One Little Secret by Cate Holahan

One Little Secret

Everyone has a secret. For some, it's worth dying to protect. For others, it's worth killing.The glass beach house was supposed to be the getaway that Susan needed. Eager to help her transplanted family set down roots in their new town - and desperate for some kid-free conversation - she invites her new neighbors to join in on a week-long sublet with her and her workaholic husband.Over the course of the first evening, liquor loosens inhibitions a...

Details One Little Secret

TitleOne Little Secret
Release DateJul 9th, 2019
PublisherCrooked Lane Books
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Reviews One Little Secret

  • Holly B
    A locked room beach mystery at a dreamy vacation get-away rental. Three couples rent a pricey  house on a private beach. Sounds like a wonderful way to relax and enjoy a neighborly vacay, BUT when all the doors shut, secrets and darkness abound.These three couples have a lot going on in their lives and when they crack open the bottle of rose, someone gets a bit loose lipped. She said what???When one of the wives is found dead on the beach, eve...
  • James
    One Little Secret is the second novel written by Cate Holahan that I've read. Part mystery and thriller, it tells the story of six neighbors (three couples) who rent a house on the eastern shores of Long Island for part of the summer. As each chapter unfolds in third person perspective, we learn of the drama transpiring in their individual and combined households.This book was a very easy read. I devoured it in two chunks over a twenty-four hour ...
  • j e w e l s
    THREE SO-SO STARSThree couples rent a fabulous beach house for a get-to-know-each-other kind of vacation. After driving up to the house for the first time, they find it to be not as gorgeous as the online photos led them to believe. Hey, no problem, they make the best of it and get on with the eating, drinking and relaxing. It's going to be an amazing week!What the three couples didn't sign up for is MURDER. Yep, we've got a classic locked room m...
  • Carrie
    One Little Secret by Cate Holahan is a thriller that is a bit like taking a police procedural and fusing it into a domestic drama. The story in this one is told from multiple points of view and from different time frames of the day before, day of and day after a murder has occurred.Detective Gabby Watkins is one of the only females in her profession so she tends to get assigned the more sensitive cases such as when a rape occurs. Just as Gabby is...
  • Jen
    4 Looks Can Be Deceiving StarsOne Little Secret tells the story of 3 neighbor couples that decide to go in together on a Hamptons beach rental for a week of “get to know you” style relaxation. On the surface, all three couples appear to have happy, healthy marriages. Of course, if everything was sunshine and unicorns, we wouldn’t have a story, now would we.The book is told in a multi-POV format and from the beginning, all three marriages sh...
  • Mandy White
    One Little Secret by Cate Holahan is a book that will suck you in from the start. I read this one quite quickly, needing to know how it was all going to play out. Nobody is who they seem in the beginning and the twists keep coming. A great, fast paced read for anybody who likes a good whodunnit.3 couples, a weeks holiday with no children in a beach house in the Hamptons. A chance to relax and get to know new people - what could go wrong? Murder -...
  • Linda Strong
    Three couples rent a vacation residence for the week their children are attending camp. Although the couples are all neighbors, they really don't know each other very well.Throw in an abundance of alcohol into the mix and the differences among them are glaring. There's a doctor, a lawyer, a housewife, an abusive husband, a workaholic, and at least one person who's having an affair.The next morning, a dead body is seen on the private beach. It wil...
  • Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
    After having read and enjoyed Cate Holahan’s previous book, Lies She Told, I was excited to get my hands on a copy of One Little Secret. And it did not disappoint!Told across three days (day before, day of, and day after), this story alternates its timelines and main character each section follows to build suspense with every chapter. The plot didn’t stop twisting, keeping me guessing for quite some time until about three quarters of the way ...
  • Brandy
    “Marriage was like a poker game in that the stakes increased the longer each player sat at the table. After a dozen years with the same person, the pot became so large that’s no one could walk away over anything less than a monumental display of cheating. All other grievances had to be shrugged off.” Love and marriage, love and marriage, they go together like a horse and carriage or perhaps more like a long walk of a short pier as we learn ...
  • Stacey Camp
    **4 Stars**In Cate Holahan's One Little Secret, three couples who are neighbors decide to rent out a gorgeous beach house for a getaway. By the end of the trip, one person is dead and the remaining "friends" are all murder suspects.The book reads like a modern twist on an Agatha Christie novel; though the book's title suggests only one person has a secret, it appears as though every person on the trip is hiding something that could easily incrimi...
  • Bridgett
    Affluent couples keeping secrets and committing crimes during a beach holiday in the Hamptons... Told in a third person perspective over a 3-day period (day before, day of, and day after), this is a super quick read...and an addictive one! Although the characters (three separate couples) are mostly ass-hats, they all had moments during which I found myself relating to them in some way. Moments when I found them to be beautifully human and empathe...
  • Athena Elizabeth
    Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for the early read of One Little Secret in exchange for an honest review! All opinions are my own.I am going to be participating in the blog tour on July 26th, so I will start by saying that is when the blog post is going up.One Little Secret by Cate Holahan is the perfect summer read. Three couples rent a beach house in the Hamptons while their kids are off at camp, hoping for a quiet vacation getawa...
  • Kitten Kisser
    What happens when you put 3 rich couples together in a secluded beach house with lots of wine?This was an interesting read that for the most part, kept me engaged. Without giving too much away, all of the guests have baggage &/or issues that they are dealing with. Some are dealing with it much better than others. One of them is murdered & as the story unfolds, it seems that anyone of the 5 remaining people could be the killer. Some parts of the b...
  • Shelby
    When their kids go off to summer camp, three couples who reside in the same neighborhood, take a trip together to the Hamptons, renting a house right along the beach. On the first night there, drama ensues—arguing, lies, and even murder.The next morning, police are called to the beach, as a dead body has been found—one of our vacationing neighbors. What happened to this woman? And which one of these neighbors is responsible for her death?Dete...
  • Tonya
    One Little Secret by Cat Holahan was a book that once I started reading it, I really could not put it down!!! Plot twists that are delightfully unexpected with characters that the reader wants to know better. I could relate to the insecurities that Susan had in trying to make friends and feeling a bit lost when it came to confidence and identity. She books a house for three couples to share, only she doesn't expect that one of her new found frien...
  • Ayesha (The Fifth Marauder)
    RtcThank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC.
  • Kat Dietrich
    3.5 starsOne Little Secret by Cate Holahan is a psychological thriller.First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Crooked Lane Books, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)Susan Ahmadi, a former attorney, is now a stay-at-home mom for her two sons.  She is home-schooling her autisti...
  • Bridget
    For me, as thrillers go, "One Little Secret" by Cate Holahan was pretty close to perfection!This character-driven psychological thriller brilliantly illustrated the fine line between love and obsession and served as a reminder that every choice made, good or bad, well-intended or otherwise, has consequences.The author's characterisation was faultless with an assortment of characters who were complex and insecure. I loved the writing style which w...
  • Donna
    Three couples rent a beach house in the Hamptons for a few days while their kids are at camp. The couples are hoping for a relaxing time to get away from their stressful jobs and everyday lives and to get to know each other better. Then someone is murdered. Let me just say, that as much as I would love a few days in a beautiful beach house with friends, I wouldn't choose any of these couples to hang out with. Explosive tempers, lies on top of sec...
  • Stephanie
    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. I’m so sad to say that I found One Little Secret a little disappointing. I loved the previous book I read by Cate Holahan (the cleverly written Lies She Told) and had high expectations for this one. Unfortunately, while not a bad book, the mystery and the writing ended up falling a little short for me.One Little Secret is told in alternating chapters from the POVs of t...
  • Tonya
    One Little Secret by Cat Holahan was a book that once I started reading it, I really could not put it down!!! Plot twists that are delightfully unexpected with characters that the reader wants to know better. I could relate to the insecurities that Susan had in trying to make friends and feeling a bit lost when it came to confidence and identity. She books a house for three couples to share, only she doesn't expect that one of her new found frien...
  • Petra
    Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.Three couples rent a house on the beach for a week after their kids all left for camp. Due to the close proximity and probably some alcohol, secrets and lies begin to emerge.Everyone is hiding something, some secrets bigger than others. The next day, a body is found on the beach and the game is on to catch the murderer who could only be one of the five rem...
  • Donna Hines
    The perfect getaway turns tragic and everyone is suspect.The glass house seemed ideal to refresh and renew for Susan to get away from the hustle and bustle of raising kids and find comfort among adults in a new town.What looked perfect was more like shard glass as one woman winds up dead.The rule has always been you can confiscate what you see in plain sight if you have reasonable cause to initiate the stop but this situation is one that has dete...
  • Tracy Frenette
    Thank you #crookedlanebooks and #netgalley for the advance copy of #onelittlesecert in exchange for an honest review. Published date set for July 19th 2019.One little secret by Cate Holahan was a locked room mystery, a viscous triangle of three couples who go to the beach together for a getaway week. One of them turns up dead. Everyone has a secret, is it worth dying for? Is it worth killing for? One little secret is full of lies, deceit, suspici...
  • Alexa
    I tore through One Little Secret in less than a day. The POV characters were at turns compelling and frustrating (Susan and Jenny, at least, Gabby was pretty fantastic across the board), and the book wove a nice, twisty mystery. I enjoyed the "day of"/"day after" structure, as well as the flashes forward at the end.Reading it wasn't so much about finding out "who done it," though I certainly wanted to know, but following the characters deeper int...
  • Jessica
    A getaway to a secluded glass beach house was supposed to be the trip that Susan dreamed of for so long. This trip was her chance to get to know her new neighbors by bonding over some kid-free time. The three couples quickly notice that not everything is how it seems at home for those around them. Marital tensions and work frustrations begin to slowly come to the surface on the first night thanks to the influence of alcohol.It seems someone let o...
  • Marc Bougharios
    3.5 stars I read Holahan's previous novel Lies She Told, and it was very enjoyable, and now Holahan is back with another new thriller about secrets between spouses. Three couples who are all neighbours send their kids off to summer camp and rent a big beach house to sip some (a lot of) wine and enjoy each other's kid-free company. But with lots of wine being drunk and secrets coming out, one of them is found dead on the beach. Enter Detecctive Wa...
  • Melissa In The City
    This book surprised me in the best way. The first few pages were good, but I was wondering if I was going to actually be into it. Rich parents, pretty wives, snobby kids going away to summer camp. OH well let me tell you...take those things and a few pages later add in lots of wine, a beach house, neighbors, and a ton of secrets and watch the magic explode!This one of those whodunnit books but nothing I guessed was right! And getting to the "dunn...
  • Jamie
    You know those domestic thrillers where it’s like “I’ve read one, I’ve read ‘em all?” - that was One Little Secret to a T for me. Cheating spouses, suspicious spouses, horrible neighbors, fun weekend away turns deadly... this one just felt like a story I’d read too many times before with nothing really unique to set it apart from the others. It’s a quick read and fast paced at that, which does work in its favor, unfortunately, jus...
  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    When three couples rent a beach house for part of the summer on the shores of Long Island what could go wrong? When a body is found on the beach each of the guests become a suspect. The book is told across three days the day before, day of and the day after which I enjoyed. Every couple has a secret that they don’t want revealed. Detective Gabby Watkins begins her investigation and she’s refusing to stop her investigation until she figures ou...