Book Review: Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

Rating:  ★★★★

This was a pretty awesome read. I’m glad I took a chance on it. I was worried it would upset me (abducted children is the main plotline, and not something I really want to cope with). While it is a central theme, there was nothing too graphic in regards to the abducted children. Other content warnings: attempted suicide and suicidal thoughts, drug overdose, and self harm.

The plot is pretty straightforward.  Marin is out shopping one day with her son in a busy market.  She stops to take a phone call and by the time she turns around her son is gone.  The police don’t have any leads and one year later he is still missing.  Marin hires a private investigator to continue searching for him, since the police have given up.

The book wastes no time getting to the story. I was sucked in from the moment I started and finished it in less than 24 hours. I could not stop turning the pages. The prose isn’t overly flowery or descriptive.

Marin is mostly a compelling character. I will say it’s hard to relate to a millionaire and sometimes I was frustrated with how much focus there was on Marin’s stuff or keeping her status. (Of course she can’t divorce her husband, he’s so much richer than her and what would that leave her with? Three successful celebrity hair salons? Pfft.) There is another POV character- Kenzie, who is supposed to be struggling, but I honestly didn’t understand how.. and it made me wonder more than once if the author was a little out of touch with us mere mortals but I digress.

I will say I had the whodunnit pegged fairly early. I actually didn’t mind that so much because I was so curious to see how we’d arrive at that conclusion. If everything else in the book is entertaining (and it was) I don’t mind when I guess parts of the plot. I did not know how it would end.

The other thing that frustrated me was the girl on girl hate, so if that’s something that bothers you steer clear. Overall I enjoyed it and will definitely look for more from Hillier in the future.

Little Secrets releases on April 21, 2020 from Minotaur Books, and can be found on GoodReads or preordered on Amazon. Thank you to the publisher for supplying a review copy.

25 thoughts on “Book Review: Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

  1. I just finished reading Why We Can’t Sleep by Ada Calhoun, which is about why Gen X women are struggling so hard. One thing I noticed was that the book claims that Gen X women think they’re supposed to be independently wealthy, great moms, great career women, and be hot, too. I was putting some things together in my head and wondered if that’s why we keep getting thriller novels about women who have the perfect life, but all is not what it seems, or even if their life is perfect, they don’t really like it — that the people writing these thriller novels are Gen X women.

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    • That’s a super interesting theory. I do enjoy these novels every once in awhile. I was annoyed with Marin in this case because she was like “oh pity me, how could I ever ask for a divorce, I would be so poor!” And I’m over here living pay check to pay check wondering what Uber wealthy planet the author and MC are living on. Parts of it seemed out of touch.


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  3. Okay, so reading back on my previous comments, it’s funny that I did actually listen to Little Secrets. My co-worker listened to it and recommended it to me. I wanted to listen to it so maybe we could have something to relate over. I liked the resolution between Marin and Kenzie, but I wondered what was up with Kenzie taking care of her mom’s long-term care facility bills while she was in grad school. Grad students can barely afford themselves, and well-to-do families can barely afford those facilities, so why add this extra plot point of Kenzie having to keep her mother in a home? It seemed like a lot.

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    • I also didn’t really understand Kenzie’s plot line. Maybe that’s what I missed? Her mother was in a home? I read an ARC so I’m not sure if anything changed before it released. I think I was more confused that the husband kept throwing money at her and it still was never enough. I’m probably what people would consider “middle class” but to me I feel poor. So the amounts of money that guy was just throwing at her seemed obscene to me. The things rich people throw their money away on boggle my mind.


      • Kenzie and her old college roommate were basically professional girlfriends who would end up blackmailing dudes who wanted to go back to their wives and dismiss Kenzie or her friend. The girls would then ask for $50,000, something like that, to promise to never come around again. Kenzie’s mom was in an assisted care facility for some reason, so Kenzie was always on the verge of missing a payment to them. I think the author tried to make us feel bad, but most Americans don’t go around blackmailing people to support their parents. I definitely didn’t believe that she was slowly falling in love with the husband at all, and it was too coincidental that she knew Sal. I was actually really interested in the grief group. The way their lives had basically paused the day their children went missing was something I hadn’t thought of.

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