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    Emotional

    Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier was an emotional story from page one. I was immediately hooked. Starting out with the disappearance of Marin and Derek's four year old son, Sebastian. If, that doesn't pull at your heartstrings, nothing will. A month later the case is put on the back burner and Marin hires a Private Investigator. The majority of the book takes place 16 months after Sebastian has gone missing. That is where things start coming together or unraveling, depending on what way you are looking at the story. About three fourths of the way into the book, I had to put the book down and do a little pondering. At that point there were about six ways I could see this book coming to a close. Of course, I had to move forward to find out the conclusion. It was not what I was expecting at all. This book kept me reading and fully invested in what the outcome would be. It was a very good mystery. This was my first book by Jennifer Hillier and I'm sure it won't be my last. I received this book from the publisher for a fair and honest review.
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    Page-turner!

    This book grabbed me from the first page and never disappointed! Marin and Derek are very wealthy. While Christmas shopping with her 4-year-old son, Sebastian, Marin gets caught up texting and "Bash" disappears. Video of the mall shows Bash leaving with Santa Clause. The case goes cold and the police put it on the back burner. Grief causes Marin to spiral out of control with drinking and several suicide attempts while Derek begins a 6-month affair with a much younger woman. Sal, Marin's former boyfriend from college who is still her "best friend" offers to introduce Marin to a "fixer" for her problem. Lots of things happen in this book that made it a real page turner. I highly recommend this riveting thriller to all who love a good read. Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC of this great book.
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    Fighting for what’s yours

    Wow, this book was so good. It starts out as any normal day in the life of the average person. Shopping to do. It’s close to Christmas and Marin has a few gifts left to buy. With her hands full, she tries to hang onto her son, Sebastian’s hand, but he will stay close. He knows they are getting a giant lollipop next. Her phone chimes and it’s her husband. The next thing she knows, her son is gone. After freaking out and alerting security, they watch some security footage of her son walking out of the market place , lollipop in hand and Santa holding the other hand. This sets the course for the beginning of depression. But as she falls deeper into despair, things with her husband aren’t as they seem. Marin will have to snap out of it if she wants to keep him. This was an intense ride. Oh boy, I could hardly hang on. I loved how it all ended. That made it even better. I also like how it was written like someone looking in telling the story of Marin and her surroundings.
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    Another wild ride from Hillier!

    Little Secrets is another masterpiece from Jennifer Hillier. It’s described as a domestic suspense tale or a psychological thriller, but it’s so much more. As with all of Hillier’s books, it’s a fast-paced, heart-pounding, pulse-racing story that reveals something you didn’t expect on every page, which means you can’t stop turning pages and once you pick it up you can’t put it down. The worst day of Marin Machado’s life happened almost a year and a half ago. Her four-year old son Sebastian was kidnapped from Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Of course she blames herself: it was the holiday, busy, crowded, Seb was whining for candy, she was harried, looking for gifts and looking at her phone. She and her husband took all measures to try and find Seb, but postings, newspaper ads, offer of rewards, nothing worked and Seb is gone. And the perfect life, perfect marriage, perfect careers, perfect family is gone. Marin can’t move on although everyone, tells her to do so, and she hires a private investigator to pick up where the police left off, gave up in her estimation. And the investigator has news. But not the news Marin wants or expects. Derek, her beloved husband of 20 years, is having an affair. With a much younger woman. Talk about betrayal, the final straw, the thing she just can’t deal with. But maybe she can. She is impotent to do anything about Seb’s disappearance, but she’s not powerless to do something about this. Despair turns to rage. She will get rid of that woman. She’s not going to lose everything. So she sets things in motion. And we’re off. To say much more would spoil the story. Nothing, nothing, nothing is certain. Just when you think you’ve found that one person that can be trusted or that one scenario that is true, an aha moment pops up and all those little hints you missed fall into place and you wonder why you didn’t see it. Now you know. But then it happens again – and again. Until you can hardly bear the suspense. Little Secrets is a wild ride. Strong plot, fast pace, riveting characters, a flood of emotions. You’ll feel Marin’s hurt and betrayal, Derek’s helplessness and hopelessness, Marin’s friend Sal’s frustration and Derek’s lover Kenzie’s ambition and hope. I received an advance copy of Little Secrets from the author via NetGalley. All opinions are my own. I recommend this and anything author Jennifer Hillier writes with hesitation.
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    Who took Sebastian?

    Wow! This is one of the best thrillers I have read lately. Marin takes her son Christmas shopping, lets go of his hand to send a quick text and he is gone! Every mother’s nightmare. This gripping thriller has characters that are beyond complex. As a golden couple, people would assume Marin and her husband have it all. Things are not what they seem. The depth of the characters from the main ones through supporting ones are all so complex that it defies the imagination. I couldn’t put this book down!
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