One Little Secret

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 25 Jun 2019

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Nicely done mystery/thriller. It took a while to keep all the characters straight and to figure out whose perspective was being told. None of the characters were likeable, which makes a book harder for me to get into, plus slightly forgettable.
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I really enjoyed One Little Secret by Cate Holahan.  This is about three neighbor couples  who rent a vacation home together when their kids go to camp for the summer. Unknown to all, each has hidden motives and connections. Susan simply wanted to develop friendships to make her autistic son life better but the rest are not quite as innocent. After a night of drinking and an awkward argument one of the spouses is found dead on the beach. 
The twist is not unexpected but done in a way that leaves the reader satisfied. 

I did feel the story line with the au pair needed more of a conclusion. It was thrown in as a plot device and we are left with questions.

I look forward to reading Cate Holahan’s previous books “Lies She Told” and “ The Widowers’ Wife” as well. 

Thank you to #netgalley and #crookedlanebooks for the advance copy in exchange for my review.
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I enjoyed reading One Little Secret. It's a Agatha Christie like Murder Mystery, though there are more serious than I remember from AC, issues women are fighting against for ages and louder in the last few years. Two of these things are domestic violence and rape next to a lot of others things like women betraying other women instead of helping each other.
Though the heavier things aren't there to create an voyeuristic effect, they nonetheless aren't that easy to take in. Especially when you are a woman you recognize all the mechanics and they might at best make you feel angry or shake your emotions – depending on how close you are to these forms of violence.

Other than that, this book kept me guessing at who the murderer was. The story hides it's secret quite good. There are six characters who all in time seem guilty so I changed my suspicions every now and then. One Little Secret actually has a lot of small secrets and also some messages both genders should take to heart.
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This book is very well written. It pulled me in almost right away and kept me interested until the very end. I will definitely be recommending this to the customers at my work!
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Thank You Net Galley, Crooked Lane Books and Cate Holahan for a chance to review One Little Secret.

A new family moves into the neighborhood and with an attempt to bond with others invites the other 2 couples for a joint vacation at a beach house with the kids away at camp. Everything is glassy and perfect on the surface but scratch it, lies and secrets emerge. There's an extramarital affair, there's another imagined affair that causes anguish and pain, there's physical and emotional abuse between a couple and to top it all there's a lawsuit against two of them forced on by the third. All the tensions and frustrations of marriage and friendships break open and leaves one dead with all the others as suspects.
This is a very engaging and compelling thriller by Cate Holahan, I loved how each and every character has been flushed out beautifully, the insecurities and vulnerabilities that threaten the self esteem of a person playing havoc in life, and the effects of alcohol drinking with strangers. There's much being discussed in the book but it can be read smoothly and effortlessly and that was impressive. This is my first book by the author and now am off searching for all the others and I am hoping Gabby Watkins follows in another series.
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One Little Secret is the perfect title for this book. Three couples decide to rent a beach house for the week and what ensues is mayhem. The author really develops the couples relationships with each other and about each character. It delves into what we see on the surface and what is really going on. The intermingling of wives and husbands is well written. Add to this story is Sergeant Gabby and her drive to find the killer of a vacation gone wrong.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a chance to read and review.
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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Beyond amazing I enjoyed this book so very much. The characters and storyline were fantastic. The ending I did not see coming  Could not put down nor did I want to.
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I enjoyed this book with an intriguing storyline which keeps your interest. The slow reveal of the truths and lies and the extra details about the relationships between the characters add to the suspense. I like that this book made me think about who did it and why right up until the end. A great book.
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One Little Secret is a book that kept me guessing. It had some cleverly written moments that I found to be very original. The story revolves around three different couples and a detective, and switched perspectives depending on the chapter. Initially, it was challenging for me to keep all the characters straight. The book also jumps around between “before,” “the day of,” and “after” a specific incident. These elements were somewhat confusing until I adjusted, and developed a better grasp on who was who. Once I had it figured out, the story flowed better but I know some people will not enjoy this writing style. It really had to think to keep everyone straight in my mind and it disrupted the flow at times. However, the story itself was one that really kept me hooked and made for a excellent quick read. It’s a story full of connections that readers will crave for the mystery and drama. Trigger warning for domestic violence.
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I’ve finally broken my NetGalley rut! This book started off a bit slow but got more interesting as the story went off. Didn’t blow me away, but was a good enough read that I’d give Cate Holahan another chance. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy in exchange for review.

4/5
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The story right away sucks you in.  You get to know a little bit about the characters and start to learn their secrets and then *spoiler* one of them dies.  The plot reminded me of “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty.  The fact that all the characters were intertwined together was great.  Definitely recommend.  As good, if not better than her last book “The Lies We Told.”  Great up until even the last page.
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This book surprised me in the best way. The first few pages were good, but I was wondering if I was going to actually be into it. Rich parents, pretty wives, snobby kids going away to summer camp. OH well let me tell you...take those things and a few pages later add in lots of wine, a beach house, neighbors, and a ton of secrets and watch the magic explode!
This one of those whodunnit books but nothing I guessed was right! And getting to the "dunnit" part was so fun. The writing was so top notch and the plot was perfectly evil and mysterious. I loved getting to know each character and some of them I became attached to. 
The setting is beautiful - a beach house with a pool and a grill and short walk to the beach.

I also give 5 stars for the cover art. The cover is what made me choose this book at first. A broken wine glass just screams "shit is about to go down inside this book".
This was a 5 star read for me.
Thank you #NetGalley, the author and the publisher for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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One Little Secret by Cate Holahan is a great book that I read in one day. The plot is as follows; a group of three couples go on vacation together, renting a house on the beach. One of them turns up dead on the beach. This is a great whodunit, with a cast of characters that are both real and vulnerable. One of the main themes in the story is domestic violence, and that was depicted well as an underlying part of the story. While the main story line may seem a bit played, with wildly successful people vacationing on the beach, there is a sinister side to this story, that trades on the notion that generally all is not as it appears in most people's lives. People keep secrets and sometimes those secrets are fatal. Fantastic book that kept me reading as the chapters shifted from one character to another, and one time frame to another. Highly recommend. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy.
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Quite the page tuner One Little Secret is a clever thriller with lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. Looking forward to reading more by this author!
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This book was a pleasant surprise. At first I thought I was going to have a hard time keeping track of the characters, since I have a difficult time with that if there are too many. No problem! The characters were well developed, the storyline was well described but not overly so. Quick read, kept me guessing til the end
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There are SO many secrets in this book! Not just one.  And that’s a good thing. Parallel story lines eventually come together but it’s a wild ride until you get there. Three couples share a vacation rental at the beach and that’s when the secrets start coming out along with a murder. This reminded me of a story Agatha Christie would have written if she were alive today.  Craftily plotted with really interesting characters. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy for review.
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This book was about three couples who rent a house in the Hamptons on the beach for a getaway after their children leave for sleep away camp. They all live in the same neighborhood in Westchester, New York. The book is called One Little Secret but it appears they all have secrets and such intertwined lives with many secrets amongst them. In any event, the day after they get to the beach, one of the wives is found dead. The story goes from the detective and back and forth from the remaining two couples and the husband of the dead wife. As the book progresses you begin to see what is going on with the other couples and the husband of the dead wife. This book was well executed and kept me guessing right till the end who the culprit was and even in the epilogue there was another twist. This book kept me interested right till the end and if you like psychological thrillers, then I recommend this book. I would like to thank net galley for the ARC of this book for an honest review.
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A twisted tale of three couples who rent a glass beach house for a week's vacation.  Beware:  there is more than one little secret amongst these neighbors and friends.  One of them ends up dead on the first night and the remaining people are all reasonable suspects.  What follows is a tense and thrilling ride to the end.
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One Little Secret is actually a misnomer.....there are many secrets in this new novel.  There are two parallel story lines in the book.  The story begins when a police officer, Gabby, investigates the possible rape of a young girl who was, apparently, given drugs at a party on the beach.  The second story line involves three couples who have agreed to share a beach house while their children are away at camp.  The couples are Jenny and Louis,  Rachel and Ben and Susan and Nadal, all neighbors back home.  Soon Gabby is investigating the drowning, or murder, of one of the women sharing the beach house.

There are lots of secrets that are slowly uncovered, ie.  infidelity, abuse and legal entanglements.  The investigation takes a few unpredictable turns, including one that hits Gabby a little too close to home.  

I really enjoyed the book.  It was well-written and held my interest.    Though the story had several running story lines and jumped back and forth in time, the author made it very easy to follow.  I would like to read other books by this author.
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I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  

From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.


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 neighbours 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.

First of all, want the house --- oh, what a nicer place to spend the summer than my tiny balcony which overlooks a fire/ambulance route.  That said, this is the PERFECT BEACH READ.  It is well crafted:  the perfect combination of gossip, secrets, sea and sand.  Are you going to learn anything from this book? No. Well, maybe that secrets are bad and some are meant to be kept.  

As I stated before, this is a *****perfect***** beach read, not something for a literary-bent book club to dissect and ruin for those who loved the book before the meeting.

 As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use on Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it 🌊 🧜‍♀️ 🏖️🐚👙
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