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VANESSA LILLIE is originally from Miami (Mi-am-MUH), Oklahoma, and studied English at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO, before moving to Washington, D.C. While there, she was lucky enough to join the local chapter of Romance Writers of America and credits much of what she knows about thriller writing to romance authors. 

Now living in Providence, Rhode Island with her husband and dinosaur aficionado four-year-old son, she's smitten with the smallest state, and enjoys organizing book events and literary happenings in the city's robust creative community.

She likes to tell people about winning a poker tournament in St. Martin to sound interesting, but most of her time is spent writing on her phone at play dates.


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Thomas & Mercer - October 1, 2019

The voice in her head says he’s guilty. She knows he’s innocent.

Devon Burges is in the throes of a high-risk birth when she learns of her dear friend’s murder. The police quickly name another friend as the chief suspect, but Devon doesn’t buy it—and despite her difficult recovery, she decides to investigate.

Haunted by postpartum problems that manifest as a cruel voice in her head, Devon is barely getting by. Yet her instincts are still sharp, and she’s bent on proving her friend’s innocence.

But as Devon digs into the evidence, the voice in her head grows more insistent, the danger more intense. Each layer is darker, more disturbing, and she’s not sure she—or her baby—can survive what lies at the truth.


“An unsettling mystery with an unreliable narrator who will keep you guessing the whole way through. Little Voices is as haunting as it is gripping. —Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish

“Intricate, unpredictable, and deliciously addictive.”—Minka Kent, bestselling author of The Memory Watcher and The Thinnest Air

Little Voices grabs you from the first chapter and doesn’t let go until one shocking final twist. Vanessa Lillie is an author to watch, taking us deep into the world—and mind—of former prosecutor turned struggling new mom Devon Burges as she battles old politics, new money, big fish, and, worst of all, that little voice in her head to help solve the murder of her close friend. Psychological suspense at its best.”—Kellye Garrett, Anthony, Agatha, and Lefty award–winning author of Hollywood Homicide

“From the opening chapter to the last line of the book, Vanessa Lillie takes you on a ride you won’t be prepared for, but at the same time, won’t want to end. Twists, turns, suspects, and small-town motives are around every corner with an ending that will blow you away. One of the best books I’ve read this year.”—Matthew Farrell, bestselling author of What Have You Done

“Vanessa Lillie’s Little Voices is my favorite kind of mystery: densely plotted, character rich, and full of sharp and perceptive writing. This is a stunning debut with a gut punch of a twist. You’ll be reading all night long.”—Jennifer Hillier, author of Jar of Hearts

Little Voices is an utterly original debut novel with a twist so unexpected I jumped from the last page right back to the first to start reading again.”—Victoria Helen Stone, bestselling author of Jane Doe

“This superb psychological thriller is hard to put down.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Haunting and gripping…[Little Voices] grabs you from the first chapter and takes you on a twisting, turning journey with a surprise ending that will leave you stunned and wanting more.”The Miami News-Record

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