One Little Secret by Cate Holahan

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

One Little Secret by Cate Holahan

4 Stars

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.

I’m always looking for thrillers that are engaging. This book hooked me from the beginning and the story contained twists and turns that made the story gripping. Each character has their own personality and the reader learns enough of their backstory without having to trudge through too much filler.
Det. Gabby Watkins becomes involved professionally and personally in several cases that become entwined. The story begins with an au pair possibly being raped at a house party. It then moves to 3 couples renting a beach house for a week. They are all neighbors and haven’t been friends long. One of the neighbors is found murdered and we follow Gabby’s investigation into the murder and possible rape.
I did get to a point where I found it suspicious that so much of the story and characters were intertwined, but I decided to look past it.
I became quite invested in the story and wondering what would happen next. I wasn’t surprised or shocked by the ending, but I also didn’t find it easily predictable. Overall I gave this book 4 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed it and relished the book as a whole, I just didn’t get that shock factor I expect from thrillers. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an enjoyable mystery.

Thanks for reading!
-V

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