Little Lies by Heather Gudenkauf

September 6th, 2014 Kimberly Review 42 Comments

6th Sep
Little Lies by Heather Gudenkauf
Little Lies
by Heather Gudenkauf
Published by: Harlequin
Genres: Mystery
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon
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In this riveting prequel to her novel Little Mercies, New York Times bestselling 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.

Little Lies by Heather Gudenkauf is the prequel to her novel Little Mercies and while short, it offers a full murder mystery and an inquisitive social worker.

Espresso Review:

A body of a woman is discovered at the local park beneath a statue of Leto, the goddess of motherhood. Sitting silently alongside her is the dead woman’s four-year son. Ellen Moore a social worker, recently back from maternity leave is called to assist with the young child. The crime scene immediately reminds her of a similar unsolved case that happened almost a decade ago. The tale that unfolds is fascinating as Ellen pieces together events, looks out for the interest of the frightened young boy and tries to protect one from the past. Gudenkauf delivered a well-paced, easy flowing mystery with realistic characters that the reader can identify with. Despite its short length the tale is developed and kept me on edge as we along with Ellen pieced together clues. Little Lies does not rely heavily on procedure but on old-fashioned detective work.  As Ellen pieced together clues she took on one heck of a ride. Suspects, clues and links fell into place and never felt forced. I am looking forward to reading Little Mercies and more of Gudenkauf’s brand of mystery and suspense.

Little Lies is the perfect short story to enjoy on a rainy afternoon with a nice cup of flavored coffee.

About Heather Gudenkauf

Heather Gudenkauf is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden. Heather was born in Wagner, South Dakota, the youngest of six children. Heather Gudenkauf graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in elementary education, has spent her career working with students of all ages and continues to work in education as a Title I Reading Coordinator. Heather lives in Iowa with her husband, three children, and a very spoiled German Shorthaired Pointer named Lolo. In her free time Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, and running. She is currently working on her next novel.

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42 Responses to “Little Lies by Heather Gudenkauf”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I enjoy them too Trish, and agree perfect way to sample the author.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am so glad, i have Little Mercies on the schedule for October.

  1. Rita

    I read Little Mercies but skipped this prequel. I suppose as a novella it would be less expensive to download, so maybe I would read it in the future. It sounds good and I enjoy all Ms. Gudenkauf’s books.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah, I snagged this out of curiosity I think it was .99 cents.

  2. Candace

    Thanks for the reminder about this, I need to read it. My mom just read Little Mercies when she was visiting me and started rereading all of Heather’s books cause she was reminded how much she loves her. So I’ll have to be sure to let her know to grab this on her kindle too.

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  3. Braine Talk Supe

    A short sleuthing novel that managed to pull it off. That’s good in itself, unveiling clues and putting it all together usually takes time. I guess the author cut some of the fat but at 3.5 cups maybe Little Lies could’ve benefited from a few more pages to make it more solid.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was a good novella and a great intro to her work. I am looking forward to sharing Little Mercies.

  4. Lupdilup

    I ran over here when I saw the title, then I took a closer look at the cover and realized it wasn’t Big Little Lies..LOL There’s too many lies in books! LOL Anyway I’m just dying to see your review of that book. Now This here sounds good too, this is a genre I hardly ever read or listen to, but now that I’m trying to prevent burning out on romance I might give it go.
    Thanks Kimba 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I loved, Big Little Lies, but no this is an excellent book though 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes Tanja..perfect for a quick afternoon read on a rainy day..just add coffee or cocoa.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      She is a new to me author, and I am happy I discovered her. 🙂 Thanks Tanya

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was good Christy, and I am looking forward to the full length novel.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      When my children where small this type of story freaked me out a little too Maggie.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have Little Mercies coming up, and I’m really enjoying this author!