Book review: Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

I was excited by the premise for this revenge tale and hoped it would live up to expectations.

All it takes to unravel a life is one home truth

Marin used to have it all. Married to the love of her life, she runs a chain of upscale hair salons and husband Derek runs his own company. They’re admired in their community and area a loving family – until their world falls apart the day their son Sebastian is taken. A year later the marriage is on the rocks and Marin is a shadow of her former self. The police have failed to find Sebastian so Marin hires a PI. But the PI’s investigation leads to a different discovery – that Marin’s husband has been having an affair. This at least is a problem Marin can do something about…

My review

I read a lot of psychological thrillers but this one really stood out for me as the intrigue and tension are full-on throughout. From the heart-stopping opening scene in a busy market when all it takes is “a lollipop, a Santa suit and two hundred forty seconds” for someone to lure away Marin’s 4 year old son, through the revelations and twists that follow, I was consumed by the story.

The characters are flawed and fascinating. Don’t expect to like them – they all of course have their secrets and these secrets are dark! Marin and Derek make terrible decisions, the potential consequences of which can be seen looming, which makes for a terrific read.

It’s a taut, twisty thrill-ride with one crisis leading to another and I loved how it ended. I’d recommend this to fans of Gillian Flyn and Liz Nugent or anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers with flawed protagonists.

Jennifer Hillier is a Canadian author of five previous thrillers including the very popular Jar of Hearts, which I’ve now added to my reading list.

Little Secrets is published on 7th May 2020 by Corvus, an imprint of Atlantic Books

Thanks to Atlantic Books and NetGalley for a review copy

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