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Four hundred and eighty seconds That’s how long it took for someone to steal Marin Machado's fouryearold sonMarin 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 Up until the day Sebastian is takenA year later, Marin is a shadow of herself The FBI search has gone cold The publicity has faded She and her husband rarely speak The only thing keeping her going is the unlikely chance that one day Sebastian reappears She hires a PI to pick up where the police left off, but instead of finding him, she discovers that Derek is having an affair with a younger womanKenzie Li is an artist and grad student—Instagram famous—and up to her eyeballs in debt She knows Derek is married She also knows he's rich, and dating him comes with perks: help with bills, trips away, expensive gifts He isn't her first rich boyfriend, but she finds herself hoping he'll be the last She's falling for him—and that was never part of the planDiscovery of the affair 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 But as she sets a plan in motion, another revelation surfaces Derek's lover might know what happened to their son And so might DerekFrom the author of Jar of Hearts, a mother driven to the edge by the disappearance of her son learns her husband is having an affair with the woman who might have kidnapped him Four year old Sebastian is kidnapped during a Christmas shopping trip with his mother Marin She only let go of his hand for a short time to reply to a text, and just like that, he was gone!It is now the autumn of the following year and his mother, Marin, hairdresser to the stars, is still traumatised as he is still missing she completely blames herself Her husband, Derek, a financier dealing with big, big money, has becomeandremote and is spending most of his time at work, which causes him to be away for long periods.Needless to say, the plot is all about psychology Marin blames herself entirely for the kidnapping, because she let go of her son Sebastian's hand in order to text her oldest and best friend, Sal – not a woman but a LatinAmerican man who had been her boyfriend in college, but then morphed into her best friend – and has remained so despite her initially happy marriage to Derek.One thing that Marin has not told Derek is that she has employed a private investigator, Vanessa Castro, to work on Sebastian's case independently She is an expolice officer and very good at her job.Marin has been persuaded by her friends that she should go back to work at her chain of hairdressing salons Although she feels that this is some kind of betrayal of Sebastian, she has done so, and does feel a little bit better But when she receives a phone call from Vanessa asking to meet her in person, she immediately leaps to the conclusion that Sebastian's body has been found She does go to meet Vanessa in absolute dread, but is quickly reassured that no progress has been made on Sebastian's whereabouts, but almost by accident Vanessa has discovered that Derek is having an affair with a young woman of twentyfour, Kenzie, who is a waitress in a coffee bar.This has an electric effect on Marin, who immediately starts stalking Kenzie and Derek She decides that Kenzie must die and consults her friend Sal She knows he has a somewhat shady past, and asks him outright if he knows a fixer Reluctantly, assuming it is Derek that Marin wants dead, he says he does and arranges a meeting for Marin with the fixer The fixer agrees he will do the job for $250,000.From this point on, the plot becomes extremely complicated, and it must be admitted, exciting The final few chapters are absolutely gripping, leading to a thrilling, if somewhat improbable, climax. This is one of my fastest read I’ve lately done because this soul haunting, gripping, mend nerving, page turner truly captivates you from the beginning You get hooked You cannot resume doing your basic things like watching TV (thankfully I finished this one before binge watch Marvelous Mrs Maisel, because reading this book or binge watching one of my favorite series may force me to invent a new activity like binge reawatching read one page, look at the tv for one minute and repeat this action several times till you start to think your favorite stand up star lost her son and deals with her cheating husband, see how two storylines merged perfectly well at least both Mrs Maisel and Marin suffers the same kind of assholish husband’s betrayals ), eating proper food (I bribed my husband to feed me but he backstabbed me and ate whole pizza by himself, I hope he gains 100 pounds and I’ll reject to push him out of the door!), taking bathroom breaks (adult diapers are the best invention of the history, what, you said: there is no such a thing as adult diapers! Okay this is humiliating! I’ll kill those so called best friends who notoriously pranked me so bad!) I went back and forth between 4 and 5 stars Writing, pacing, storybuilding, ending, twists and surprises (some of them could be foreseen but they were still amazing) are intriguingly stunning and excitingly gripping But I hate most of the characters The husband, the mistress, even the shady best friend! Marin is probably my favorite even though she is pretentious, self destructive, unpredictable and inconsistent but I didn’t care about her flaws, the mistakes she makes over and over again which makes herhuman and connectable character She can be considered mean and unfair for using her best friend and exlover Sal as a shield to protect herself not to feel unwanted and undesired but Sal never seemed like a great and trustworthy personality to be chosen as a future husband figure Her son has been kidnapped and her husband douchebag Derek is having an affair ( he should get a statue because he also cheated her when she was pregnant so I don’t know which one made me pissed off , the cheater or accepter of his wrongdoings!) with a 24 year old art student and here’s the big blow: this girl could have involved with the people who had kidnapped her son! Did I get your attention? I think the blurb of the book gave too much information about the mystery but thankfully they hid the most delicious and mind blowing revelation! McKenzie is the another woman ( let’s say, the other girl!) and it’s so normal to detest every particle of her But the reason I hate the guts and have an urge to rip her eyes out, when I read her story, I couldn’t find anything concrete to feel sympathy or empathize her She knows exactly she’s doing something so terrible but she kept doing it for years like a parasite to suck people’s blood to have a better living The part Marin visited McKenzie’s coffee to see her own enemy, I couldn’t decide to appraise her or scream at her face when she wanted to cut the girl’s head off, she kept calm and said nothing ( she might be aquarius woman because an Aries woman like me throws the hot coffee at pink bleached haired homewrecker’s face and shove the cookie to her… okay you may imagine the rest of it!) So Marin hardly functions after her child’s loss and committed suicide before, seeing a therapist and joining a grief club at a donut place with group of people she normally never considers to engage if it isn’t for their common grief and shared experiences And now she is about to lose her husband, too But will she let the other woman take him away from her? Hell, no! So take a seat, grab the book and start devouring the pages with full excitement because the book is getting so much better Overall: even though I wanted to hire contract killers from other books (yes, my shrink told me this is literally impossible and consciously it’s really mean thing to think about) to torture viciously some of those despicable characters, I’m rounding up 4.5 stars to 5 because I had really great time when I’m reading it.Thankfully I also have “Jar of Hearts” on my reading list now so I’m looking forward to get my hands on it, too.Special thanks to NetGalley and St Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books for sharing this one of the most promising 2020 thriller’s ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter 5 STARS! EVERY STAR!This is the best book I have read in a long time and I read about 300 books in 2019 Do yourself a favor and read as little about it as possible before diving in.This is not one to miss, I predict it will be all anyone in the book world is talking about in April 2020!Thank you to Jennifer Hillier, Minotaur Books and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. It's a myth that wedding rings prevent women from hitting on men Some women are drawn to wedding rings like moths to a flame For those women, the ring is exactly what they're looking for People have been trying to get me to read Jennifer Hillier for a while now, so I think maybe I picked the wrong one to start with(?) Though I also should say that a major problem with my reading of Little Secrets was that I went into it with all the wrong expectations.The blurb made me think that this was going to be about a mother and her missing child, which I just said in another review is a premise I torture myself with again and again A missing child is an open wound that never heals, is never allowed to scar over The not knowing keeps the wound raw Reading these books almost always keeps me on the edge of my seat, experiencing the fear and loss along with the parents, needing closure.And that is how this book opens: with five year old Sebastian letting go of his mother's hand and, as security footage shows, walking away with a stranger in a Santa suit Sixteen months later, he still hasn't been found The Private Investigator his mother, Marin, has hired has been met with dead end after dead end That is, until one day the PI uncovers evidence that Marin's husband is having an affair with a young art student called Kenzie Li Unable to find her son, Marin turns her attention (and fury) on Kenzie.So, really, what a huge chunk (i.e almost all) of this book is about is Marin stalking her husband’s girlfriend and getting annoyed with her for annoyingly, I'll admit taking a million selfies a day The missing child story fades quickly into the background and, as this was pretty much all I cared about, this made the book boring A rich woman discovering her husband is having an affair but not wanting to divorce him and lose her precious designer lifestyle is so not an interesting premise for me.I really struggled to connect with Marin, or feel invested in her relationship with Derek Though the affair is played off as grief on his part, Derek seemed like such a douche from the very first chapter And I'm really confused as to why the blurb gives away some things that we only learn in the last fifty pages of the book.Also, I think anyone who's read a few thrillers over the last few years will see one thing coming a mile away (view spoiler)[I suspected almost as soon as the mysterious J.R was mentioned that he was Sal He was such a random unexplained side character that I knew he had to be one of the other characters (hide spoiler)]