One Little Secret

Crooked Lane. Jul. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781683319726. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781683319733. thriller
While their children are at summer camp, three couples meet at a beach house in the Hamptons. They don’t know one another well, but at the end of the night, after drinking too much wine, secrets are spilled and one person is dead. DS Gabby Watkins suspects each of the other people in turn. Is the killer the husband whose alibi was attendance at a party with underage drinkers? What about the abusive husband, or the victim of that abuse who tries to hide it? Maybe it was the man whose start-up is threatened by a lawsuit, or the stay-at-home mother of two boys homeschooling a son on the autism spectrum. Gabby will stumble through a series of mistakes as her investigation collides with another case, a party in which there may have been drugged drinks and sexual assault. This unconventional psychological thriller alternates between views of the day of the murder and the day after to reveal secrets that could destroy marriages and lives.
VERDICT Holahan’s latest stand-alone (after Lies She Told) is a great beach read for those with a penchant for scandalous secrets and gossipy, suspenseful mysteries.
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