May sees a bit of a change on the blog as I am expanding to include other topics, such a book reviews and that’s what I have for you today.
The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood is one of the best thrillers I have read in ages, it follows the life of Sean Jackson and the fallout from his 50th birthday party. One of his twin daughter’s Coco goes missing and it isn’t until 12 years later at his funeral does the truth come out regarding her disappearance.
Sean isn’t a particularly likeable man, neither are his friends who gather together to celebrate his 50th birthday. He divorced from Heather and has two teenage daughters Camilla and India from that marriage. His second wife is Claire with whom he has twins Coco and Ruby. Claire is a typical lady who lunches, spending most of her time on her appearance in accordance with Sean’s requirements.
Sean is a property developer and is throwing his party in a luxury house he has revamped in the wealthy area of Sandbanks in Poole, Dorset. The weekend is a particularly booze and drug filled one and 3 year old Coco tragically disappears. A media frenzy then ensues trying to find her and Sean and his friends and family are under scrutiny. It is only when the group reconvene for Sean’s funeral does the truth unfold and you also learn what had happened to them in the 12 years following that fateful weekend.
As I said before the characters in this book aren’t particularly likeable, they are obnoxious, selfish, rude and self centred, yet you desperately what to find out the truth of what happened and this is what makes it so gripping. I literally couldn’t put this book down and was itching for bed time when I could read the next instalment. So well written that jumps between the two time frames but it is easy to keep up. I sometimes struggle with this back and forth story (I am easily confused lol) but Alex keeps my attention. It is the other twin Ruby who I was rooting for the most, so deeply is she affected by the tragedy. However, the strain of keeping the truth buried takes it’s toll on the whole group.
I would really recommend this if you are looking for a gripping psychological thriller where friendships are tested and seemingly perfect lives are stripped away to their bare bones.
The Darkest Secret is available from http://www.amazon.co.uk.
Till next time,