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Little Secrets

Little Secrets

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All it takes to unravel a life is one little secret... Marin had the perfect life. Married to her college sweetheart, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company. They're admired in their community and are a loving family - until their world falls apart the day their son Sebastian is taken. A year later, Marin is a shadow of herself. The FBI search has gone cold. The publicity has faded. She and her husband rarely speak. She hires a P.I. to pick up where the police left off, but instead of finding Sebastian, she learns that Derek is having an affair with a younger woman. This discovery sparks Marin back to life. She's lost her son; she's not about to lose her husband, too. Kenzie is an enemy with a face, which means this is a problem Marin can fix. Permanently.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2020.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781250154224
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 25 cm.


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"This fast-paced thriller opens on the kidnapping of a young boy. More than a year after her son’s disappearance, Marin discovers her husband is having an affair and begins down a path of secrets and betrayal. For readers who enjoyed Lady in the Lake and Lock Every Door."

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Nov 27, 2020

Better than 5 stars. This was an excellent book that I could not put down. Very entertaining and with twists I never saw coming. I'm looking forward to reading more of Jennifer's books.

Jun 10, 2020

First rate thriller about the devastating effect a child who has disappeared has on the mother whose care the child was in at the time of his disappearance. Jennifer Hillier gets into the head of the child's mother, father, father's mistress and mother's long-time friend to tremendous effect. Extremely well written, highly recommended!

Apr 19, 2020

A very good take on any Mother’s nightmare(s). The heroine, who seems implausible, has totally realistic emotions and actions. Is the ending happy? That’s up to the reader. Worth it.

Apr 11, 2020

You got me again, Jennifer Hillier. I like this one even better than "Jar of Hearts." I don't want my review to ruin anyone else's reading experience, so I will be brief in my comments. To those of you contemplating this title, I just want to say it was not what I expected. Little secrets become big problems and I could not look away.

Apr 09, 2020

I was worried before reading this. As the mother of 3 boys I wasn't sure I could handle the fact that the main character's life revolves around the fact she can't move on from her son being kidnapped. I worried it would seem too real for me. Honestly, I am glad I pursued this anyway because I ended up really liking this fast paced thriller.

I will say that it started out slow, but interesting. The main character, Marin, is a successful business woman married to a successful man. They seem to have a dream life and marriage and that all crumbles down around then when their son is abducted.

In Part 1 of the book we meet Marin. Almost a year after her son was abducted she discovers her husband is having an affair with a much younger woman. Now on top of all her grief over her missing son,she has a new mystery to solve. Who is this woman in her husband's life? How did they meet? How could he just move on with his life? She even starts online stalking this girl and shows up at her work to see what college-girl Kenzie is all about.

Part 2 of the book is from Kenzie's perspective. She's a college student working in a coffee shop and sharing an apartment with a roommate. She knows who Marin is. She knows that Marin and her husband are super successful and very rich. This is not Kenzie's first time becoming the mistress of a rich man...

What started as a dark, gripping thriller soon turned into a woman-hating-woman domestic thriller. Though I stayed entertained, I was just confused as to why the two types of thrillers had to mix. It seemed like two separate mysteries held together by a very thin thread.

Then ending was rushed and boring. Predictable at the least. It's hard to get into why I hated it without giving the "who done it" away.

Overall, it was a quick read and it did entertain me. A 3 star read for me.

Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for allowing me an eARC to read and give my honest review.

"Little Secrets" is set to be released April 21, 2020 here in the United States. It is a quick and fun read for all those that are self quarantined during this COVID-19 epidemic so pre-order now.

Happy Reading!

debwalker Mar 17, 2020

When your son has been kidnapped and you discover your husband's cheating on you...


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