One Little Secret

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 25 Jun 2019

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I didn't know what to expect when I got a free copy of this book from Netgallery, but I was pleasantly surprised. I was immediately sucked into the story and liked most of the main characters.

The story is about a detective, Gabby and about a crime, murder to be exact, that happens when 3 couples (neighbors) rent a house together. One of the 3 women ends up dead and Gabby gets involved trying to solve the murder. The book moves between before and after the day it happened, but for some reason this jumping back and forth in time is not disturbing as it sometimes becomes. Despite the jumps the story keeps moving fluidly and we keep discovering more secrets and wondering how that new secret changes what we already knew.

As another reviewer already said, this book was better than some of the hyped up psycho thrillers I have been reading recently where I started them with high expectations only to be disappointed. This time I started with no expectations and rather than being disappointed I was pleasantly surprised.
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After loving my first Cate Holohan book, I was so excited to see this one on Netgalley. For me though it was just... okay? I wasn't gripped like I was in LIES SHE TOLD. I'm not sure why because I enjoyed the writing and the pacing and the synopsis was really interesting. 
I feel like this was a case of its not you, it's me.

I'm excited to read more from Cate in the future though!
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An excellent story with plenty of drama and suspense. Three couples take a vacation together that ends in tragedy. Not your run of the mill whodunit; rather, a twist of pure excitement. The characters are superbly portrayed by Ms. Holahan. 

If you are looking for a SUPERB read, go no further! I could not put the book down! Never could stop guessing about the ending. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Many Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for a wonderful reading experience!
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The perfect getaway turns tragic and everyone is suspect.
The glass house seemed ideal to refresh and renew for Susan to get away from the hustle and bustle of raising kids and find comfort among adults in a new town.
What looked perfect was more like shard glass as one woman winds up dead.
The rule has always been you can confiscate what you see in plain sight if you have reasonable cause to initiate the stop but this situation is one that has detective Gabby baffled.
Everyone seems to be hiding pieces of this elaborate puzzle.
The fluff was just too much, the characters were too hard for me to follow, and the story while interesting just didn't capture my attention as I'd have liked.
Thank you to Cate, the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.
Less is more...
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I received an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book started out strong but then it fell apart at the end. There were two stories in this book - who killed Rachel and was Mariel drugged. The Mariel storyline seemed out of place. The Who killed Rachel storyline was definitely interesting. 3 sets of neighborhood couples renting a beach house - each holding their own secrets. Their lives were all intertwined as well as their secrets. Some of the dialogue was a bit too descriptive and long winded. I found myself skipping over parts of the descriptions.  

All in all it was a decent read. It kept me interested. I would definitely check out Cate’s other books.
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Brilliant plot, excellent main characters that you invest in.  I read this book in one sitting and I would highly recommend it.
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I'm always looking for thrillers that are engaging. This book hooked me from the beginning and the story contained twists and turns that made the story gripping. Each character has their own personality and the reader learns enough of their backstory without having to trudge through too much filler. 
Det. Gabby Watkins becomes involved professionally and personally in several cases that become entwined. The story begins with an au pair possibly being raped at a house party. It then moves to 3 couples renting a beach house for a week. They are all neighbors and haven't been friends long. One of the neighbors is found murdered and we follow Gabby's investigation into the murder and possible rape. 
I did get to a point where I found it suspicious that so much of the story and characters were intertwined, but I decided to look past it. 
I became quite invested in the story and wondering what would happen next. I wasn't surprised or shocked by the ending, but I also didn't find it easily predictable. Overall I gave this book 4 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed it and relished the book as a whole, I just didn't get that shock factor I expect from thrillers. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an enjoyable mystery.
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Took me quite some time to work out where this book was going and even then I got it wrong!! Every character had flaws which made them a suspect! Certainly kept me guessing throughout, though I had to concentrate as it flicks backwards and forwards and each chapter sees the circumstances before and after from a different character perspective! Worth a read x
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When Susan and her husband rent a beach for a week-long getaway with two other couples, no one could have known murder was on the menu....All three couples are looking forward to a relaxing week without their kids in tow, as all of their respective children have gone away to summer camp.  What they didn't realize was that secrets were going to surface, and some of those secrets were going to be deadly.

Totally immersive and hard to put down!  Great psychological thriller that will keep you turning the pages!  Highly recommended!
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This read fit perfectly into this twisted blog of mine. Not in the gory, “you have such a sick mind” sense. But rather in the vast amount of character entanglement that Holahan included. For me, this was the most intriguing feature of the novel. Although the characters were a bit hard to discern at first, their dramatic interactions and complicated backstories were highly relatable, adding to the authenticity of the climax. Here, because the dynamic between each of the couples (and within each of the relationships) was made so apparent, the tension was amplified and created an even more suspenseful experience for the reader.

The novel’s plot is an intricately woven tale, told from three female perspectives (girl power!) over the course of two days. While I did enjoy the detective’s perception (and secretly hope this was an introduction to a new Gabby Watkins series), the surfer party sub-plot that was included had (and still has) me perplexed. What really happened to Mariel!? Are we to believe Dina Collette or is this Holahan’s way of foreshadowing a second title?... in the Philippines, perhaps?                   

Overall, One Little Secret was a fast, enticing read; perfect for fans of domestic thrillers. Depicting the fine line between love and fixation, this novel offers a very relatable and valuable lesson: every choice has a consequence. So, choose wisely, booksters! 

A special thank you to Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley who provided this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Fantastic read! Loved the glass beach house and the more get to the point and the unveiling of secrets! Keep me hooked with this thriller and I loved that it’s wasn’t so long, a nice break from many of the more lengthy drawn out novels. 
Thank you Netgalley so much for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!
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Thanks Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This an entertaining and suspenseful thriller with relatable and mostly likable set of characters.
The plot is pacey with enough twists and revelations that kept me intrigued and entertained till the end.
The narrative is told from different POVs and different timelines, so it took me sometime to keep everything straight. Once this was done, it was a smooth sail. Happy reading!
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Thank you Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This was a contemporary drama with some intrigue. A couple of neighbors rent a home by the beach and one by one their true selves unravel as they determine the killer of one of the wives. Couples begin to test the fundamentals of their relationships and not one is left unscathed. I was disturbed by the drama that unfolded and the distrust that was left in its wake. This a social commentary on how women do not support each other and our apathy as a community. Decent read.
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Great, short thriller book. The beginning took me a bit to get into as I felt like there were so many commas and the flow seemed off. Once past that though it was fun finding out everyone’s secrets.
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Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I had enjoyed the 2 previous books I had read from this author so I was really excited to see this as a "read it now" on netgalley. I thought this book turned out to be pretty good after a bit of a slow start. We know someone dies at the beginning and after that the first part of the book focused on setting the stage and introducing the 3 couples that would share the house in the Hamptons. I felt that bit of the book dragged a little too much and at the same time I had a hard time keeping the characters straight and who was married to who for close to the first half of the book. After that there were a number of lies and secrets revealed that were interesting and made me wonder why in the world these people were on vacation together. Everyone had a motive so that kept me guessing. I look forward to the next book from this author.
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Thank you netgalley for an advance copy of this book. 
I give this 3.25 stars. The story itself was really interesting, suspenseful, and entertaining. I enjoyed the pacing and felt the characters were believable and likeable (for the most part). I think the story would have been better role in present tense to create a greater sense of urgency. Since there are quite a few perspectives and timelines, it was hard to follow at times. But overall, it was a solid read.
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Interesting characters & fast paced.  I really enjoyed this book would highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good thriller.
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The book was short yet it was straight to the point. Shifing in POV and alternating time line was very common on crime-thrillers so it wasn't that much of a shocker.
But characterwise, the book won me over. I liked how all the POV of the story is told in all the women's perspective(which I hadn't realized until I finished reading the book and started doing this review🤔)
All the wives has their own reasons and issues yet to be addressed with their spouses to protect their own families. But also everyone has a motive to be the perpetraror. Also not to be missed is our detective who is also a woman 👩🏻 and a mother. (I just want to admire all the women voices being heard in this story😊)
I also like the bit of the plot twist in the end, because it somehow suggested that the true perpertrator wasn't trully revealed.
On the whole, the book is very entertaining and engaging, recommended for those who'll love a neighborhood drama of a murder.
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Thank you to Netgalley for an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

This was the first time I read a book by this author. It was well written and I got into it pretty quickly. The only thing I struggled with at times was who each couple was married to but this didn’t put me off. It’s a great story with a lot of twisty mystery. You don’t realise how much their lives are intertwined and unravels throughout the book. I could feel the tension escalating between the three couples making the murder believable.  I liked the way the story jumped seamlessly between the day of the murder and the day after.
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One Little Secret
by Cate Holahan
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.

Thanks too NetGalley for an advance copy for my honest review.
Hmm, Glass House. Everyone has ONE little secret. What a tension building book. The story works you into a total need to know. I enjoyed the book and was watching the pages, not wanting to finish but knowing secrets and glass houses explode.
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