Three Lit­tle Lies ★★

Laura Mar­shall, Sphere, R295

Sunday Times - - Review - Jen­nifer Platt @Jen­nifer­d­platt

The ti­tle is in the spirit of the trendy thriller pop­u­larised by Liane Mo­ri­arty’s

Big Lit­tle Lies, which was made into the spec­tac­u­lar TV se­ries with Ni­cole Kid­man and Reese Wither­spoon. It’s in­ter­est­ing enough at first: Ellen searches for her friend Sasha, who has gone miss­ing. They’ve been BFFs since they were teenagers when the golden Sasha and her bo­hemian fam­ily, the Monk­tons, moved into Ellen’s sub­ur­ban Lon­don neigh­bour­hood. It opens with a rape trial — that of Daniel Monk­ton. It’s a she said, she said, she said and even though Mar­shall’s char­ac­ters say the right thing about be­liev­ing the vic­tim, the story does not have the depth to ex­plore such a weighty theme.

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