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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Review: Little Voices by Vanessa Lillie

Little Voices 
by Vanessa Lillie

Thank you to Thomas & Mercer for this free copy.

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Publish Date: October 1, 2019
336 Pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller

The voice in her head says he’s guilty. She knows he’s innocent.

Devon Burges is in the throes of a high-risk birth when she learns of her dear friend’s murder. The police quickly name another friend as the chief suspect, but Devon doesn’t buy it—and despite her difficult recovery, she decides to investigate.

Haunted by postpartum problems that manifest as a cruel voice in her head, Devon is barely getting by. Yet her instincts are still sharp, and she’s bent on proving her friend’s innocence.

But as Devon digs into the evidence, the voice in her head grows more insistent, the danger more intense. Each layer is darker, more disturbing, and she’s not sure she—or her baby—can survive what lies at the truth.

My Review:

Devon has life threatening issues during the birthing of her child which causes these voices she's been known to have in the past to rise, more powerful, this time.  During this process, a close friend of her dies and another friend is prime suspect number one.  She dives into her old instincts and skills to try and prove his innocence.  This could break not only her mind but her relationship with her husband as well.

It was really interesting to read the inner thoughts that she has as she goes about her day.  I wish the author had took a little time to discuss the hint she had given to Devon's prior issues with these voices that she heard.  However, it does pay attention to PPD and that feeling of not being good enough.  And really just the insecurities some people feel day to day when their anxiety and low self esteem sabotages everything in their path. I felt this was well done though at times these interjections seemed to get to be a bit much... but yet realistic in what would happen in this person's mind.  A lot of people go through this on SOME level at some point in their life.

I love Devon's tenacity and courage ... even if she was blindly loyal and her expectations a bit too high at times.  While the ending was a bit of a surprise, it didn't completely shock me either. I fear saying too much to spoil anything so I'll just leave it right there.

As a debut novel, I'm very impressed.  I felt the writing was fluid, though I can see some readers being irritated with the repetitiveness of the inner monologue.  The story line was intriguing and I had a hard time putting this one down.


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