WOW It s not often that I m COMPLETELY blindsided by the outcome of a book I never ever EVER saw that coming Little Voices takes us on a journey with Devon Burges who has just had a high risk birth She has learned that one friend has been murdered and another friend is the primary suspect Dealing with severe postpartum and voices in her head, Devon investigates the murder with surprisingly good instincts to prove her friend innocent As I read Little Voices, I found myself actually feeling Devon s anxiety, depression, angst, and shame I felt it deep I was attached to her in so many ways It s hard to find main characters that truly let you into their souls, but this is one of those characters I finished this book early this morning with my jaw wide open and tears streaming down my face I really can t say anything else without a spoiler, but if you love relatable characters, an amazing mystery, and a completely UNEXPECTED ending then you must read Little Voices. Holy Debut Book, Batman I devoured this book over the course of a weekend, and I absolutely LOVED it I m a tough critic on thrillers mysteries, but this one is SO good Here s what I really liked Strong, likable female lead Relatable yet unreliable narrator Excellent character development Fun whodunnit mystery Political drama controversy Unforeseen extra twist Tidy ending Believable story while staying grounded in the real worldDevony is our lead in this book, and I found her so relatable even with hearing voices not sure what that means about me As a new mother, we all have that negative voice telling us that we re not good enough Devon has this too, but is it than that At first, I found her to be a tad too emotional, then I remembered that she s newly postpartum, and I forgave her Don t worry though, soon she starts to show who she really is as she becomes obsessed with uncovering who murdered her friend She s clever, resourceful, persistent, and mayyybe a little morally ambiguous precisely how I like my leading ladies.The twist got me I re read the pages because I couldn t believe my eyes There was this moment where I went, Come on There s no way that works Just when I was frustrated, the author explains it all away to a point that something very irrational makes perfect rational sense She tied the ending up in a nice little bow and even managed to shed light on an important issue ongoing in our culture I loved the book and the message that was surprisingly hidden within a thriller I was blown away Can t wait for her next book Me I LOVE, I mean I m obsessed with, financial white collar crimes exposes like The Big Short really anything by Michael Lewis , Billion Dollar Whale, Bad Blood, etc Like I EAT the words like a glutton AND I also LOVE LOVE LOVE psychological thrillers with a bad ass, SMART female lead AND, I also like a book with education and meaning and an important message Oh oh oh, and I really LOVE books that give me huge doses of atmosphere, especially the New England atmosphere I wish I had all that in one book, but that s impossible, right Vanessa Lillie Not impossible, here.OMG This book Look, it s a page turner, it s a twisty thriller with an awesome, strong, whip smart female lead who, by the way, is not all perfect nor even all together SUPER strong, she s human But like, a really awesome, strong and real human She just has some flaws And it s got a twist, all that All the makings of a fabulous psychological thriller But it is way than just that I really love books that show strong women with professional skills, professional language, professional thoughts Imagine Leslie Knope in a serious murder investigation, with all her binders and charts and tabs Twist Knope s comedy to something akin to biting wit, satirical and wise, and you have Devon Don t get me wrong, Little Voices is not a comedy in the least It s just that Devon does pepper her narrative with some satirical observations that made me find her intellectual and strong she could take herself out of a situation and observe herself or situations and comment on it in a satisfying, meta way I like that She talks of variables and financial and political maneuverings with ease, making her an intelligent and interesting lead to follow through a murder investigation Oh and heap on the fact she s carrying around a prematurely born child, and she s got postpartum And this is the piece I think Lillie handles so well, and frankly, I m appreciative of what she did here If you haven t lived through incredibly tumultuous post birth emotions, postpartum, even depression at any stage, birth or no, I hope you will recognize the genius with how Lillie made a woman s thoughts during these times so very real, palatable to read which to be honest, I was fearing, as who wants to live in such terror , understandable, andgiven they way she wrote it, way less terrifying Actually, she made it understandable and, for me, logical There s one line that really stands out That s the problem with logic It doesn t stand a chance against terror This is something that resounds with me a great deal It is something I fight in my own real life, and also in all of my own writing It is such a true statement, and so, consciously recognizing it, I keep bolstering logic, fortifying logic, so as to fight terror, to flip it so that terror doesn t have a chance against logic And this is exactly what Lillie does here Devon can recognize the thread of crazy and she therefore acknowledges it, faces it, somewhat allows it, and therefore makes it controllable She uses her logic throughout the book, her intelligence, her skills in organization and research, and she fights back the terror And she solves a murder Also she gives atmosphere Lillie captures the sights, the feel, the look of trees, the landscape, everything about Rhode Island She doesn t hold back in setting scene and weaving in the senses through well written prose in a scene Exceptional Nothing not to love about this awesome, intriguing, exceptionally well crafted, politico financial murder thriller, that is not only a page turner, but a model of how a woman can go through physical and mental wood chippers, time and time again, and still be the strongest person in the room Read it. 4.5 stars I had just been complaining about mysteries thrillers ending too abruptly with too many unanswered questions and then I read Little Voices by Vanessa Lillie WOW A stunning debut, where murder mystery meets political thriller Devon Burges may be one of the most well developed characters in a book I ve read in awhile As the chapters progressed we learned about what makes Devon the way she is and we learn about the voice inside her head Is this her own internal monologue or something much bigger I was continually surprised as I flipped each page and every time I thought I had something figured out, I was surprised again I ve noted this before but I really do love how reading educates me on topics I may not of learned about until later Little Voices highlights postpartum depression, which I found to be so important because as a society we don t talk about it much or the other horrors of pregnancy, child birth, etc If this wasn t a debut, I would be searching Goodreads for other books by Vanessa Lillie Run, don t walk, to an indie bookstore in October to pick up Little Voices Thank you to the author NetGalley for an eARC. WOW It s not often that I m COMPLETELY blindsided by the outcome of a book I never ever EVER saw that coming Little Voices takes us on a journey with Devon Burges who has just had a high risk birth She has learned that one friend has been murdered and another friend is the primary suspect Dealing with severe postpartum and voices in her head, Devon investigates the murder with surprisingly good instincts to prove her friend innocent As I read Little Voices, I found myself actually feeling Devon s anxiety, depression, angst, and shame I felt it deep I was attached to her in so many ways It s hard to find main characters that truly let you into their souls, but this is one of those characters I finished this book early this morning with my jaw wide open and tears streaming down my face I really can t say anything else without a spoiler, but if you love relatable characters, an amazing mystery, and a completely UNEXPECTED ending then you must read Little Voices. As I have followed the DebutAuthors19 hashtag on Twitter throughout this year, this was one of the books I have been most excited about getting my hands on Vanessa Lillie is super cool and was kind enough to send me a copy on NetGalley This thriller brings some exciting new twists to the genre most notably, that it deals with financial and legal conspiracies while also probing women s issues I often see stereotypes in the genre, that women are dealing with domestic issues like family, relationships, etc and the men are the ones handling the big stuff Lillie s protagonist, Devon, handles the big stuff and After nearly dying during childbirth, Devon must push aside the voices in her head to raise her new baby while also investigating the death of her best friend, Belina Belina was involved in some shady corners of Providence, Rhode Island, and while Devon doesn t need to look into the murder she s not a cop or detective she can t stop herself Her legal and financial background gives her the tools to solve the case, and despite her husband s wish for her to stop, she persists There is so much in this book Devon has a dark past of her own, and there are some wild and breathtaking twists I also loved that no one in this story is fully good or fully evil it s impossible to tell who s guilty of the murder, because every one of them is guilty in some way. Little Voice was by far a 5 star read, a stunning debut by Vanessa Lillie Devon Burges is rushed to the hospital for a high risk birth while in labor she hears over the radio that her friend Belina was found murder 3 months later after being released from hospital to deal with her almost fatal birth and a very colicy newborn Devon learns that the main suspect in Belina death is her employer Adam who also happens to be Devon s old college friend While dealing with The voice in her head that have come back after her difficult birth but her skills as a fraud investigator are still sharp and she will do everything to lead to police to the real killer Not only was this book an extremely quick read, suspenseful it still leaves room for last OMG moment after the killer is revealed One that you will never see coming I was completely shocked Also the author has done a fantastic job detailing the setting of Rhode Island The landmarks, accents, corruption etc Being from RI seeing all the references made me smile I am looking forward to seeing what Vanessa Lillie has in store for her future books and she has gained a fan in me. So once again I would like to thank vanessalillie netgalley thomasandmercerpublishers for allowing me access to this e book Little Voices is an excellent book The book is about a women named Devony or Devon who after having a baby no spoilers finds herself investigating a murder of her friend and the number one suspect is another friend The book is really interesting in that the author goes into great detail about what being an expectant mother is like as well as becoming a new mother I think a lot of parents or parents to be will highly relate to this book and can appreciate a lot of the experiences that Devony had with being a new mother In addition, Devony is a great character and as the story is being told she keeps having self doubts about the person she but she continues fighting on This book involves crime, love, sex, politics, justice which makes it enjoyable for all readers Devon hits many stumbling blocks during her investigation of the various characters in the books and every time she thinks she has it figured out a new clue emerges that changes her direction I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and really think you will too Go buy this book Loud voices, a double beep, flatline again You ll finally get what you deserveLittle Voices is a political thriller murder mystery about a former female prosecutor who s set on finding her close friend s killer However, this woman is now going through postpartum depression which is manifesting itself as a series of scary little voices in her head, telling her the vilest things Are these voices helping her, or leading her down a dark path I was getting skeptical of where this book was going, considering this isn t the type of thriller I normally dive into a political legal one and therefore the political jargon money laundering, big fish, etc was making me nervous at first, but the elusive manipulative side of the political world ended up being quite an interesting journey to experience Most importantly, I found myself invested in Devon s character I was rooting for her all the way through Her character is compelling and very well developed, with an unimaginably harrowing, dark past I m always drawn to that particular aspect I usually like my protagonists female and strong, and this was exactly what the author delivered Devon actually reminded me of the show Scandal s main character, and readers who ve enjoyed that series will devour this book Though through the end, it becomes clear that it s less about the politics and about Devon s personal life something horrifying is happening all throughout the book and we are not aware of what that is until the end What do those voices mean That reveal was both unexpected and heart wrenching The book ends with a clever family twist and then a final confrontation that left me on edge This was a very well done debut, and I m certainly looking forward to see what the author comes up with next. The Voice In Her Head Says He S Guilty She Knows He S InnocentDevon 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 InvestigateHaunted 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 InnocenceBut As Devon Digs Into The Evidence, The Voice In Her Head Grows Insistent, The Danger Intense Each Layer Is Darker, Disturbing, And She S Not Sure She Or Her Baby Can Survive What Lies At The Truth An Impressive Debut This Superb Psychological Thriller Is Hard To Put Down Publishers Weekly Starred Review Haunting And Gripping Little Voices Grabs You From The First Chapter And Takes You On A Twisting, Turning Journey With A Surprise Ending That Will Leave You Stunned And Wanting The Miami News Record An Unsettling Mystery With An Unreliable Narrator Who Will Keep You Guessing The Whole Way Through Little Voices Is As Haunting As It Is Gripping Liv Constantine, Bestselling Author Of The Last Mrs Parrish Intricate, Unpredictable, And Deliciously Addictive Minka Kent, Bestselling Author Of The Memory Watcher And The Thinnest Air Intriguing, Exceptionally Well Crafted, Politico Financial Murder Thriller, That Is Not Only A Page Turner, But A Model Of How A Woman Can Go Through Physical And Mental Wood Chippers, Time And Time Again, And Still Be The Strongest Person In The Room Read It Shannon Kirk, International Bestselling Author Of Method , In The Vines, And Gretchen Little Voices Grabs You From The First Chapter And Doesn T Let Go Until One Shocking Final Twist Vanessa Lillie Is An Author To Watch, Taking Us Deep Into The World And Mind Of Former Prosecutor Turned Struggling New Mom Devon Burges As She Battles Old Politics, New Money, Big Fish, And, Worst Of All, That Little Voice In Her Head To Help Solve The Murder Of Her Close Friend Psychological Suspense At Its Best Kellye Garrett, Anthony, Agatha, And Lefty Award Winning Author Of Hollywood Homicide From The Opening Chapter To The Last Line Of The Book, Vanessa Lillie Takes You On A Ride You Won T Be Prepared For, But At The Same Time, Won T Want To End Twists, Turns, Suspects, And Small Town Motives Are Around Every Corner With An Ending That Will Blow You Away One Of The Best Books I Ve Read This Year Matthew Farrell, Bestselling Author Of What Have You Done Vanessa Lillie S Little Voices Is My Favorite Kind Of Mystery Densely Plotted, Character Rich, And Full Of Sharp And Perceptive Writing This Is A Stunning Debut With A Gut Punch Of A Twist You Ll Be Reading All Night Long Jennifer Hillier, Author Of Jar Of Hearts Little Voices Is An Utterly Original Debut Novel With A Twist So Unexpected I Jumped From The Last Page Right Back To The First To Start Reading Again Victoria Helen Stone, Bestselling Author Of Jane Doe
Vanessa Lillie is originally from Miami, Oklahoma, where she spent a lot of time investigating local ghost stories at the public library After college, she worked in Washington, DC, until moving to Providence, Rhode Island, which she calls home with her husband and dinosaur aficionado son Smitten with the smallest state, she enjoys organizing book events and literary happenings around town.
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