, all. But if, like me, you feel the need to escape that claustrophobic world and glimpse a broader vista, SWEET LITTLE LIES could be just the ticket.

A protagonist with a mysterious past, and a slightly suspect memory of what went on eighteen years earlier between her father and a vanished teenager may seem like more of the same, but Cat Kinsella bucks the trend. She is a cop, for one thing. Ambitious, analytical and insightful, she has the measure of just about everyone around her – except her father. Her closest colleague is an avuncular, happily married sergeant, and DCI Steele, her boss, is chirpy, droll, and given to rallying her crew with a blend of humour and flint which makes a refreshing change in a police procedural.

Satisfying twists and turns and an accomplished writing style make Frear’s debut stand out as a rollicking good read.