Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

Title: Little Secrets

Author: Jennifer Hillier

Pub Date: 7th May, 2020

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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From the author of Jar of Hearts, a mother driven to the edge by the disappearance of her son learns her husband is having an affair with the woman who might have kidnapped him.
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 upscale hair salons, and Derek runs his own company. They’re admired in their community and are a loving family. Up until the day Sebastian is taken.

A year later, Marin is a shadow of herself. The FBI search has gone cold. The publicity has faded. She and her husband rarely speak. The only thing keeping her going is the unlikely chance that one day Sebastian reappears. She hires a P.I. to pick up where the police left off, but instead of finding him, she discovers that Derek is having an affair with a younger woman.

Kenzie Li is an artist and grad student—Instagram famous—and up to her eyeballs in debt. She knows Derek is married. She also knows he’s rich, and dating him comes with perks: help with bills, trips away, expensive gifts. He isn’t her first rich boyfriend, but she finds herself hoping he’ll be the last. She’s falling for him—and that was never part of the plan.

Discovery of the affair sparks Marin back to life. She’s lost her son; she’s not about to lose her husband, too. Kenzie is an enemy with a face, which means this is a problem Marin can fix. But as she sets a plan in motion, another revelation surfaces. Derek’s lover might know what happened to their son. And so might Derek.

I tensed when I read the first pages of the book. Mother with her child in a crowded marketplace, it’s a hot December day, people are Christmas shopping. And the child’s hand is slipping away from her hand. I was immediately nervous, stressed that the child will be lost or kidnapped was building inside of me. It’s quite a powerful feeling that the author managed to trigger in me withing a few pages.

The powerful feeling stayed with me throughout the whole story. I was completely fooled by the plot and I didn’t manage to figure out the ending. The characters were well developed, their feelings read real. I was interested in the story and disguised with the characters decisions. It was a great mystery novel!

As this is a mystery novel, and the less you know the better I won’t be writing much more about it. Just know it is a good book.

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