REVIEW: All Your Little Lies, Marianne Holmes #BLOGTOUR

Friday, 16 October 2020

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.

Having absolutely loved Marianne’s Holmes first novel, I jumped at the chance of reading All Your Little Lies. Her thriller form stands apart from others in the genre: there’s no alcohol-soaked detective, or blood-splattered final girl here. No summer camp, no Billy Joel bar. Instead, the reader hears from a main character that they never would have thought to experience: a child shunted to the sidelines (as in Holmes’ spectacular first novel, A Little Bird Told Me), or a lonely young woman with a growing obsession. 

Annie is not initially a sympathetic character: her social missteps are sure to rub the readers, as she does the other characters, up the wrong way. But that sharpness, awkwardness; that bumbling reality of talking herself into situations that she really should’ve stayed apart from, are the main driving forces of this novel. And, what a novel it turned out to be.

Holmes’ prose is sumptuous and rich - even though Annie is awkward, that doesn’t mean (like so many others in the genre) that the novel in its entirety is. Rather, by placing her speech and actions into the structure of some truly fabulous writing, her bluntness is made even more apparent. After all, it is only through this juxtaposition that the mesmerising, haunting, thriller nature of this novel could ever truly be realised. And, going forth, I challenge any reader to stop and try to push it from their thoughts.

You won’t be able to, I promise you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Agora for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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