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Dirty Little Secrets Hardcover – 7 Feb 2019
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An engrossing and compelling story that will have you reading well into the night as you keep telling yourself, 'just one more chapter.' (My Weekly)
A fabulously entertaining whodunit, with a sly wit and a wonderful detective duo (Sunday Mirror)
Wonderfully drawn characters and more secrets and motives than you can shake a stick at. Loved, loved, loved (Caz Frear, author of Sweet Little Lies)
Irish crime fiction's current hot-ticket... busy, imaginative, cleverly structured and zippily-paced (Irish Independent)
Dark, funny, well-plotted, sinister. Superb
[An] Agatha Christie-esque and emotion-charged locked-estate mystery(Sunday Sport)
[A] sophisticated new crime novel (Sunday Times)
It's a winning combination of locked room (or in this case locked estate) mystery and incisive social commentary (Sinead Crowley, author of One Bad Turn)
This is a winner in my book (Woman’s Way, Book of the Week)
Spain conjures up a brilliant setting for this murder mystery, with a fantastically imagined cast of characters (Emily Koch, author of If I Die Before I Wake)
The second psychological thriller from No.1 bestselling author Jo Spain coming February 2019. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty.See all Product description
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A definite high five from me!
The author has an easy, pacy writing style and I liked the developing friendship between her mismatched detectives Frank and Emma. It's an quick, entertaining read, although I did find it all a bit melodramatic and sudsy; the various issues of the characters are sometimes heavy-handed and the final revelation (which I had been half-expecting) was a bit diffficult to swallow. I liked it better than Jo Spain's previous standalone 'The Confession' but not as much as her ongoing series of Inspector Reynolds novels.
As the detectives begin to question the residents of the gated community, everything does not seem as picture perfect as it first appeared. Secrets are unearthed and we hear, not only from the residents, but also from Olive herself, as the book progresses. Among the past crimes, addictions, marital issues and blackmail, there are many motives for killing their neighbour.
I loved both the characters in this book, and the detectives investigating. Jo Spain avoids any really obvious answers and there are lots of shades of grey, with her allowing her characters positive, as well as negative, character traits. I also enjoyed the sections narrated by Olive, who finds her small cottage surrounded by a new estate and manages to totally misjudge her neighbours, as she desperately reaches out for company, despite her lack of social skills. Overall, a really good and enjoyable read and I look forward to discovering Spain’s previous books.