Good Little Liars
Emma held the photo for a long moment before her eyes focused on the girl’s face. She dropped it and let out a muted cry.The girl in the photograph was Tessa.Twenty-five years after losing her friend Tessa in a tragic accident, Emma’s life is happy and settled. She rarely thinks about the day that Tessa fell to her death, or the secret that she made Emma swear to keep just hours before. But when her marriage implodes, Emma and her daughter find themselves unexpectedly moving into the headmaster’s former cottage on the grounds of her old school – Denham House. And it’s here she finds the photograph: an explicit image of Tessa, looking directly at the camera.Between catching up with old friends Marlee and Clementine, who are home for a reunion, and the demands of single parenthood, Emma has plenty to distract her… but she can’t shake the image of the photograph. Or the thought that it’s proof of something she had long suspected: Dr Brownley, now headmaster, was involved with Tessa. Was it a mistake to keep quiet about what she knew?Marlee and Clementine have their own complex feelings about returning to their hometown. And when Emma starts to question what really happened to Tessa, each woman must deal with the consequences of decisions they made all those years ago. Because the more Emma digs into the past, the more she discovers that everyone remembers it differently, and that the innocent schoolgirls she thought she knew are hiding some very big secrets.A page-turning novel about family drama, lies, and the secrets we keep to protect those we love. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, The Silent Wife and Kerry Lonsdale.

Good Little Liars Details

TitleGood Little Liars
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 2nd, 2019
PublisherBookouture
Rating
GenreContemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Drama

Good Little Liars Review

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    January 1, 1970
    EXCERPT: The photograph tumbled across the grass, blown by a short, cool gust of November wind. It slowed for a moment and the girl in the image was flipped onto her face. Across the other side of the oval, behind the old camellia hedge near the north gate, the girl herself lay equally still. Her school uniform had been lifted, well above regulation length, by the playful bend in her left leg. Where her upper body had taken the blow, bone had sheared the fragile nerves of her spinal cord, leavin EXCERPT: The photograph tumbled across the grass, blown by a short, cool gust of November wind. It slowed for a moment and the girl in the image was flipped onto her face. Across the other side of the oval, behind the old camellia hedge near the north gate, the girl herself lay equally still. Her school uniform had been lifted, well above regulation length, by the playful bend in her left leg. Where her upper body had taken the blow, bone had sheared the fragile nerves of her spinal cord, leaving her neck thrust sideways. Her nose had bled only briefly, the blood trickling like a single tear-drop into the curve of her lip. A shadow loomed over the trench in which she lay. After a moment, it disappeared and all was still again.ABOUT THIS BOOK: Twenty-five years after losing her friend Tessa in a tragic accident, Emma’s life is happy and settled. She rarely thinks about the day that Tessa fell to her death, or the secret that she made Emma swear to keep just hours before. But when her marriage implodes, Emma and her daughter find themselves unexpectedly moving into the headmaster’s former cottage on the grounds of her old school – Denham House. And it’s here she finds the photograph: an explicit image of Tessa, looking directly at the camera.Between catching up with old friends Marlee and Clementine, who are home for a reunion, and the demands of single parenthood, Emma has plenty to distract her… but she can’t shake the image of the photograph. Or the thought that it’s proof of something she had long suspected: Dr Brownley, now headmaster, was involved with Tessa. Was it a mistake to keep quiet about what she knew?Marlee and Clementine have their own complex feelings about returning to their hometown. And when Emma starts to question what really happened to Tessa, each woman must deal with the consequences of decisions they made all those years ago. Because the more Emma digs into the past, the more she discovers that everyone remembers it differently, and that the innocent schoolgirls she thought she knew are hiding some very big secrets.MY THOUGHTS: After a good start, this read just fizzled out for me. It took the first third of the book for things to come together so that I could see the connection between the various characters, and then after that it all got a bit messy....right through to the end which was an anti-climax.I believe that this is the author's debut novel, and she can write, as is demonstrated by the excerpt above and another which I will add shortly. I think it is more the lack of cohesion in the story that didn't work for me. That and the anti-climactic ending. There was a lot going on in this book, perhaps a little too much at times. A word of advice? - keep it simple. A lot is made of an email that Emma replied to all on....but really? It wasn't worth the amount of page space taken up by it. There were far more interesting angles that could have been explored. Emma is certain that Dr Brownley is responsible for Tessa's death. The cottage that she moves into when her marriage breaks up and where she finds the photo was, at the time of Tessa's death, occupied by Dr Brownley. BUT, he for a time had a flatmate there....an art teacher. A male art teacher. The photo is artfully posed. This could have been an interesting possibility, but the art teacher is never mentioned again, so I really can't see why he was mentioned in the first place.While this is not a book I am going to recommend, this is an author I am going to keep an eye on. I believe she shows promise.My favorite quote from Good Little Liars: 'Tessa was a chapter from a book she had read long ago. It was a crazy idea that you could take that book off the shelf to read it again and the words would be different.'2.5 starsTHE AUTHOR: Sarah Clutton is an Australian author and former lawyer whose debut novel, Good Little Liars, mixes suspense and domestic drama with nuanced characters. Having majored in psychology in her original degree, Sarah is fascinated by people. How does the past shape us? Can we can learn empathy? What determines the outcomes when moral and legal boundaries collide?Sarah's work earned her the Dymocks/Fiona McIntosh Commercial Fiction Scholarship in 2018, a coveted national award run by one of Australia's most successful commercial fiction authors and sponsored by Australia's largest book chain. An alumna of the Australian Writers' Centre novel writing course, and with a mostly-finished Master of Arts (in Writing) that she has no interest in finishing because she prefers making stuff up, Sarah lives with her family in the very pretty tourist town of Bowral, near Sydney. She has lived all over Australia, and if she didn't live in Bowral, she would live in Hobart, the most beautiful city she knows.DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of Good Little Liars by Sarah Clutton for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own opinions.For an explanation of my rating system, please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.comThis review and others are also published on Twitter, Amazon and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    I was really looking forward to reading Good Little Liars by Sarah Clutton. I really thought that I would enjoy it more than I did. I found it to be a bit slow and with a lot of characters to keep track of. Added to that was that none of them were very likeable and I struggled with reading it. It started off really well with one character accidentally replying all on an email but after that I couldn't stay interested.Thanks for o Bookouture and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this I was really looking forward to reading Good Little Liars by Sarah Clutton. I really thought that I would enjoy it more than I did. I found it to be a bit slow and with a lot of characters to keep track of. Added to that was that none of them were very likeable and I struggled with reading it. It started off really well with one character accidentally replying all on an email but after that I couldn't stay interested.Thanks for o Bookouture and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased
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  • Natalia Ramlal
    January 1, 1970
    Twenty-five years ago, Emma Parson's friend Tessa died in a suspicious accident at their prestigious boarding school. Now Emma is working in the same school, and with her class reunion approaching, she can't help but wonder what really happened to her popular friend. Was it really an accident or was Tessa pushed to her death? I thoroughly enjoyed this suspenseful thriller! Set in Hobart, Tasmania, I was immediately engrossed in this tale of lies, secrets, and betrayal. We follow the perspectives Twenty-five years ago, Emma Parson's friend Tessa died in a suspicious accident at their prestigious boarding school. Now Emma is working in the same school, and with her class reunion approaching, she can't help but wonder what really happened to her popular friend. Was it really an accident or was Tessa pushed to her death? I thoroughly enjoyed this suspenseful thriller! Set in Hobart, Tasmania, I was immediately engrossed in this tale of lies, secrets, and betrayal. We follow the perspectives of the main character, Emma, Harriet, who is the sister of the man Emma suspects is responsible for Tessa's death, and Marlee, who is Emma's best friend and a former classmate of Tessa. I really liked the characters, they were realistic and easy to relate to. I did manage to correctly put half of the puzzle together, but I was still a bit shocked when all the pieces finally came together. Good Little Liars is an enjoyable read with a satisfying conclusion. I look forward to reading more books by Sarah Clutton, especially if it's anything like this one. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    Sarah Clutton is an Australian author and so this book is set in Tasmania and I enjoyed that, knowing little about the area the concise descriptions were a good ‘picture painter’ The story is based around a School Reunion and some of those going to the reunion and a shared secret that has long been buried BUT is suddenly back in the open when Emma sends a reply to the reunion email to a friend ( mentioning the secret ) but presses ‘reply to all’ by mistake, I felt her anxiety and despair once sh Sarah Clutton is an Australian author and so this book is set in Tasmania and I enjoyed that, knowing little about the area the concise descriptions were a good ‘picture painter’ The story is based around a School Reunion and some of those going to the reunion and a shared secret that has long been buried BUT is suddenly back in the open when Emma sends a reply to the reunion email to a friend ( mentioning the secret ) but presses ‘reply to all’ by mistake, I felt her anxiety and despair once she knew she had done this and a shiver of ‘thank goodness that wasn’t me’The actual book then doesn’t really feature the reunion until the last few pages but focuses on some of the main players who are going and also the secret that binds them together, a book of many sides that on one hand has a hilariously described chapter when Emma finds her hubby cheating on her, its poignantly funny right through to a fairly graphically described rape, all very different angles to the story and very different descriptive writing styles into one bookThe book and story are constantly intriguing and the characters likeable in their own way although got to say there is much adrenalinespikes, flushing and descriptions of heart thumping!A thriller that holds up well8/10 4 Stars
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  • Kylie H
    January 1, 1970
    This is an interesting story, set in Hobart about three women. Emma works in the office at the school she went to and is organising her 25 year school reunion. She is mortified to discover that she has done a 'reply all' to an email about the reunion and thinking she is just sending it to her best friend Marlee reveals some fairly personal and embarrassing information.Marlee has just moved back to Hobart from Melbourne and is trying to fit in at her new workplace. She is attracted to her b This is an interesting story, set in Hobart about three women. Emma works in the office at the school she went to and is organising her 25 year school reunion. She is mortified to discover that she has done a 'reply all' to an email about the reunion and thinking she is just sending it to her best friend Marlee reveals some fairly personal and embarrassing information.Marlee has just moved back to Hobart from Melbourne and is trying to fit in at her new workplace. She is attracted to her boss Ben but not sure that she wants to be involved with a work colleague.Harriet is about to turn 60 and has just separated from her husband. She is struggling to deal with the antics of her two daughters Clementine (a 42 year old successful artist who has returned for her class reunion) and Scarlett who has just finished high school and is enjoying a bit too much social life.I think that this book would have been great if it was just the drama around the reunion, but it also attempts to bring in a past 'murder'. It takes a long time to get the details of this and is hinted at for far too long. In a way this distracted from what I found to be the far more interesting aspect of the book which was relationships.Still a good read, and a great first novel by this author. Thank you Bookouture and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this digital ARC in return for an honest review.
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  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    Twenty five years ago, Emma's friend Ressa died in a suspicious accident. Now Emma is working at Denham House, a school where the wealthy and intelligent girls attend. It's also the school that Emma and Tessa attended. Her school reunion is fast approaching and Emma cant help but think a out what had happened to her friend. Was it really an accident or something more sinister.The book is centred around four women. After Emma's marriage breaks down, she moves into one of the schools p Twenty five years ago, Emma's friend Ressa died in a suspicious accident. Now Emma is working at Denham House, a school where the wealthy and intelligent girls attend. It's also the school that Emma and Tessa attended. Her school reunion is fast approaching and Emma cant help but think a out what had happened to her friend. Was it really an accident or something more sinister.The book is centred around four women. After Emma's marriage breaks down, she moves into one of the schools properties. She finds a photo that's been hidden of Tessa. It had been taken the day before Tessa died. Is this evidence that Tessa's death was ot an accident? The women all remember the event differently. They also harbour secrets. The pace is very slow and drawn out. The middle seems to dip. The reveal, when it happened,was a it of a anti climax. I did enjoy this book even though it was a it confusing at times.I would like to thank Netgalley, Bookouture and the author Sarah Clutton for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Bridget
    January 1, 1970
    Good Little Liars is fantastic and solid début from Australian author Sarah Clutton and as the book is set in Hobart, Tasmania, this satisfied the escapist in me!A class reunion for women who graduated from Denham House School, an exclusive all-girls boarding academy, brings back memories of a classmate whose untimely death just days before graduation has haunted a few of them. Tessa Terrano's death was deemed an accident, but was it really? This story was told from several viewpoint Good Little Liars is fantastic and solid début from Australian author Sarah Clutton and as the book is set in Hobart, Tasmania, this satisfied the escapist in me!A class reunion for women who graduated from Denham House School, an exclusive all-girls boarding academy, brings back memories of a classmate whose untimely death just days before graduation has haunted a few of them. Tessa Terrano's death was deemed an accident, but was it really? This story was told from several viewpoints that offered alternative perspectives on what happened to Tessa and with oodles of drama, an ominous vibe and a large cast of characters, I really enjoyed reading it. It was fast-paced and skilfully told, the well written narrative pulling in all of the different strands, resulting in an extremely interesting tale. I could relate to many of the characters such as Emma, Marlee and Harriet, whilst not always liking them or their behaviour. Emma works in the office of the well-respected school she once attended herself and is best friends with Marlee. Now an architect, Marlee has just moved back to Hobart from Melbourne. She is godmother to Emma’s daughter but her return is clouded by a secret she carries. Fifty-nine-year old Harriet is an acclaimed QC and her eldest daughter, Clementine, was born just after her mother left Denham House. Clementine is a famous artist now living in Prague and has returned to Hobart for the reunion and her mother's approaching sixtieth birthday. Clementine and Marlee were at Denham House together, along with Emma, graduating twenty-five years ago and Harriet herself attended Denham House over forty years ago on a scholarship. Sarah Clutton has done a superb job in making them all believable and to be able to feel the emotions of each of them as I delved deeper into the story, further reinforced how well they have been brought to life. This really was one delightfully dysfunctional story! I was gripped right from the start and was completely caught up in the drama of it all. It was a very emotive and intense read and although Tessa's death really wasn't the main focus of the story, it was still extremely compelling.The narration and the fast-paced plot had more than enough about them to make me want to keep reading. The writing really flowed in this wonderfully crafted, slightly disturbing tale. Full of complexity, the ending was most satisfying. This was such a strong début from Sarah Clutton, who has a style all of her own. I think she is definitely an author to watch out for and I look forward to many more books from her. Overall, I'd say that this novel is a little gem and a book that I'm so pleased to have read. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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  • Els
    January 1, 1970
    The person who picked the title already deserves 5 stars from me because it fits the book like a glove. 🙂The story takes place in the present, but although 25 years is a long time, one event is playing a big part and is not something that is easily forgotten.The author allows different characters to tell a part of the book and she also takes us back to where it all began. It’s a story about families,friends and little miracles and it seems that some good little liars have The person who picked the title already deserves 5 stars from me because it fits the book like a glove. 🙂The story takes place in the present, but although 25 years is a long time, one event is playing a big part and is not something that is easily forgotten.The author allows different characters to tell a part of the book and she also takes us back to where it all began. It’s a story about families,friends and little miracles and it seems that some good little liars have grown in to good big liars.In the beginning the focus of the book is more on getting to know the different characters and their families but once we have a perfect picture about that, it’s time to face the music or it is better to just let sleeping dogs lie?A lovely story and I liked the mystery it was topped with. 4 stars.Thank you, Sarah Clutton and Bookouture (via Netgalley)
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  • Stina
    January 1, 1970
    Upon discovering this story was set in Hobart, Australia, I decided I had to check it out. It's been a long time since I was in Tasmania but it is always refreshing to read something from my own country which aren't as prevalent as those in the UK or US. I didn't really check which genre it slotted into such was I in a rush to read it but from the synopsis, I assumed it was a bit of a mystery. And it was, in part, but I later discovered it was more chick lit...and I have to agree.Set Upon discovering this story was set in Hobart, Australia, I decided I had to check it out. It's been a long time since I was in Tasmania but it is always refreshing to read something from my own country which aren't as prevalent as those in the UK or US. I didn't really check which genre it slotted into such was I in a rush to read it but from the synopsis, I assumed it was a bit of a mystery. And it was, in part, but I later discovered it was more chick lit...and I have to agree.Set in Hobart, the story centres on three women - Emma, Marlee and Harriet - though it isn't till the end that we discover just how Harriet factored in. The three women, along with Harriet's daughter Clementine, are united by two factors - Denham House School for Girls and the death of their friend Tessa 25 years before. Tessa's death was ruled an accident but was it really? Or was it something more sinister?GOOD LITTLE LIARS opens with an irresistible Prologue taking place 25 years prior to the actual story, which whets the appetite for something compelling.We begin with Emma who works in the office of the prestigious school she once attended herself and pondering on the 25 year reunion which has been organised. Attempting to multitask between work and an email regarding the reunion, she is mortified to discover that she has inadvertently "replied all" with some incredibly personal and embarrassing information that was actually only meant for her best friend Marlee. Horrified at her inattention and now distracted from her work, Emma takes herself off home to unload with her husband Phil. Upon arriving home, it appears Phil is out but she notices that their cleaner Pia must be in the cottage out the back which they rent out for guest accommodation. For the second time that day Emma is once again mortified, this time to find Phil and Pia in all their naked glory. Shocked and furious, she packs a bag and heads to her dad's to calm down.Marlee is an architect and has just moved back to Hobart from Melbourne. As Emma's best friend, she is her daughter's godmother, but her return is clouded by a secret she carries. Beginning a new job, Marlee is attracted to her new boss Ben and after some celebration drinks with the staff, she wakes to find herself in bed with him. Both are somewhat sheepish as Marlee vows not to repeat the incident. Then eight weeks later, after what she put down as a bout of flu, Marlee discovers she is pregnant...something which she thought was not possible after discovering she was infertile. Obviously not. Feeling somewhat vulnerable, the night with her boss is once again repeated at his place...but it is then overshadowed when his estranged wife, step daughter and daughter walk in on them the following morning with a cake for his birthday. Ben's estranged wife is furious and walks out. His daughter is shocked and angry. Only his step daughter, Clementine, finds it amusing. Marlee, however, is mortified and embarrassed.Harriet is an acclaimed QC, the youngest woman to achieve silk. At 59 years of age, she has seen a lot but nothing could prepare her for walking in on her estranged husband with a woman her daughter's age. Clementine and Marlee were at Denham House together, along with Emma, graduating 25 years ago. Harriet herself attended Denham House over forty years ago on a scholarship...and she owes the school everything for the education she received and all that has achieved since. But Harriet also has a secret. And has stopped at nothing to keep it hidden. Having fallen pregnant when she was still at school and creating embarrassment for her own mother, to what lengths did she go to remain at Denham House?Then there is Clementine. She is Harriet's eldest daughter, born just after her mother left Denham House. She is a free spirit, a famous artist now living in Prague and nothing at all like her mother had tried to raise. Clementine has returned to Hobart for the reunion and her mother's approaching 60th birthday.At the centre of this story is the school- Denham House for Girls. All women had been students there. Emma now works there. Harriet's brother Jon Brownley, who had been the school's newest teacher 25 years ago, is now headmaster there. And now, with her marriage imploding, Emma lives in one of the staff cottages there - the very same cottage, it appears, that Jon Brownley had lived in when he was a young teacher at Denham House. But it is soon after moving into the cottage that Emma finds an old photograph hidden in the fireplace - an explicit photo of Tessa, staring boldly at the camera and dated the day before she died. For Emma, this photo is evidence of what she had always suspected - that Jon Brownley had been involved with Tessa. A sackable offence, not to mention illegal, if caught. Had Tessa threatened to expose him? Had he killed her to keep her quiet? Emma had seen them arguing on the day Tessa died and now she is wondering if what she saw that day reveals that Tessa's death 25 years ago was not an accident?But as Emma begins to dig deeper into the past, she discovers that everyone remembers the past differently...and not everyone wants the past raked up. While it was an interesting premise, GOOD LITTLE LIARS was nothing like I expected it to be. In fact, I found it more focused on everyone's imploding marriages or relationships rather than Tessa's death 25 years before. Admittedly, I didn't check the genre before diving in and just assumed by the synopsis that it was suspense/mystery/thriller. However, it was more of a chick lit drama with some mystery thrown in. I guess that's why I found it incredibly slow to begin with, wondering when it was going to get to the past and find out what happened, particularly considering that was what I was reading it for.But I did enjoy the book somewhat...I was just disappointed that it was not the twisty thriller that the synopsis promises. The reveal, when it happened, was a bit of an anti-climax, though it does tie everything together rather neatly as a result.GOOD LITTLE LIARS is an enjoyable read and is perfect for those who enjoy family dramas and a good chick lit novel with a bit of mystery thrown in.I would like to thank #SarahClutton, #NetGalley and #Bookouture for an ARC of #GoodLittleLiars in exchange for an honest review.This review appears on my blog at https://stinathebookaholic.blogspot.com/.
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  • Christopher
    January 1, 1970
    It's been twenty-five years and the only thing any of them know for sure is that Tessa died that day. But reunions have a way of digging up old memories. Emma hardly even thinks about it anymore. However, when her marriage suddenly ends, she moves and discovers a graphic picture of Tessa that changes everything. Maybe her death wasn’t an accident. Her former classmates Marlee and Clementine are hardly different—they’ve tried putting that horrible day out of their minds as well. As Emma probes th It's been twenty-five years and the only thing any of them know for sure is that Tessa died that day. But reunions have a way of digging up old memories. Emma hardly even thinks about it anymore. However, when her marriage suddenly ends, she moves and discovers a graphic picture of Tessa that changes everything. Maybe her death wasn’t an accident. Her former classmates Marlee and Clementine are hardly different—they’ve tried putting that horrible day out of their minds as well. As Emma probes the case, though, stories start to slip, and she soon realizes some of her classmates would rather their secrets remain forgotten.Author Sarah Clutton opens with Emma responding to a class reunion email by using the ‘reply all’ function rather than addressing her best friend, Marlee, directly. It’s a simple mistake, but it spirals into a series of complications. Clutton carefully maneuvers this opening, dropping tantalizing bits that all might not be as it seems. Emma, in outwardly questioning such a traumatic moment, opens wounds in her classmates. And yet, with even the most minimum of probing, it’s obvious that something is amiss in the original story of Tessa’s death. But what? Well, it’s deliciously complicated.While the mystery and the investigation are compelling, what makes everything click is Clutton’s attention to character. These are multidimensional women, each with their own complicated lives, and Clutton expertly explores these avenues. Emma navigates the break-up of her marriage. Marlee juggles a new architecture job with a new relationship. Clementine, a now famous artist, is thrust back into life with her mother. Perhaps above them all looms Harriet, Clementine’s mother and the woman always tasked with holding everything together. Their relationships with each other are sometimes tenuous in the way that former classmates often are, but Clutton weaves them together as real people dependent on each other because of a past they’d rather avoid.With the alternating viewpoints of the four women, Clutton teases out clues as to the real truth before settling on an explosive finish. She combines tight dialogue with some beautiful prose and the result is a fully-realized world—one that just happens to have a mysterious death at the center of it. Somehow both quiet and pulse-pounding, Clutton has tapped into the perfect formula for a page-turner.Note: I received a free ARC of this book through NetGalley.Review also posted at https://pluckedfromthestacks.wordpres...
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  • Love (lovesworldofbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Good Little Liars is about three women (Emma, Marlree and Harriet) who have their twenty-five years high school reunion coming up. Emma had made a mistake and reply-all to the whole class. The email was regarding the death of one their classmate Tessa, which open a pandora box.All the three of the women were going through difficult situation in their life. I like the main characters. Normally don’t mind when stories of the characters alternate between the past and present, but this time I Good Little Liars is about three women (Emma, Marlree and Harriet) who have their twenty-five years high school reunion coming up. Emma had made a mistake and reply-all to the whole class. The email was regarding the death of one their classmate Tessa, which open a pandora box.All the three of the women were going through difficult situation in their life. I like the main characters. Normally don’t mind when stories of the characters alternate between the past and present, but this time I found a little difficult to understand all of the relationships. Overall it was a good read. I wouldn’t really call this book mystery or thriller book but more Drama. Thank Bookouture and NetGalley for given the opportunity to read this book and give an honest opinion.
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  • Arianna Mclaughlin (arianna.reads)
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved Good Little Liars! This is not a psychological thriller in the vein of The Silent Patient, My Lovely Wife etc. but instead it is a strongly developed school mystery along the lines of Ruth Ware's The Lying Game and Donna Tartt's The Secret History. I adore this style of book (send boarding school novel recommendations my way!) and this one delivers with strong character development, twisty inter-generational connections between characters and a satisfying conclusion to a 25 ye I absolutely loved Good Little Liars! This is not a psychological thriller in the vein of The Silent Patient, My Lovely Wife etc. but instead it is a strongly developed school mystery along the lines of Ruth Ware's The Lying Game and Donna Tartt's The Secret History. I adore this style of book (send boarding school novel recommendations my way!) and this one delivers with strong character development, twisty inter-generational connections between characters and a satisfying conclusion to a 25 year old mystery. Go into the book knowing that and you will not be disappointed. I loved that the chapters were told from the POVs of multiple characters, teasing out pieces of the mystery and the characters relationships throughout the book.I can't wait to read more from Sarah Clutton!Thank you to #NetGalley and Bookouture for this advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest review.4.5 rounded up to 5
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  • Shalini
    January 1, 1970
    A high school reunion and a death in the past were two most intriguing things that drew me in when I read the blurb. The book encompassed relationships and suspense.3 friends Marlee, Emma, and Tessa were strangely connected due to Tessa's nature of death. Emma saw something and kept quiet, Marlee knew something and kept quiet, and Tessa died, so she was already quiet.An email brought it all out when Emma replied to all and wondered about Tessa's death. Could it have been A high school reunion and a death in the past were two most intriguing things that drew me in when I read the blurb. The book encompassed relationships and suspense.3 friends Marlee, Emma, and Tessa were strangely connected due to Tessa's nature of death. Emma saw something and kept quiet, Marlee knew something and kept quiet, and Tessa died, so she was already quiet.An email brought it all out when Emma replied to all and wondered about Tessa's death. Could it have been murder? That got everyone's attention; everyone had snippets. There were other people like classmate Clementine, her mother Harriet, her uncle Jon, her stepfather Ben who played a central role in the book.My first book by Sarah Clutton started with a 'Reply All' email from Emma, then showed me their lives as they were living it in the present time. Emma and Marlee were good friends through it all. With so many characters, it took me time to keep them straight.The author slowly built up the plot with their routine lives and some of the drastic changes in their personal relationships. I got to know them well. The reunion occurred in the last few chapters when the book literally exploded.The secrets were shocking, the tuns astounded me. A thought—What we humans did to protect each other—kept me grounded to the book. It was a jolly good ride with the need to know the truth building up and the author holding it away from me till the far end. The tug of war was strangely exhilarating, and I was hooked.A good midnight read.
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  • Bev Dulson
    January 1, 1970
    The 25th reunion is coming up for Emma, Marlee and Clementine. You'd think the fact that Emma hit 'reply all' to the reunion email, thinking she was just responding to Marlee and discussing her lack of sex life with her husband and her thoughts on Tessa who was a pupil in their year who died just before they left school would be more than enough drama... But no!The author takes us on a roller-coaster ride or adultery, secrets, lies and friendship.Loved all the twists and The 25th reunion is coming up for Emma, Marlee and Clementine. You'd think the fact that Emma hit 'reply all' to the reunion email, thinking she was just responding to Marlee and discussing her lack of sex life with her husband and her thoughts on Tessa who was a pupil in their year who died just before they left school would be more than enough drama... But no!The author takes us on a roller-coaster ride or adultery, secrets, lies and friendship.Loved all the twists and turns and how everyone was somehow connected. Great book... Oh and really did not like Emma's husband, what an idiot.Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to review
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  • Robin Loves Reading
    January 1, 1970
    Let's just plan a reunion. Attend it. And have a good time. That should have worked for Emma. But, even after twenty-five years, the death of her friend Tessa still haunts her. Not only is the loss still devastating, Emma kept a secret that just might have to finally be revealed.For starters, Emma is now staying in the very cottage the school headmaster used to live in. In this cottage Emma found an explicit picture of Tessa all of those years ago. This picture, coupled with the secr Let's just plan a reunion. Attend it. And have a good time. That should have worked for Emma. But, even after twenty-five years, the death of her friend Tessa still haunts her. Not only is the loss still devastating, Emma kept a secret that just might have to finally be revealed.For starters, Emma is now staying in the very cottage the school headmaster used to live in. In this cottage Emma found an explicit picture of Tessa all of those years ago. This picture, coupled with the secret Emma as kept, makes her worry that Dr. Jon Brownley might have been responsible for Tessa's death.Meanwhile, Emma is trying to catch up with old friends Marlee and Clementine. All three women are at crossroads in their life, and this reunion is bringing about bad memories and difficult feelings. This story fluctuates between the drama in each woman's life now, while at the same time snippets of the past are revealed. As this is done, secrets are slowly revealed. Good Little Liars is a mix of family drama, angst, lies and secrets. This was a captivating story that was set in Tasmania, and that made it even more interesting to read. I love the way the author described the area and this led to a nice feeling while reading a very well-written story.Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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  • Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    With her being an Australian author and being Australian myself, I was really excited to read Sarah’s book. Supporting authors from my home country is really important to me, so when I saw this one and read the blurb I couldn’t wait to get stuck into it. What also drew me in was the cover of the book. It throws off an ominous vibe that is then effectively captured throughout. The story! I was completely hooked right from the start and had trouble tearing myself away from it. If you love a story With her being an Australian author and being Australian myself, I was really excited to read Sarah’s book. Supporting authors from my home country is really important to me, so when I saw this one and read the blurb I couldn’t wait to get stuck into it. What also drew me in was the cover of the book. It throws off an ominous vibe that is then effectively captured throughout. The story! I was completely hooked right from the start and had trouble tearing myself away from it. If you love a story that has mystery, secrets, betrayal and family drama then this is the book for you.Sarah has created a tightly woven plot set in Hobart, Tasmania. Told from multiple points of view, the story revolves around central characters Emma, Marlee and Clementine, as they prepare for their 25th high school reunion. But with it brings back old memories of when friend Tessa tragically lost her life in their last year of high school. Secrets that have been buried for 25 years are about to be exposed when the mystery of what really happened to Tessa the day she died deepens, when Emma finds an explicit photograph of Tessa when she moves into now headmaster’s Dr Brownley former cottage. Always suspecting that there was more to their relationship when Dr Browlney was a teacher, Emma gets more than she bargains for when the truth is finally revealed.There are a few characters featured that keep you on your toes as to where they all fit into the story and they all have been written perfectly in the role that they play. Although I did not find them all to be likeable, Sarah has done a great job in making them believable which is enough for me. To be able to feel the emotions of each one as the story goes deeper, further reinforces how well they have been brought to life. Told in the present to past format, we are given a great insight as to who each one was and how the events of the past have shaped them into the people that have become in the present,I really enjoyed Sarah’s writing style. It is emotive, atmospheric, engaging and Sarah does a great job at building the suspense and tension along the way. For me it moved at the right pace and I loved knowing about the places that have been used. I read a lot of books set in the UK and the US which I love, but there is nothing like reading a book set in places that you know of. Although I have yet to visit Tasmania, through her writing Sarah made me feel that I was there watching from the sidelines as it all unfolded.As a debut novel Sarah has nailed it! I was really impressed with this story and how it has been put together. Sarah is definitely one to watch out for and I look forward to many more books from her. The Good Liars is a highly enjoyable read that will have you reading well into the night racing through the pages ending with a satisfactory outcome. I highly recommend this book.Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Sarah Clutton for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Good Liars which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.If you like this review please visit my blog for more https://onceuponatimebookblog.com
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    I requested this book because it looked like it was going to be a fast-paced, thrilling read about a long ago murder. However, that's not what this is. This book is more of a contemporary drama with a slight mystery element but it is definitely not a thriller. I don't think it's a bad book but it's just not what I was expecting or wanting. This book follows three different POV's. We have Emma who is struggling with life after finding herself living in an old staff cottage at her old school after I requested this book because it looked like it was going to be a fast-paced, thrilling read about a long ago murder. However, that's not what this is. This book is more of a contemporary drama with a slight mystery element but it is definitely not a thriller. I don't think it's a bad book but it's just not what I was expecting or wanting. This book follows three different POV's. We have Emma who is struggling with life after finding herself living in an old staff cottage at her old school after the implosion of her marriage. Marlee, Emma's best friend who is unaware what to do about her feelings for her new boss and Harriet who finds herself lost when her husband tells her he wants a divorce and her daughter gets fired from her new position. This book is set in the lead up to a twenty-five year reunion for Emma and Marlee's school graduation. This means that it's also been twenty-five years since the death of one of their friends, Tessa, who died in what was declared an accident but Emma believes there may have been foul play included. She becomes even more sure of this when she discovers a naked photo of Tessa hidden away in her new cottage. This one took me a lot of time to get into as I struggled with who was who and how these people all connected to one another. It was also just a slow read and it took a long time for the mystery element to even come up which didn't work for me considering that's what I was reading for. For those interested in reading a family drama I think this book could be a great one - it is a well-written novel with developed characters which is great considering this is a debut. However, I think those who pick this up wanting the 'twisty novel' that the blurb promises may find themselves rather disappointed. *ARC copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the premise of this novel and throughly enjoyed it. A great plot switching between the present and past and a group of girls whom attended the same elite school in Hobart. The narrative switches between the women and the memories of the death of a fellow student just prior to them completing year 12. The women’s 25th school reunion is impending and the past and present collide dramatically. I read this in one day and can’t wait for the authors next book. I enjoyed the characters different Loved the premise of this novel and throughly enjoyed it. A great plot switching between the present and past and a group of girls whom attended the same elite school in Hobart. The narrative switches between the women and the memories of the death of a fellow student just prior to them completing year 12. The women’s 25th school reunion is impending and the past and present collide dramatically. I read this in one day and can’t wait for the authors next book. I enjoyed the characters different personalities and their development. Set in Hobart, Tasmania the author paints the city in brilliant detail including the extremely popular dark MOFO festival. I live in Hobart but was not aware that this is where the book was set until I began it. I hope Sarah sets her next book in Tasmania as well it was a fabulous bonus to the story. Will be buying this as perfect chick-thriller Christmas presents this year.
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  • Jill Burgin
    January 1, 1970
    This is a remarkable literary novel by a new author who is here is stay. There is a mystery at the center of the story but the heart of the story revolves around four women, an past accident in school, and how their lives and histories are shaped by the incident in a myriad of ways. Clearly drawn characters so well written that I could see them in a story so well written that I never wanted to end,
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  • Jade
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book. I was gripped from beginning to end. There are various reason why I gave it 5*s. Firstly, we get to know so much background of every character, what they are like, what they were like and what relationships they have with one another. Secondly, the pace of the book was excellent. All the chapters, coming together, to bring that brilliant ending. Thirdly, there was so many twists and turns. I honestly thought I knew who the murderer was, I was so wrong. I was gripped I absolutely loved this book. I was gripped from beginning to end. There are various reason why I gave it 5*s. Firstly, we get to know so much background of every character, what they are like, what they were like and what relationships they have with one another. Secondly, the pace of the book was excellent. All the chapters, coming together, to bring that brilliant ending. Thirdly, there was so many twists and turns. I honestly thought I knew who the murderer was, I was so wrong. I was gripped all the way through. And lastly, I loved the ending, I love it when you get to know what happens to every character. Thank you so much for the advanced copy. Great job Sarah
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  • Justin
    January 1, 1970
    I am not normally a fan of commercial women's fiction, but I was recommended this book and didn't regret it. The plot is woven around the story of a group of school friends and how they are reunited at a school reunion and question an incident that happened many years before. Its a gripping story and one that, at the end of each chapter, left me wanting the next aspect. The resolution of the underlying incident was unpredictable, in a good way (as in "wow, I didn't see that coming"). Having read I am not normally a fan of commercial women's fiction, but I was recommended this book and didn't regret it. The plot is woven around the story of a group of school friends and how they are reunited at a school reunion and question an incident that happened many years before. Its a gripping story and one that, at the end of each chapter, left me wanting the next aspect. The resolution of the underlying incident was unpredictable, in a good way (as in "wow, I didn't see that coming"). Having read this book from a first time author, I will definitely be reading more. Bravo!
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  • Judy Odom
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars for me!I enjoyed reading Good Little Liars: how secrets, lies and deception can linger and change so many lives as we find out 25 years later on the brink of a class reunion.The story goes from past to present which will keep you guessing.If you like Big Little Lies and Pretty Little Liars you will like Good Little Liars.Well worth the read.Thanks to Net Galley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read and review Good Little 3.5 stars for me!I enjoyed reading Good Little Liars: how secrets, lies and deception can linger and change so many lives as we find out 25 years later on the brink of a class reunion.The story goes from past to present which will keep you guessing.If you like Big Little Lies and Pretty Little Liars you will like Good Little Liars.Well worth the read.Thanks to Net Galley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read and review Good Little Liars..
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  • Carol Werner Harris
    January 1, 1970
    Good Little Liars is a remarkable story about four woman getting together at their 25th high school reunion. Like all reunion's your memories take you back to the past. In this case the past is better left in the past. A mind blowing roller coaster ride. This is my first book by Sarah Clutton and I will definitely read more.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book, read it in one day. It was interesting how the story weaved together. I would recommend it, and will gladly read more by Sarah Clutton.
  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    An upcoming 25th year class reunion for the women who graduated from Denham House School, an exclusive all-girls boarding academy, brings back memories of a classmate whose untimely death just days before graduation has haunted some of them. Tessa Terrano's death was deemed an accident, but was it really? The book is set in Hobart, Tasmania, and is told from several viewpoints that give alternate perspectives on what happened to Tessa. Emma Parsons, married to Phillip, has a 13-year-old daughter An upcoming 25th year class reunion for the women who graduated from Denham House School, an exclusive all-girls boarding academy, brings back memories of a classmate whose untimely death just days before graduation has haunted some of them. Tessa Terrano's death was deemed an accident, but was it really? The book is set in Hobart, Tasmania, and is told from several viewpoints that give alternate perspectives on what happened to Tessa. Emma Parsons, married to Phillip, has a 13-year-old daughter named Rosie, and works as staff at Denham House School. She's the one who's quite fixated on the Tessa question and feels that she has kept a secret about her death for far too long. Emma's best friend is Marlee Maples, an architect, has recently moved back to Hobart to take a new job. She knows a bit about what happened on the day Tessa died. Clementine Andrews is a famous artist and a classmate of theirs. She's the daughter of Harriet Andrews, a brilliant attorney. Harriet's brother, Dr. Jonathan Brownley is the head of school at Denham House. Whew! These are the main characters who are embroiled in the Tessa debacle. Emma, Marlee and Clementine were classmates back in 1993 when events took place. Fast forward 25 years when thoughts of their class reunion bring Tessa back to mind. What will happen if someone wants the truth to come out now? NO SPOILERS.I'm sure I've muddled this review as it is so complicated with all the drama going on with this large cast of characters, but I really enjoyed the book. It was fast-paced and easy to keep them all straight once they'd been introduced. The author skillfully weaves the narrative pulling in all the strands to make an interesting tale. I found that I was able to relate to all of the characters even while not always liking how they behaved or how they were thinking. In fact, Tessa's death really isn't the main focus of the story as it's more a personality study with all the dysfunctional family situations that run amok. At times quite funny and at others very disturbing. I believe that the point of the novel must surely have to do with the strength of women. With friendship. With possibility.Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for this e-book ARC to read and review. It definitely pushes all the buttons.
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  • Michael David
    January 1, 1970
    GOOD LITTLE LIARS had me gripped from the beginning. It’s a slow-burner about a woman named Emma, who lost her best friend, Tessa, 25 years earlier at their high school. Now, with their reunion coming up, secrets from the past are coming to light...things that may cause trouble for Emma, her best friend Marlee, and other friends and family. This book isn’t really a thriller, even though it’s described that way. It’s more about the lives of a group of people and how secrets can fester and change GOOD LITTLE LIARS had me gripped from the beginning. It’s a slow-burner about a woman named Emma, who lost her best friend, Tessa, 25 years earlier at their high school. Now, with their reunion coming up, secrets from the past are coming to light...things that may cause trouble for Emma, her best friend Marlee, and other friends and family. This book isn’t really a thriller, even though it’s described that way. It’s more about the lives of a group of people and how secrets can fester and change the course of their lives. It’s a compelling drama with a suspenseful back story, and I was very intrigued. Author Sarah Clutton does a great job of writing multiple characters, but giving each one a rich history so you really feel like you know them. I would definitely recommend this book. Thank you to NetGalley, Sarah Clutton, and Bookouture for an ARC.
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  • peggy
    January 1, 1970
    School friends and an up and coming school reunion twenty five years after the event. A school friend died just before they all left school. An okay read but it just did not grab me. I would of liked to read more about their school days rather than spending so much time on what happened later in their lives. This is my own personal opinion and I am sure other readers will enjoy it more just not for me. I would like to thank the author, Bookouture and Netgalley for the ARC in return for giving an School friends and an up and coming school reunion twenty five years after the event. A school friend died just before they all left school. An okay read but it just did not grab me. I would of liked to read more about their school days rather than spending so much time on what happened later in their lives. This is my own personal opinion and I am sure other readers will enjoy it more just not for me. I would like to thank the author, Bookouture and Netgalley for the ARC in return for giving an honest review.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Good Little liars by Sarah Clutton. It is due to be published 2nd Octoer 2019. Thanks to net galley for the ARC.Not only does this book have a great front cover, it is also a captivating story which had me gripped from the beginning. I really enjoyed reading this book and it was an easier read. The only issue I had is that feel like it was lacking something ... especially around the middle, i just thought it needed something a bit more! Despite this, I would definitely recommend read Good Little liars by Sarah Clutton. It is due to be published 2nd Octoer 2019. Thanks to net galley for the ARC.Not only does this book have a great front cover, it is also a captivating story which had me gripped from the beginning. I really enjoyed reading this book and it was an easier read. The only issue I had is that feel like it was lacking something ... especially around the middle, i just thought it needed something a bit more! Despite this, I would definitely recommend reading this! Your school friends know the truth about you – the person you were before you got the flattering haircut, the great career, the loving family. The lies you’ve told.It’s been twenty-five years since Emma graduated from Denham House Girls’ School, and twenty-five years since her friend Tessa died. Now, just as a class reunion approaches, Emma has found herself back at Denham House, staying in the headmaster’s old staff cottage while her marriage implodes. But it’s in this cottage that Emma finds an old photograph that had been hidden away. An explicit image of Tessa, staring boldly at the camera, dated the day before she died.For Emma, this photo proves what she had always suspected. Jon Brownley, the current headmaster, was involved with Tessa. Emma had seen them arguing in the school grounds back then, and had always regretted not speaking up after her friend’s death was ruled an accident. She feels that she let her down. But if she can find more evidence now, could it be her chance to atone?However, as Emma starts to dig into the past, talking to old friends back home for the reunion, she discovers that everyone remembers the past differently, and that the innocent schoolgirls she thought she knew might be hiding some very big secrets.
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  • Flkitty_reads
    January 1, 1970
    It's been a long time since I've read a story. Sounds strange given how many books I read. But, I read a lot of psychological thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction. Stuff that keeps you up, stuff that keeps you guessing, page turners. This book was none of those things. It was just a nice story about friends and lives intertwined with a bit of a mystery thrown in. It was a nice change of pace. I have heard that Sarah Clutton has another book out in 2020. I'm definitely curious.... It's been a long time since I've read a story. Sounds strange given how many books I read. But, I read a lot of psychological thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction. Stuff that keeps you up, stuff that keeps you guessing, page turners. This book was none of those things. It was just a nice story about friends and lives intertwined with a bit of a mystery thrown in. It was a nice change of pace. I have heard that Sarah Clutton has another book out in 2020. I'm definitely curious....Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Candace
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC. Lots of drama with a twist. Good beach read.The twenty fifth high school reunion for a group of women from a privileged private school is approaching. This stirs up memories a mysterious death of their friend who died in their senior year. As they deal with the catastrophes of their own personal lives, secrets are revealed that changes everything they thought they knew. I love books with a good twist and this was no exception but I did find the reveal a little Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC. Lots of drama with a twist. Good beach read.The twenty fifth high school reunion for a group of women from a privileged private school is approaching. This stirs up memories a mysterious death of their friend who died in their senior year. As they deal with the catastrophes of their own personal lives, secrets are revealed that changes everything they thought they knew. I love books with a good twist and this was no exception but I did find the reveal a little too slow and anti-climatic. The characters were so intertwined that sometimes it was a bit confusing distinguishing who was who. The plot seemed a little contrived at times and felt preposterous. It was the first time a read a book set in Tasmania and that was interesting.#GoodLittleLiars#NetGalley
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