Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
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.
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.
April 21st, 2020
Domestic Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Mystery & Suspense
Little Secrets (you can pre-order using my affiliate link HERE.)
My reading choices tend to be very cyclical as I am primarily a mood reader. I go in waves and sometimes I am into drawn-out character-driven family sagas, other times I am looking for a lighter read.
When I am reading to escape, thrillers, suspense and mysteries are my kinds of books. They are entertaining, face pasted and super engrossing which is great for when you have a million other things running through your head.
Last week was one of those times and after seeing my friend Kristina raving about Little Secrets on #bookstagram, I couldn’t wait to read it myself. I try to read books by their release dates so I can stay more on top of things, but it doesn’t always happen! I am currently reading an August 2020 advanced reader copy so yeah, I don’t do all that well with this, ha!
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So Little Secrets ended up being just what I needed. It was engaging from the very first page and I just love Jennifer Hillier’s writing style so much. Her characters are multifaceted and the plot has enough twists and turns to keep me guessing but not so much that they just felt like they came out of nowhere.
I love a book where things look a little too perfect on the outside to be true and this book has all of that and more. It does involve the kidnapping of a small child but it has so many other elements that made it rise above this common thriller plotline. I so enjoy a good domestic thriller and this one is a roller coaster of suspense with a super satisfying ending.
I loved it so much that I am now listening to Hillier’s 2018 release Jar of Hearts on audio. It’s the best when you read a book you don’t know a lot about beforehand and then leave with a new to you author to follow along with.
Thank you to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an unbiased review.
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