One Little Secret

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 25 Jun 2019

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I couldn't really get on with this book and had no interest in the characters, I found it hard to read and was disappointed.

Based on this I wouldn't recommend this book but this is purely my opinion as I am sure I will be in the minority.

Thank you to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book.
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I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review 

Just didn’t engage me. Didn’t engage with the narrative, the characters (none of whom were remotely likable or fun), the mystery-and I didn’t care whodunnit. Meh
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One Little Secret by Cate Holahan is a psychological thriller filled with 7 well-developed characters. It’s not always clear who the villains are: there’s Susan the alcoholic, Nadal the tech genius, Jenny the oxy addict, Louis the abuser, Rachel the obsessive lawyer and Ben the pretty boy. Your average neighbors, right? It’s just that one of them is a murderer… Everyone is a suspect. Everyone has something to hide. Everyone has something to kill for.

I especially liked Gabby, the detective. She wasn’t the stereotypical drinking, foul-mouthed, down and out cop we’re so used to reading about – she was sincere, likeable and capable of interrogating suspects kindly. 

The plot is detailed and intricate and the story weaves superbly between the day of the murder, and after. It has been well thought out and the ending was quite believable. 

I enjoyed the characterization; the pace was comfortable, and the tension created suited the actions and events as they occurred. I would recommend this novel and will read other books by the same author.
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Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Three couples rent a house on the beach for a week after their kids all left for camp. Due to the close proximity and probably some alcohol, secrets and lies begin to emerge.
Everyone is hiding something, some secrets bigger than others. 
The next day, a body is found on the beach and the game is on to catch the murderer who could only be one of the five remaining people in the house.

I have to be honest, this book was a pleasant surprise for me. the writing was fluid and I got into it pretty quickly. It's actually better than a lot of hyped  books I read recently which ended up being disappointing. 
All in all a solid murder mystery,  I finished it in a day and it was pretty entertaining.
I would recommend if you are a fan of the genre.
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This book definitely has it all!  Twists and turns on almost every page. Finished it in a few hours and it kept me guessing until the end.  Would definitely recommend. Thank you netgalley for letting me give an honest review of this book.
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I really enjoyed this book. I found that it was a quick read and the plot was intriguing. I found the characters hard to keep track of at first, but finally had them figured out about halfway through reading. I truly did not know who committed the crime until very close to the end which I enjoyed. Overall a great, quick read. Thanks for the opportunity to read!
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This book is a drama/suspense novel. All though well written I found I didn't have the interest to take time to read the whole book because of the characters. I didn't care for any of the main characters, they were all too self-involved, whiny, mean, dramatic etc so I read about 30% then skipped to the ending.
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Thank you netgalley for a copy of this book. 
I found this book really easy to get into. I was hooked right away and enjoyed the story.  
I figured out pretty quickly who was responsible so I didn’t feel there was much suspense or twists involved.
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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, she invites her new neighbors to join in on a week-long sublet with her and her workaholic husband. 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.

I'm actually stunned by this book! I went back and forth on who I thought the murderer was... Keeps you guessing all the way up until the end, an excellent whodunnit mystery that is sure to be a great beach read!

Thank you #NetGalley for the ARC of #OneLittleSecret
Pub Date: 09 Jul 2019
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Susan has been looking forward to her beach house getaway and some time sans children. Starting over in a new town with her family has been challenging, but now she’s looking forward to some R and R, and decides to invite her new neighbors along as a way of breaking the ice. She and her husband and two other couples start relaxing, using alcohol to help break the ice. Unfortunately the alcohol relaxes them a little too much and some nasty secrets are spilled. The next morning, one of them is dead. Finding the culprit falls to local detective Gabby Watkins, and it’s not am easy job, because it would appear that everyone at the beach house had a motive for the murder. This is a top notch thriller, the kind that will leave you guessing until almost the very end.
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A great read.  A whodunnit that kept me guessing til the end.  A group of neighbors rent a beach house in the Hamptons and the wheels come off the bus pretty quickly.  When one of their own dies, each of the neighbors becomes a suspect.  Holahan builds suspense by telling the story in different chunks of time - some before the death, some after - and by telling the story from different character's perspective.  I found it gripping (and I am never going on vacation with my neighbors).
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A quick read with a lot going on, both plot and character-wise. A lot of jumping around between character perspectives made it hard to get too attached to any of them (I would have loved more of Detective Watkins and her backstory), but I enjoyed it anyway. If I could do half stars, I’d give it 3.5, because even if this isn’t my favorite of hers, I do love Holahan’s writing and will continue to read anything she puts out!
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Excellent thriller, highly recommended!

This is a character-driven psychological thriller that illustrates just how fine the line between love and obsession can truly be and reminds us that every choice, good or bad, has a consequence.

The writing is crisp, polished and fluid. The characterization is spot on with a multitude of characters that are multi-faceted, insecure and vulnerable. And the plot is an intricately interwoven tale that unravels piece-by-piece creating tension, unease, and suspicion as it subtly reveals all the personalities, relationships, motivations and actions within it.
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