Title -The Darkest Secret
Author – Alex Marwood
Publication Date – January 12th 2016 by Sphere
ISBN – 9780751550702
My Rating – ★★★★/5
Three-year-old Coco has vanished during her father’s birthday weekend celebration. Her parents and their friends are both rich and influential so there is a huge media frenzy.
So what really happened to Coco?
Set during two weekends – the first when Coco went missing and the second fifteen years later – the secrets of that weekend and what happened to Coco are revealed.
I received a copy of The Darkest Secret to review from Hachette New Zealand. I’ve never read a book by Alex Marwood before but I was drawn in by the synopsis and needed to read this book!
I could imagine this book being set in the Hamptons like the TV show Revenge. Rich, influential people leaving the city to party it up away from the prying eyes. But even though there were awful people in Revenge, they don’t even come close to the vile people in this book!
There were only two characters I liked in this book, Mila and Ruby. I did like India too but she wasn’t in the book a lot. I felt sorry for Claire (fifteen years later anyway) but during the birthday weekend I didn’t care for her. I don’t like women who steal other women’s husbands so I didn’t like Linda for that and her whole “I did nothing wrong” BS. Same goes for Sean. What a horrible man! I couldn’t get over him blaming the women in his life for everything that went wrong, for ruining everything when it was clear the only thing they had in common was him. So, who was to blame?
I actually didn’t like any of the adults in The Darkest Secret. They were all awful people. I didn’t need it written in the book to draw my own conclusions about what happened to Linda and Jimmy. I don’t think my thoughts are too crazy to be part of this insane story.
I figured out what happened to Coco about halfway through the book but I didn’t figure out who. That was a shock, although I knew they were missing a few screws so I should have been able to figure that out.
I really enjoyed The Darkest Secret even though I couldn’t stand most of the characters and they really annoyed me most of the time. I felt sorry for all the kids. Not Simone because she was clearly insane, a 15-year-old chasing after a 50-year-old? Vomit! At least I think she was fifteen.
I couldn’t put this book down. It had me hooked from the first few chapters and kept me hooked till the very end.
* Thank you Hachette New Zealand for sending me a copy to review *
Have you read any of Alex Marwood’s books? Leave me a comment if you can recommend any others for me to read.