One Little Secret by Cate Holahan

Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for sending me an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  



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.


Not a book that is easy to read


This book is not an easy one.  It deals with abuse, rape, and murder.  So if those aren’t things you can handle, then this is not for you. 

Overall I enjoyed this thriller, the story was interesting and I liked the overall premise of secrets destroying people.  However, one thing I did not like, was the characters.  I was certainly sympathetic to some of them, but none of them were particularly likable.  

I did enjoy the ending and while I had a guess as to the outcome, I didn’t really know how it as going to end.  There was a certain tragedy about this book, that makes you want to examine your own life.  

Overall Rating: 3


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