The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood

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Book Description:

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…

Taut, emotive and utterly compelling, an unputdownable ‘ripped from the headlines’ novel that you will want to talk about with everyone you know.

My Thoughts:

To start with I have to admit I did slightly struggle with this novel. The story flicks between past and present as well as characters and to be honest it did take me longer than I would have liked to fully get into the story.

Once I got into the story though, I was well and truly hooked.

It’s quite obvious from the start that there is more to the disappearance of Coco Jackson. When the father, Sean Jackson dies, the truth of what happened that awful night starts to come to light.

I have to say that my dislike of all the characters that were adults on that awful weekend grew even more through out the story. There really isn’t that much likeable about them at all. It was the children I very much felt sorry for.

My favourite character had to be Mila (Camilla/Milly). She doesn’t feature much in the chapters set in the past, but it’s through her character in the present ones that we can feel the emotions and feelings that she has of her father and for the other family members and friends that are left behind..

The Darkest Secret is a story full of lies and deceit. There are certainly a few twists in there that I was not expecting even right up until the very end. The last twist literally left me with my mouth wide open as I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Yet another cracker of a novel by the author that will seriously mess with your head.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.

The Darkest Secret is due to be published next month but you can pre order a copy now on Amazon.

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