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Little White Lies by [McGregor, Elizabeth]
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Length: 384 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Any other year, summer arrived with the swallows. But this year, the broken body of a bird, left on the porch, serves as an omen of deception, a shadow cast over the days to come…

Beth March’s life seems unexceptional: she and her husband, David, have a conventional, quiet marriage.

The opening morning of the nightmare seems like just another day, aside from the unexpected body of the bird…but while Beth showers and prepares for the day, David drives his car at full speed into the path of a lorry. He is killed instantly.

From the moment that Beth learns of his fate, her world begins to shatter around her. Nothing in her life can ever be the same again.

No one can be trusted. No one is telling her the truth.

Was David having an affair?

Why did he go behind her back to sell his shares and take out another mortgage — and where is that money now?

What dark secrets lie beneath the picture-perfect image of the family down the lane?

As she unravels the chain of tragic events that preceded her husband’s death, Beth finds herself tossed from side to side on a sea of continually shifting information, never sure what is true and what is not.

What seem like little white lies gradually begin to build and build until Beth truly begins to realise the horror of devastating betrayal experienced by everyone involved…

Little White Lies is an intriguing tale of suspicion, deceit and the quest for the truth.

Praise for Little White Lies

‘A riveting page-turner, with totally believable characters and a good, fast-moving plot. A story of betrayal and anguish which lingers on in the mind’ —Tim Manderson, Publishing News

‘Fairly rips along with a quirky twist on almost every page’ —Evening Standard

Elizabeth McGregor
began writing seriously when she won a short story competition in 1987. She has since had over 100 stories and serials published in the UK and abroad, and has worked for both magazines and radio. Little White Lies follows her first two novels, An Intimate Obsession and You Belong to Me.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1419 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press (Feb. 27 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars is that it's like a ball of tangled yarn April 29 2017
By Travis C - Published on
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*** LANGUAGE ***

The writer is a resident of the UK. Unlike many books written by UK authors, however, I didn't come across any confusing terms. However, it is written in Adult English, which includes a number of f-words. Not gratuitously overdone, but enough to turn some readers away.


Aside from the language, this is the type of character-driven story that will appeal to many readers. Back when I was young, aspiring writers often spoke of a desire to write 'mainstream' novels. This would be one eay to describe this low-key suspense novel.

What I mean is, the suspense is not the sort that is found in crime fiction, but it is a suspense that mirrors that which confronts us in our daily life.

Another way to describe this, is that it's like a ball of tangled yarn. As you remove enough to get down to one mess of knots and get them cleared, you discover that another mess of tangles is down a little further, and so on. Until, finally, you get down to the core and, ooops, one last twist alters everything.


Contains no graphic scenes of violence or romance.

Bottom Line

A solid four stars. Writing is very good, but a little action would be appreciated by me. Still, this writer has talent aplenty. I enjoy her ability to let us see what the heroine sees and feels at each stage.

Four stars out of five. A very good read.

Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.

Thank you
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dead Bird and a Sickening Truth May 13 2017
By Steven Ramirez - Published on
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It’s not often I say this, but Little White Lies by Elizabeth McGregor blew me away. What starts out as a sad, curious mystery festers like sepsis, driving you to high fever and delirium until what you are left with is shock and a sickening truth that speaks to the worst human frailties. All through the book, the author is both careful and relentless. Her writing is unfailingly English, and she doesn’t brook impatience. You must wait for the revelation. And, dear Lord, when it comes you almost wish it hadn’t.

By nature, I am an impatient person. And, for better or worse, my writing reflects that. But in this brilliant novel, McGregor has taught me that sometimes it’s better to breathe and let the pain wash over you like a rinsing agent mixed with blood. Beth March never had a clue that a dead bird would lead to such misery—not just hers—and when she accepts the reality that has always surrounded her, it’s as if she is acknowledging not just one but many deaths.

Don’t go looking for heroes in Little White Lies—they don’t exist. Some, however, do act heroically at times, including Beth. There is no doubt I will read this book again. But I’ll have to wait until the fever subsides. In the meantime, I’m going in search of the 1998 TV movie version, which was produced by the BBC and co-written by the novel’s author.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery with deep emotional impact April 29 2017
By Ann F - Published on
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Beth's husband dies in a car crash and to her astonishment, he had his passport, suitcase, and a one-way ticket with him. Then she discovers a second mortgage on their house, under circumstances which suggest that it wasn't just her husband who was betraying her.

The writing emphasizes her emotional condition and that of the others around her who see their lives and certainties falling apart around them. At times, it becomes as much psychological horror as mystery, with twists reminiscent of Hitchcock.
1.0 out of 5 stars DNF did not finish July 1 2017
By Reading Renee - Published on
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Managed to get 20 pages in and had NO clue what was going on. The writing was awful and started out like it was the middle of the book. Bizarre I really wish I could quote the first page because it is so in need of editing.
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I didn't stop reading this April 30 2017
By joycie67 - Published on
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In the middle as I almost did. The character of Julia was driving me crazy with her neediness. And I felt there where things in the book just glossed over. There was a reason for this. Great ending.

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