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Little Liar

Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
4 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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Summary

Richard and Judy and international best-selling author of The Guilty One returns with a nail-biting ride of 'he said/she said' between a teacher and his pupil. For fans of Anatomy of a Scandal and TV's Liar and Dr Foster.

The accused.

While Nick Dean is enjoying an evening at home with his family, he is blissfully unaware that one of his pupils has just placed an allegation of abuse against him - and that Nick's imminent arrest will see the start of everything he knows and loves disintegrating around him.

Because mud sticks, right? No matter if you're innocent or guilty.

The accuser.

When Angela Furness decides that enough is enough - she hates her parents, hates her friends and, most of all, despises what has recently happened at school - she does the only thing she knows will get her attention: calls the police. But Angela is unaware that the shocking story she is about to tell will see her life begin to topple.

Because once you've said what you've said, there's no way back, right? No matter if you're innocent or guilty.

In a gripping tale of two families torn apart by one catastrophic betrayal, Little Liar illustrates the fine line between guilt and innocence and shows that everyone has their secrets, even those we ought to trust the most.... 

©2018 Lisa Ballantyne (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"One of the most readable, emotionally intense novels of the year." (Richard and Judy)

"Sophisticated, suspenseful, unsettling," (Lee Child) 

"An outstanding work of fiction." (Daily Record

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A Book Full of Victims

A classic case of he said / she said when a young girl accuses a teacher of abuse it sets in motion a series of events that could rip their families apart. Both accused and accuser are treated sympathetically as the ripples of the accusation crash like waves on them and those they hold dear. It's cleverly done and at no time can you be sure of the real truth until the very end.

That ending doesn't pull its punches making this a very satisfying drama which is well illustrated by Peter Kenny's voice. I'm not sure I'd lavish the huge praise on it that Richard and Judy have but they are right that it is emotionally intense and it does a decent job of exploring the ramifications of what is an incredibly difficult problem for today's society.

A very satisfying listen.

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Great book

This was a great listen. Very topical, what happens when a man is accused of sexual assault? this book shows the dark side how a family can crumple reputations, livelihoods ruined and families are torn apart. Is he guilty or not? The characters well all believable and the narrator did a good job giving each a different voice even the woman. This is a book for our times and I really enjoyed it.

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What to believe?

No spoilers here, a great read, love Lisa Ballantyne and looking forward to her next!

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Strange narration

The narrator’s voice here has a really strange inflection. He accentuates the last word in every sentence, as if there was an exclamation mark. I’m afraid he makes this sound like a children’s book. The story is good, such a shame.

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Distressing subject handled well

This book deals with the distressing subject of child sexual abuse, but this book is very well written and deals with the subject sensitively and cleverly. I liked the character of Nick and wanted the allegations against him to be untrue. Angela was not a likeable character but as the story progressed I got to know her better and was able to understand her motivations.

The book held my attention throughout as I really wanted to know the outcome. This is my first book by Lisa Ballantyne and I enjoyed her writing style and will look for more books written by her.

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A gripping listen

Another great story by the author leaping successfully between different key characters perspectives with very different backgrounds.

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Quite good, but didn't quite meet my expectations

Having read one of the authors previous books and really enjoying it I had high hopes for this, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I would have liked to. I found the narrators voice a bit irritating and a little forced rather than flowing naturally. I found myself wondering if I would have enjoyed it better if I had been reading it rather than listening to him tell the story. He was better at characters conversations and accents however.
The storyline was interesting and portrayed a real depth of the emotional impact of abuse, and the ripple effect it can have on families.

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Enjoyable

Kept my interest throughout. The narrator was very good which is my main reason for writing this review. He received a couple of criticisms which I cannot agree with. Seems a shame when he did a good job overall. I wouldn’t want people being put off getting this audiobook because of those criticisms. This is a good story, well narrated and one I highly recommend.

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Great story, terrible narrator

If it hadn’t been for the story, I would not have finished this book. The narrator had the MOST annoying reading style. He sounded like he was just reading sentences - one at a time!
I will make sure never to get a book that he is narrating.
Sorry to sound so miserable

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Brilliant!

It has been a long time since a story has affected me so utterly. Gripping x