Title: Little Lies
Author: Helena Hunting
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: 16 Nov 2020
I don’t want you.
You mean nothing to me.
I never loved you.
I turned my words into swords.
And I cut her down.
Shoved the blade in and watched her fall.
I said I’d never hurt her, and I did.
Years later, I’m faced with all the little lies, the untruths, the false realities, the damage I inflicted, when all I wanted was to indulge my obsession.
Lavender Waters is the princess in the tower. Even her name is the thing fairy tales are made of.
I used to be the one who saved her.
Over and over again.
But I don’t want to save her anymore.
I just want to pretend the lies are still the truth.
Little Lies is an emotionally intense story which provides insight into the variations of mental health disorders alongside tremendous character development.
Both Lavender and Kodiak both suffer from anxiety but in very different ways. They have always shared a special bond, even from a young age, although their bond was not always healthy for either of them. Rather than learning to rely on themselves to develop coping mechanism to deal with their anxiety, they formed a co-dependency which fed into their problems and as such created a vicious cycle concerning their parents as to their wellbeing.
Taking the choice away from Kodiak and Lavender, their parents decide to separate them and Kody’s family move away. While this is a drastic action, it did help Kody and Lavender learn to rely on themselves rather than each other. However, it also made Kody feel as if he was responsible for Lavender’s problems and as a consequence he cut all ties with Lavender to the point of severely damaging their friendship.
So when Lavender joins her brothers in college it brings her back into close proximity to Kodiak; while Kodiak is hanging onto all the negative emotions concerning his relationship with Lavender, Lavender herself has altered dramatically. Although Lavender still has anxiety issues, she has developed excellent copy strategies and is starting to realise just how capable she really is.
The connection and attraction between Kody and Lavender is very much alive and sizzling even though Kodiak is determined to maintain the distance between them. For me, it seemed as if Kody and Lavender were bonded and even though their path was rocky, their being together was inevitable. Although I will say Lavender’s methods of taking control of the situation were eye-opening. They do say it is the quiet ones you have to watch.
Kody and Lavender have to navigate a new normal where they can be together without it becoming a co-dependency. I loved the support they both had from the people around them, both friends and family alike.
It was fantastic to see the characters from the Pucked series as parents, especially Violet, who is still one of my favourite characters of all time. Little Lies is a brilliant transition to the viewpoints of the children of the Pucked characters.