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Publisher Description

'Shocking, twisted and brilliant. For fans of Shari Lapena, Liz Nugent and Gillian Flynn. Excellent' Will Dean

5* reader reviews:

'A first-class thriller'

'A must-read'
'I was instantly hooked'
'A real page-turner'
'Grips you from the start and doesn't let go till the end'
'This book is just perfection'
'The ending is incredibly powerful'
'Had me gripped and couldn't turn the pages quick enough'

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.

'You don't just read this book; you inhale it' Mary Kubica

'A dark and dazzling treat for crime fiction fans' Mark Edwards

'Outstanding... Simply fantastic' Alex Lake

Fiction & Literature
7 May
Atlantic Books

Customer Reviews

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I was very excited to learn Jennifer Hillier had written a new novel following her huge success with the award winning “Jar of Hearts”, I loved that book and therefore had very high hopes for this her latest, “Little Secrets”.
The story is based on the after effects, emotionally and physically, when Marin’s four year old son Sebastian, is taken by a stranger during a trip to a Christmas market. Fast forward 485 days and Marin wakes up every day, barely hanging by a thread, to a text from her best friend and ex lover ‘Sal’ asking ‘you alive?’ Although Marin and her husband Derek have the perfect life, successful business, lots of money and everything materialistic they could want, their missing son and the ‘what if’s’ are all Marin thinks about, every hour of every day. Having experienced for myself that few minutes of sheer terror when you think your child has disappeared, I truly felt every emotion Marin endured and understood totally her fears. Thankfully I found my son instantly but Marin and Derek weren’t so lucky and their lives and relationship changed overnight. When she discovers Derek has been having an affair with a much younger woman for the last six months, the fight in Marin returns and she vows to get her husband back at all costs.
After reading a couple of very slow books categorised as thrillers, I was lulled into thinking this too was going to be a slow burn story but I need not have feared, the story soon captures your attention and becomes thoroughly addictive. Although I didn’t particularly like any of the characters, they play their parts perfectly, all the emotions were spot on and even though the denouement was slightly predictable, it was still thrilling and was executed with edge of your seat tension.
Knowing that the author is a mother too, I can only imagine the feelings she had writing the story herself, protecting and guarding your children from harm’s way is a mothers lifelong duty and she captures all the emotions, from attending therapy groups, visiting doctors and even hiring a private detective, perfectly and with compassion.
Twisty, addictive, highly entertaining, I loved “Little Secrets” and can’t wait for more again by Jennifer Hillier in the future.

4 stars

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