e-ARC Review: One Little Secret by Cate Holahan
Published by: Crooked Lane Books
Released on: 9th July 2019
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
My Rating: 4/5
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.
A taut, locked room mystery with an unforgettable cast of characters, One Little Secret promises to keep readers eyes glued to the pages and debating the blinders that we all put on in the service of politeness.
One Little Secret is a gripping, hard-to-put-down mystery/thriller book!
Three couples (neighbors) set out a week of a beautiful beach vacation, in a way to have ample time to know each other and spend quality time with no children around. The story is narrated in the third person and as the story unfolds, we see that there’s a lot hidden between the closed doors of each family, and each individual as well.
There is a lot of alcohol, and it results in a display of a lot of emotions and tensions – work stress, and kids! And the beautifully planned vacation turns into a murder mystery by the morning of the first day. And the murderer is one among them!
The story is narrated across three timelines – the day on which it took place, the day before it and the day after it – giving us all the details and the story build up as each section unfolds. All the secrets aren’t spilled in one go, but part by part – you will feel that maybe this is it, but NO! there’s more.
The lives of these individuals are so intertwined and the secrets are spilled one after another in such a way, that you will be gripped to the book. I was hardly able to put it down. I read it everywhere – all thanks to the ebook!
I felt there was a touch of movie masala to this book. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is ever a movie made of it ( I have, maybe, seen a few such Bollywood movies!). The short sentences, the short chapters, makes the read easy and interesting.
I would surely be on the lookout of more of Cate Holahan’s work in the future. I would definitely give it a thumbs up if anyone is looking to read it.
Thanks to #NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for an early copy of this book. All opinions are of my own! #OneLittleSecret