The Darkest Secret

The Darkest Secret

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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"From Edgar Award winner Alex Marwood comes another gripping psychological thriller. When a child goes missing at an opulent house party, it makes international news. But what really happened to Coco Jackson? Real estate mogul Sean Jackson is throwing himself a splashy fiftieth birthday party, but trouble starts almost immediately: His ex-wife has sent his teenage daughters to the party without telling him; his current wife has fired the nanny; and he's finding it difficult to sneak away to his mistress. Then something truly terrible happens: one of his three-year-old twins goes missing. No trace of her is ever found. The attendees of the party, nicknamed the Jackson Associates by the press, become infamous overnight. Twelve years later, Sean is dead. The Jackson Associates assemble for the funeral, together for the first time since that fateful weekend. Soon the barbed comments and accusations are flying. By the end of the weekend, one will be dead. And one of Sean's daughters will make a shocking discovery. Praise for Alex Marwood: "Scary as hell. Great characters." --Stephen King "Real, chilling, true to its world and its characters. In short, a knock-out." --Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of What the Dead Know"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Books,, 2016
ISBN: 9781101992685
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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Jan 29, 2017

This is the best Alex Marwood yet. This incredible story will leave you wanting more and questioning what really happened long after you have finished the story.

horrorfeminista Dec 15, 2016

The copy I borrowed is missing pages 217 to 248, just when the story really started picking up.

Dec 09, 2016

The tones often derogatory and the faul language takes away from the plot as well as the story. I would NOT recommend this book.

Nov 01, 2016

I found myself constantly wondering what had happened to Coco. I was not satisfied with the answer that I received and the way that the book ended. I felt that some scenarios in the book were a little far fetched and how Simone's character was in the end just did not seem plausible to me. I mean there is a decent age gap, and it was hard to believe that a well respected real estate mogul married his close friend's child. However the story itself kept me going through the night and I was reading furiously to try to find out what had happened, and how it would play out.

Oct 24, 2016

Vastly enjoyable, suspenseful, a few great twists and truly evil characters. Well-written and hard to put down.

ChristchurchLib Oct 18, 2016

When real estate mogul Sean Jackson turned 50, he threw himself a lavish party -- at which one of his three-year-old twin girls disappeared. Twelve years later, at Sean's funeral, some of the same guests attend, including the surviving twin, who is escorted by a half-sister, an estranged daughter from one of Sean's previous marriages. Filled with detestable people (including the much-married, narcissistic Sean and his equally selfish friends), the story bounces between the two events -- party and funeral -- as secrets are exposed and the two sisters come to terms with each other, with their father, and with what happened that weekend.

bookishdl Jul 04, 2016

The story jumps around to begin with so it's difficult to see where you are in the timeline but you soon get into a rhythm. That said, I found the story had too many loose ends that were never fully explained. The outcome was not what I expected and was probably bordering on the ridiculous as in reality, I believe any self respecting police officer would've probed far more than they appeared to. The story resonates strongly with the disappearance of Madeline McCann and I found myself wondering if this was a possible rationale for what happened in that case. None of the characters were particularly likeable, almost stereotyped which was a shame. I really wanted to like the book but was pretty disappointed overall.


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