Guest Post – Caz Frear (Sweet Little Lies)
Just before Grab This Book begins a summer break and I get a couple of weeks of reading catch-up I have one last post to share. First – an apology to Kaz Frear as this is a couple of days later than planned…sorry. But as I am not around to post any new features I am delighted that Caz’s guest post will be “front of house” for an extended period as I take a bit of a break.
So with no more delays I leave you in the safe hands of Caz Frear – there is more information on Sweet Little Lies below.
KEEPING FAMILY SECRETS
Not wanting to get too, “Eh, back in my day…” but to quote a well known book, and a less well known song (fist pumps to Queens of the Stone Age), there really is a lost art of keeping secrets these days. There’s almost a negative connotation to the word. Secrets have become synonymous with repressed emotion, the implication being that our fragile ‘snowflake’ hearts can’t take the weight of responsibility that secrets always carry and therefore we should be loud and we should be proud at all times. We should expose the secrets of those who do bad things and we should shout about the good folk from the treetops (ok, from Twitter.)
It can’t be denied that speaking your truth is where it’s at now. The confessional-style interview remains all the rage and if you’re a celebrity, you honestly haven’t made it onto the A-list until you’ve penned an ‘open letter’ where you spill your soul and usually your carefully PR-managed secrets. And then for the rest of us, all the non-celebrities, Jeremy Kyle still exists (somehow) as a forum through which we can all air our dirty linen in a sweltering studio somewhere in Norwich.
I jest, of course. But it does make me wonder if there’s no longer a place for secrets in this modern world? Are we all really itching to offload our baggage, expose our friend’s transgressions, and run down our high-streets belting out, “I am what I am”, free from the weight of the crushing secrets that inevitably turn our insides ugly.
Because everyone has family secrets. And these secrets are generally kept from the prying eyes of social media, daytime TV at all costs. People guard family secrets like the crown jewels And why? Well sometimes, tragically, it’s for despicably awful reasons – reasons of fear and shame and expectations of ostracisation if they ever broke rank. But usually it’s not that dramatic. It’s simply the belief that the sins of our father/brother/aunt/cousin/great grandma/niece somehow reflect badly on us too. So If dodgy cousin Derek once robbed a Budgens with a toy pistol and did 6 months inside, we worry that people might think our whole family is like that too.
‘The apple doesn’t fall from the tree’
‘Blood is thicker than water’
In Sweet Little Lies, Cat is saddled with a monster family secret from a young age and it was so important for this to come out in her personality. How might she behave if she could never give voice to her deepest fears? Would she have an over-dependence on wine and junk-food – yes. Would she have trouble sleeping sometimes – yes. Would she have a slight desire to distance herself from her peers, the ‘nosy’ millennials who love to over-share and want to know every little thing about her – yes.
Would she be a neurotic, hateful, unpredictable ball of unmitigated angst – no. Absolutely not. She could have been, of course – she’s arguably got enough reason to be – but I have a firm optimistic belief that human beings are more resilient than that. Most people manage to blunder along with their pain, trying not to create more as they go, and making the best of the cross they have to bear no matter how heavy that cross can seem at times.
Because we all have painful secrets don’t we?
So be kind.
Sweet Little Lies – Caz Frear
WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW
In 1998, Maryanne Doyle disappeared and Dad knew something about it?
Maryanne Doyle was never seen again.
WHAT I ACTUALLY KNOW
In 1998, Dad lied about knowing Maryanne Doyle.
Alice Lapaine has been found strangled near Dad’s pub.
Dad was in the local area for both Maryanne Doyle’s disappearance and Alice Lapaine’s murder – FACT
Trust cuts both ways . . . what do you do when it’s gone?
Sweet Little Lies is published by and is available in paperback or for Kindle here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sweet-Little-Lies-gripping-suspense-ebook/dp/B01N5WKRUY/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8