One Little Secret by Cate Holahan
Published by Crooked Lane Books on July 9, 2019 (expected)
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, thriller
Format & Length: e-book, 320
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Everyone has a secret. For some, it’s worth dying to protect. For others, it’s worth killing.
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 – and desperate for some kid-free conversation – she invites her new neighbors to join in on a week-long sublet with her and her workaholic husband.
Over the course of the first evening, liquor loosens inhibitions and lips. 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.
A taut, locked room mystery with an unforgettable cast of characters, One Little Secret promises to keep readers eyes glued to the pages and debating the blinders that we all put on in the service of politeness.
After having read and enjoyed Cate Holahan’s previous book, Lies She Told, I was excited to get my hands on a copy of One Little Secret. And it did not disappoint!
Told across three days (day before, day of, and day after), this story alternates its timelines and main character each section follows to build suspense with every chapter. The plot didn’t stop twisting, keeping me guessing for quite some time until about three quarters of the way through, at which point I had a solid idea of how the rest was going to play out. Every character in this story had a secret (some bigger than others) and it was intriguing to watch them being uncovered, especially as many were woven together.
Holahan’s writing style works well with this thriller, flowing easily and using short sentences to great effect in building tension. That, in addition to the short chapters, made this fast paced and easy to binge read. It also had a certain cinematic quality and I could easily see this being adapted into a movie.
Decidedly entertaining and full of suspense, One Little Secret is a strong thriller. I will definitely be on the lookout for more of Holahan’s work in the future! Recommended.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.