I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
Published by Minotaur Books on April 21, 2020
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
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Overwhelmed by tragedy, a woman desperately tries to save her marriage in award-winning author Jennifer Hillier's Little Secrets, a riveting novel of psychological suspense.
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.
I don’t even know where to begin with my thoughts after finishing reading Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier. So, let’s start from the beginning where it all started. I really wasn’t sure how this story would go and I am pleasantly surprised by the way it all turned out. To say this story is full of twists would be an understatement. The twists are pretty hard hitting and while they all seem pretty random, they all tie together quite nicely and unexpectedly.
On the outside, Marin seems to have the perfect marriage with her husband Derek and they have a beautiful little boy, Sebastian, they both dote on. All that changes in an instant when Marin lets go of Sebastian’s hand to answer a text. Within the span of just four minutes her child has been stolen and never seen or heard from again. It is now sixteen months later and Marin still does not have any closure. All leads have dried up and her son’s disappearance no longer seems like a priority. Marin still has not given up hope and hires a private investigator to continue on with the search, but instead of finding Sebastian, the PI finds evidence of Derek cheating on Marin with twenty four year old Mckenzie Li. This is the last straw for Marin and she vows that nothing and no one will take the only thing she has left in the world, her husband.
One would think that Marin would be a sympathetic character. I mean her child was stolen right from under her nose! But, Marin went from sympathetic to downright crazy with a snap of a finger and whatever sympathy I may have had her slowly started to diminish. Although I will admit, I did keep wavering back and forth quite a few times. Marin is not the only unlikeable character either. There is her husband Derek, the mistress Mckenzie and Marin’s best friend, Sal. Is any one of them worth redeeming? Hillier really shines here with her characterizations of all the major players in this story and each person is just so multi-layered and one might find themselves kind of caught in the middle teetering back and forth in a love/hate relationship with each of the characters.
There is a lot going on this story and attention is really needed while reading to pick up on all of the clues throughout the story. What might seem random at first finally hits you in its intensity when you are putting all of the pieces together. I will say though that the last quarter of the book really picks up and I found myself racing through the pages desperately needing to find out what happens.
If you love a multi-layered story, a cast of characters you will love to hate and hate to love, then you definitely will want to read Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier.