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Little Secrets

Written by: Jennifer Hillier
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
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Publisher's Summary

Overwhelmed by tragedy, a woman desperately tries to save her marriage in award-winning author Jennifer Hillier's Little Secrets, a riveting novel of psychological suspense.

"Suspenseful and compelling—Hillier is a masterful storyteller." (Chevy Stevens)

All it takes to unravel a life is one little secret....

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—until their world falls apart the day their son, 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. She hires a PI to pick up where the police left off, but instead of finding Sebastian, she learns that Derek is having an affair with a younger woman. This discovery 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.

Permanently.

A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books

Praise for Little Secrets:

"Unflinching and unforgettable. Little Secrets has everything you want in a thriller—complex characters, heart-pounding suspense and a stunning conclusion. Jennifer Hillier is one of my favorite writers, and this is her best book yet." (Riley Sager, New York Times best-selling author of Lock Every Door)

"What starts as a child abduction warps into something far more twisted and nefarious, thanks to the brilliance of mastermind, Jennifer Hillier. Little Secrets will leave readers completely floored. You don't just read this book; you inhale it." (Mary Kubica, New York Times best-selling author of The Good Girl and MRS)

©2020 Jennifer Hillier (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

Anthony Awards - Nominee, 2021

"Little Secrets will leave readers completely floored. You don't just read this book; you inhale it." (Mary Kubica, New York Times best-selling author of The Good Girl and MRS)

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  • 2022-11-02

Couldn’t stop listening

My first listen from this author and thoroughly enjoyed her writing. The narrator was also easy to listen to and enjoyable.

The story line was at times a bit predictable and I feel like it could have been more of a mystery from the beginning —- but it was still a great listen and didn’t take too much away from the final reveal. Overall can’t to listen to more from this author!

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Predictable but excellently performed

Although I figured out the twist almost immediately, the book was still really enjoyable. It was exceptionally written and even better performed. Highly recommend.

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Gripping

Book was great. Continue to hold your interest.
Kirsten Potters narration was awesome!
Looking forward to the next read by Jennifer Hillier.

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couldn't STOP listening

finished in a couple days. somehow relatable but completely not relatable. unpredictable and emotional .

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Pretty good

It was okay. I didn't really enjoy the narrator as much. She did do good voices but her general tone took some time to get used to. Also story was good but I did guess who dove it since the beginning so the ending wasn't a surprise at all for me.

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Delivered, as promised

overall five complete Stars. great narration, excellent voices, and kept me guessing till the end

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Couldn’t stop listening!

Really engaging and exciting - simple and easy to take in! Great way to pass the time doing stuff around the house!

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Excellent story!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator was excellent. The book itself had interesting characters and a plot that twisted and turned. I will say as a mother of young children myself I wasnt sure I could handle the plot, but I did and I sure felt their heartache. Very well written.

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great narrator

kept me listening. A good story and great narration make this an overall good pick.

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I loved this book

Grabs you right away. It’s suspenseful in all the right spots, with enough plot twists to keep you entertained and wondering what’s next. You feel for the main character and her pain is palpable.
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  • Leslie D. Williams
  • 2020-04-26

I would like my 6-7 hours back?

I was looking forward to this new release from
Jennifer Hillier. Unfortunately, the narration had me cringing and very irritated throughout. The dripping-with-dramatics tone of voice was overkill, but worse, she mispronounces several well-known names and acronyms (ie, “Jaguar” = “JAG-YOU-IRE”, “bae” = “bye”, “Louis Vuitton” was pronounced a few different ways-even within the same CHAPTER, & more!). I highly suspected she was pronouncing Marin’s name incorrectly the whole time as well... and even THAT is inconsistent! In the intro, it is pronounced “MARE-en”, but after that is said “MARR-Inn” for the rest of the novel. Yet it is spelled “Marin”, which is most commonly pronounced like the county in California (“Mah-RINN”). And yet, it gets worse: she takes on a grating “valley girl” tone of voice for one of the young adult characters, and utilizes a terribly (and perhaps even offensive) “NJ” accent for a minor character. I found the book itself to be too drawn-out, slow, overly wordy to a fault, and repetitive in parts. The last hour or so was basically its really sole redeeming quality, IMO, and an hour’s worth of decent suspense for a full credit is far too pricey for me. I am an avid listener, but do not usually write reviews. I felt this might be a good caution to those potentially triggered or put off by the pitfalls I have described above.

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  • littlesimone
  • 2020-04-23

This Is Oooooohhh Soooo GOOD!!!

I'm not one to gush over books but this story is entirely captivating and very well crafted. I quite literally could not stop listening! In fact, I liked this one so much I'm going to order the hard copy and read it slowly so I can savor it thoroughly much like a decadent chocolate truffle. The narration was near perfect and not a distraction (almost). I'm ordering the physical book simply because I want to be able to delve deep into the characters and their world which I find is best done - at least for me - through actually reading rather than merely listening. Even so, it was an excellent listen and well worth the credit.

I am hesitant to go into detail regarding what I liked most about this book because I don't want to be "that person" who riddles their review with spoilers so I will simply state that the suspicions that I had in the beginning turned out to be true without being revealed far too soon. Having stated that, the twist at the end was not entirely as expected which was a very pleasant and sinister surprise. I very much appreciate how the author crafted and timed this story. Very well done!

As a side note (and I almost hate to mention it but it was very distracting in the moment) the narrator - who added immeasurable value to this story, to be sure - managed to kill one critical moment in the story which would have been rather defining of a certain character's "Millennial" status in contrast to another major character had it been read properly. The word is pronounced "bay" and not "bay-EE" and I had to stop for a moment to wrap my head around what was being said by the character at the time. You'll know it when you get there! =)

Bravo to the author! 5-gazillion stars!

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  • JenniferLOVESThrillers
  • 2020-06-04

Finished in One Sitting!

NO SPOILERS! This book was excellent and the first I heard of this author. The book was a great mystery with lots of twists that actually make sense. I recommend this to anyone that loves domestic thrillers! Great narration too!

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  • jojo
  • 2020-05-10

SO GOOD!

This story just kept getting crazier and crazier. I found my jaw dropping multiple times. Such a thrilling story, I couldn't help but binge listen it in two days!

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  • Selene Rackley
  • 2020-05-21

More than Good!!

This was a really really good story. I had decided I wasn't reading any more books with missing, disappearing, kidnapped kids. Same old story there.......But......I listened to the sample, loved the narrator and felt the story had a different take on this, and boy am I glad I did! I haven't enjoyed a book this much for awhile. It is excellent!!
I only have one problem with it, the sex scenes weren't nessecary and could have been left out.

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  • Joaquin
  • 2020-05-12

Little Secrets

I am always drawn to intrigue & suspense in a book or movie. This story has very Big little secrets. The narrator becomes each person who is talking or commenting through the book. I’m a non-fiction reader. I’m easily bored with unnecessary detail . Narrator had me hooked even while describing the way someone would pour coffee. Loved it!!

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  • Wendi
  • 2020-05-14

Kept Me Wanting More, Narration Could Be Better

Little Secrets is quite an entertaining read. I found myself wanting to listen to it whenever I had a chance. I listened to it in a day and a half, and found it to be provocative and thrilling.

A mom looks away for all of ten seconds to find her son has gone missing. She lives in a world of devastation and hope, and she goes to groups for parents of missing children to seek solace. In the meantime, her husband decides to have an affair with a much younger woman. This doesn't sit well for a mother who's young child is missing, and the other woman is going to get a lot more than she's bargained for.

The narration for Little Secrets could have been better. The reader botches some fairly regular words and it got to be a bit annoying, but nothing that really took away from the story itself. I would recommend this to people who like a good, fast paced psychological thriller.

-Wendi

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  • S.T.
  • 2020-08-30

not so much

went on and on about trying to explain things over and over don't care for using God's name in vain either not a fan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-05-12

Awesome book

From the beginning to the end this book will keep your attention! The narration was superb as well!!

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  • Linda Sorensen
  • 2020-05-11

Loved it

This book was so good and kept me guessing until the end who did it? Highly recommend.

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