Nora has lied about many things. But has she told her most dangerous lie of all?
There’s a new art assistant at Nora’s school, and he’s crossed a line. Nora decides to teach him a lesson he won’t forget.
But not everything goes quite to plan, and Nora needs an escape. She befriends the rich and talented Bel, who longs for a part in a remake of a famous film. Bel is unpredictable, jealous and crazy, but she opens up a new world for Nora, and that makes her irresistible.
As events start to spin wildly out of control, Nora must decide where her loyalties lie – and what deceits she can get away with.
Julia Gray is a writer and singer-songwriter. She studied Classics at UCL and has a diploma in Children's Literature and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, for which she received the Sophie Warne Fellowship. She has released three albums with the trip-hop/jazz collective Second Person, and more recently two solo albums, I Am Not The Night and Robber Bride.
Gray has a sure-footed understanding of the adolescent mind (so much so that I often winced in pleasurable recognition) and creates a gripping, smoothly executed psychodrama… I genuinely could not stop reading this: a treat for teens and above.
Julia Gray’s impressive, Patricia Highsmith inspired Little Liar… puts readers into the hands of the ultimate unreliable narrator for a story that never lets you stay too long on stable ground – it’s nail-biting stuff.
Waterstones Children's Summer Reading Round-Up
This gripping psychological thriller, crackling with the intensities of female friendship, confirms [Julia Gray] as a highly original new talent in YA fiction
Julia Gray’s second novel is a superb psychological thriller with a distinctive voice, a clever blend of contemporary realism and classic noir.
Inis Reading Guide
Julia Gray has created an immensely powerful psychological thriller which challenges our whole understanding of behaviour and warns against passing judgement
Intelligent, gripping, highly original.
Smart, gripping and sharply-observed YA, with a pitch-perfect narrative voice.
…a gripping, memorable page turner that I am glad to have read.
Julia Gray is quietly producing some of the most complex and challenging books out there, and Little Liar is a spectacular addition to her canon.
Do You Ever Stop to Think? blog
This complex story of truth, lies and twisted friendship is completely absorbing and will apeal to any young adult reader who enjoys dark and intriguing psychological drama.
The School Librarian