Published by HarperCollins on July 8, 2003
Genres: Chick Lit
In a suburban Atlanta neighborhood where divorce is as rampant as kudzu, Mary Bliss McGowan doesn't notice that her own marriage is in trouble until the summer night she finds a note from her husband, telling her he's gone -- and taken the family fortune with him. Stunned and humiliated, a desperate Mary Bliss, left behind with her seventeen-year-old daughter, Erin, and a mountain of debt, decides to salvage what's left of her life by telling one little bitty lie. At first, Mary Bliss simply tells friends and family that Parker is out of town on a consulting job. Then the lies start to snowball, until Parker turns up dead. Or does he? Mary Bliss's formerly staid existence careens into overdrive as she copes with an oversexed teenager, a mother-in-law with Ethel Merman delusions, and the sudden but delicious shock of finding herself pursued by two men: the next-door neighbor who's looking for a suitable second wife, and a dangerously attractive ex-cop who's looking for the truth about Parker McGowan
This may sound a little snobbish but as a general rule I don’t read novels that have a cartoonish drawing on the cover; I typically take that as a warning sign for being a trashy novel. Please don’t ask why I picked it up.
Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kay Andrews centers around Mary Bliss McGowan whose husband has left her and their 17-year-old daughter Erin, leaving her only with the kitchen sink. Parker McGowan has run into some business trouble and cleans out all of his family’s assets i.e. checking and savings, IRA, Erin’s tuition, and a second mortgage, literally everything, leaving his girls broke. I never really got why he would do this, especially to Erin who is supposedly a “Daddy’s Girl”. Desperate acts call for desperate measures as they say and so Mary Bliss and her BFF fly to Mexico in order to stage her husband’s death in order to collect his life insurance policy.
This was a mindless read, but after the two friends are caught red-handed the book takes a turn for the worst, the storyline gets a little too bizarre and too many things are thrown into the mix, havoc with the daughter, a midlife crises/love affair for Mary Bliss and their so called “fool proof” plan coming to bite them in the ass. I guess the best way to describe Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kay Andrews is to compare it to a train wreck, it’s a horrible thing, but you can’t avert your eyes from it.