REVIEW – Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

Little Secrets

Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Minotaur Books

This Book definitely deserves its spot as one of the most anticipated thrillers of 2020!


I loved this author’s previous novel, “Jar of Hearts”. As soon as I heard about “Little Secrets”, I knew I HAD to read it as soon as possible. I had high hopes and I wasn’t let down.

This was a wickedly twisted and fast-paced read that satisfied me but also left me wanting more!

Sixteen months ago: Marin Machado is Christmas shopping with her four-year-old son, Sebastian. Her husband, Derek is at a pub nearby. They are just finishing up when Marin receives a text from her husband. She lets go of Sebastian’s hand to text Derek back. A minute later, Marin realizes Sebastian is no longer leaning against her. She can’t see him. She calls out his name but the market is crowded and loud. She phones her husband and someone else notifies security. A few minutes later, Derek shows up. “What the hell, Marin? What did you do?” She had only let go of Sebastian’s hand for a minute and now he’s gone. They give security a picture of Sebastian and it’s forwarded around. Then the police show up.

16 months later: Marin wakes up thinking about Sebastian just like she does every morning. Her husband, Derek is out of town again. Marin checks her phone and sees the usual text from her best friend, Sal. “You alive?” he asks. She’s glad Sal doesn’t tiptoe around her. Sal Palermo and Marin don’t have much in common, but he gets her.

Sebastian has been gone for 485 days.

Marin attends a support group for parents of missing children. It’s a safe place for parents to vent their feelings. Marin’s therapist would like her to process what happened and move through it so she can heal. He doesn’t understand that she WANTS to fixate on it. He also had a very strong reaction to the secret she shared during their last appointment. He told her that what she was doing was very unhealthy, not to mention…illegal.

Marin is on her way to meet up with Vanessa Castro, the PI she hired after the police stopped focusing on Sebastian’s case. Vanessa said she had some new information for Marin. “Would today be the day?” Marin meets up with Vanessa and what she’s told shakes her world once again. She’s enraged and in some ways, she almost welcomes the feeling. It’s very different from feeling sad.“Rage, on the other hand, will get shit done.” Marin is going to start her own investigation.

Wow! She’s done it again! What an awesome and addictive read!

Compelling and unpredictable, this page flipping thriller had me captivated from the start and kept me guessing all the way through.

Jennifer Hillier knows how to tell one heck of a story. She writes in a way that continually holds my interest. I loved how the story flowed. There was a lot going on but I found it easy to keep up. The story is told from two points of view and I liked reading both “sides”. The characters were complex, flawed, and well-defined.

An emotionally-driven psychological suspense novel about secrets, lies, hope, revenge, and more!

I highly recommend this novel as well as the author’s previous novel, “Jar of Hearts”. I’m super excited to see what this talented author comes up with next!


I’d like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.


8 thoughts on “REVIEW – Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

  1. Jar of Hearts was SO GOOD!!! It was my first book by her and I had NO idea that she had quite a few books on her backlist. I hope I’ll get to them soon. Now, the first chapter of Little Secrets was brutal on me, but the rest of the book was a good one.

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