Little White Lies by Philippa East. (2020).
**4 out of 5 stars**
**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free advance readers copy of this novel; published 1 February 2020**
Anne White looked away for a second and her daughter was gone. That happened seven years ago. Now Abigail is coming home and Anne must finally face the truth about what happened the day Abigail disappeared…and face up to the little white lie she told…
I quite enjoyed this novel; it’s a really great debut for the author! The narrative alternates between the viewpoints of Anne (Abigail’s mother) and Jess (Abigail’s cousin). It is clear very quickly that while she is thrilled to have her daughter back, Anne is holding in a secret that may have something to do with her daughter’s disappearance. As a mother it was very easy to have sympathy for Anne and it was horrifying to imagine this scenario happening to my own child. Jess is the same age as Abigail and they were two peas in a pod before Abigail’s difference so Jess is also thrilled to have Abigail back but struggles with that fact that Abigail has obviously changed after her seven year disappearance. This was an intriguing and very gripping read that had me racing through the pages to find out the full story. Happily recommend!