Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Little Secrets - by Jennifer Hillier

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Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier has just shot straight into my "Top Reads of 2020"! This book was EVERYTHING!!! Hillier jam-packed this novel with so much emotional character depth that I had to take more than a few deep breaths just to calm myself down! The sheer darkness and raw despair within the mind of a mother of a kidnapped child pierced through every page, right into my very own heartstrings. Little Secrets is more potent than I could have ever imagined, and then some. I was in tears throughout the first chapter, the final chapters, and many moments between!

The ending was a TRUE shocker. Usually, I can guess, or at least get a pretty good idea of 'whodunnit' but not this time. I was thrown for a loop in the cruelest possible way. I simply cannot fathom how Marin Machado survived this utter mental torture. Seriously. I just reminded my own children to never talk to strangers or go anywhere with anyone unless I say no matter what.

I love reading, even though these books tear me apart... then people wonder why I get so paranoid about my kids in public. Nope. Couldn't do it. I could NOT survive this. However, this was only the beginning - and the end. The middle is filled with SO much intrigue that it was near impossible to put down. I started this on Mother's Day 5/10/20 and finished 5/12/20.

I reveled in the fact that Hillier was able to bring about such a connection to not only Marin (and her twisted downhill spiral) but Kenzie as well. Kenzie, the mistress. Kenzie, the enemy. McKenzie Li was brought to life through the many chapters dedicated to her history and current motivations. There are a few other characters I'd love to write about, but, for fear of giving too much away, I won't. Just know that Little Secrets should be a must-read on everyone's to be read list for 2020!

This book was gifted to me by a close book buddy of mine, Reanna (@booknook8756 on Instagram), and I couldn't be more grateful! There were several times I had to pause to send a quick message to her sharing my theories and several WTF moments! With 22 pages left to go, I seriously contemplated ordering take out, again, to skip cooking and finish reading! Ultimately I cooked, we ate, and I cleaned up really fast! It was so worth it. Dissecting the climax and conclusion with my book bestie was quite an enjoyable experience, and I can't wait to do it again... with Jennifer Hillier's "Jar of Hearts"!

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Book Blurb:
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.

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About Jennifer Hillier:
Jennifer Hillier writes about dark, twisted people who do dark, twisted things. Born and raised in Toronto and a proud Canadian, she spent eight years in the Seattle area, which is where all her books are set.

She loves her son, her husband, the Seahawks, and Stephen King. Not equally, but close. She's the author of six novels, including JAR OF HEARTS, which won the Thriller Award, and was shortlisted for the Anthony and Macavity Awards.

Her newest psychological thriller, LITTLE SECRETS, was released on April 21, 2020 from Minotaur Books.

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