Review: One Little Secret

One Little Secret
by Cate Holahan
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: July 9th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books


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.

My Thoughts

*I received a ecopy of this book for review purposes only. It has in no way influenced my review.

I sat down to read a few chapters of One Little Secret by Cate Holahan before bed one night, and before I knew it, a few hours had passed. That's how quickly I was sucked into this story. The next day I found myself hurrying through my to-do list just so I could sit down and read. 

Three couples rent a beach house for a much-needed getaway. At first, everything seems perfect, but then things start to fall apart, and tensions arise. The carefully cultivated image each couple presents starts to crack, especially when one of the women is discovered dead on the beach.

Detective Gabby Wilkins gets called to the crime scene. As she investigates, she realizes that they are all hiding something. Uncovering the truth of what happened to the murder victim is a lot more complicated than she anticipated. 

Each chapter reveals more and more of the dysfunction of the characters' lives. building the suspense. The book also makes you think about things not said in conversations and how people put on blinders to avoid any unpleasantness.  One Little Secret is entertaining and full of suspense. I breezed through the pages trying to figure out who the murderer was. This is a fast-paced book that I highly recommend!