Saturday, June 15, 2024

Our Little Secret

Our Little Secret by Lisa Jackson
6/25/24; 384 pages

Our Little Secret by Lisa Jackson is a highly recommended twisty domestic thriller about secrets, obsession, and betrayal. There are some Fatal Attraction

Brooke Harmon ends her affair with Gideon Ross. Brooke and her husband Neal were having problems, but they are working on their marriage now. The two have a fourteen-year-old daughter, Marilee. Gideon claims he will never let Brooke go, something he makes quite clear as he obsessively contacts and stalks her. He even becomes violent. On top of all her stress over Gideon she keeps getting strange texts say he is not who she thinks he is, Marilee has an attitude, and then Leah, Brooke’s sister, decides to visit. Leah blames Brooke for all her unhappiness and is always asking for money.

Our Little Secret is a fast-paced thriller with plenty of twists and an all consuming sense of fear and dread hanging over every chapter. That will keep you reading as the fall-out from poor decisions rain down upon the family. The drama picks up toward the end when all the secrets and betrayals are exposed.

Conversely, you need to know that it is a bit predictable. Astute readers are going to feel the "Fatal Attraction" vibes and suspect where the plot is going. This won't stop you from reading because none of the characters are likable or trustworthy in novel so you won't care too much what happens to them as the plot unfolds. (Except for the good boy, their dog Shep.) Really, the human characters are all annoying. I never want to meet any of them anywhere. 

Jackson gets major writing points for creating a plot so compelling that I could overlook such aggravating characters and keep reading because I needed to know how it all ended. Thanks to Kensington for providing me with an advance reader's copy via NetGalley. My review is voluntary and expresses my honest opinion.

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