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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
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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Holly  B
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it

A locked room beach mystery at a dreamy vacation get-away rental.

Three couples rent a pricey  house on a private beach. Sounds like a wonderful way to relax and enjoy a neighborly vacay, BUT when all the doors shut, secrets and darkness abound.

These three couples have a lot going on in their lives and when they crack open the bottle of rose, someone gets a bit loose lipped. She said what???

When one of the wives is found dead on the beach, everyone begins to panic and give each other the side
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Kaceey
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
3.5*
A little vacation time at the beach with the new neighbors. All the essential goodies…BBQ, drinks sunshine and ocean water. So what could possibly go wrong...right!?

A great time for both kids and parents. Three couples drop their kids off for summer camp. Let the kids go enjoy their freedom from their parents, while the grown-ups enjoy their own version of carefree time!
As the three couples settle into the exclusive beach house, tensions already are rising! Is it the heat? The long drive? O
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BernLuvsBooks
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-reads, 2019
Three well-to-do couples/neighbors, a pricey vacation house on a private beach and secrets that they'll do anything to keep hidden...including murder!

The premise definitely captured my attention - couples getting to know each other and one ends up dead. I love a good whodunnit when it seems like everyone has something to lose or secrets to protect. That's when ALL the skeletons start tumbling out the closet and I am so there for it.

The story is told from various POVs and alternated between th
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James
One Little Secret is the second novel written by Cate Holahan that I've read. Part mystery and thriller, it tells the story of six neighbors (three couples) who rent a house on the eastern shores of Long Island for part of the summer. As each chapter unfolds in third person perspective, we learn of the drama transpiring in their individual and combined households.

This book was a very easy read. I devoured it in two chunks over a twenty-four hour period, finding myself unwilling to put it down ex
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Carole
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
One Little Secret by Cate Holahan is a mystery that literally takes place in a glass house where there are plenty of stones being thrown. Three couples leave the city to spend a child-free week together at a beach house. The six friends, while relaxing and over-enjoying drinks, begin to reveal secrets which include adultery, spousal abuse, lawsuits, etc. By the next morning, one of them is found dead on the beach and the remaining five are pointing fingers at each other. Gabby Watkins is the det ...more
j e w e l s
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-bejeweled
THREE SO-SO STARS

Three couples rent a fabulous beach house for a get-to-know-each-other kind of vacation. After driving up to the house for the first time, they find it to be not as gorgeous as the online photos led them to believe. Hey, no problem, they make the best of it and get on with the eating, drinking and relaxing. It's going to be an amazing week!

What the three couples didn't sign up for is MURDER. Yep, we've got a classic locked room murder mystery to solve!

The peeps should've been so
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Susanne  Strong
3 Stars

Eat, drink and be merry...

We were above
You were standing underneath us
We were not yet lovers
Dragons were smoked
Bumblebees were stinging us
I was soon to be crazy

Eat, drink and be merry
For tomorrow, we’ll die
Eat, drink and be merry
For tomorrow, we’ll die

“Tripping Billies” Dave Matthews Band

Three couples, neighbors, vacation together in the Hamptons, renting a house on a private beach. The plan sounds like a good one but the house leaves something to be desired. What becomes readily apparen
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Luvtoread
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Juicy, Mystery Drama!


Welcome to the Hamptons! Three financially successful couples rent a luxurious summer house together while their children who are friends are all staying at the same summer camp. They are neighbors as well as friends but not close enough to know that they all have secrets and want them to stay hidden. After the first dinner together including a little too much alcohol for some, tempers flare, jealousy arises and a few arguments have already raised their ugly little heads. Th
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Julie (JuJu)
Alcohol and secrets never go well together. This is a domestic thriller about three couples that share a beach rental in the Hamptons. Initially, it was difficult to track the individuals and which spouse they belonged to 😝. Once I was able to keep the characters/couples straight, the story became easier to follow.

Tension built as the suspects were slowly narrowed, but I didn’t feel drawn to any character. I enjoyed the writing, so I’m chalking this “ok-but-not-great” read up to domestic thrille
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Carrie
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
One Little Secret by Cate Holahan is a thriller that is a bit like taking a police procedural and fusing it into a domestic drama. The story in this one is told from multiple points of view and from different time frames of the day before, day of and day after a murder has occurred.

Detective Gabby Watkins is one of the only females in her profession so she tends to get assigned the more sensitive cases such as when a rape occurs. Just as Gabby is dealing with a victim that says she was raped Gab
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Jen
4 Looks Can Be Deceiving Stars

One Little Secret tells the story of 3 neighbor couples that decide to go in together on a Hamptons beach rental for a week of “get to know you” style relaxation. On the surface, all three couples appear to have happy, healthy marriages. Of course, if everything was sunshine and unicorns, we wouldn’t have a story, now would we.

The book is told in a multi-POV format and from the beginning, all three marriages show signs of major cracking. Issues of domestic violence,
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Luvtoread
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Juicy, Mystery Drama!


Welcome to the Hamptons! Three financially successful couples rent a luxurious summer house together while their children who are friends are all staying at the same summer camp. They are neighbors as well as friends but not close enough to know that they all have secrets and want them to stay hidden. After the first dinner together including a little too much alcohol for some, tempers flare, jealousy arises and a few arguments have already raised their ugly little heads. Th
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Mackey
Over the summer I fell into a reading slump. I was behind in everything - reading, reviewing, commenting - and I truly felt as though I needed to throw in the towel as a blogger and reviewer. And then I read One Little Secret. It completely turned everything around for me! I read the entire book within hours and immediately went on a search for all of Cate Holahan's books. I downloaded them and read them all as well. I was a fan! I was also out of my slump. Do I need to say more!?

Fine. One Littl
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Brandy
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
“Marriage was like a poker game in that the stakes increased the longer each player sat at the table. After a dozen years with the same person, the pot became so large that’s no one could walk away over anything less than a monumental display of cheating. All other grievances had to be shrugged off.”

Love and marriage, love and marriage, they go together like a horse and carriage or perhaps more like a long walk of a short pier as we learn in this tale.

A kid-free vacation (every parents dream v
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Mandy White
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
One Little Secret by Cate Holahan is a book that will suck you in from the start. I read this one quite quickly, needing to know how it was all going to play out. Nobody is who they seem in the beginning and the twists keep coming. A great, fast paced read for anybody who likes a good whodunnit.

3 couples, a weeks holiday with no children in a beach house in the Hamptons. A chance to relax and get to know new people - what could go wrong? Murder - that is what! Copious amounts of alcohol has all
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Kat Dietrich

3.5 stars

One Little Secret by Cate Holahan is a psychological thriller.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Crooked Lane Books, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)

Susan Ahmadi, a former attorney, is now a stay-at-home mom for her two sons.  She is home-schooling her autistic son Jonah.  Her husband Nadal is the CEO of a tech s
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Holly
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
This group of friends had so many secrets!!! One secret after another as the story moved along. At first I had a little difficulty keeping track of the characters--who was married to who, what their profession was, etc. Once I remembered, the story went more smoothly for me. Three sets of married friends decide to go on a week long vacation to the beach. After one night of drinking, secrets start coming out. And damn if there aren't a lot of them!!! By the next morning, the vacation becomes even ...more
Linda Strong
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Three couples rent a vacation residence for the week their children are attending camp. Although the couples are all neighbors, they really don't know each other very well.

Throw in an abundance of alcohol into the mix and the differences among them are glaring. There's a doctor, a lawyer, a housewife, an abusive husband, a workaholic, and at least one person who's having an affair.

The next morning, a dead body is seen on the private beach. It will be Detective Gabby Watkins who will have to comb
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Nicole Chinnici
After having read and enjoyed Cate Holahan’s previous book, Lies She Told, I was excited to get my hands on a copy of One Little Secret. And it did not disappoint!

Told across three days (day before, day of, and day after), this story alternates its timelines and main character each section follows to build suspense with every chapter. The plot didn’t stop twisting, keeping me guessing for quite some time until about three quarters of the way through, at which point I had a solid idea of how the
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Stacey
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Susan and her family are new to the neighborhood and she thought it would be fun to get away for an adults only vacation with the neighbors. She and her husband could sure use a little rest and relaxation. The house is picturesque with windows all around and right on the beach. They're a close group as far as neighbors go. As soon as they all start arriving the alcohol comes out and cheers all around. As soon as the liquor starts to settle, things are said that normally wouldn't be shared. Perha ...more
Stacey Camp
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
**4 Stars**

In Cate Holahan's One Little Secret, three couples who are neighbors decide to rent out a gorgeous beach house for a getaway. By the end of the trip, one person is dead and the remaining "friends" are all murder suspects.

The book reads like a modern twist on an Agatha Christie novel; though the book's title suggests only one person has a secret, it appears as though every person on the trip is hiding something that could easily incriminate them. There are affairs - including ones be
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Bridgett
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Affluent couples keeping secrets and committing crimes during a beach holiday in the Hamptons...

Told in a third person perspective over a 3-day period (day before, day of, and day after), this is a super quick read...and an addictive one! Although the characters (three separate couples) are mostly ass-hats, they all had moments during which I found myself relating to them in some way. Moments when I found them to be beautifully human and empathetic. And although I was fairly certain, followi
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Ariana
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Going in, this book seemed like it would be right up my alley in terms of the types of mystery/thriller novels I enjoy. So I am disappointed to say that I came out with rather mixed feelings about it—it was just a bit underwhelming for me. On the one hand, this story is packed with a few too many clichés and there are a number of elements of the plot that could h
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Samantha Gonsalves
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A tense, twisty and compelling thriller, this one had me staying up until the early hours. Despite finding it difficult to get into the book, owing to the number of characters, I found this book to be very hard to put down. My only other grouse is that this book is about many explosive secrets - secrets that can kill, so "One Little" Secret is probably not the most suitable title.

The glass beach house was supposed to be the getaway that Susan needed. Eager to help her transplanted family set do
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Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for the early read of One Little Secret in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own.

I am going to be participating in the blog tour on July 26th, so I will start by saying that is when the blog post is going up.

One Little Secret by Cate Holahan is the perfect summer read. Three couples rent a beach house in the Hamptons while their kids are off at camp, hoping for a quiet vacation getaway. Good idea, right? When tensions go through the
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Tonya
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One Little Secret by Cat Holahan was a book that once I started reading it, I really could not put it down!!! Plot twists that are delightfully unexpected with characters that the reader wants to know better. I could relate to the insecurities that Susan had in trying to make friends and feeling a bit lost when it came to confidence and identity. She books a house for three couples to share, only she doesn't expect that one of her new found friends would end up dead. As they each become suspects ...more
Kitten Kisser
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
What happens when you put 3 rich couples together in a secluded beach house with lots of wine?

This was an interesting read that for the most part, kept me engaged. Without giving too much away, all of the guests have baggage &/or issues that they are dealing with. Some are dealing with it much better than others. One of them is murdered & as the story unfolds, it seems that anyone of the 5 remaining people could be the killer. Some parts of the book were somewhat predictable & obvious. I did hav
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Stephanie
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

I’m so sad to say that I found One Little Secret a little disappointing. I loved the previous book I read by Cate Holahan (the cleverly written Lies She Told) and had high expectations for this one. Unfortunately, while not a bad book, the mystery and the writing ended up falling a little short for me.

One Little Secret is told in alternating chapters from the POVs of three women. Jenny is a successful sports medicine co
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Shelby
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
When their kids go off to summer camp, three couples who reside in the same neighborhood, take a trip together to the Hamptons, renting a house right along the beach. On the first night there, drama ensues—arguing, lies, and even murder.

The next morning, police are called to the beach, as a dead body has been found—one of our vacationing neighbors. What happened to this woman? And which one of these neighbors is responsible for her death?

Detective Gabby Watkins is on the case and she refuses to
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Ayesha (The Fifth Marauder)
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC.
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Cate Holahan is the USA Today Bestselling author of The Widower's Wife, Lies She Told, and Dark Turns, all published by Crooked Lane Books. The Widower's Wife was named to Kirkus' best books of 2016.

An award-winning journalist and former television producer, she has written for BusinessWeek, The Boston Globe, and The Record newspaper. Her short fiction won first place in the 19th annual Calliope
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