Tiny White Lies by Fiona Palmer. (2020).
**4 out of 5 stars**
For three weeks, two families escape the rat race in a remote coastal camp with no phone reception…
Ashley has recently lost her husband and her daughter Emily is being bullied online. Her best friend Nikki is hiding a huge secret and why is her husband Chris receiving so many texts lately? Their teenage children are glued to technology. While the teenagers struggle to embrace this new world of self-entertaining in the rugged bushland, the adults are trying to maintain a certain facade. Soon, around the flames of the campfire, their tiny white lies might just begin to be exposed.
Although I’d heard of this author and know that she is super popular, this is the first book of hers I’ve read. And I can see why she is very popular. Ironically, given the setting of the book, this one would be a fantastic holiday read while you had no distractions. The storyline involves many serious and emotional concepts including suicide, mental illness, cyberbullying, body and medical issues, family separation and so on. But it also felt really easy to read, and you felt invested in these characters hoping that everything would work out for all of them. On a personal note, as a child I used to regularly holiday at a place about an hour from Bremer Bay which sounded very similar, including the no phone signal haha, so for me I could easily picture the beautiful landscape and vibe the author has described. I would happily recommend this novel for those that enjoy Australian fiction and domestic drama fiction.