By: Jennifer Hillier
Thriller / Mystery
Overall: Marin and Derik are college sweethearts who married almost 20 years ago and had both become very successful in their careers. They have a 4 year old son named Sebastian. They had a wonderful life together. Until one day at busy Pike Place Market at Christmas time, their son was taken. Marin got distracted for just a minute, and then he was gone. One year later, the police and the FBI still
have the case open, but the trails are all cold. There has been no leads and no sign of their son anywhere. Marin is a mother, and will never give up on finding her son. So, she hires a Private Investigator to keep searching for him. But, instead of finding their son, the P.I. finds out that Derik is having an affair with a much younger woman. Their marriage has been very distant since the day their son was taken from them. They are both shells of the people they once were. But, Marin has already lost her son, and she is not about to lose her husband too. So, she hires a hitman to take McKenzie out of the picture. Suddenly, she changes her mind and calls it off. But, then McKenzie goes missing too. Now two people connected to her husband have gone missing? Is he the link?
Ovations: This book is interesting right from the first page. Is it a mystery because of the little boy going missing. It is also a thriller because there are constantly new things happening that keep you on your toes. This is a compelling, dark, emotional, page turner that you just won’t want to stop reading. The plot is solid, and there is enough always going on that you are fully invested in the story, but not so much that you are confused at any point. The title, Little
Secrets is perfect for the book because everyone in the story has many secrets. There were a few good twists that you will not see coming. Lastly, I really liked the ending. It made sense, it was not rushed, and it explained everything without any plot holes.
Oh Well: I did figure out the answer to the big mystery myself by mid-book. But, that was ok because it did not change my enjoyment of the story. The plot is
layered enough that I still did not know the “why” of it all. Plus, there are several sub-plots going on and they all connect, but you have no idea how. So, the fact that I figured one thing out (even if it was the main thing), did not affect how much I liked the book at all.
Opinion: This book is a roller-coaster of a psychological thriller. It is sad and dark, but also, in the end, all about love. There is good pacing and suspense all the way through the storyline that will keep you reading. This book has interesting characters, deep emotional content, and a compelling plot. This is my first thriller by Jennifer Hillier, but it will not be my last. Rating 9 out of 10