Little Secrets: Book Review
By Danielle Rose
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
Marin Machado has the perfect life. She married Derek, her college sweetheart, and mothered Sebastian, a miracle child. The owner of a highly successful, upscale salon, Marin spends her days as the go-to cosmetologist for many of Hollywood's A-list celebrities. Her husband is the CEO of a lucrative, powerful company. It's safe to say, Marin has it all.
Until one day, she doesn't. During a Christmas season shopping rush, Marin lets go of Sebastian's hand. Four hundred and eighty seconds later, she realizes he's not simply missing. He's been taken. Abducted. Even with a vast empire at their disposal and the assistance of both the FBI and media, Marin cannot find her child.
Sixteen months later and still unable to accept the disappearance of Sebastian, Marin is a shadow of her former self. After hiring the best P.I. money can buy, she spends her days hiding secrets from her therapist and her nights being soothed by her support group. She finds comfort in her longtime best friend, Sal, while her husband finds solace in the arms of another woman.
In a desperate moment to reclaim her life, Marin makes a rash decision that has a profound effect on everyone around her. At Marin's weakest moment, she is left with a startling truth, one that will change her life irrevocably.
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier is a cleverly plotted and absolutely riveting standalone thriller. Smartly written, devastatingly beautiful, and absolutely unputdownable, it is doused with enough shocking twists to keep the pages turning. Hauntingly evocative, the themes of this one are painfully clear: loss, grief, betrayal, acceptance, love, and family.
Little Secrets is a fast-paced thriller, dropping the reader directly into the plot, when everything in Marin Machado's perfect life goes perfectly wrong. What the reader is left with is a compelling account of just how far a mother will go to protect her family and locate her missing son.
Danielle Rose is a USA Today bestselling author, a book reviewer, an occasional editor, and an always Oxford comma enthusiast. She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in English from UW-Parkside, and in 2014, she obtained a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. Currently, Danielle resides in the Midwest, where she lives with her husband and their five rescue pets. When she is not writing, she is usually reading, renovating and decorating her historic Victorian manor, or sating her wanderlust. More about Danielle can be found at www.droseauthor.com.