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Little White Lies
by Katie Dale
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Delacorte, 2014 (2014)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The lead in Katie Dale's psychological mystery, Little White Lies, is torn between love and hatred, conviction and distrust. Lou Shepherd is keeping all kinds of secrets. But then, so is the object of her crush, whom she stalks obsessively.

The mystery opens on an office break-in. The perps? Lou and her hacker friend Kenny. They leave with a USB stick. What's on it? Next we meet Lou jogging with her best friend Vix, a wannabe reporter. They are students in Sheffield. Lou is watching handsome Christian Marcus Webb, whom Vix dubs Mr. McHotty.

Though Lou is obviously strongly attracted (and soon worms her way into Christian's life) there's a dark secret in her past, one she keeps from both Vix and Christian. But Kenny knows it, and he soon pops out of the woodwork and into Lou's life again. We learn that she's reinvented herself - why?

The quote at the beginning of the book (Sir Walter Scott's 'Oh, what a tangled web we weave, / When first we practice to deceive!') seems more and more apt. Lou's lies collide, her life gets ever more complicated, and she's torn between her growing love for Christian and her knowledge that he's lied to her - is he still doing so?

It's a clever plot and though I did see some of it coming, I wasn't completely sure till the very end. Readers and Lou learn along the way that living a lie is very hard work - and very dangerous. She ends up with a tough choice to make, between love and truth, and chooses well.

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