The Darkest Secret

The Darkest Secret

Book - 2016
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More than a decade after a real estate mogul's birthday party is upended by family drama, his own licentiousness and the disappearance of one of his young daughters, the attendees of the party gather for the man's funeral, which erupts in accusations and a shocking discovery.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2016.
ISBN: 9780143110514
Branch Call Number: FIC MARWOOD, ALEX
Characteristics: vi, 390 pages ; 21 cm


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Jan 29, 2017

This is the best Alex Marwood yet. This incredible story will leave you wanting more and questioning what really happened long after you have finished the story.

horrorfeminista Dec 15, 2016

The copy I borrowed is missing pages 217 to 248, just when the story really started picking up.

Dec 09, 2016

The tones often derogatory and the faul language takes away from the plot as well as the story. I would NOT recommend this book.

Nov 01, 2016

I found myself constantly wondering what had happened to Coco. I was not satisfied with the answer that I received and the way that the book ended. I felt that some scenarios in the book were a little far fetched and how Simone's character was in the end just did not seem plausible to me. I mean there is a decent age gap, and it was hard to believe that a well respected real estate mogul married his close friend's child. However the story itself kept me going through the night and I was reading furiously to try to find out what had happened, and how it would play out.

Oct 24, 2016

Vastly enjoyable, suspenseful, a few great twists and truly evil characters. Well-written and hard to put down.

ChristchurchLib Oct 18, 2016

When real estate mogul Sean Jackson turned 50, he threw himself a lavish party -- at which one of his three-year-old twin girls disappeared. Twelve years later, at Sean's funeral, some of the same guests attend, including the surviving twin, who is escorted by a half-sister, an estranged daughter from one of Sean's previous marriages. Filled with detestable people (including the much-married, narcissistic Sean and his equally selfish friends), the story bounces between the two events -- party and funeral -- as secrets are exposed and the two sisters come to terms with each other, with their father, and with what happened that weekend.

bookishdl Jul 04, 2016

The story jumps around to begin with so it's difficult to see where you are in the timeline but you soon get into a rhythm. That said, I found the story had too many loose ends that were never fully explained. The outcome was not what I expected and was probably bordering on the ridiculous as in reality, I believe any self respecting police officer would've probed far more than they appeared to. The story resonates strongly with the disappearance of Madeline McCann and I found myself wondering if this was a possible rationale for what happened in that case. None of the characters were particularly likeable, almost stereotyped which was a shame. I really wanted to like the book but was pretty disappointed overall.


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