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 HimFour Hundred And Eighty Seconds That S How Long It Took For Someone To Steal Marin Machado S Four Year Old SonMarin 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 TakenA 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 PI To Pick Up Where The Police Left Off, But Instead Of Finding Him, She Discovers That Derek Is Having An Affair With A Younger WomanKenzie 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 PlanDiscovery 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 This is one of my fastest read I ve lately done because this soul haunting, gripping, mend nerving, page turner truly captivates you from the beginning You get hooked You cannot resume doing your basic things like watching TV thankfully I finished this one before binge watch Marvelous Mrs Maisel, because reading this book or binge watching one of my favorite series may force me to invent a new activity like binge reawatching read one page, look at the tv for one minute and repeat this action several times till you start to think your favorite stand up star lost her son and deals with her cheating husband, see how two storylines merged perfectly well at least both Mrs Maisel and Marin suffers the same kind of assholish husband s betrayals , eating proper food I bribed my husband to feed me but he backstabbed me and ate whole pizza by himself, I hope he gains 100 pounds and I ll reject to push him out of the door , taking bathroom breaks adult diapers are the best invention of the history, what, you said there is no such a thing as adult diapers Okay this is humiliating I ll kill those so called best friends who notoriously pranked me so bad I went back and forth between 4 and 5 stars Writing, pacing, story building, ending, twists and surprises some of them could be foreseen but they were still amazing are intriguingly stunning and excitingly gripping But I hate most of the characters The husband, the mistress, even the shady best friend Marin is probably my favorite even though she is pretentious, self destructive, unpredictable and inconsistent but I didn t care about her flaws, the mistakes she makes over and over again which makes her human and connectable character She can be considered mean and unfair for using her best friend and ex lover Sal as a shield to protect herself not to feel unwanted and undesired but Sal never seemed like a great and trustworthy personality to be chosen as a future husband figure Her son has been kidnapped and her husband douchebag Derek is having an affair he should get a statue because he also cheated her when she was pregnant so I don t know which one made me pissed off , the cheater or accepter of his wrongdoings with a 24 year old art student and here s the big blow this girl could have involved with the people who had kidnapped her son Did I get your attention I think the blurb of the book gave too much information about the mystery but thankfully they hid the most delicious and mind blowing revelation McKenzie is the another woman let s say, the other girl and it s so normal to detest every particle of her But the reason I hate the guts and have an urge to rip her eyes out, when I read her story, I couldn t find anything concrete to feel sympathy or empathize her She knows exactly she s doing something so terrible but she kept doing it for years like a parasite to suck people s blood to have a better living The part Marin visited McKenzie s coffee to see her own enemy, I couldn t decide to appraise her or scream at her face when she wanted to cut the girl s head off, she kept calm and said nothing she might be aquarius woman because an Aries woman like me throws the hot coffee at pink bleached haired homewrecker s face and shove the cookie to her okay you may imagine the rest of it So Marin hardly functions after her child s loss and committed suicide before, seeing a therapist and joining a grief club at a donut place with group of people she normally never considers to engage if it isn t for their common grief and shared experiences And now she is about to lose her husband, too But will she let the other woman take him away from her Hell, no So take a seat, grab the book and start devouring the pages with full excitement because the book is getting so much better Overall even though I wanted to hire contract killers from other books yes, my shrink told me this is literally impossible and consciously it s really mean thing to think about to torture viciously some of those despicable characters, I m rounding up 4.5 stars to 5 because I had really great time when I m reading it.Thankfully I also have Jar of Hearts on my reading list now so I m looking forward to get my hands on it, too.Special thanks to NetGalley and St Martin s Press Minotaur Books for sharing this one of the most promising 2020 thriller s ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter 5 STARS EVERY STAR This is the best book I have read in a long time and I ve read about 300 books this year Do yourself a favor and read as little about it as possible before diving in.This is not one to miss, I predict it will be all anyone in the book world is talking about in April 2020 Thank you to Jennifer Hillier, Minotaur Books and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Highly Addictive Little Secrets is a psychological thriller about a missing child All is not what seems That is all I am going to say because it is best to go in blind The narrative is split between the two main female characters Both are well developed and have distinct voices All of the characters are all horrible a holes, yet some are still likable Filled with secrets, deception and a ton of twists and turns, this book kept me riveted It is fast paced and filled with tension I went into this book blind I hadn t even read the synopsis, so I had no idea where things were headed, which made it even enjoyable I guessed some of the twists and the guilty party but still couldn t figure out what exactly was happening When it all came together, I hit myself on the head because it was all so obvious I was too caught up in one of the storylines to notice what was actually going on right before my eyes My one complaint is that the ending unravels a bit and goes off the rails, but that did not deter from my overall enjoyment.After reading several duds in this genre, I took a break from reading thrillers This book reminded me of why I love them I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This was so damn good I will admit, I went into this blind, didn t read reviews, the blurb, nothing I just saw that it was the author of one of my top reads last year Jar of Hearts and I grabbed it as quick as I could So I was a bit surprised that it was a story about a child abduction I almost sighed because there have been so many of those latelybut don t you worry, this is a completely unique thriller and you will not be doing any sighing As if a child missing is not enough, there is plenty going on in the life of Marin and Derek First off the title is perfect Little secrets like BIG secrets These people all have secrets We are not talking about I went out and bought a sweater and shoes I don t need and hid them at the back of my closet secrets We are talking aboutyou are going to jail for a long time secrets if you are caught I loved Marin Machado she is a successful salon owner that literally had it all Her salon was so high end that she was featured in magazines due to her many celebrity clients Her husband Derek is a successful businessman and they have a gorgeous 4 year old son named Sebastian all it took was a lollipop, a santa suit and 4 minutes, for her entire world to be turned upside down I really felt for Marin because even though she had it all, she has so many insecurities that it made her feel real to me She could put on a big front but inside she didn t feel glamorous and successful A single minute of paying attention to her phone than her 4 year old and she is going to paymaybe forever Can you imagine the guilt Then there is Kenzie ughhhhhhh 20 something, barista, art student that lives out her life on Instagram Including the time she put pictures of herself with her feet propped up on the dash of Marin s husbands Maserati.girlfriend it is GAME ONDon t screw with a this wronged mom and wife Did Kenzie know where her son is Is this some sort of wicked game to mess with Marin There are so many secrets in this twisty thriller that it did keep me guessing I was shocked at the level of crazy secrets these otherwise normal people had I loved, loved, loved this one and devoured it in a day Oh Jennifer Hillier you have done it again Thank you so much to St Martin s Press Minotaur books for this ARC via Edelweiss Wow, so many surprises and twists If you like dark, twisty and edge of seat suspense this is it This novel was so riveting from the very first chapter What I thought was going be a typical kidnapping, missing child tale, turned into a thriller not to be missed Exhale Deep Breath in Exhale It is a roller coaster of suspense that has a this could really happen. in a reality is stranger than fiction kind of way.Emotion filled, spine tingling chills, and high five that Karma baby Last thought This will be a HIT in 2020.Thank you Minotaur Pub for my early review copy OUT APRIL 2020 A mother s four year old son, Sebastian, is kidnapped from right beside her, in a busy shopping area Marin will never forgive herself and will never stop looking for her son Sixteen months later, she s still living the nightmare of her missing son and knows that she is barely hanging on by a thread She s already attempted suicide once and if she ever learns that her son is dead, she knows she ll kill herself Marin s marriage to Derek is in shambles She knows he blames her for losing sight of Sebastian and knows he s walking on eggshells, afraid to set her off, knowing that another suicide attempt is right around the corner The couple hardly ever talk to each other, moving through a life filled with grief and guilt I m not going to say any because I read this book without knowing much and it was a thrill to read I only put it down to sleep last night, I did not want to stop reading it Jennifer Hillier did such a fantastic job of stringing me along, I want books like this one, real thrillers that keep me on the edge of my seat Thank you to St Martin s Press, Edelweiss, and NetGalley for this ARC. Marin appeared to have the perfect life She had been happily married to her lying, cheating, scumbag, SOB husband, Derek I don t have strong feelings about this at all when one day their son, Sebastian is kidnapped With no real suspects in sight, no hide nor hair of their son, the case goes cold Marin is now a wreck She can t get past the pain of losing her son, she was right there holding his hand, she let go of his hand for a just a few seconds and in that time, he was gone She is stuck, living in a home where she and her husband rarely speak, going to a support group, and waiting to learn the truth Her world is so sad and lonely Then one day the PI she hired to find her son, calls to tell her she has found someone but it s not her son it s Mackenzie Li, her husband s mistress A mistress who makes having wealthy boyfriends a habit She doesn t care if they are married She only cares about what they can give her.What s a woman to do Who would you react How does Marin Whew Marin doesn t always make the best choices, but she makes interesting ones It was fun to be a fly on the wall while watching these people implode It was also fun to imagine throwing rotten tomatoes or eggs at Mackenzie Kenzie and Derek Both are douches who deserve each other IMO Again, not that I have strong feelings about this at all.Hillier continues to deliver the thrills, twists, turns all the while tugging on readers emotions She had me feeling sorry for certain characters, booing and hissing others, but all the while having me on the edge of my seat, turning the pages to see how this book would end This book was fast paced and there was always something going on Plus, Little Secrets is well written and well thought out Additionally, all of the characters are interesting even the unlikable ones They all have that little bit of something that makes them jump off the page.Talk about a page turner I literally got nothing accomplished while reading this book I was too enthralled in the story Literally glued to my seat, trying to figure things out, wondering what the truth would be, and praying my butt wasn t expanding too much form the hour after hour of sitting I did while reading this book This book is full of secrets, lies, twists, turns, revelations, tears, anxiety, heartbreak and guilt.Riveting, emotion provoking, compelling and unputdownable Hillier delivers again I can t wait to see what she writes next Thank you to St Martin s Press Minotaur Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own. If you re searching for the perfect thriller to lose yourself in over a weekend then this is your lucky day This will most certainly fit the bill Marin has it all A successful chain of salons catering to the movers and shakers Not to mention several Hollywood Stars as well Her marriage is a dream come true Even after all these years together her husband still flirts with her You heard me right ladies Her dashing prince can still make her knees buckle Then there s her perfect son Sebastian This adorable boy was their miracle baby Didn t I tell you Marin has it all That is until she doesn t In the time span of mere seconds she s about to lose everything As her son vanishes right before her very eyes Gone Marin is hanging by the smallest of frayed threads and she s about to take one serious hit A stunning, tall, blond and occasionally pink haired college aged girl steps into her suddenly nightmarish life But look out, sweetheart Marin isn t about to let the last bit of her life walk away without a fight Just how far is Marin willing to go Jennifer Hillier is absolutely the queen of the thrillers She knows exactly how to pull you in to the point that the world around you fades away You are under her spell Her twists are perfectly placed and jaw dropping When I saw this new release I was so excited to read it and rightly so It deserves all the stars Highly recommend to all thriller fans A fabulous thrilling buddy read with Susanne that we both loved Thank you to Minotaur books and Edelweiss for an ARC to read and review. 5 Speechless Stars Marin and Derek seem to have the perfect life until they lose their son, Sebastion It is so heartbreaking, he was just holding his mother s hand and Marin sends a text and Sebastion is gone He has vanished without a trace It s every parents nightmare Derek, Marin s husband, is cheating and Marin is getting crazier This is one crazy thriller It will blow your mind I am utterly in awe It lived up to all the hype for me This has everything that I love in a thriller I loved everything about this book This was my first solid five star for the year I just love this author and I loved her book, Jar of Hearts too I loved everything about this book It definitely will be one of my favorites for this year I was immediately drawn into this story I could not put this down.Before you open up this book make sure you have no plans for the day Don t answer the telephone, and don t answer the door, because all you will want to do is to read this book I am serious At least that is how I thought I did not want it to end I raced through this book and it didnt take me long to finish it.I loved the ending Right when I thought I had figured this one out, a big twist comes along that wasn t expected at all and it left me speechless It was a big surprise This one kept me on the edge of my seat It is not a predictable read and I thought it was mind blowing and AMAZING This one is tied in first place in my favorite shelf for this year Crazy good I loved the character development and I thought it was very well written There were a lot of unlikable characters in this book and I usually have to like at least one character, but I didn t like any of them, which made me love this book even I can t wait to read her next book.I highly recommend this book.This was a Traveling Sister Read.I want to thank Minotaur Books St Martin s Press and Edelweiss for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is going to be an incredibly difficult book to review, not only because I m already the outlier on what is most definitely a popular and highly anticipated release, but because of the twists and spoilers abundant in Little Secrets I have nothing but love and respect for Jennifer Hillier, and I can attest to her exceptional writing skills after adoring Jar of Hearts last year, which is likely why rating this book at a middle ground 3 stars pains me At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this reading experience has revealed to me that cloistering myself in this genre for so many years has dulled my wow sense if I had picked up this book a few years back, my mind would have been blown There are pages upon pages of glowing early reviews for this book, and I encourage you to check out every single one, because chances are this book will tick all of your twisty turny boxes, and my 3 stars are along the lines of I enjoyed this book in a way that won t stay with me long term rather than a meh feeling Fast paced and highly anticipated by many readers, please give Little Secrets a try for yourself this year If you enjoyed The Silent Patient, this book is for you Many thanks to the publisher for providing our review copies.
- 352 pages
- Little Secrets
- Jennifer Hillier
- 01 April 2018 Jennifer Hillier