Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Little Black Lies

Book: Little Black Lies
Author: Sandra Block

In the halls of the psychiatric ward, Dr. Zoe Goldman is a resident in training, dedicated to helping troubled patients. However, she has plenty of baggage of her own. When her newest patient arrives - a beautiful sociopath who murdered her mother - Zoe becomes obsessed with questions about her own mother's death. But the truth remains tauntingly out of reach, locked away within her nightmares of an uncontrollable fire. And as her adoptive mother loses her memory to dementia, the time to find the answers is running out.

As Zoe digs deeper, she realizes that the danger is not just in her dreams but is now close at hand. And she has no choice but to face what terrifies her the most. Because what she can't remember just might kill her.

Little Black Lies is about madness and memory - and the dangerous, little lies we tell ourselves just to survive. -Goodreads

Review: Zoe Goldman is a psychiatry resident with issues. Her birth mother died in a fire when Zoe was a young child, but she can't remember the event. Now in her mid-20's, her nightmares are back and she's decided to find out more about her birth mother, but her adoptive mother is in a home with dementia. Meanwhile, Zoe's heart has been broken (by a boyfriend who served little to no purpose in the book other than to demonstrate there is no way Zoe is as a plain Jane as she makes herself out to be) and she has a new patient who murdered her mother approx. 20 years ago. The patient claims she doesn't remember killing her mother. Zoe needs to determine if she can be released into society or if she is a sociopath. 

This book had some interesting parts, especially the hospital scenes. The author is a medical doctor and really brought these scenes to life. Other than that, the plot moved way too slow to keep me interested in the story. The pace picked up the last few chapters but it was too little too late (this book should have taken a few hours but took me TWO WEEKS!!). 

This is the authors debut novel so I will probably give her next book a chance. 

Grade: 2/5

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