Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Little Black Lies by Sandra Block

Title: Little Black Lies
Author: Sandra Block

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Published Date: February 17, 2015

Buy on Amazon: Paperback & Kindle 

Author Website: http://www.sandraablock.com/


She helps people conquer their demons. But she has a few of her own...

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 Zoe becomes obsessed with questions about her own mother's death, 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.

My Thoughts:

Little Black Lies, by Sandra Block, is a suspenseful thriller that had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. After moving back to her hometown, Psychiatric Resident Zoe has started a new job in the Psychiatric Unit at her local hospital.  Zoe thought it best to come home and help her brother with their ailing mother, who suffers from dementia and is getting worse day by day.  Brokenhearted, Zoe leaves her 'Frenchman' boyfriend behind when Jean Luc suggests they should not attempt a long distance relationship. With her mother settled into a nursing home, Zoe moves in with her brother Scotty and begins her residency. 

Things seem to be going as smoothly as they can for Zoe. However, Zoe becomes distressed when out of the blue she begins having a nightmare that she hasn't experienced since her teenage years. Zoe was adopted at a young age after her mother died in a fire that Zoe was rescued from. Her nightmare consists of when she was caught in the fire. She has blocked out her life before her adoption, but the nightmare makes her begin to question the unknowns of her past. 

Zoe has always been thankful to her adoptive mother for raising and loving her and giving her a happy life. She loves her mother with all of her heart and seeing her slowly lose her memory kills her. Zoe never really dwelled on her birth mother or the fire. However, with the emergence of her nightmares, Zoe realizes that there are a lot of unanswered questions and with her mother quickly falling prey to dementia, she might not have another chance to fully understand her past.

On top of the stresses of her failing love life and sick mother, Zoe is assigned a new patient named Sofia. Sofia has been incarcerated in a Psych ward since she was a teenager and she killed her mother and injured her brother. Sofia is not your normal run of the mill crazy person. She's in her 30's, very beautiful and uses it to her advantage. After spending half of her life around Psychiatrists, Sofia has learned what to say and how to play the game. Zoe's boss feels they should look into releasing Sofia into the world. It's Zoe's job to find out if she is fully recovered and competent enough to lead a normal life.  Zoe finds that she cannot trust Sofia, there is something about her that is 'off.'  Is Zoe biased because she knows Sofia murdered her own mother and Zoe lost her birth mother and is slowly losing her adopted mother to a horrible disease?

Sandra Block's Little Black Lies follows Zoe as she struggles missing Jean Luc, figuring out if Sofia is truly rehabilitated, and piecing together her screwed up past. This novel is full of twists and turns. I can honestly say that the ending of the book was a total shock and surprise. Once I realized what was happening my jaw was on the floor.

Little Black Lies is extremely well written with relatable and three-dimensional characters. It is truly a must read. I really empathized with Zoe and Scotty as they watched their mother diminish day by day. Block did a wonderful job of illustrating how having a loved one with dementia will impact family members. This book is an absolute perfect summer read! I read it extremely fast because once I started it I had to see it through until it ended. Job well done to Sandra Block!

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of the book, Little Black Lies, for the purpose of review.

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