One Little Secret – Cate Holahan
Three couples decide to go on vacation together when their kids are off at camp. Drama ensues as their time goes on, the drinking starts, and the energy turns from excitement, to awkwardness, to tension as their tangled lives come apart in front of us.
One of them is murdered, and Gabby, a detective, finds herself entangled too as she tries to get to the bottom of it all. She’s got her work cut out for her. None of the suspects are totally innocent.
One Little Secret is a fun, intriguing little read. Told in third person from the perspectives of Gabby, Jenny and Susan. Three wives, three mothers with three different lives.
The way the neighboring couples are all wrapped up in drama and each other’s drama at first is fun. An eaves drop into their personal lives. Flirting, awkward, tension. Dig a little deeper beyond the successful women with their polite facade’s and their lives become complicated messes, a little deeper and it gets plain dark. That intertwining of people and events is what makes the book so interesting. I really loved the characters and all the interactions and business between them.
The characters and themes are relatable and real enough to be believable, driving the tension up, and ultimately making the resulting murder believable too. You could see how, given the right set of circumstances, a person could snap, how quickly it could escalate and turn into something else altogether.
While I did know from close to the beginning who the murderer was, it was still an entertaining, winding journey to the end. I was able to feel enough for the characters that I could see myself somewhat justifying some of their actions. Even hoping things would turn out for the better for some couples. And there was enough mystery and entanglement for me to second guess myself. The real mystery, I felt, was discovering how exactly it all fell into place and what the driving final motivations truly were.
I have received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
– 3/5 A quick, fun, little mystery that tugs at the outward facade of couples, weaving everyone into a tangled net that ultimately pushes someone to murder.
Buy it – One Little Secret