Book Review: The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood

The Darkest SecretWhat’s it about?

Apologies for the general email, but I desperately need your help.

My goddaughter, Coco Jackson, disappeared from her family’s holiday home in Bournemouth on the night of Sunday/Monday August 29/30th, the bank holiday weekend just gone. Coco is three years old.

When identical twin Coco goes missing during a family celebration, there is a media frenzy. Her parents are rich and influential, as are the friends they were with at their holiday home by the sea.

But what really happened to Coco?

Over two intense weekends – the first when Coco goes missing and the second twelve years later at the funeral of her father – the darkest of secrets will gradually be revealed…

My thoughts

I’d seen this book doing the rounds on other blogs and was lucky enough to also be approved on Netgalley for an ARC. Well I’m glad I did as it’s one of the best ‘who and how dunnits’ I’ve read in a long time.

From the blurb and the whole missing child thing I was expecting a police procedural investigation but what I got was so much darker. At the beginning, when all of the characters have finally been introduced (there are a lot to get your head round and who goes with who etc) children aside, I don’t think any of them were in any way likeable, but that doesn’t seem to matter in this book to draw you in because you love to hate them which makes you read on….quickly. But then you question who do you actually feel sorry for and do they deserve what they get?

Told from multiple points of view and over 2 different time periods we’re given snippets of info from what happened leading up to the weekend of Coco’s disappearance and then years later when Mila starts poking around into what really happened. Although these scenes flip back and forward, once one chapter finishes leaving you desperate to know what happens next you’re then faced with another character, frustrating but in a good way, giving you enough info to turn that page faster.

This book is full of dark, depraved and extremely questionable actions with so many lies and twists with an ending that I just didn’t see coming and so worthy of 5*. I’ve already recommended to several people.

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

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  1. 5th January 2016 / 8:57 am

    I read this recently too and thought it was brilliant, I found it near impossible to put down!

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