Title: The Darkest Secret
Author: Alex Marwood
Release Date: January 7th 2016
Rating: 5 stars
Thank you to NetGalley and Little Brown Book Group UK who gave me an ARC of 'The Darkest Secret' in exchange for an honest review.
Wow, what a fabulous read to kickstart 2016 with a bang! Alex Marwood has written a brilliantly complex story that builds up the tension slowly, revealing the full details of what happened to Coco Jackson bit by bit, switching from past to present narratives seamlessly. The back and forth timelines work extremely well here and the payoff is so well worth the wait!
'The Darkest Secret' tells the story of what happened to three year old Coco Jackson, who went missing in the summer of 2004. Filled with a cast of largely unlikeable characters, whose appalling behaviour is shocking to say the least, it is nevertheless sadly plausible to believe that something like this could actually happen in real life.
There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing, and even though I did eventually work out what had happened to Coco, the final revelation still made for uncomfortable and distressing reading.
A dark and grim read, but an easy 5 stars from me. Highly recommended.
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