Book Review: Little Voices by Vanessa Lillie (ARC)

Little Voices

Author: Vanessa Lillie

Publication Date: 01 October 2019

Genre: Adult Fiction – Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 335

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (Amazon Publishing)

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.

Little Voices is a debut political thriller/murder mystery that follows the life of Devon, a former prosecutor (known for breaking the law to get justice) who is determined to find out who killed her friend Belina. Belina was the nanny of her friend Alec (who she went to university with), and the current limited evidence points to Alec. However, now Devon is battling with severe postpartum depression, and she’s got these voices in her head that say the most wicked and vile things imaginable. Devon has to find a way to push through the voices and the depression in order to find Belina’s murderer as well as clear Alec’s name.

I’ll be honest, while I was reading the first 100 pages of this one, I struggled. I wasn’t sure where the book was headed, and the voices really annoyed me. The things that they said were abhorrent and constant. Devon’s husband Jack treated her like she was a mirror that could shatter at any moment, and it was clear that he didn’t agree with her helping on Alec’s case even though he wanted her to start enjoying her old life again. It definitely was a bit confusing.

I’m glad I pushed through because once Devon starts investigating Belina’s murder, the action in the book really kicks off (we really start getting into the nitty gritty of white collar crime), and the voices become less apparent (or maybe I just got used to them and pushed through them in the same way Devon did). During this time, I loved watching the metamorphosis of Devon’s character. We see a shift from the fragile and broken mother to a fierce and intelligent prosecutor that isn’t afraid to take down the kingpin of white collar crime. Devon leaves no stone unturned and is willing to burn whatever bridge to get the justice her friends deserve.

The last 50 pages of this book left me breathless. There were several plot twists that hit me like a freight train, and I loved every second. Overall, this is a wonderful debut, and I can’t wait to see what Vanessa Lillie comes up with next.

Thank you to Vanessa Lillie and Little Bird Publicity for providing an ARC for review. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

Have you read Little Voices? Is it on your TBR? Let’s discuss!

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