Book review: All Your Little Lies by Marianne Holmes


Annie lives a quiet, contained, content life. She goes to work. She meets her friend. She’s nearly in a relationship. She’s happy. Not lonely at all. If only more people could see how friendly she is — how eager to help and please. Then she could tick “Full Happy Life” off her list. But no one sees that side of Annie and she can’t understand why. That all changes the night Chloe Hills disappears. And Annie is the last person to see her. This is her chance to prove to everybody that she’s worth something. That is, until she becomes a suspect.


Happy publication day to All Your Little Lies!

This one ended up being slightly different to how I expected it to be, but still an enjoyable thriller.⁠

I went into this thinking it would be more of a fun fast-paced thriller with an unreliable narrator trying to recall what she did on the night a young girl went missing, slowly uncovering the memories of that night. However, this is a much slower paced thriller, focusing more on the mindset of our protagonist and unravelling the story of her past.⁠

Definitely more of a character focused novel. We really get a deep dive into Annie’s thoughts and feelings. As the novel progresses we begin to get glimpses into her past, and it’s here that we start to learn why she is the way that she is.⁠

I mentioned previously that this was quite a slow-paced thriller, and I think this was down to its character focus over plot focus. I felt there were several repetitive areas within the book that accounted towards its slower pace, and I think this was done to really drill in Annie’s state of mind throughout.⁠

As with most thrillers, there were a couple cliché moments thrown in for good measure, but overall this was really well written and easy to read!⁠

Thanks to Agora Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 😊⁠

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Book Details:

Pages: 320
Edition Published:
2020, Agora Books
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Goodreads Av. Rating: 3.51

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