Review: The Day The Lies Began – Kylie Kaden

The Day the Lies Began

Kylie Kaden

Pantera Press

ISBN: 9781925700381



‘Big Little Lies’ meets ‘The Party’


“It seemed simple at first – folding one lie over the next. She had become expert at feathering over the cracks to ensure her life appeared the same. But inside, it didn’t feel fixed.”


It happened the day of the Moon Festival. It could have been left behind, they all could have moved on with their lives. But secrets have a habit of rising to the surface, especially in small towns.


Two couples, four ironclad friendships, the perfect coastal holiday town. With salt-stung houses perched like lifeguards overlooking the shore, Lago Point is the scene of postcards, not crime scenes. Wife and mother Abbi, town cop Blake, schoolteacher Hannah and local doctor Will are caught in their own tangled webs of deceit.


When the truth washes in to their beachside community, so do the judgements: victim, or vigilante, who will forgive, who will betray? Not all relationships survive. Nor do all residents.


Sometimes, doing wrong can feel completely right…



My View:

A great exploration of relationships and the truths and half-truths we tell ourselves/our partners when faced with tough decisions, thankfully most of us will never need to discuss the type of incidents that these conversations revolve around.


Twisty and complex, this is a slow burning type read where you really get to understand the main characters. I really loved the growth of the relationship between the angst filled teen and the older woman and the big reveals, most I had not guessed.


This is a read that asks the big questions, ‘how well do you know your partner?’ and “how well do you know yourself?’ Isn’t it interesting how people’s reactions/personality changes when they are in very difficult, emotional situations?

I think this would make great tv.






Post Script: The Girl In The Ice – Robert Bryndza

The Girl In The Ice

The Girl In The Ice

Robert Bryndza


ISBN: 9781910751763


Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.


When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.


The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.


What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?


As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.


The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?


A page-turning thriller packed with suspense. If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter, discover Rob Bryndza’s new series today – at a special launch price.


Watch out for more from DCI Erika Foster


She’s fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes.





My View:

The Good – the narrative is complex, plenty of red herrings, misdirection’s, action and a good police procedural. The second part of the book was a page turner and the prose flowed more easily than the first half – maybe because there was less dialogue and more action or perhaps the writer had become more comfortable with his work? And I loved the diverse characters in the book.


The Not So Good – Ok – I am willing to go against popular opinion and not give this a 5 star review; there a few things that did irritate me in this book – firstly the cover – clearly showing a woman’s icy face – eyes closed, totally the opposite of the first sentence in the publishers blurb, it was even highlighted- eyes wide open and this was “trademark” of the killer – eyes wide open, not closed.


And book that uses the term and uses it often “full breasts “ doesn’t win any points with me, even in the forensic examination “the Y shaped incision had been made, running from each shoulder, converging between her full breasts…” tacky and sounds like the prose came straight out a romance novel. It is a term that doesn’t work for me. It especially doesn’t work in the context of a post mortem.


Dialogue – at times I felt the dialogue was clumsy.


And I felt like I was reading book two of the series not one – I felt I was missing a big part of Erika’s story.


The book shows potential.