Title: Little Secrets
Author: Jennifer Hillier
Publication: April 21, 2020
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Genre: Psychological Thriller
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
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.
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
I’m not usually into cheating stories, but this one sounded really good. Fix the situation? I can only think of a few ways that could happen and I desperately wanted to know. The book did not disappoint me.
When I first started Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier I was a little bored with the pickup. The first initial crime of the son being kidnapped quickly faded to a couple who clearly had issues, but nothing else really happening. I was a little worried I wasn’t going to like this book, but it quickly picked up. As a mother, I felt the pain for Marin and how devastated she was. I did not like her husband Derek at all for obvious reasons. His personality in the book really grated on my nerves, which shows the powerful writing of Hillier and this character. I think we were meant to dislike him. I also really disliked Kenzie, again because Hillier wrote a character to dislike.
I loved how this story progressed and the little side characters grew into important characters in the story and their storylines started to intertwine with the main one. I have to say I was pretty shocked by the revelations that came at the end of the story and that is hard to do. I usually can guess, so hats off to Hillier for really throwing twists and turns along the way to keep me guessing.
Honestly this book peaked my interest and then was pleasantly surprising. I thought I’d like it, but I ended up loving it. Jennifer Hillier has a new fan. If you love good psychological thrillers, then make sure to pick up your copy of Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier.
STAR RATING: 5/5
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