Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier, 4 Stars

Sometimes I’ll start reading a book, completely unaware that the characters are about to experience one of my worst nightmares. And I’ll almost stop reading, or I will even put the book down for a minute. But I always go back and pick it up because not knowing what happens after the nightmare? It haunts me more than knowing.

Little Secrets is one of those books. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just a thing. And compound that with the fact that the horrible, nightmarish thing takes place in one of my favorite cities and tourist destinations – Pike’s Place Market in Seattle, it was hard for me to swallow.

Let’s just say I won’t be taking a four-year-old to the market around Christmastime anytime soon.

From the Publisher:

All it takes to unravel a life is one little secret…

Marin had the perfect life. Married to her college sweetheart, she owns a chain of upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company. They’re admired in their community and are a loving family—until their world falls apart the day their son Sebastian is taken.

A year later, Marin is a shadow of herself. The FBI search has gone cold. The publicity has faded. She and her husband rarely speak. She hires a P.I. to pick up where the police left off, but instead of finding Sebastian, she learns that Derek is having an affair with a younger woman. This discovery sparks Marin back to life. She’s lost her son; she’s not about to lose her husband, too. Kenzie is an enemy with a face, which means this is a problem Marin can fix.


My Review:

Marin is out at Pike Street Market in Seattle, finishing up her Christmas shopping when her son disappears. Poof. If you are a parent, it’s likely it’s happened to you. You panic, you get frantic. Until the pallet of paper towels at Sam’s Club starts laughing at you and you find your child.

But what if you didn’t?

Marin is living this nightmare. She can barely hold it together. She can barely work a whole day. And the pain, the pain never goes away. Then she finds out her husband is cheating. Can you imagine?

Except it almost lights a fire under her. It gives her a sort of sick purpose to watch his mistress – via Instagram and at the coffee shop she works at. It gives Marin a reason to care about something for the first time ever since Sebastian disappeared.

Little Secrets was a great read. I’m so glad I wasn’t scared off by the beginning of the book. Hillier does a great job really reaching down into the depths of her characters to reveal very real insecurities and motivations. I read this one in a day. And not a day –a weekday when I was super busy with work and the gym and basketball practice. It’s that good.

Special thanks to Netgalley and Minotaur books for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one is out April 21, 2020. Get your copy.


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