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  • Great summer thriller!

    Part domestic drama and part police procedural, One Little Secret is a fast and fun read. One Little Secret follows three couples on vacation in the Hamptons as their deepest and darkest secrets are revealed, ultimately ending with the murder of one of the group. Lots of twists and turns and interconnections between the couples, detectives and locals give the story richness and keep you guessing how everything will tie together at the end. A great read for fans of fans of Big Little Lies and The Party. I look forward to reading more of Cate Holahan's books. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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  • A great read

    WOW what a read! This was a fast paced thriller that I read in one sitting as I couldn’t get enough! What could be better than spending a week long getaway at the beach with friends while the kids are away at summer camp. Sounds perfect doesn’t it! This is what Susan thought when she and her husband Nadal invite their new neighbours Ben & Rachel and Jenny & Louis to share a rental in the Hamptons with them for some much needed rest and sun away from their busy lives back home. But on the very first night trouble looms as the alcohol flows and guards are let down as each couple’s hidden secrets rise to the surface. Then one of the women is found dead the next day on the beach! Was this an accident or is one of them responsible? For detective Gabby Watkins it doesn’t take long until she declares this a murder and each couple is taken in for questioning where their secrets are laid bare and issues of domestic violence, infidelity and issues with the law are all revealed and are all entwined in each of the couples lives and that of the deceased. But what was that one little secret that lead one of them to commit murder? Told in the perspective of each character we are taken back to the past and the present as we are given more details into each of the couples lives and of the events that lead to one of their murders. Thinking I was smart and figuring out who the culprit was early on Cate threw me off track! I thought I outsmarted her again with another guess of who it was but nope I was mistaken again! I love that in a book! The characters were relatable and very well written. A great story full of twists and turns and that ending was just fantastic!!!! This is the first book I have read of Cate’s and it definitely will not be my last! Thank-you to Netgalley, Crooked Lane Books and Cate Holahan for allowing me to read an advanced copy of One Little Secret in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.

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  • What a thriller

    Oh My What a Thriller! I started this, kept reading, and could not stop until I read the very last word. This is a thriller that I couldn’t quite figure out. I had guesses, I tried to follow the clues, and I was so very wrong. One Little Secret was a quick and easy read. I devoured it and then kept thinking about it after. The characters were interesting and realistic, the storyline was intriguing, and the ending, OH MY! I love how it was written in The Day Of, The Day Before, and The Day After so there was no doubt where in the timeline you were.

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  • Friends or enemies?

    One Little Secret by Cate Holahan is a mystery that literally takes place in a glass house where there are plenty of stones being thrown. Three couples leave the city to spend a child-free week together at a beach house. The six friends, while relaxing and over-enjoying drinks, begin to reveal secrets which include adultery, spousal abuse, lawsuits, etc. By the next morning, one of them is found dead on the beach and the remaining five are pointing fingers at each other. Gabby Watkins is the detective assigned to the case. She soon finds that any of them had a reason to commit this murder. One by one are interviewed and later released. Who is the killer? And why was the victim murdered? I recommend this novel to readers who like to be kept guessing until the end. Nothing is as it seems. This is my first Cate Holahan mystery but I look forward to reading all of her books. Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Good plot with plenty of red herrings

    3.5 stars One Little Secret by Cate Holahan is a psychological thriller. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Crooked Lane Books, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Susan Ahmadi, a former attorney, is now a stay-at-home mom for her two sons. She is home-schooling her autistic son Jonah. Her husband Nadal is the CEO of a tech start-up and very busy, so she decides they need a break when the kids are going off to camp. She also feels that she needs to create a more family-like atmosphere with their new neighbours. She convinces her work-a-holic husband and two other neighbourhood couples whose children will also be away, to split the rental cost of a rather expensive place on a private beach. Rachel Klein and Ben Hansen are a personal injury attorney and a writer, respectively, and live behind Susan and Nadal with their two children. Jenny and Louis Murray are a CBS Sports commentator and a doctor, and live beside Susan and Nadal with their daughter. The three couples are looking forward to their week at the beach. But the anticipated holiday does not go as planned. There is so much going on behind the scenes that Susan was unaware when she set up this little vacation. The first evening the couples start unwinding with booze. By the next morning, one of them is dead. Detective Gabby Watkins is responsible for solving this crime. Unfortunately, it turns out that everyone is a suspect, and her own daughter may be an alibi to one of them. My Opinions: I struggled getting into this one. It seemed dis-jointed. It started out with a possible rape victim being interrogated, and then moved on to the introduction of the couples, but not in a straight-forward manner, leaving me unsure of who was partnered with who, and which had kids..... Then the book alternated chapters: before the murder, the day of the murder, after the murder. That part worked okay. This book is about secrets and lies and affairs and spousal abuse and sexual abuse....and it's a wee bit dark...which is generally fine in my realm, as most of the books I read have at least one of these characteristics. Unfortunately, it was also very wordy (okay, a little like me). As well, I didn't actually like any of the characters, so it made it difficult to truly enjoy the book. As far as I am concerned, all of their behaviours sucked. All that being said, the overall plot was very interesting, and the red herrings sent the reader into many directions as to the possible perpetrator. Although I did guess the identity of the killer, the path wound around many other possibilities. This really made up for quite a lot of the things I didn't like about the book, although not quite enough for 4 stars, and I am sure I will be in the minority, but.....my opinions only really count to me, and I can live with it. I really enjoyed "Lies She Told" by this author, so I am looking forward to reading more of her books.

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