Little Secrets By Jennifer Hillier
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Adult, Suspense, Contemporary
Pages: 352 pages
Publication Date: April 21st 2020
Publisher: Minotaur Books
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Synopsis: Four hundred and eighty seconds. That’s how long it took for someone to steal Marin Machado’s four-year-old son.
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. Up until the day 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. The only thing keeping her going is the unlikely chance that one day Sebastian reappears. She hires a P.I. to pick up where the police left off, but instead of finding him, she discovers that Derek is having an affair with a younger woman.
Kenzie Li is an artist and grad student—Instagram famous—and up to her eyeballs in debt. She knows Derek is married. She also knows he’s rich, and dating him comes with perks: help with bills, trips away, expensive gifts. He isn’t her first rich boyfriend, but she finds herself hoping he’ll be the last. She’s falling for him—and that was never part of the plan.
Discovery of the affair 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. But as she sets a plan in motion, another revelation surfaces. Derek’s lover might know what happened to their son. And so might Derek.
From the author of Jar of Hearts, a mother driven to the edge by the disappearance of her son learns her husband is having an affair with the woman who might have kidnapped him.
My Thoughts: I have only read one Jennifer Hillier book which was Jar of Hearts and I really ended up enjoying that one! So the moment I saw her new book on Netgalley I jumped at the opportunity to read it. I am sad that I didn’t end up picking this one up closer to release date. I was planning to but then with everything that happened I kinda pushed reading aside. Now I have finally read it and I can say I really enjoyed it.
Now whenever it comes to reviews on thrillers. I never want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil anything. I always talk about how I feel summaries can end up giving too much of the story away. When it comes to thrillers/mysteries I need that element of surprise. The book deals with two stories that intertwine. The one story is the wife, Marin dealing with her child that went missing. The other story is Marin dealing with finding out her husband is cheating on her. It seemed like a lot at first but I enjoyed seeing how they connected.
I also want to talk about the audiobook of this. I have been in such an audiobook mood lately. I am feeling a bit drained when it comes to physical reading. I was happy to finally stop pushing off my hold of this and pick it up. I have to say the audiobook was good. I didn’t see anything special with it. The narrator does a good job. She doesn’t really do different voices. There are two point of views in this story. It wasn’t hard to tell who was talking. It was easy to tell whose point of view it was. I would listen to other audiobooks done by this narrator.
Overall I found this book highly enjoyable. I did see praise for this book saying you don’t read this book; you inhale it. I 100% agree with that. I read this is in two days, most of the book was devoured in a day. If it wasn’t so late I probably would have ended up staying up late to finish it. I do have to say I did figure out things pretty early on. There ended up being more to things so I was happy to see it wasn’t so predictable. I see nothing but great reviews for this book. I highly recommend this one.
*Thank you so much to Netgalley and the publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.*