Monday, July 1, 2019
One Little Secret by Cate Holahan (thoughts)
"Everyone has a secret. For some, it's worth dying to protect. For others, it's worth killing.
The glass beach house was supposed to be the getaway that Susan needed. Eager to help her transplanted family set down roots in their new town - and desperate for some kid-free conversation - she invites her new neighbors to join in on a week-long sublet with her and her workaholic husband.
Over the course of the first evening, liquor loosens inhibitions and lips. The three couples begin picking up on the others' marital tensions and work frustrations, as well as revealing their own. But someone says too much. And the next morning one of the women is discovered dead on the private beach.
Town detective Gabby Watkins must figure out who permanently silenced the deceased. As she investigates, she learns that everyone in the glass house was hiding something that could tie them to the murder, and that the biggest secrets of all are often in plain sight for anyone willing to look."
One Little Secret was one of those suspenseful thrillers that just sucked me in and didn't let me go. I went into this book after finishing two contemporary romances in a row so I was more than ready for a thriller to change things up. I started this book and just let the author take me for a ride! In this book there are three different couples who are all neighbors and have decided to rent a house on the beach together for vacation while their kids are away at camp. The book flips between the present and the day before. We get to see pieces of their lives, their relationships with their spouses, and here and there a secret or two was hinted at. Let me tell you that I just ate this all up with a spoon! I have been here lately for the domestic dramas with suspense mixed in! I loved the fact that it felt like we were experiencing the investigation in real time thanks to the present day sections of the book but that we were also getting to see stuff from before too. The book went back and forth between chapters but the author does it so seamlessly that it was just perfection. What I liked best about this book though was that at some point in this book, I suspected every single one of the characters (besides the individual that was killed). That's the mark of a good book in my opinion! There were characters that I definitely didn't want it to be and ones where....well, we will say that just wasn't the case. None of these characters were likable all of the time but there were ones that I could at least relate to or found redeemable. That's key in a book like this for me I have to say! I know the trend lately is books featuring characters that you hate but that's just not really my type of thing. I need a character I can root for usually for me to really enjoy the book! I also have to say that I really loved Gabby (the detective)! She was a character that I could get behind so I was rooting for her to figure out who the killer was.
Overall, I just really enjoyed my time with this book. This book had a Big Little Lies vibe to it with the three couples, the hidden secrets, and the interactions between them all as a group. I think if you liked that book then you will probably enjoy this one as well. I'm super excited to read more by this author and am glad that she has other books for me to look forward to. She kept me guessing throughout this book which is always a good thing. I don't want to say much more than that as I think this is a book to just experience or go into without knowing too much about it. I can easily recommend this one to fans of thrillers, mysteries, and suspense. This would be the perfect book to get lost in on the beach during these hot summer days or even while you beat the heat in the air conditioning. Highly recommended!
Bottom Line: A suspenseful read that kept me guessing the entire time!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and Meryl Moss Media. Honest Thoughts are my own.