One Little Secret
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 husband.Over the course of the first evening, liquor loosens inhibitions and lips. The three couples begin picking up on the others' marital tensions and work frustrations, as well as revealing their own. But someone says too much. And the next morning one of the women is discovered dead on the private beach.Town detective Gabby Watkins must figure out who permanently silenced the deceased. As she investigates, she learns that everyone in the glass house was hiding something that could tie them to the murder, and that the biggest secrets of all are often in plain sight for anyone willing to look.A taut, locked room mystery with an unforgettable cast of characters, One Little Secret promises to keep readers eyes glued to the pages and debating the blinders that we all put on in the service of politeness.

One Little Secret Details

TitleOne Little Secret
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 9th, 2019
PublisherCrooked Lane Books
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

One Little Secret Review

  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    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 e 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 eye. Who would want her dead? Who has a motive? This domestic thriller has an air of toxic friendships, hidden agendas and a who-dunnit that could have turned several directions. The author does a great job bringing the characters to life and many were unlikeable and even annoying.  The end was quite explosive and surprising.This one verged on becoming too wordy, but was able to capture my attention with the locked room mystery and investigation.  I would definitely pick up more from this author.Published July 9,2019Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.
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  • James
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 except for meals and priorities that I couldn't skip out on. The characters are vivid, realistic but with a slight caricature-like tendency, and will clearly show their motivation for each move they make. Holahan has weaved clever tension beyond just the normal marital problems of infidelity and monotonous boredom. At times, I thought these people were all horrible, yet at others, I saw moments of intimacy and pain that provoked sentimental feelings for them.Given where they rented a summer home, it's obvious they came from money, though some try to indicate they do not. Doctors, lawyers, tech start-ups, and sports reporters earn a lot in this world, so be prepared for a high amount of affluence and the drama that comes with it. From the start in the prologue where someone is being pushed under water, you know there is a secret worth protecting, but which of the six is the victim and which is the murderer is the game you've signed on to play when you picked up this book. Love it!By 15% in, all the major clues are dropped. We know the victim's hair color or body type, then one by one the author described the six people so that it became obvious who died. The detective from the Suffolk County police force is also a key focus, as she's called to scene of this crime and another one which has a connection we've yet to realize. It's also personal for the detective given her young daughter was innocently sucked into a party gone wrong, and that party was attended by one of the six house guests.My favorite aspect of the book is how the story alternates across three days--day before, day of, and day after. There are flashbacks, and information dropped about the past, but the critical elements are what's not being said in conversations and which neighbor has a connection we don't understand to someone else. I adore that suspense, especially trying to guess not only who but what happened.Overall, I waffled between a 4 and 4.5 stars, but settled on the higher rating. There were a few items that needed a better closure or clarity, so I couldn't give it a perfect rating. The ending was apropos, but I felt like the detective lingered in the story and made too many mistakes. I didn't always believe she was smart enough to solve the puzzle and felt like a distraction to the story. It was minor, but enough that I noticed it. Also, we didn't get enough time with the victim to understand exactly who (s)he was as a person and parent. I felt bad for the death, but one or two more scenes to show the vibrant life and charisma once held would've made it pop even more.Holahan's writing style is engaging and has a stellar fluidity that makes you believe you're standing in the rental house or on the beach as everything occurs around you. I look forward to her next book as it will be at the top of my reading list.
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  • j e w e l s
    January 1, 1970
    THREE SO-SO STARSThree 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 THREE SO-SO STARSThree 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 soaking up the sunshine and chilling out, instead they let grievances and tensions build at an alarming rate. It appears there is much more than "One Little Secret" brewing in this group. Before you even know what in the H-E-double-L is going on, one of the six is found dead on the beach. Who is responsible? Which character can be trusted? This is a case for the local detective and YOU, the reader. A legit whodunnit! I loved Cate Holahan's previous novel Lies She Told. To me, that is a far superior psyche thriller to this one. All the characters in One Little Secret are unlikeable and superbly irritating! The pace is slow and wordy, definitely not a terrible story, but not one I will remember either.DANGER WILL ROBINSON: domestic violence is a real big theme in this book!
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 Gabby also gets a call that a female body was found and finds herself investigating both cases.Susan and her husband were planning a getaway to a beautiful glass beach house. Susan thought the time away would also be a perfect way to get to know some of their neighbors better so Susan invited along two other couples. The three couples however all have their own secrets and marital problems and by the end of the night one of the six is the murder victim the police find.I’m always a huge fan of some good old fashion domestic drama when neighbors are hiding things from one another so One Little Secret by Cate Holahan should have been right up my alley. However, with this one I swear I had the hardest time connecting to any of the couples and kept having to remind myself who was who along the way. Others seem to have really enjoyed this one but to me the lack of connection made it a bit so-so in the end.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    4 Looks Can Be Deceiving StarsOne 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, 4 Looks Can Be Deceiving StarsOne 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, career ambitions and cheating all play prominent roles and by the time one of our vacationing neighbors meets their maker, it’s clear any of the remaining five characters could easily be the killer. My favorite part of any mystery is trying to figure out whodunit and I’m happy to say this one kept me guessing until the end.Without giving anything away, I will say once I started this book, I had an extremely difficult time putting it down. The characters are realistic, evocative and had me taking sides almost immediately. I don’t always appreciate being in so many different characters heads, but this time it absolutely made the book for me. I especially appreciate getting the detective’s point of view and how her own story played into the mystery. One Little Secret is my first Cate Holahan book and I couldn’t have picked a better story to start with. Though I finished over a week ago, this cast of characters, with all of their secrets and deceptions, have managed to stick with me. It also makes me rethink any future travel plans I may have with my neighbors.ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest, voluntary review
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 the secrets being spilled - work stress, martial tensions, kids - you name it. In the morning a woman is dead on their private beach - who wanted their secrets kept secret that badly? Enter Detective Gabby Watkins - an investigator who is like a dog with a bone and determined to get to the bottom of it.Thanks to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 through everyone's private lives to find the killer. What she finds is that each and every one of the people sharing the house have a secret ... one someone might kill to keep quiet.CON: The one and only thing I found unsatisfactory is an instance where the abusive husband, in a fit of anger, calls his wife by another woman's name. There is no character in the book that has this name. I would have liked to see some kind of explanation .. but nothing more was forthcoming.Otherwise, this is a well written, intense, psychological thriller. There's a cast of six who may or not be what they want the others to see. Many secrets are to be discovered. This was a riveting read .... not soon to be forgotten.Many thanks to the author / Crooked Lane Books / Netgalley for this intriguing novel. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 rest was going to play out. Every character in this story had a secret (some bigger than others) and it was intriguing to watch them being uncovered, especially as many were woven together.Holahan’s writing style works well with this thriller, flowing easily and using short sentences to great effect in building tension. That, in addition to the short chapters, made this fast paced and easy to binge read. It also had a certain cinematic quality and I could easily see this being adapted into a movie.Decidedly entertaining and full of suspense, One Little Secret is a strong thriller. I will definitely be on the lookout for more of Holahan’s work in the future! Recommended.*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Brandy
    January 1, 1970
    “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 “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 vacation, am I right?😂) turns into a murderous adventure then the inevitable mayhem ensues in, One Little Secret. This is a solid, well written read as expected by the very talented Holahan. Yet, it’s sadly not my favorite read of her books so far but still deserving of 4 stars.❤️
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  • Stacey Camp
    January 1, 1970
    **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 betw **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 between not just one but possibly TWO couples on the trip; there are financial issues between the couples; and, finally, there is a pending lawsuit involving two couples on the trip.  Yes, this is absolute recipe for disaster, to say the least.Why any of these couples would willingly go on vacation with each other is beyond me, but it sure makes for a suspenseful read.Readers should be aware that there is domestic violence in this book, and the author has dealt with it in the most delicate, critical way possible. It's clear she has researched the psychology and manipulation involved in domestic violence. In this case, the women who is being abused is successful, smart, and has a fantastic career; her husband, the abuser, also has a successful career as a physician. He uses his career and training to mask the violence he is inflicting on his wife; his training grants him the knowledge of how to 1) conceal the bruises/physical trauma he causes, and 2) provide medications to his wife so that she can cope with the pain of abuse.The ending of this book was satisfying, if not emotional. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy suspense, thrillers, and crime novels.I was really excited to get a copy of Holahan's book because I really enjoyed her last book, Lies She Told, which I reviewed. If you haven't read that book, I highly recommend it (I gave it 5/5 stars!). Thank you to NetGalley, Cate Holahan, and Crooked Lane Books for an advanced reader copy of One Little Secret! For more of my book reviews visit me here: Book Review Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
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  • Bridgett
    January 1, 1970
    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, following 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, following chapter 2, who the killer was, I found it didn't really detract from the story. There were a couple times I second-guessed myself, but ultimately ended up being correct. Honestly, my biggest gripe with the book...the dimwit detective, Gabby Watkins. "Oh, you had a motive? Well, you're under arrest. Oh, you mean you have an alibi? Never mind then."Then she moved onto the next person."Oh, you had a motive? Well, you're under arrest. Oh, you mean you couldn't have? Never mind then."I mean, come on. We're really supposed to believe this woman made sargeant? She's a total nincompoop. Beyond that, I found the rate of escalation to murder in this novel a bit implausible. One minute these couples are dropping their kids off at camp, the next they're committing murder. It just didn't ring true to me. This has the potential to be an excellent mystery/thriller, with some mild tweaking. As it stands, however, I can't give it more than 3.5 stars. **Much appreciation to NetGalley, Crooked Lane Books, and Cate Holahan for the advanced reader's copy. All opinions are my own.Publication date: July 9, 2019Review published on Goodreads: June 20, 2019
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  • Athena Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 glass ceiling and one of the wives ends up murdered, it turns into ...quite the clusterf*ck.This isn't a particularly difficult read, although I had trouble keeping all the names apart at first. The chapters alternate between the day before, the day of, and the day after the crime... This makes sense as it reveals bits and pieces of the before and after and lets us guess at what happened. I took the obvious suspect and guessed wrong, darn it. I liked the fast pacing and was about to read this in two days, finding Jenny's line to be the most interesting. The detective was a little annoying and I felt like she didn't really back Jenny up, despite the terrible situation she was in. Come on women, stick together.So what I really liked was that there was a lot of tension between...everyone...and even though the action was contained to one area like a Clue game, there is still a feeling of danger to one character that I felt kept the plot moving. These are rather rich couples but the dialogue felt right, at least for the medical aspects. I know how doctors (and nurses) tend to either draft towards or away from medical conversations, and it was funny listening to Louis boast. I would have liked to spend more time inside the murder victim's head, instead of seeing her through the other's eyes only.This was an absorbing and quick read and I easily rate it 4*. I can also remember the book fairly well, even though it's been two months since I read it, so it has some staying power! Definitely recommend to all fans of musteries and thrillers. Content warnings for alleged rape, spousal abuse, and drowning.
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  • Kitten Kisser
    January 1, 1970
    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 & obviou 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 have a guess as who I thought the killer might be & in the end, much to my surprise, my first guess was correct. The author slowly provided additional info. to make me second guess myself, thinking it may indeed be someone else, but nope! While I did for the most part enjoy the book, the biggest negative for me was how I just couldn't relate to any of these people. I think I would have enjoyed the book much more if I could have felt a connection to at least some of them. I couldn't relate or find much sympathy for the 3 couples (to be fair some were more "human" than others). I couldn't relate to the detective & her family. Even though this isn't the best book, I plan to read it again. I'm curious to see what I'll think of it now that I know the end. I'd say this is worth checking out from the library.
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  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 give up until she uncovers the truth.A gripping mystery full of an unlikable cast of character. No one seems innocent—each and every one of them has a motive to kill, but who actually followed through with it?One Little Secret by Cate Holahan is a twisty mystery that centers around one of my favorite thriller tropes—the “no escape" mystery with a set number of suspects. This was my first time reading one of Cate Holahan’s books and I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced mystery. This reminded me a lot of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty—several couples with big secrets that ends in murder. While I wasn’t a huge fan of Gabby and her investigative style, I really loved the dual timelines where we see both the night of the murder, and the days afterward where Gabby connects the dots. I definitely will be reading more by this author in the future. 4/5 stars.Thank you to NetGalley, Crooked Lane Books and Cate Holahan for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Tonya
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 secrets are unraveling all the way to the very end of the novel. Author Holahan writes with skill and a clever way of allowing the characters to really get underneath the reader's skin so that the reader isn't sure who the killer is. The detective, Gabby is smart and genuine...even feeling regret for treating someone as a suspect when she finds out that person did not deserve it. Definitely found the ending satisfying!!!!I can actually see this novel as a movie...with all the side plots and twists... edge of your seat in some scenes and sitting in soaking up the drama in others.Trigger warnings: Rape and domestic violence
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  • Ayesha (The Fifth Marauder)
    January 1, 1970
    RtcThank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC.
  • Kat Dietrich
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsOne 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 3.5 starsOne 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 start-up and very busy, so she decides they need a break when the kids are going off to camp.  She also feels that she needs to create a more family-like atmosphere with their new neighbours.  She convinces her work-a-holic husband and two other neighbourhood couples whose children will also be away,  to split the rental cost of a rather expensive place on a private beach.  Rachel Klein and Ben Hansen are a personal injury attorney and a writer, respectively, and live behind Susan and Nadal with their two children.  Jenny and Louis Murray are a CBS Sports commentator and a doctor, and live beside Susan and Nadal with their daughter.  The three couples are looking forward to their week at the beach.But the anticipated holiday does not go as planned.   There is so much going on behind the scenes that Susan was unaware when she set up this little vacation.   The first evening the couples start unwinding with booze.  By the next morning, one of them is dead.Detective Gabby Watkins is responsible for solving this crime.  Unfortunately,  it turns out that everyone is a suspect, and her own daughter may be an alibi to one of them.My Opinions:  I struggled getting into this one.  It seemed dis-jointed.  It started out with a possible rape victim being interrogated, and then moved on to the introduction of the couples, but not in a straight-forward manner, leaving me unsure of who was partnered with who, and which had kids.....  Then the book alternated chapters: before the murder, the day of the murder, after the murder.  That part worked okay.This book is about secrets and lies and affairs and spousal abuse and sexual abuse....and it's a wee bit dark...which is generally fine in my realm, as most of the books I read have at least one of these characteristics.  Unfortunately, it was also very wordy (okay, a little like me).    As well,  I didn't actually like any of the characters, so it made it difficult to truly enjoy the book.  As far as I am concerned, all of their behaviours sucked.All that being said, the overall plot was very interesting, and the red herrings sent the reader into many directions as to the possible perpetrator.  Although I did guess the identity of the killer, the path wound around many other possibilities.  This really made up for quite a lot of the things I didn't like about the book, although not quite enough for 4 stars, and I am sure I will be in the minority, but.....my opinions only really count to me, and I can live with it.I really enjoyed "Lies She Told" by this author, so I am looking forward to reading more of her books.For a more complete review of this book and others, please visit my blog: http://katlovesbooksblog.wordpress.com/
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  • Bridget
    January 1, 1970
    For me, as thrillers go, "One Little Secret" by Cate Holahan was pretty close to perfection!This character-driven psychological thriller brilliantly illustrated the fine line between love and obsession and served as a reminder that every choice made, good or bad, well-intended or otherwise, has consequences.The author's characterisation was faultless with an assortment of characters who were complex and insecure. I loved the writing style which was wonderfully fluid and polished. The intricately For me, as thrillers go, "One Little Secret" by Cate Holahan was pretty close to perfection!This character-driven psychological thriller brilliantly illustrated the fine line between love and obsession and served as a reminder that every choice made, good or bad, well-intended or otherwise, has consequences.The author's characterisation was faultless with an assortment of characters who were complex and insecure. I loved the writing style which was wonderfully fluid and polished. The intricately interwoven plot was superbly executed as the story slowly unravelled, creating yet more unease, tension and anticipation. A truly wonderful and very highly recommended thriller that should not be overlooked!I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Three couples rent a beach house in the Hamptons for a few days while their kids are at camp. The couples are hoping for a relaxing time to get away from their stressful jobs and everyday lives and to get to know each other better. Then someone is murdered. Let me just say, that as much as I would love a few days in a beautiful beach house with friends, I wouldn't choose any of these couples to hang out with. Explosive tempers, lies on top of secrets, lots of booze and some pills to boot might s Three couples rent a beach house in the Hamptons for a few days while their kids are at camp. The couples are hoping for a relaxing time to get away from their stressful jobs and everyday lives and to get to know each other better. Then someone is murdered. Let me just say, that as much as I would love a few days in a beautiful beach house with friends, I wouldn't choose any of these couples to hang out with. Explosive tempers, lies on top of secrets, lots of booze and some pills to boot might sound like fun for some, but what might not work out in real life turns into a slightly better than adequate little murder tale.This was a fast read, and not a really deep one. I did wonder throughout whodunit, although I had a strong suspicion. Not a complicated novel, but one that touches on abuse, rape and women's and men's roles at home and the workplace. The plot was just slightly beyond believable in its entirety, but reading it was a decent way to escape for a few hours.Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Land Books for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. 3 stars rounded up to 3.5
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 commentator in an abusive marriage. Susan is a stay-at-home mom with a drinking problem and a workaholic husband. Together, with their husbands, they are renting a beach house with their other neighbors, Rachel and Ben. The third POV is from Gabby, the detective that investigates when one of the vacationing women is found dead. Out of the three of them, the only really likable character was Gabby, but I don’t feel like we ever really got to know her that well. I found both Jenny and Susan very frustrating. All three couples on vacation seemed pretty dysfunctional. I was actually expecting a lot more scandal from them, though, and was a little disappointed in how straightforward and cliched everything seemed to be.I also felt like this almost read more like Women’s Fiction than Mystery/Thriller. While Holahan did do a good job of making me second guess myself at times, the mystery didn’t really involve anything surprising. Everything that happened seemed so coincidental and a little unbelievable. Also, I felt like every break in the case kind of just fell into Gabby’s lap instead of involving any real detective work from her. There was also a side plot involving the date rape of a young woman at a party that just barely tied into the main mystery. It felt tacked on as an effort to make some sort of relevant comment on today’s culture and was not given the attention such a topic deserves. The story seemed to focus much more on the women’s marriage, family, identity, and self-worth. The murder seemed almost an afterthought.Overall, One Little Secret, was an ok read, but did not live up to my expectations. While the multiple narrators helped move the story along, I never really connected to any of the characters, which made it hard to care about what happened to them. While this isn’t one I would pick up again, I’d still be interested in reading more from this author.Overall Rating (out of 5): 3 Stars
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  • Tonya
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 secrets are unraveling all the way to the very end of the novel. Author Holahan writes with skill and a clever way of allowing the characters to really get underneath the reader's skin so that the reader isn't sure who the killer is. The detective, Gabby is smart and genuine...even feeling regret for treating someone as a suspect when she finds out that person did not deserve it. Definitely found the ending satisfying!!!!I can actually see this novel as a movie...with all the side plots and twists... edge of your seat in some scenes and sitting in soaking up the drama in others.Trigger warnings: Rape and domestic violence
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  • Petra
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.Three couples rent a house on the beach for a week after their kids all left for camp. Due to the close proximity and probably some alcohol, secrets and lies begin to emerge.Everyone is hiding something, some secrets bigger than others. The next day, a body is found on the beach and the game is on to catch the murderer who could only be one of the five remaining people in the house.I have to be honest, th Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.Three couples rent a house on the beach for a week after their kids all left for camp. Due to the close proximity and probably some alcohol, secrets and lies begin to emerge.Everyone is hiding something, some secrets bigger than others. The next day, a body is found on the beach and the game is on to catch the murderer who could only be one of the five remaining people in the house.I have to be honest, this book was a pleasant surprise for me. the writing was fluid and I got into it pretty quickly. It's actually better than a lot of hyped books I read recently which ended up being disappointing. All in all a solid murder mystery, I finished it in a day and it was pretty entertaining.I would recommend if you are a fan of the genre.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    The perfect getaway turns tragic and everyone is suspect.The glass house seemed ideal to refresh and renew for Susan to get away from the hustle and bustle of raising kids and find comfort among adults in a new town.What looked perfect was more like shard glass as one woman winds up dead.The rule has always been you can confiscate what you see in plain sight if you have reasonable cause to initiate the stop but this situation is one that has detective Gabby baffled.Everyone seems to be hiding pi The perfect getaway turns tragic and everyone is suspect.The glass house seemed ideal to refresh and renew for Susan to get away from the hustle and bustle of raising kids and find comfort among adults in a new town.What looked perfect was more like shard glass as one woman winds up dead.The rule has always been you can confiscate what you see in plain sight if you have reasonable cause to initiate the stop but this situation is one that has detective Gabby baffled.Everyone seems to be hiding pieces of this elaborate puzzle.The fluff was just too much, the characters were too hard for me to follow, and the story while interesting just didn't capture my attention as I'd have liked.Thank you to Cate, the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.Less is more...
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  • Tracy Frenette
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you #crookedlanebooks and #netgalley for the advance copy of #onelittlesecert in exchange for an honest review. Published date set for July 19th 2019.One little secret by Cate Holahan was a locked room mystery, a viscous triangle of three couples who go to the beach together for a getaway week. One of them turns up dead. Everyone has a secret, is it worth dying for? Is it worth killing for? One little secret is full of lies, deceit, suspicion, that will keep you turning the pages. 4 out of Thank you #crookedlanebooks and #netgalley for the advance copy of #onelittlesecert in exchange for an honest review. Published date set for July 19th 2019.One little secret by Cate Holahan was a locked room mystery, a viscous triangle of three couples who go to the beach together for a getaway week. One of them turns up dead. Everyone has a secret, is it worth dying for? Is it worth killing for? One little secret is full of lies, deceit, suspicion, that will keep you turning the pages. 4 out of 5 stars from me. Hope you like it as much as I did.⭐⭐⭐⭐#onelittltesecert #netgalley
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    I tore through One Little Secret in less than a day. The POV characters were at turns compelling and frustrating (Susan and Jenny, at least, Gabby was pretty fantastic across the board), and the book wove a nice, twisty mystery. I enjoyed the "day of"/"day after" structure, as well as the flashes forward at the end.Reading it wasn't so much about finding out "who done it," though I certainly wanted to know, but following the characters deeper into the story. Holahan has a talent for weaving comp I tore through One Little Secret in less than a day. The POV characters were at turns compelling and frustrating (Susan and Jenny, at least, Gabby was pretty fantastic across the board), and the book wove a nice, twisty mystery. I enjoyed the "day of"/"day after" structure, as well as the flashes forward at the end.Reading it wasn't so much about finding out "who done it," though I certainly wanted to know, but following the characters deeper into the story. Holahan has a talent for weaving complex women who are easy to empathize with. The men were also well drawn even without their POVs, though since this is a book about women (and rape culture/motherhood/internalized misogyny), the men's motives were a bit more opaque. ie: it's not about them, and that's ok.If I have a quibble/can point to something that may polarize readers, it is Gabby's POV/parts of her plot thread. I didn't mind it, though as a writer I did "see the seams' of the author's intention in terms of story choice made there, and I wonder if it will frustrate some readers. I see the point of the plot thread with Gabby and Mariel, but really it's a non-sequiter to the actual mystery/thriller plot of the book--the book definitely has three protagonists and Gabby's side-story ties least well to the other two. The book almost felt like a "pilot" for a series featuring Gabby, and I'd be totally into that!Overall a great read. Recommend. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a copy for review.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    A getaway to a secluded glass beach house was supposed to be the trip that Susan dreamed of for so long. This trip was her chance to get to know her new neighbors by bonding over some kid-free time. The three couples quickly notice that not everything is how it seems at home for those around them. Marital tensions and work frustrations begin to slowly come to the surface on the first night thanks to the influence of alcohol.It seems someone let out a secret they should have left hidden. The next A getaway to a secluded glass beach house was supposed to be the trip that Susan dreamed of for so long. This trip was her chance to get to know her new neighbors by bonding over some kid-free time. The three couples quickly notice that not everything is how it seems at home for those around them. Marital tensions and work frustrations begin to slowly come to the surface on the first night thanks to the influence of alcohol.It seems someone let out a secret they should have left hidden. The next morning one of the women is discovered dead on the beach near the house. Local detective Gabby Watkins is put on the case and quickly discovers these families are more connected than meets the eye. The answers are there for Gabby to find, but will the secret spiral and lead to more chaos before the killer is identified?Cate Holahan’s ONE LITTLE SECRET is a fantastic modern take on a locked room mystery. The reader finds themselves slowly getting to know the three couples who have come together for a relaxing stay at a glass beach house. This trip should be the ultimate getaway, but unfortunately the secrets these couples are keeping bring the trip down in flames. The seclusion of the beach house drives home the feelings of tension between the group, as the only logical explanation is that one of them is the killer.Holahan chooses to wisely unfold the story between alternating timelines, giving the reader a glimpse into the day of the murder and the day after when the body was discovered. I instantly was intrigued by what was happening in both timelines. In conjunction with alternating the timelines, Holahan also chooses to focus on different couples with these switches. You might be in the middle of learning something about Susan in one chapter and then the next you’ll start to learn about Ben or Jenny. These swaps allows the interconnectedness of the couples to truly shine through. The reader starts to build up their sense of each couple and have those aha moments where you have discovered a link between characters that wasn’t obvious before.Despite being a book that is heavier on the family drama than the gore, there are still plenty unsettling things either described or hinted at. For those weary of reading about domestic abuse or discussions of rape allegations, I caution you that they are featured in this book. Holahan does a brilliant job of showing the rawness and horror associated with each of these instances, but stays away from becoming overly graphic and changing the mood of the story to a much darker tale. I appreciate that she didn’t brush them aside, but used them to fuel the ultimate end goal of her story.ONE LITTLE SECRET is a perfect book for fans of BIG LITTLE LIES! It has all the woven together family drama that fans of that style of book or television show will appreciate. I highly recommend adding this one to your TBR for a great bingeable read!Disclosure: A huge thank you to Crooked Lane Books for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!
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  • Marc Bougharios
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars I read Holahan's previous novel Lies She Told, and it was very enjoyable, and now Holahan is back with another new thriller about secrets between spouses. Three couples who are all neighbours send their kids off to summer camp and rent a big beach house to sip some (a lot of) wine and enjoy each other's kid-free company. But with lots of wine being drunk and secrets coming out, one of them is found dead on the beach. Enter Detecctive Watkins. Who killed them and what secrets is everyon 3.5 stars I read Holahan's previous novel Lies She Told, and it was very enjoyable, and now Holahan is back with another new thriller about secrets between spouses. Three couples who are all neighbours send their kids off to summer camp and rent a big beach house to sip some (a lot of) wine and enjoy each other's kid-free company. But with lots of wine being drunk and secrets coming out, one of them is found dead on the beach. Enter Detecctive Watkins. Who killed them and what secrets is everyone keeping from one another?My favorite thing about this book was the characters. Holahan creatively crafts every character with such talent and it's so hard not to love each and every one of them (well not all of them). It's very easy to follow along each character's perspective and it does not get confusing at all, it's very entertaining! Everyone has their own secrets that they're hiding and it's not waht you'd expect at all! I would have loved to see more secrets spilled, but the ones spilled were enough to keep me intrigued throughout the book. I love how the detective was not just a detective in this novel, she was actaully part of the plot which I enjoyed a lot. Usually when there are detectives in the novel, they're just there to solve the murder, but Ms. Gabby here had her spotlight and for that I'm very thankful. I loved how we got a glimpse into her own life as well and how her life was also far from perfect. Overall, Holahan does a wonderful job creating such amazing characters with secrets up to their heads (filled with wine of course). Another domestic thriller with a nice plot, and characters that will keep you hooked until the very last page! No marriage is perfect and these three couples will sure show you that!Thank you Crooked Lane Books for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Melissa In The City
    January 1, 1970
    This book surprised me in the best way. The first few pages were good, but I was wondering if I was going to actually be into it. Rich parents, pretty wives, snobby kids going away to summer camp. OH well let me tell you...take those things and a few pages later add in lots of wine, a beach house, neighbors, and a ton of secrets and watch the magic explode!This one of those whodunnit books but nothing I guessed was right! And getting to the "dunnit" part was so fun. The writing was so top notch This book surprised me in the best way. The first few pages were good, but I was wondering if I was going to actually be into it. Rich parents, pretty wives, snobby kids going away to summer camp. OH well let me tell you...take those things and a few pages later add in lots of wine, a beach house, neighbors, and a ton of secrets and watch the magic explode!This one of those whodunnit books but nothing I guessed was right! And getting to the "dunnit" part was so fun. The writing was so top notch and the plot was perfectly evil and mysterious. I loved getting to know each character and some of them I became attached to. The setting is beautiful - a beach house with a pool and a grill and short walk to the beach.I also give 5 stars for the cover art. The cover is what made me choose this book at first. A broken wine glass just screams "shit is about to go down inside this book".This was a 5 star read for me.Thank you #NetGalley, the author and the publisher for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    You know those domestic thrillers where it’s like “I’ve read one, I’ve read ‘em all?” - that was One Little Secret to a T for me. Cheating spouses, suspicious spouses, horrible neighbors, fun weekend away turns deadly... this one just felt like a story I’d read too many times before with nothing really unique to set it apart from the others. It’s a quick read and fast paced at that, which does work in its favor, unfortunately, just wasn’t a win for me. Thank you to Crooked Lane for an advanced c You know those domestic thrillers where it’s like “I’ve read one, I’ve read ‘em all?” - that was One Little Secret to a T for me. Cheating spouses, suspicious spouses, horrible neighbors, fun weekend away turns deadly... this one just felt like a story I’d read too many times before with nothing really unique to set it apart from the others. It’s a quick read and fast paced at that, which does work in its favor, unfortunately, just wasn’t a win for me. Thank you to Crooked Lane for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    January 1, 1970
    When three couples rent a beach house for part of the summer on the shores of Long Island what could go wrong? When a body is found on the beach each of the guests become a suspect. The book is told across three days the day before, day of and the day after which I enjoyed. Every couple has a secret that they don’t want revealed. Detective Gabby Watkins begins her investigation and she’s refusing to stop her investigation until she figures out the truth and what really happened. I absolutely lov When three couples rent a beach house for part of the summer on the shores of Long Island what could go wrong? When a body is found on the beach each of the guests become a suspect. The book is told across three days the day before, day of and the day after which I enjoyed. Every couple has a secret that they don’t want revealed. Detective Gabby Watkins begins her investigation and she’s refusing to stop her investigation until she figures out the truth and what really happened. I absolutely loved her character she was a strong female who definitely can handle her own. This book had everything rich families, beautiful wives, spoiled kids who were sent to camp, murder and secrets. When Gabby begins her investigation of a possible drugging and rape of an au pair she never imagined it would have a connection to the body on the beach and to the wealthy couples at the beach house, soon she’s investigating infidelity, abuse and possible legal entanglements and how is it all connected? I give this a solid four stars. The author did an amazing job holding the readers attention. I love how all the story lines were connected and the ending definitely had me saying WOW!
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