Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier-- A+ Dark Mystery

Little Secrets

Life for Marin is pretty much perfect-- successful job, financial freedom, upscale lifestyle, great kid & husband.  Then comes the day when Sebastian, her 4-year-old son, goes missing at a local shopping area.

A year goes by with no answers, and Marin a shell of who she used to be. She barely has the brainpower to think not to mention care about the status of her relationship with her husband-- that is until the PI she hired to find Sebastian comes to her with info that Derek has been seeing a woman behind her back for the last 6 months.  Marin's been numb for 16 months, but suddenly she has one emotion coming to the surface: RAGE.

The more she digs into this mistress, the more she has a focus for all her frustrations.

This is the dark thriller that I NEEDED to get me back into reading again.  This year has been shit, and it's been wreaking havoc on my reading (and blogging) life. This book took me right out of 2020 and dropped me into a story that I couldn't get enough of.  It was such a rollercoaster ride, with twists and unexpected turns.  I wish all dark thrillers could keep my attention the way this one did.

It starts off with Marin's son getting kidnapped.  As a parent, I almost had to put it down before I even really started.  Something happening to my son (and soon to be daughter) is my biggest fear in life.  It would mean my life was completely over-- there's no coming back from that.  So I was very emotionally invested and it was hard to read about.  But I decided I could put my parental fears aside and focus on where this book was going.

And it went to some super unexpected places.  I fully did not expect that this book would go so far away from the missing kid and into such dark and fucked up territory.  But this book was fucked up in all the best ways.  And INTENSE.  It's kind of one of those books that you want to read as fast as you can so that you can stop feeling so damn anxious about what is going to happen.

I love a book where you think you want to root for one or 2 of the characters, but then you realize-- NOPE, they're all kind of toxic and unlikable.  That was this book. In the beginning I felt for Marin and her feelings of grief. Like I said, as a mother it was hard not to put myself in her shoes. But soon I realized that Marin was more than just the grieving, scared mother. She was just as toxic as the rest of the characters in this book.

OVERALL: If you love a dark mystery, you'll love this one. It's just the book I needed to pull me out of my current reality. Very Unputdownable.

Date Published: 4/21/2020
How I got this book: Library
Publisher: Minotaur Books/ Macmillan
Type: Adult Mystery

My Rating: 5/5

Character: Marin Machado
Book: Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten
  • I think Marin would relate to Sasha's need to do dark things.


  1. You are like my reading opposite with your love of those dark stories, but I am glad this was a great escape for you. I have always escaped via books, but I like those fluffy stories.

    1. Yes, it's weird bc we do read a lot of the same books, but then diverge on the dark and lightness!!

  2. Oh wow this does sound intense, but also strangely perfect for right now? In the sense of being an escape from the world. And Bad Girls With Perfect Faces is a favorite of mine- i LOVE that book- so yeah maybe I need this one lolol.

    1. Yes!! This one was the perfect escape. Bad Girls with Perfect Faces is always going to be up there as one of my all-time faves too!! I really liked that this one took an unexpected dark turn like that one did!

  3. This sounds likes the perfect October thriller. Great review!

  4. Oooh this does sound good! I was thinking the exact same thing when I read the synopsis- nope, as a parent, I just cannot do this one, but if you were able to (especially while pregnant when everything is just... bananas) then I probably could too! I love that it was so twisty and unexpected! I am like you and need something messed up to really escape so I think I will need to try this one! Great review!

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