Overwhelmed by tragedy, a woman desperately tries to save her marriage in award-winning author Jennifer Hillier's Little Secrets, a riveting novel of psychological suspense.
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.
I'm not sure Little Secrets quite covers this one because most of the secrets between the covers of this book aren't what I'd call little. Big or little, there are secrets. In fact, it seems like everybody has one at least. Honestly, I wasn't sure how well I'd do with this book. Any time little kids are involved there's a better than average chance that I'll have a problem getting through it. And don't get me wrong, the story is certainly emotional, but it's also filled with an ever-rising tension - the type that has you inching further and further toward the edge of your seat.
I read Jar of Hearts and if I recall, I was impressed by Hillier's characters. The characters here are just as impressive. In most cases, a person isn't all good or all bad. Instead, we're a product of our environment and the events in our lives, and how we handle those events. And I think that's the thing that strikes me with Jennifer Hillier's characters. Good or bad, they're human. They make mistakes, they sometimes don't handle things all that great, and some are just completely unhinged but hide it well. This one has a bit of all that and more, and at any given time I would find myself liking, or at least empathizing with a character I didn't like just pages earlier, or vice versa. I don't think there was a single character in this book who I liked completely. Maybe Sebastian, but you kind of have to like the toddler.
I won't go into the details of the story because just about anything would be at the very least spoiler-ish, but I will say that the author doesn't disappoint when it comes to twists. There were a couple of times when I was sure I knew where things were going only to be surprised by a twist I didn't see coming, which is exactly what a really good psychological thriller should do. Suffice it to say that this is the second book I've read by this author and both have been superb from start to finish.
❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press