Four hundred and eighty seconds. That’s how long it took for someone to steal Marin Machado's four-year-old son.
Marin had the perfect life. Married to her college sweetheart, she owns a chain of ...more
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This is the best book I have read in a long time and I've read about 300 books this year. Do yourself a favor and read as little about it as possible before diving in.
This is not one to miss, I predict it will be all anyone in the book world is talking about in April 2020!
Thank you to Jennifer Hillier, Minotaur Books and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Little Secrets is a psychological thriller about a missing child. All is not what seems. That is all I am going to say because it is best to go in blind!
The narrative is split between the two main female characters. Both are well-developed and have distinct voices. All of the characters are all horrible a**holes, yet some are still likable.
Filled with secrets, deception and a ton of twists and turns, this book kept me riveted! It is fast-paced and filled with tension. I went ...more
If you like dark, twisty and edge of seat suspense.... this is it!
This novel was so riveting from the very first chapter! What I thought was going be a typical kidnapping, missing child tale, turned into a thriller not to be missed.
"Exhale. Deep Breath in. Exhale."
It is a roller coaster of suspense that has a .... this could really happen..... in a reality is stranger than fiction kind of way.
Emotion filled, spine-tingling chills, and high five that Karma ...more
Marin's marriage to Derek is in shambles. She knows he blames her for losing sight of ...more
Marin is now a wreck. She can't get past the pain of losing her son, she was right there holding his hand, she let go of his hand for a just a few seconds and in that time, he was gone. She is ...more
Marin has it all! A successful chain of salons catering to the movers and shakers. Not to mention several Hollywood Stars as well. Her marriage is a dream come true! Even after all these years together her husband still flirts with her. (You heard me right ladies!) Her dashing prince can still make her knees buckle.
Then there’s her perfect son ...more
It’s What You Don’t Know..
Shopping in Pike’s Place Christmas Market with her son Sebastian (Bash), Marin’s life is absolutely perfect, until the moment that Bash is taken. Chaos ensues, yet he is nowhere to be found.
Four Hundred plus days later, Marin’s life is in shambles, while her husband Derek has been trying to move on.
The Private Investigator that Marin hired back when Bash went missing has turned up no new leads, at least not about Marin’s son. What she has discovered however ...more
16 months later and after two suicide attempts Marin is a shell of her former self. The rift in her marriage has grown and Derek spends more and more time traveling for work.
The case for Sebastian has ...more
240 seconds was all it took for someone to lead her son out of Pike’s Place Market when she let go of his hand for just a moment to respond to a text message...
It’s now been 485 mornings of this nightmare...of not knowing if her son, Sebastian is dead or alive.
On the 486th day, Marin finds out that she might lose her husband Derek, too.
Her husband has been sleeping with a younger woman for six months.
Marin is enraged.
“She welcomes ...more
A lollipop, a Santa Suit, and two hundred forty seconds”.
Three days before Christmas... in the busy Seattle market, Marin Machado let go of her 4-year old son’s hand...
Sixteen months later....
“They say if a missing child Sebastian’s age isn’t found within 24 hours of his disappearance, chances are he never will be”.
It’s been 485 days since Marin and Derek lost their 4 year old son, Sebastian.
“Marin needed to stay home and fall apart, which ...more
This thriller did take a bit to get interesting, but after the first 100 pages the story really took ...more
LITTLE SECRETS is a complex story that begins with a little last minute Christmas shopping in Seattle. Marin has everything. A great salon business, a tall, handsome....and rich husband, close friends she can count on...one guy in particular and the love of her existence, her little four year old, Sebastian....who at the moment is antsy to get his promised lollipop.
It only took a minute, a phone call, a released hand-hold and he was gone, disappeared in a crowed...more
On further reflection, basically realizing that I didn’t really care about any of the characters, I’m going to reduce my rating to 3*.
Marin and Derek have the so called and over overused, “perfect” life. They are both ...more
This novel won’t be released until spring, which is a good thing, because this is decidedly NOT a holiday read, even though Marin’s four-year-old son is kidnapped by someone in a Santa suit three days before Christmas.
Marin has become a successful businesswoman married to a successful businessman. After four attempts with IVF, she had Sebastian—she now, officially, had it all. Until, for just a few seconds, she stopped holding her son’s hand on a busy day of Christmas shopping at the mall so she ...more
Expected pub date: April 21, 2020
Marin is a successful hairstylist with an elite clientele, and her husband Derek is a hard-working entrepreneur. After several bouts of IVF, the two are blessed with a son, Sebastian. While out at the market one day, Sebastian disappears, last seen leaving a parking garage with an individual dressed as Santa Claus. Marin, of course, blames herself and her relationship with ...more
What starts as a child abduction story, quickly morphs into something far more ...more
Wow, this one has stayed with me for a few days. Fantastic new book from Jennifer Hillier. I've previously read "Jar of Hearts" from her and it's great as well. This one isn't out until April 2020 but I think it will be a top 2020 book.
This one starts with a very chilling child kidnapping scene in Seattle’s Pike Place Market right before Christmas. Having just returned from Seattle, it was especially chilling to me because I could picture it so clearly!
We learn ...more
Marin Machado's entire world fell apart the day her five-year-old, Sebastian, was abducted from a crowded farmers market. She only let go of his hand for a second to answer a text, but in an instant, he was gone.
Sixteen months later, and Marin is barely functioning. Her husband, Derek, is distant and absent, and the FBI have no leads or suspects regarding Sebastian’s disappearance. When Marin is informed of Derek’s infidelity with a ...more
Great writing with lots of twists and turns. I really like this author's style of writing. I had previously read her book " Jar of Hearts", and will definitely look to read the rest of her books
Thanks you to The NetGalley team, St. Martin's Press, and the author for this copy in exchange for an honest review
I am also from Toronto as is the author, and currently live on the west coast in ...more
This book wasn’t at all what I expected, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It had some flaws, but it featured strong characters and kept me entertained throughout.
Little Secrets stars two female protagonists who couldn’t be more different. Marin is the wealthy, successful owner of a chain of high-end salons, married to business mogul Derek. Their son, Sebastian, was kidnapped a year ago in ...more
Marin Machado is Christmas shopping with her 4-year-old son Sebastian at Seattle's 'Pike Place Market' when the unthinkable happens.
Distracted by a phone call, Marin releases Sebastian's hand for a moment, and when she looks around the boy is gone.
A hunt for the child is fruitless, and security footage shows that a figure in a Santa Claus costume led Sebastian away.
The police search for Sebastian is thorough and extensive since Marin and her husband Derek are high profile citizens. ...more
Marin seems to have a perfect life, married to her college love, owning high-scale hair salons, and has a perfect four year old son, Sebastian. ...more
Thank you so much, St. Martin's Press. You are too kind!
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 ...more