Little Secrets #BookReview

Jennifer Hillier | pub: April 2020 | 338 pages

I finished this book in June and it was the first of several books that plunged me into the domestic thriller genre. In an attempt to escape our collective reality, I desperately wanted books where I could escape into someone else’s life, devoid of politics, police brutality, racial stressors, and infectious diseases of ANY kind. 😵🥴

I found this title on my local library app and it fit the bill. A bit of a digression: the library can be a great resource for audio and digital versions of some great books. Most libraries are still closed across the country and/or open with limited, likely only curbside, access. But, you can still go online and apply for temporary Library Cards that will give you access to borrow audio or digital copies of magazines and books. At one time, this summer, i’d opened temp cards in 4 states and the District. ✅

Note: Libraries serve the committees they’re in, so selection can vary, greatly. In my opinion, thats too bad. Less diverse communities should have more diverse reads to avoid the echo chamber/bubble effect. We can, and should, suggest books to our local library that have diverse characters and plots. As local branches open, they will start to process suggestions/addition requests. I’m sure I’ll be doing some aggressive suggesting to my local branch in 2021, which I found horribly lacking. Stay tuned.

Little Secrets doesn’t exactly fall into the ‘diverse character and plot’ category but, it was a very good read, none the less.

Marin and Derek are (in my mind middle aged but I’m not sure they say) , well off, couple with a young son Sebastian. One day at market, Sebastian gets away from his mother and goes missing. Fast forward a year, and the couples only child, has not been found. Marin and Derek are still together but, barely. Marin, depressed and guilty over her son, hires a private investigator to pick up the search. No spoiler, the investigator quickly reveals Derek, is having an affair with a younger woman. Spoiler, Marin’s prepared to kill the bitch. 😜 I know that’s right sis.

Once the wife finds out about the affair the story really gets rolling. We’ll meet the other characters and actually get narration from their point of view, including McKenzie, the other woman and Sal, Marin’s ex-boyfriend/bestie.

Im not a fan of thin, missed communication tropes but, this is not that. Truly, each character is harboring hurt feelings and resentments that all of us sometimes carry and attempt to work through in the name of love and friendship but, oh the tangled web we weave. Its also a great twist on the Lifetime channel, husband kills wife to be with mistress plot. Nah, not this time.

Overall, really good book. Slow start but, hang in there, the pace will quicken. In the spirit of escaping reality, unless you’ve had a kid kidnapped, this probably avoids all triggers. Good love scene included, great shoot’em up ending where all comes undone and together at the same time. I’ll definitely try another Hillier book! #GoodBook 28 of 42.

GoodReads Summary:

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.

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