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Our Little Secret

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  2,465 ratings  ·  146 reviews
A deserted train station: A man waits. A woman watches.

Chris is ready to join his wife. He’s planned this moment for nearly a year. The date. The time. The train. But he hadn’t factored in Sarah.

So when Sarah walks on to the platform and sees a man swaying at the edge she assumes he’s just had too much to drink. What she doesn’t expect is to stop a suicide. As Sarah become
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Published July 28th 2017 by HarperCollins UK
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Kaceey
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
An exhausting emotional thriller that is well worth the journey!

Chris is ready to end it all. His wife Julia has been tragically murdered. He makes a hasty and fateful decision to take his life to be with her for eternity. He has planned it out for months, down to the last detail. All he has to do is simply step off the train platform as the train approaches. Just one step and no one else will get hurt or affected by his death. Now just minutes away from leaving the pain behind forever, the one
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Susanne  Strong
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.75 Stars* (rounded up)

A thrilling ride that starts with a jumper, and the woman who stops him.

Chris Hayes' life has fallen apart. His wife Julia is gone and he can't live without her. Therefore, he came up with what he thought was a well thought out plan - to be with his wife. He was going to jump in front of a late night train. One with no passengers. One no one ever waited for. He planned it perfectly. But minutes before he was to jump, someone else showed up at the station and she ruined e
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Selene
3.75 stars

Setting: (view spoiler)
POVs: (view spoiler)
Intensity: 3.5/5
Characterization: 4/5
Tone: Bleak
Pace: (view spoiler)

This was a suspenseful story offering a large dose of flashback scenes, reminiscing moments, very detailed diary excerpts, paranoid characters, and the perfect ending! The grand countdown leading to the final twenty-four hours of this stor
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Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
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I really wasn't expecting much when I picked up Our little secret By Darren O'Sullivan, not sure why that was but I got a very pleasant surprise indeed as Our little secret is quite the sparkling gem.
From the moment I started this, I felt such a compulsion to read on, the way its written it gripped me in its Talon's making me a part of the story from the onset and I was just so motivated to find out the outcome for all involved.
It for
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Sarah Joint
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book requires a bit of patience and understanding. It's a slow burn. The characters both confused and frustrated me at times. Despite the relatively slow pace through most of it, I had a hard time putting it down. 4.5 out of 5. Sarah is unlike any character I've ever met and I just wanted to shake her sometimes... others I wanted to help her, protect her... not unlike her little sister.

Chris has a plan. He's going to jump under the train. Under, so the driver doesn't have to see him. He wi
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Alice (Married To Books)
T/W- Mentions of Suicide

I would like to thank the publishers HQ for sending me a physical ARC of Our Little Secret for review!

As of right now, I'm going to leave the star rating blank because I'm really not sure what to give it. I was very close to DNF'ing it after ten chapters but since the formatting in my copy actually made the length quite short, I decided to finish it. It follows a man called Chris who witnesses a strange man murder his wife Julia and force him to keep this a secret. Otherw
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Laura
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
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Our Little Secret’s premise is what drew me to this book as it sounded rather intriguing, and it is definitely an interesting read.

I enjoyed that fact that it has the elements of a thriller mixed in with a more character-driven narrative. Part of the story is set in Peterborough, which I always find interesting to read novels about (I’m originally from Peterborough) and so I recognised a lot of the places featured.

The writing itself isn’t what I’d call am
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Heidi
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
After the murder of his beloved wife Julia, Chris has lost all joy and hope for a better future and has decided to end his life by jumping in front of a train. He has planned it all right down to the last detail: a deserted platform in the middle of the night, a fast moving freight train, no witnesses, no trauma to anyone. Noone would miss him, and no one would have to bear witness to his final desperate act. Except that on the night, things don’t go to plan. A woman arrives on the platform just ...more
Joanne Robertson
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have had this book on my wishlist for a while now as that plotline really grabbed my attention! Sounds intriguing doesn’t it?! But then I saw some very mixed reviews and it fell further down the TBR pile. The imminent release of Darrens new book Close Your Eyes made me realise I had better put my big girl pants on, read this one first and make my own mind up! And I’m glad that I did!

I thought that the premise of Our Little Secret was absolutely brilliant! Chris is standing on a deserted railwa
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Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
I’m a sucker for a psychological thriller so when I saw this pop up on Twitter I knew I had to request it!

The premise sounds great. A man waiting to throw himself infront of a train, what led him there? Why is that the only solution?

Our Little Secret is the debut novel by Darren O’Sullivan. It begins with a man on a train station platform. This man, Chris, is waiting for a train. Not to get on it, but to jump in front of it, so that he can be reunited with his wife. He doesn’t factor is Sarah, w
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Anna
Psychological thrillers are supposed to be exciting, tense and unexpected, they're supposed to keep you turning the pages wondering what the hell is going on, they're supposed to have shocking twist.

Not this one.

I figured out what had happened and what would happen very early on. That's not me being a cocky sod, you'd have to be in some sort of trance not to see it; the oh so subtle clues were bash me over the head obvious.

Other reviewers say that although they also saw the 'twist' it didn't det
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Ashley Gillan
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I. Devoured. This. Book.

The premise is one that draws you in almost immediately, and I just had to keep reading until I found out what happened, and once that picture became clear, I had to know how it turned out.

The book follows two people: Chris, who goes to a train station to kill himself while in a deep depression about his wife, who was killed 10 months before; and Sarah, who happens to run into Chris at the platform and interrupts his plans. Both are then forced to deal with the aftermath
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Rachael
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately I had figured out the twist in the first few chapters of the book, which left the entire story kind of moot. I’m hardly inspector Morse, it was very clearly signposted.
Tammie
A deserted train station: A man waits. A woman watches.

In the middle of the night Sarah is waiting for the train when she notices a man standing on the platform. A man who thought he would be alone at this hour. Alone so he could step under the train and end his life without any witnesses. Because he doesn't want any witnesses, Chris tries to get rid of Sarah by offering her money so she can go buy herself a cup of coffee to warm herself up while she waits for her train. She mistakes his offer
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Debbie
I thought I would never get to the end of this book. I skipped pages after pages and it still seemed to take forever.

I found the characters very boring and not really worth spending my time. Chris was certainly a boring character. He came off to me as having no redeeming qualities whatsoever as a human. He was boring and his obsession and depression were not even entertaining in the least. The endless pages and pages of him just walking around, depressed, were, for me, very cumbersome. I guessed
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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Aug 11, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: audible
Just getting annoyed with these characters, too many other books to read and enjoy without getting bogged down with this one
Wendy C
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing


I've just finished reading Darren's book 'Our Little Secret!'

I'm speechless at how amazing it was and this is his debut novel!

While reading you are pulled into the world of Chris who is grieving the tragic death of his wife Julia silently on his own while keeping a very awful little secret!

With his suicide planned to the second and the minutest detail his plans are succumbed by Sarah, who is curious by Chris and unwittingly saves his life.

The plot was amazingly thought out, with detailed scen
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Tracy Fenton
My Review: For a debut book, Our Little Secret is an impressive and well written story, it begins with a gripping opening – a suicidal man about to jump in front of a train and a young lady, Sarah, who happens to be on the same train platform and manages to stop him. What follows is tense and quite dark and if you enjoy twisted psychological thrillers you will enjoy this.

The two central characters, Chris and Sarah, were both extremely damaged individuals and I must admit to taking an instant dis
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Rebecca
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I must say a huge BRAVO to Darren O'Sullivan for such a strikingly sharp, cryptic and incredibly well-written debut novel that had me on the edge of my seat from first page to last. I had no expectations going into this novel, which is something I aim to do with all of the books I read now. Half of the time, I don't even read the blurb, because it makes for a nice surprise when you begin reading and figure it out for yourself. That's exactly what I did with 'Our Little Secret' by D ...more
Dawn Marsanne
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel has an interesting and unusual concept and I enjoyed it despite the bleakness of the subject.
Graphic detail may not suit everyone.
At times, I would have preferred more dialogue and less narrative but that said, it's an impressive work.
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Clair
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
I am absolutely thrilled that I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Our Little Secret as it looked and sounded fantastic. Then, just before I started to read it, I found out that it’s setting was in and around my home city, Peterborough, which intrigued me more.

The book opens on the outskirts of Peterborough, in a fenland town with a remote train station (well it’s remote at that time of night!). Chris Hayes is preparing to kill himself, to throw himself in front of the freight train
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Louise Beech
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With one of the best openings I've read in a while, this is a cracking and fast-paced read. And even though I sort of figured it out halfway, its the kind of thriller where it doesn't matter, because the how and why was as graipping as the who. Highly recommend. ...more
Kim
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-read
Chris is on a station platform late one night intending to throw himself in front of a passing goods train - he is haunted by the death of his wife Julia and the fact that he couldn't prevent her being killed in front of her and unable to go to the police due to threats to his loved ones by the perpetrator. Before he can complete his mission, Sarah arrives on the platform early to wait for her train, having just left her cheating boyfriend. Not wishing to traumatise her, Chris tries to persuade ...more
Lea
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Thank you Darren O'Sullivan and Netgalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
I have to say that I struggled to get through this book. I worked out the plot early on and found a lot of chapters were really just fluff puffing up the story line. To be honest I found it quite boring, droning on and on, and then WHAM! finished, done.
There are just so many fast paced, on the edge of your seat novels out there that this one just felt very flat to me.
2 1/2 stars from me.
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Aleasha
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I definitely wouldn't class 'Our Little Secret' a thriller, or even a mystery. I picked exactly what was going on, very early on and there was no 'ah ha!' moment at the end when I realized I had predicted exactly what went on.

Our Little Secret tells the story of Sarah, a young woman who comes across a man on the train platform, waiting to jump in front of the next train. Sarah interferes without knowing it and prevents him from jumping. After he leaves, she discovers his suicide note and realiz
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Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
#FirstLine ~ Eight minutes.

This book was wonderfully twisty and turny! I was engrossed the whole time. A delight of a read that kept me on the edge of the my seat. I loved how I never really knew what was going to happen. I adored the edgy nature and gritty tone of the book. A must read for thriller fans!
Aoife
I received a free e-copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Chris is about to enact on his plan to kill himself to join his dead wife when his well-thought out plan is interrupted by Sarah. When Sarah stumbles across Chris on the edge of a train platform, she can't walk away and forget about him, and instead enters his life and begins an intense relationship. However, there's a mystery about the death of Chris's wife and a shadowy figure that appears
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Scott
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-recommended
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Lauren Roberts
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cracking thriller which keeps you second guessing yourself!

The book opens on Chris, a broken man stood at a remote Cambridgeshire train station contemplating taking his own life by throwing himself in front of a goods train, following the death of his wife. Destiny / co-incidence places Sarah at the train station who ends up unknowingly stopping Chris from hurting himself as he doesn't want anyone to witness his death or be affected by it.

The story unfolds in Cambridgeshire as Sarah tries to f
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Isabella May
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark, intense and brilliant

Occasionally I need a good psychological thriller to keep me on my reading toes. Our Little Secret totally delivered! Just when you think you have sussed the mystery of Julia's disappearance out... along comes another twist to keep you hooked. The author has us strangely empathisizing with all the main characters... right until the end, producing a complex story which surprisingly tugs at the emotions, as much as its developing plot stuns. A must read for all fans of t
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“5th May 2016 The first final day 10.39 p.m. –March train station, England Eight minutes. Chris looked up at the analogue dials of the train station clock, its ticking unperturbed by what was about to happen. It read ten thirty-nine. He stood and watched the seconds pass by slowly. Eight minutes, that was all he had to wait. Looking around the station he noted how dilapidated it was. The benches that were once sky blue were now covered with an assortment of profanities –as were the walls behind them. Pictures of male genitals and insults to people’s mothers were lit by a dull orange light in the roof of the old station and the flickering of a half-empty vending machine. The old Chris might have had an opinion about it. Not now. Not anymore. Instead, reading the walls” 0 likes
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