REVIEW: ALL THE LITTLE LIARS, BY CHARLAINE HARRIS

Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora’s 15-year-old brother Phillip is one of them. Also gone are two of his friends, and an 11-year-old girl who was just hoping to get a ride home from soccer practice. And then there’s an even worse discovery―at the kids’ last known destination, a dead body.

While the local police and sheriff’s department comb the county for the missing kids and interview everyone even remotely involved, Aurora and her new husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe, begin their own investigation. Could the death and kidnappings have anything to do with a group of bullies at the middle school? Is Phillip’s disappearance related to Aurora’s father’s gambling debts? Or is Phillip himself, new to town and an unknown quantity, responsible for taking the other children? But regardless of the reason, as the days go by, the most important questions remain. Are the kids still alive? Who could be concealing them? Where could they be?

With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother…if he’s still alive.

 

I first discovered Aurora Teagarden in the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries series, and I am a fan. Discovering the books was a gift, as I love following Aurora’s adventures.

In All the Little Liars, we connect with newlyweds Aurora and Robin. Her previous husband had died a couple of years ago, and she reconnected with Robin, with whom she had had a relationship years before. The two of them barely got through the wedding and the excitement over the expected new baby when Aurora’s brother Philip goes missing. Several of his friends are also missing, and as we learn more about each of the kids, we are not feeling that hopeful for a good outcome.

I liked learning more about Aurora’s relationship with her father and what those issues meant for her life as an adult. Her ability to solve mysteries is not as big a theme in this book until the end, when Aurora hatches a complicated plan; I was on the edge of my seat while it played out. In addition, however, we learn a lot about how Aurora is dealing with her new marriage and the pregnancy.

I enjoyed this book and definitely want to read more about her from this author. 4.5 stars.

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