Thanks for stopping by! I’m reviewing book 5 from my 20 books of summer challenge today and it’s the brilliant Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
ABOUT THE BOOK
All it takes to unravel a life… is one home truth.
Marin used to have it all. She’s married to the love of her life, Derek, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and is admired in her community as head of a loving family. Until the world falls apart the day her son Sebastian is taken…
A year later, Marin is a shadow of herself. The police search has gone cold. The publicity has faded. She and her husband rarely speak. With her sanity ebbing, Marin hires a private investigator to pick up where the police left off.
But instead of finding Sebastian, she learns that Derek is having an affair with a much younger woman. This discovery sparks Marin back to life. She’s lost her son; she’s not about to lose her husband. Derek’s mistress is an enemy with a face, which means this is a problem Marin can fix. Permanently.
This book was a real find! Little Secrets is the kind of book that instantly grabs your attention. The kind that has both tension and an emotional edge that made it very easy to connect with the story. In a way I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I picked up this book but what I did find was a story that had me hooked from the very beginning. After reading the description one thing I did know was that the main character’s child would be taken. So I thought right, this could be emotional. Let’s just say it was but there was also so much more to the book too. When Marin loses Sebastian her whole world changes. The reader can see how she is just existing and coasting through her days. However things change when she discovers that her husband is having an affair. This then sets Marin on an intense, dark whirlwind of a journey.
Little Secrets had me glued to the pages feeling the panic and the desperation from the characters. Along with the unanswered questions that became even more intense as the story progressed. There was also some real emotive moments especially the scenes set at the support group. I have to admit I had tears in my eyes for these parts. It really hit home for me just how much the daily torment would be. I loved the way the characters were flawed because it easily gave them a realistic edge. Who knows what decisions anyone would make in the same situations. The way in which you have already been pushed to the limit. I mean, how easy would it be to go just that little bit further and be pushed too far?
For the most part I had no clue where this story was going and I loved the way I was kept on my toes. The plot had so much going for it from the tense beginning to a creeping tension throughout. Then add in a darkness that envelops the whole story and you get something very engaging and addictive. Little Secrets got under my skin and worked its twisty magic!