The Darkest Secret
Apologies for the general email, but I desperately need your help.
My goddaughter, Coco Jackson, disappeared from her family's holiday home in Bournemouth on the night of Sunday/Monday August 29/30th, the bank holiday weekend just gone. Coco is three years old.
When identical twin Coco goes missing during a family celebration, there is a media frenzy. Her parents are ri...more
Though I wasn't completely satisfied with the epilogue, I understand why the author would give us that murder scene but not the other two. Marwood verifies what we're already pretty sure we know - that Simone planned to kill the twins and was only partially successful - but leaves us to wonder about Linda and Jimmy's deaths and who was really behind them. Then we're left to reevaluate everything! Like was Joe really so immune to the narcissism and coniving of the rest of his family? I doubt it...(less) (hide spoiler)]
Ruby throwing up was simply a regular childhood illness -- a fluke that ended up saving her from death. Simone wanted both twins to die.
Coco didn't drown. Maria made up that story, revealing to readers how manipulative she is about the truth.(less) (hide spoiler)]
***Possibly some minor spoilers***
The book starts off with an email regarding three year old Coco's disappearance. Her godmother sent it out to spread the word about missing little Coco. After that there are witness accounts about Coco and and what different people saw that weekend.
Coco disappeared during her father's 50th Birthday celebration weekend. It was pres ...more
If you love the way psychological crime novels are filled to the brim with awful people these days, this book is most definitely for you. The characters in The Darkest Secret make Nick and Amy (Gone Girl) look well-adjusted. This is the one things Marwood does exceedingly well, the people seeth with selfishness, bitterness, deceit, and immorality. You loathe them right from the beginning, and boy are you justified.
The story itself is good enough, it seemed to me to be more of a foil for ...more
There are a number of characters for readers to enjoy disliking. If you like books full of unpleasant characters, then this may be the book for you.
The second half of the book held my interest much more, as certain aspects o ...more
Sean Jackson is a man who likes success, beautiful women and getting his own way. On a Bank Holiday weekend in 2004, he is intending to celebrate his fiftieth birthday with his closest friends and family. Accompanying him to the hol ...more
One of THE BEST audio books I've ever heard! I loved Alex Marwood's audio edition of The Killer Next Door narrated by Imogen Church .
Well, she has done it again! This time, her creative, wonderfully twisted plot is combined with the incredibly talented storytelling of narrator Beverley A Crick. The result is a terrific, one of a kind listening experience that's not to be missed. Need a distraction? This should do it! It's Sooo r ...more
I liked the unusual way in which the author has laid out the initial part of the book. We start off with an email written by Maria appealing for help in finding Coco, a little girl that has gone missing from a holiday home in Bournemouth. We also have some witness statements taken by the police during the ensuing investigation. This part sucks the reader str ...more
While I cannot in good conscience reveal the secrets within this novel (no spoilers!), I will shed some more light on this book when I have the time! ;)
The audiobook version I listened to via Audible was narrated by Beverley A. Crick, & she did a smashing job! I just saw in the info above my review states that Imogen Church was the narrator (whom I do adore!), but I triple checked & my AB still says "Narrated by Beverley A. Crick" every time...my audiobook ...more
I don't want to go into the plot of this book too much as I think peop ...more
This is a book with characters so unlikeable they make those in Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train seem posit ...more
Alex Marwood returns to brilliant form with this gripping psychological thriller that leaves you gasping for breath to the very last sentence. This is a character led thriller where some of the characters, as in life, just leave you cold, and come across as looking out for themselves, while another is looking out for her sister, trying to protect her from this group of parasites around their father.
At times this is an incredible moving thriller where you can sy ...more
It took me a while to get into the authors style of writing, as well as the chronology as it switched between characters and years which was confusing to me for the first quarter of the book.
The characters in The Darkest Secret are some of the most hate-inducing people I've read about in a while. Egotistical, n ...more
If you like Hermann Koch, his Summer House With Swimming Pool as well as The Dinner, you might possibly be able to stomach this way-overlong wallow in the immorality of the super-rich. But be warned, that sure instinct for pacing that fueled Alex Marwood's debut mystery, The Wicked Girls, is almost entirely absent here. It's barely even a mystery. And without the excitement of the chase to keep you going, there's not much point.
It begins as a mystery, though, with a number ...more
We know from the blurb that little 3 year old Coco goes missing during her father, Sean's, 50th birthday party celebration weekend away. And that the story is told in two narratives, one during that tragic weekend and one during the funeral weekend of ...more
The Darkest Secret takes place ten years ago on a very British holiday, where Sean Jackson is celebrating his 50th birthday, and in the p ...more
For me the scene setting and character development took just a little too long. However it did set the scene extraordinarily well – a life of pretentious self-absorption, a “look at me” “look at me” generation (and I am not talking gen Y!) full of unlikeable characters and over the top behaviours. There was not a lot to like here and a lot to loathe.
Suddenly all that changed! I was engrossed in the narrative – the cold and calculating behaviours, the self-absorption, the lies and the tu ...more
A psychological thriller that grew on me the more I read and kept me eager to know more. If I am honest I was not hooked from the start but I found that it just got better and better and by the end of it wanted to read more from this author.
In 2004 Coco Jackson aged three disappears from the bed she shares with her twin sister, Ruby, while ...more
Switching between the two eras The Darkest Secret examines the mystery of Coco's disappearance and the fall out for her sister and half sisters. Billed as a thriller I would prob ...more
I enjoy this author’s writing. The previous two titles were more satisfying. Here, the writing was strong enough to keep me moving along, looking for the surprise, hook, payoff, something. Wondering until the absolute end if this was even a crime novel. It sort of is.
I didn’t care enough about any character to feel tension or curiosity on their behalf. The full set of dysfunctional people, connected via a complex dysfunctional family, was simply tiring. ...more
Den mörkaste hemligheten är den första bok jag har läst av Alex Marwood och kommer inte vara den sista jag tar mig an. Jag älskar mörka psykologiska thrillers och handlingen i denna bok var intressant med en försvunnen liten flicka vars tvillingsyster 12 år senare frågar sin storasyster vad som egentligen hände när de tillsammans åker till deras pappas begravning.
Ja, vad hände egentligen med Coco? Blev hon kidnappad, försvann hon, eller ligger någon av gästerna i huset vid försvi ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Girl returns home when her father dies and it reopens a mystery about how her sister died years ago. Spoilers ahead. [s]||5||46||Apr 12, 2018 08:09AM|
Her first novel, The Wicked Girls, was published by Sphere, in 2012, and achieved widespread acclaim and word-of-mouth bestsellerdom. In 201 ...more