'If there has been a better mystery suspense story written in this decade, I can't think of it' STEPHEN KING
Apologies for the general email, but I desperately need your help.
My goddaughter, Coco Jackson, disappeared from her family's holiday home in Bournemouth on the night of Sunday/Monday August 29/30th, the bank holiday weekend just gone. Coco is three years old.
When identical twin Coco goes missing during a family celebration, there is a media frenzy. Her parents are rich and influential, as are the friends they were with at their holiday home by the sea.
But what really happened to Coco?
Over two intense weekends - the first when Coco goes missing and the second twelve years later at the funeral of her father - the darkest of secrets will gradually be revealed...
Taut, emotive and utterly compelling, THE DARKEST SECRET is an unputdownable 'ripped from the headlines' novel that you will want to talk about with everyone you know.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
An iBooks Best of 2016 selection. We couldn’t stop reading Alex Marwood’s dark and intense psychological thriller. Orbiting two pivotal weekends spaced 12 years apart—the date that three-year-old twin Coco Jackson disappears and, later, the funeral of Sean, her philandering, fabulously wealthy father—The Darkest Secret mines family secrets. Marwood pieces together the mystery of Coco’s suspected kidnapping and builds suspense by letting key protagonists take turns picking up the twisting tale. Her rogues' gallery of selfish, desperate, and shadowy players made for compulsive company—and kept us guessing the whole way through.
In Edgar-winner Marwood's compulsively readable if not wholly satisfying psychological thriller, real estate magnate Sean Jackson throws himself an elaborate 50th birthday bash in the posh British seaside town of Bournemouth one summer weekend in 2004. When Sean's touchy second wife, Claire, fires the nanny before the weekend, the couple take charge of their three-year-old twins, Coco and Ruby. Then Coco disappears overnight from the room she shares with Ruby at the Jackson holiday home and is never seen again. Twelve years later, Sean is dead of a heart attack, discovered handcuffed to a bed with a woman who isn't his fourth wife. Mila, one of Sean's daughters by his first marriage, reluctantly identifies the body and later agrees to accompany Ruby to Sean's funeral. The toxic Jackson family air soon envelops the half-sisters amid the lingering questions surrounding Coco's disappearance. Marwood (The Killer Next Door) shifts time periods effortlessly and creates a noxious cast of characters, but keen readers may predict the final twist. Five-city author tour.
Customer ReviewsSee All
The darkest secret
Good story very tense loved it
Gripping and chilling
An insight into the individuals caught up in a twisted mystery. Well written and well characterised.
The Darkest Secret
Brilliant, I couldn't put it down and I never saw the twists coming! It left me wondering what happened to Ruby and Mila next!